2017 Barcelona

The 2017 summer school will take place at our associated partner institution, the Universitat Politecnica de Cataluyna in Castelldefels (Barcelona) from July 20 to July 28, 2017.

You should plan to arrive on Thursday, July 20 and stay until  Saturday July 29. We have reserved your accomodation for that period.  If you decide to come earlier and/or stay longer, please note you would have to cover the extra nights at your own expense at a hotel or youth hostel.

Housing: Locate on the UPC campus, click here for more information.There will be two students per room. Click here for the room distribution.

Please note that the AFEPA programme will pay for the accomodation during the summer school and any social events. However, we expect you to cover your travel to the summer school and your meals during it. The university cafeteria will still be open during the first week of the summer school, so meals will be pretty affordable and Jose Gil, the coordinator at UPC, is organizing a special lunch option for the second week.

Programme: Please find below the programme for the 2017 summer school:
Fr 21, 2-5pm:  Master’s thesis presentations
Sa 22, 9am – 12pm: Master’s thesis proposals
Sa 22, 2pm – 5pm: Afepa management meeting
Mo 24 9am – Th 27 5pm: Workshop of Ruben Echevarria, Director of CIAT
Fr 28 9am – 12pm: Workshop exam and AFEPA programme/summer school evaluation
Fr 28 1pm – 3pm: Afepa lunch
Fr 28 3pm – 4pm: Afepa graduation ceremony followed by a goodbye drink

The Friday and Saturday of first week of the summer school will thus be devoted to the presentations of the Masters thesis proposals (first year students) and Master thesis defenses (second year students), see below for more information.

The workshop
Under the following link you find the information necessary for the workshop taught in the second week by Professor Echeverría: (Link to be added soon)
The workshop will take place from Monday through Thursday that week and is followed by an exam (yes, there will be an exam on the workshop’s content, as you will all received academic credit for your participation in the summer school) and the regular evaluation of both the programme and the summer school.

Master thesis defense and proposal sessions:
The schedule for the sessions have been sent via email to the students concerned.

For first-year students: you will be expected to present in a 5-10 minutes power point presentation the idea of the research you would like to pursue for your Master’s thesis.
Your presentation will be followed by a 15-20 minutes discussion of all students and faculty present.  This is a good occasion to receive feedback on your idea and you should come prepared to actively participate in this brainstorming session. This means that this session should not be the first time you think about a possible topic, but you should already come with certain avenues you would like to pursue and that you would like to receive feedback on.
For second year students: you will be expected to defend your Master’s thesis. Note that there may be a separate defense or other event you may have to do at your second year university (depending on where you are), but for most students, the grade obtained for the defense at the summer school  will flow into the grade you will receive for your master’s thesis at your second year university. You should therefore become prepared to give a 15-20 minute presentation on your thesis. Following your presentation, the academic faculty in the room will pose you questions about your work for up to 30-40 minutes. At the 2016 summer school in LLN you witnessed the thesis defense sessions for the students graduating in 2016 and you therefore know what to expect. Note that you will also have to briefly discuss (5min) the master thesis and presentation of another graduating student.