Knowledge transfer for innovation in the biogas and sanitation sector

GLEN combines mutual learning in the Global North and Global South with inner-European exchange. European tandems from Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia as well as Germany form the project teams during a three-month internship in the Global South. They also visit three seminars together, where English is the working language. These experiences of peer-to-peer learning and a change of perspective are the foundation for GLEN participant’s Global Learning Activity.

You are interested in sustainable innovations for environmental challenges? You want to contribute to the development of new technologies and test them on a global scale? This project is about exchanging technical knowledge on biogas production, conversion and usage. If you have a background in engineering, environmental sciences, sustainable economy or communication sciences, it will be the right project for you. You should be keen to travel during your internship and familiar with scientific research and laboratory work. Specific knowledge in the field of biogas and biomass energy is a plus.

The Centre for Sustainable Environmental Sanitation (CSES) is part of the Department of Environmental Engineering at the University of Science and Technology, Beijing, China. The centre was created in 2007 with the objective of building capacity in the sectors of sustainable environmental sanitation, food security, bioenergy and climate protection. CSES hosts the Global Alliance for Productive Biogas and participates in a number of international collaborations. Students enrolled in the programme, from China and other countries, acquire theoretical qualifications and gain practical experiences. During an internship, they work in international teams with experts from a wide range of disciplines.

The tasks of this project offer a very high professional learning potential. Together with your GLEN partners and other enrolled students, you will participate in a four week preparation programme in Beijing, starting at the beginning of July. Afterwards, you will conduct a two month internship, possibly at a CSES partner institution in another country. If you choose to stay in Funyang and Beijing, China, you can support research on upgrading biogas to biomethane and test prefabricated biogas plants. If you want, you can join a partner institution in Lesotho or Samoa after the four weeks of thematic introduction. There, you would participate in monitoring the conversion of biogas to electricity. An international driving license is required for this project. You can also continue the biogas sanitation study in Tokelau. Transport costs are covered by the project. However, participants are requested to bring their own laptop.

The scheduled time period for the internship is three months between the beginning of July and mid-October 2017.

Trainings and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN team will be formed by a Hungarian and two German participants.

Program component: GLEN GéCo

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Engineering, Social Business

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Commercial Services, Craft, Social services, Technology / Industrial production

Field(s) of study: Social sciences, Engineering sciences, Communication science / Media studies, Natural sciences / Mathematics, Environmental Sciences

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Renewable energies, Chemistry, Environmental engineering

Period of the internship: 3 months between July and mid-October

Country: China

Number of Participants: 3

Proposed by: Heinz-Peter Mang, Guest Professor and Technical Director of Centre for Sustainable Environmental Sanitation (CSES)

Classification of the internship in the development fields: 11 (Sustainable economy), 13 (Environment)

Number of the internship: 50004002-1204


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