The NeXus Summer School

General Information

The NeXus Summer School takes place every year at the end of August - beginning of September at TUM. The participants will have courses druing the first week at TUM Main Campus and training courses during the second week at the Oskar-von-Miller-Institute near the lake Walchensee. We will also have some courses including tours to Garching, Iffeldorf and the study site.

NeXus Summer School 2018

The NeXus Summer School 2018 will take place from 22.08. to 05.09.2018. For more details please check our Flyer.

For TUM students: For application please send an email to including your CV and a motivation letter.
Application Deadline: 31.05.2018

We will accept 4-6 TUM-students. For the second part of the Summer School, which will take place in Obernach, we can offer a free stay in our Guesthouse there. Please be aware that it is a self-supporter house and you will have to clean your room before leaving.

For students from partner universities: Please contact the responsible person at your university for application.



Last years´Summer Schools

NeXus Summer School 2015

Working in the context of NeXus Water-Food-Energy, a Case Study

25.08.2015 - 08.09.2015 at TUM

Scientific Program

The  NeXus  Summer  School  will  provide  an interdisciplinary  forum  on  water  and  life sciences  in  Africa  and  Europe.  The  focus  for this  year  will  be  on  the  study  area  of  the  lake Chiemsee  including  the  areas  Tacherting  and Waging  in  Germany,  where  all  Nexus  relevant problems  can  be  shown  and  compared  with case studies in our partner countries. Example  topics  include:  Pesticide  pertinence, water  treatment,  erosion  and  contamination from  diffusive  sources,  water  recourses  management,  land  use  and  land  management, maintenance  of  lake  and  catchment,  nutrient cycle,  biodiversity  and  restoration  of  aquatic ecosystems  and  responsibility  to  resources  in the Nexus context. The  scientific  format  of  the  summer  school includes  keynote  talks,  lectures  by  leading experts  in  the  fields  of  life  and  water  sciences from  our  partner  universities  and  TUM,  group works, as well as presentations by students and discussion  groups.  The summer  school  is  also meant  to  increase  the  scientific  collaboration and  student  exchange  between  all  our  partner universities and TUM.

Program schedule  

The talks and workshops of the NeXus Summer School will take place at the TUM City Campus in  the  first  week  and  at  the  Oskar-von-Miller Institute  near  Garmisch-Partenkirchen  in  the second  week.  The  general  Schedule  will  look like this:

  • Presentations  of  the  students’  case studies
  • Lectures  to  gain  general  knowledge about  the  fundamental  questions  and possible solutions
  • Group  work  to  solve  the  defined problems
  • Discussion  about  the  students’  case studies and possible changes due to the recently gained knowledge

The language for our summer school is English.

Target group and requirements  

The course is open to graduate and upper-level undergraduate and PhD students in the fields of engineering  and  life  sciences  (e.g.  ecology, biology, agricultural sciences) with an interest in water  and  land  use  related  challenges  and solutions. The number of participants is limited. The  selection  procedure  is  organized  by  every partner university on its own.


Participants will stay the first week in a hostel in Munich city center and the following week in a hostel near the Oskar-von-Miller Institute in Wallgau.

NeXus Summer School 2014

Water systems under pressure

Land use change and impacts on the Water – Food – Energy Nexus

25.08.2014 - 07.09.2014 at TUM

Scientific Program

The NeXus Summer School will provide an interdisciplinary forum on water and life sciences in Africa and Europe.

Example topics include: Pesticide pertinence, water treatment, erosion and contamination from diffusive sources, Water recourses management, hydrology and climate, land use and urban growth dynamics, biodiversity and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and responsibility to resources in the Nexus context. The summer school takes place in the Oskar-von-Miller Institut near Garmisch-Partenkirchen and at TUM City Campus.

The scientific format of the summer school includes both keynote talks and lectures by leading experts in the fields of life and water sciences from our partner universities and TUM, as well as project presentations by students and discussion groups. The summer school is also meant to increase the scientific collaboration and student exchange between all our partner universities and TUM.


About Technische Universität München

Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. The TUM has three main locations. The city campus, which is the oldest campus and was founded in 1868, is located in Munich. The Garching campus north of Munich constitutes the center of natural sciences and technology at TUM, it is the largest of all TUM locations. Scientists at the third campus TUM’s Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan are engaged in interdisciplinary research in the life sciences.


Program Description

The talks and workshops of the NeXus Summer School deal with

  • Pesticide pertinence and water treatment,
  • Water quality modelling in rivers, Integrated surface modelling,
  • Integrated Water Resources Management,
  • A Soil Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) for modelling the impact of climate and land use change on water availability and crop yields,
  • Land use and urban growth dynamics,
  • Biodiversity and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and
  • Responsibility to resources in the Nexux

These topics are supported by a computer lab course.

The language for our summer school is english.

Application Deadline: 30.06.2014

Oskar Miller Institut