Academic Program

summer school epf estp

The program of EPF & ESTP Engineering Summer School comprises 2 modules.

  1. The first module focuses on topics such as eco-cities and smart cities, city planning, spatial planning and economic issues for sustainable development (Paris campuses: Sceaux and Cachan).
  2. The second module will focus on practical application using innovative teaching methods and modern technology. Workshops will include topics such as engineering for durable cities and buildings, energy efficiency in buildings, materials and structure for building’s preservation or thermal comfort (Troyes campus).

All students will take courses of French as a Foreign Language during the first week and cultural visits will contribute to a perfect understanding of the local social and professional environments.

Students will obtain 6 credits ECTS for participating to the program.

An evaluation of students will take place at the end of each of the 2 modules.

Among the topics :

  • Eco cities/smart cities: on overview of smart cities/projects in Europe
  • City planning/spatial planning/architecture for the future
  • Economic issues for sustainable development
  • Engineering for durable cities and buildings  
  • Thermal comfort and indoor climate
  • Energy efficiency in buildings
  • Materials and structure for Building’s preservation  

The 2-week workshop in module 2 will be based on a real case study suggested by the division of Urban and Sustainable Planning of Troyes.   

Troyes is an interesting and enriching city which has kept the French heritage and the charm of a Medieval city. At the same time, Troyes has adapted and renovated its constructions to put the human being at the center of the project to be innovative, resource-efficient, secured and resilient and to embody the City of Tomorrow and be called a Smart city.

Professional and cultural events, field trips, the visit of smart buildings, a historic tour of Paris and Troyes city centers will complete the Summer School’s academic program.

Application Master of Science France

Some examples of lectures and seminars to attend:

Lecture by Etienne FAMIN:  City planning/Spatial planning/Architecture for the future

“ This conference is a fall into some of the most innovative examples of sustainable architectures and cities around the world through different periods. From the first theories of Le Corbusier and the way he shaped the future to nowadays starchitects such as Zaha Hadid and Bjarke Ingels, sustainability in city planning has become a major stake. More and more people are moving towards urban areas in order to get closer to activities and work opportunities, but they don’t want to renounce to Nature, so that city planning has to answer the progressive hybridization of the society. The aim of the two-hours lecture is to give a fully illustrated overview on the diversity of the responses topwards specific environments, and how sustainability is implemented at the big scale.”

Visit to Bouygues Headquarter (Challenger) by Mr. Frédéric GAL:

“Challenger, the emblematic headquarters building of the Group, first opened in January 1988. Designed on the instructions of Francis Bouygues, in conjunction with architect Kevin Roche, even then it stood testimony to our innovative capacities. Twenty years later we decided to undertake a complete renovation programme with an ambitious objective: enhancing the complex performance with respect to energy and the environment and at the same time upgrading the working environment of our 3.200 employees at the site. On completion of the works in 2014, Challenger will be one of the first ever tertiary buildings renovated to an energyplus level.

This renovation process will be exposed and explained to the students to the extent that they will gain an understanding of the benefits of energy efficiency in buildings”.              

Workshop with Price NJANDA and Anne SOTO-MAYOR:

a) Team building

“In the workshop students will be invited to form project teams by approaching team life both from the individual and collective perspective.  Different team building exercises will give an opportunity to learn about team formation by experimenting. The purpose of these exercises is to gain insight on the best contribution to bring to a group and to look at team performance by approaching key ingredients such as team identity, shared vision, roles and rules.”          

b) Visit to the medieval City Center of Troyes.

“Different challenges will allow students to both have fun and build up upon their teambuilding workshop”.

c) Meeting with stakeholders

“Students will have the chance to meet different stakeholders and be provided related pedagogical support”

d) Keys to effective pitching

“In order to prepare for the final presentations, students will work on a 2 minute video pitch. The idea is to give them a chance to understand what are the key factors to take into account in order to perform well in their oral presentations.”   

Lecture by Mrs. Anne-Michèle JANSSEN :  Environmental Sanitation

Presentation of research outcomes and experiences in different countries (RDC, India)   

Lecture by Mrs. Sandrine MANSOUTRE: Concrete for Smart (R)evolutions

“Ever since antiquity but especially since the beginning of the XIXth century, concrete has always moved with the times in order to give pertinent answers to the historical context it has been put in.

This course will introduce students to this Material with a Thousand Faces and will show how, nowadays, concrete is still adapting to the new constraints resulting from all the environmental, energy and digital transitions.” 


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