New Challenges for Affordable Housing in Europe - Summer School for Young Professionals

16 - 20 July 2018, Bochum (Germany)

After the success of last year with almost 30 participants from 9 European countries, a second edition of the European Summer School for young housing professionals from all over Europe is currently in the making.

Discuss new challenges for the affordable housing sector with academic experts and experienced practitioners, develop new ideas and concepts in interactive workshops, and see real examples in field visits.

Meet fellow young housing professionals from other European countries, be part of a European exchange of best practices and innovative approaches and build up your personal European network.

This year’s programme will focus on

  • the financing of affordable housing,
  • tenant participation and engagement for active neighbourhoods and
  • the new potentials digitization offers for the value chain and business development of housing providers.

Five exciting and instructional days are waiting for you in Bochum! Stay tuned for the full programme!


The European Summer School is brought to you by EBZ – European Education Centre for Housing and Real Estate in cooperation with EFL European Federation for Living, Housing Europe, the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing and Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe IWO.

Who should register?
Young professionals (in general less than 10 years of working experience) working in the housing sector

Are there any admission requirements?
A working knowledge of English is required to follow presentations and participate in the programme

What are the participation fees?
1.500 EUR per person; if employed by a company that is a member of EFL European Federation for Living, a reduced fee of 1.300 EUR applies

What is included in this price?
Participation in all programme activities, accommodation at EBZ hotel facilities on campus (2-bed rooms for single use, four nights), full board (as indicated in the programme), certificate of participation at the end of the course

How can I register?
Official registration will open soon. If you would already like to register, please send an e-mail to

Where is EBZ located and how do I get there?
Address: EBZ, Springorumallee 20, 44795 Bochum
The closest airport is Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is connected by local train to Bochum. Other airports in the vicinity are in Dortmund or Cologne. Bochum is well connected to the German railway and motorway network and can be easily reached by train or car. From Bochum Central Station, the buses 354, 394 and 388 will take you to EBZ.

For ParticipantsFor Companies/Housing Providers

  • New ideas and insights resulting from a European exchange in your professional field
  • New ideas and impulses for your company
  • New contacts and an opportunity for networking in an international environment
  • Investment in personnel development of promising young professionals
  • Extend your intercultural skills by interacting with people from various European countries
  • Increase of employee commitment and retention
  • Improve your business English skills through practice    in an all-English programme
  • Consolidation of international networks beyond the upper and top management level

„The first international Summer School of EBZ 2017 was very enriching for me, because it brought together different perspectives of the housing sector from different countries. The topics were highly relevant and urgent for the housing sector and I had a lot of fun discussing them with the other participants. Highly recommended!"

--Tina Reimann, Aareon AG, Germany


"What I found most inspiring was the (Finnish) example of not only building houses for people in need, but also building a community in which people live together and share common spaces. In that way contacts between people are stimulated. Together with the goal of placing a maximum of 20% vulnerable tenants in a block, so that there is a healthy mixture, this kind of living can be also be a succesfull form in Dutch society."

--Elise Brouwer, Eigen Haard, The Netherlands


"I learned about two housing concepts which I’ve never heard about before. Namely multi-generational housing and shared ownership housing which seems to carry great opportunities to cope with the challenges of ageing societies and increasing segregation in Swedish urban town areas. Also, the use of the term “rightsizing” instead of “downsizing” drew my attention. I think we as young professionals in the real estate sector in Europe must learn to communicate to our tenants and customers from their point of view in order for us to reach energy consumption targets. Answering the question “What’s in it for me?” should be the starting point of any discussion where the goal is to change someone’s behaviour."

--Pierre Strömbäck, Riksbyggen, Sweden

Impressions of 2017