Summer School in Sustainability

Sustainability - Driving change in products, processes and business models


July 1 - July 19, 2024

Summer School in Sustainability

Sustainability - Driving change in products, processes and business models


July 1 - July 19, 2024

Applications to our Summer School in Sustainability 2024 are now open!


Sustainability has become a central topic in virtually all industries today. Environmental issues such as global warming, increasing waste and pollution, depletion of natural resources, and societal issues such as health, safety, equity and fairness, challenge existing product concepts, processes and business models. Many firms struggle to understand the implications for their existing business and find it difficult to realign their business while remaining profitable and competitive. A thorough understanding of the sustainability discourse along the tripe-bottom line (financial, social, environmental) is therefore a general prerequisite for managing the modern issues that affect companies and for addressing stakeholder demands for better sustainability measurement and reporting.

For students, it is therefore essential to enter the business world well prepared through an understanding of the impact of business on the environment and society. New paradigms, theoretical concepts, skills and tools are required. Students having this knowledge at their fingertips are much sought after by firms and can become powerful drivers of sustainable change.

KLU is uniquely positioned in the university landscape as it brings together deep expertise in theoretical and practical aspects of sustainability from multiple disciplines, ranging from innovation and marketing to supply chain management, leadership, business economics, and logistics. Our main objective for the KLU Summer School is to equip students with valuable knowledge and tools from these different disciplinary angles, while always staying focused on sustainability as the overarching business theme.

Who is it for? The three-week summer school is targeted to 2nd and 3rd year Bachelor with business, economics, business informatics and business engineering background.

July 1-19 , 2024

3 - week summer school

On-Campus Event

KLU Campus in Hamburg

May 31, 2024

Application Deadline



Bachelor Students

Target Group

KLU Program Certificate


Our lecturers

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Prof. Dr. Alexa Burmester

Assistant Professor of Applied Quantitative Methods at KLU

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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Prof. Dr. Moritz Petersen

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Supply Chain Practice, Co-Director Center for Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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Date: July 1 - July 19, 2024

Who is it for ? : Second and third year Bachelor students with business, economics, business informatics and business engineering background

Method: Interactive lectures, case studies, group work, and excursions

Language: English

Academic Director: Prof. Dr. Alexa Burmester

Location: KLU Campus, Hafencity Hamburg

Certificate: KLU Program Certificate

Credit Points: 6 ECTS

Tuition Fee: includes teaching material, beverages, lunches, transportation ticket and supporting program: 

  • For students from partner universities - 1000 EUR
  • For international free mover students – 1600 EUR


  • Early Bird (15%), until Mar 15, 2024 when applying with full application

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2024


The KLU Summer School was such a transformative one, I had a great experience of the German culture and excursions to different exciting places in Germany. I also loved how the classes were conducted and the mode of teaching was the best I have ever experienced.

Tracy Tumuhimbise, Makerere University Business School

The Summer School was a well-planned experience consisting of engaging lectures and excursions which brought real-life context to the information we were taught about sustainability as a class from different walks of the world. Sustainability isn't just the future; it is how we will save it and we can do so together.

Mbalenhle Shandu, Stellenbosch University

What to expect

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Assess a company’s engagement in sustainability 
  • Recognize trade-offs between different sustainability efforts of a company 
  • Explain the complexity of corporate sustainability actions of companies 
  • Evaluate the limits for and the potential of companies towards sustainability 
  • Develop an informed personal perspective to evaluate corporate sustainability efforts 
  • Identify corporate sustainability practices and opportunities in a business environment. 
  • Apply key sustainability concepts in a given situation 

During the three week summer school you will experience:

  • 20 exciting lectures including lively discussions taught by experts
  • Interactive project work in small groups including a final presentation
  • A business game in context of sustainability
  • An international environment – form a global network
  • Three excursion days – Hamburg, Berlin and Bremerhaven
  • Two company visits – learn from real applications
  • German language course  
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner
  • Transportation tickets 
  • Lunch on weekdays 
  • Graduation and certificate

You can find the preliminary agenda here.

The agenda shall give you a rough idea about the program of the three-week event. Please note that it is subject to change.



  • Register online (Field below: Register Now!)
  • The field will lead you to our online application form. Please fill out the form with the necessary information.
  • Once you have filled out the application form, you will be asked to pay the tuition fee for the summer school.
  • After paying the tuition fee, you will receive a registration confirmation and an invoice for your documents.

If you apply until March 15. 2024 you will be granted an Early Bird Discount of 15% on the tuition fees.

Registration deadline: May 31, 2024

Cancellation of participation:

  • If you cancel your participation until June 3, 2024, we reserve the right to withhold a service fee of € 250.

  • If you cancel your participation after June 3, 2024 the we will not refund any portion of the participation fee.

Plan your stay in Hamburg

To give students the flexibility of choice, they are asked to book accommodation for the KLU Summer School in Sustainability 2024 independently. Please find some recommended hotels in this list.  

Make sure that you book a hotel as soon as possible as rooms may become scarce, especially due to the European Football Championship taking place in Hamburg in 2024.

Participants of the KLU Summer School in Sustainability, will have the chance to benefit from various social actvities during their time at KLU. The activites vary from intercultural trainings, excursions to other German cities, museum and company visits. The majority of those social activities will have something to do with the topic of Sustainability.

Event Organization

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Prof. Dr. Alexa Burmester

Assistant Professor of Applied Quantitative Methods at KLU

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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Hamaidi Stulos

International Office Manager