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

16 - 20 July 2018, Bochum (Germany)

The housing sector in Europe is changing. In urban hot spots, housing that is affordable for all groups of society is becoming scarce, with high demand driving up rental prices and the rise of construction costs, making the financing of social housing even more difficult than before. In disadvantaged neighbourhoods, inhabitants need to be motivated to stabilise the neighbourhood and prevent a downward spiral. New technologies offer opportunities, but housing providers are still hesitant to digitise their business. Disruptive changes are ahead, and it is high time to think about developments in the core business and the potentials innovations offer for value creation.

Following last year’s success with almost 30 participants from nine European countries, we invite young housing professionals from all over Europe to Germany for a second time. Five exciting and instructional days are awaiting you in Bochum, located in the very heart of Europe.

Discuss new challenges with academic experts and experienced practitioners, develop 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.

Learn from each other, share your ideas, be part of Europe!


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.



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Mieke van den Berg, Director, Eigen Haard, The Netherlands

Prof.dr. Peter Boelhouwer, Professor of Housing systems, TU Delft, Chairman of the European Network for Housing Research, The Netherlands Vincent Gruis, Professor of Housing Management, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Christian Iaione, Professor of Urban Law and Policy, Co-director of LabGov.City, Italy

Fabien Lasserre, Head of R&D and Engineering Department, Vilogia, France

Anna Müller, Neighbourhood Manager, Gewobag MB Mieterberatungsgesellschaft mbH, Germany

Paul Rickard, Chief Financial Officer, One Housing, UK

Alvis Stražinskis, Head of IT and Analysis Department, Latvia

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

Who should register?
Young professionals (in general less than 10 years of working experience) from 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?
The registration is open until June 22, 2018. Please register here.

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 to Bochum by regional train. 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.

„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