Graduate International Autumn School
Let's Energize the Future!
COLLAB – Collaboratory for Global Sustainability 2021
A four-day intensive virtual autumn school for Master students
A Canadian-German cooperative programme of Ryerson University and Ulm University
Small intercultural teams mentored by facilitators
Innovative concepts on sustainable global energy production
Five Reasons to Participate in COLLAB 2021
Gain international experience
Get an intensive international experience in just four days by taking part in a virtual hackathon-style programme.
Make new contacts
Meet other like-minded Master-students from Toronto, Canada & Ulm, Germany.
Improve your soft skills
Develop entrepreneurial, project management and leadership skills.
Come up with innovative solutions on how to make the global energy production more sustainable and resilient.
Have fun and get inspired by diverse perspectives and creative thinking in international teams and become part of an international community.
And in Detail ...
What and when?
- Autumn School: 12 October – 15 October 2021
- Topic of the interdisciplinary team challenge: Reimaging Global Energy Production
- 4 days at 4 hours each of structured programme
- In Toronto: 9 am – 1 pm; in Ulm: 3 pm – 7 pm
- Language of communcation: English
- 20 participants; five student teams of four persons each plus two facilitators per group, one from Ryerson, one from Ulm
- Facilitators are PhD students who serve as mentors and navigate the teams through the creative thinking and planning process
- Pitch competition in the end of programme
Four days of programme:
- Day 1: Kick-off / Teambuilding / Ideation Training
- Day 2: Technical Workshop on Energy Production and Consumption / Key-Note Speech on Electric Vehicles / Surveys / Validation
- Day 3: Information Session on International Exchange Options and Funding Opportunities / Prototyping
- Day 4: Pitch Preparation and Presentations
How can you participate?
- Who? Master students from all disciplines from Ryerson University and Ulm University can apply.
- What is required to participate? Please turn in the Application Form including contact information, field of study, motivation for and expectations of the programme.
- Fees? No, it is free of charge this year.
- When? Application can be turned in no later than Friday, 30 September 2021. But please note that places might fill up earlier as we have a rolling admission on a first come first served basis.
City university in downtown Toronto, founded in 1948
31,000 students with a diverse student population
Combines research and real-world knowledge and experience
Known for their entrepreneurship, media, engineering, business, and nursing programs
The Ulm-Ryerson Connection
Ryerson and Ulm University have started working together in the framework of the state-wide Ontario-Baden-Wuerttemberg Exchange which was established in 1990.
In 2018 representatives from Ryerson and Ulm have started an intensive bilateral discussion with the goal to create new innovative international teaching and learning experiences to students from both universities. COLLAB 2021 is the first result of this cooperation.
Research university with a focus on STEM subjects and medicine, founded in 1967
10,000 students and large international diversity on campus
Cutting-edge laboratories and faciliteis for research and development
Germany's leading state-of-the-art battery research
- Canada’s largest city with around 3 million inhabitans, 6 million in the Toronto Greater Area
Located in the province of Ontario on the shore of Lake Ontario
Vibrant multicultural and cosmopolitan city
Prominent centre for music, theatre, motion picture and television production, health and higher education
The CN Tower is one of Toronto’s most famous landmarks defining its skyline
Located in the German southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg which belongs to one of Germany's most economically dynamic regions
Friendly and safe medium-sized twin city, just separated by the river Danube from Neu-Ulm in Bavaria; population of around 180,000 people
Birthplace of Albert Einstein
Offers a diversified mix of medieval and modern architecture and a great variety of cultural, sports and leisure activities
Has a literally outstanding landmark, the "Muenster", Ulm's cathedral with the world’s highest steeple
Want to Become a Facilitator in COLLAB?
Facilitators are PhD students who serve as mentors in the student teams.
If yes, please check:
You are a PhD student and you would like to become a Facilitator for COLLAB?
Good choice, because you will ...
Be prepared for this role in two specific workshops where you get instructions and learn about tools how to guide the teams.
Improve your intercultural communication, facilitation, ideation, and leadership skills in a friendly and safe environment.
Gain experience in innovative teaching methods incuding pitching.
Get new ideas for your research through an interdisciplinary approach and creative thinking methods.
Get insight into research opportunities abroad.
Be able to network with other PhD students from Canada and Germany.
Receive a certificate of engagement upon completion.
This is what you would do:
Support programme organization (two-hour team meetings every two weeks until programme kickoff)
Take part in three preparatory workshops:
28 September: Intercultural Communication (3 hours)
29 September: Team-Buiding – Team Dynamics, Team Development, Interaction and Building of Closeness Depite Physical Distance (4 hours)
11 October: Entrepreneurship Basics, Pitch Training, and Autumn School Warm-Up (4 hours)
Lead a group of Master students during programme together with a colleague from either Canada or Germany (4 days, 4 hours per day)
Serve as a mentor for individual students in your team (total of 4 to five hours)
Join debriefing meeting will organizers after end of programme (4 hours)
Your total workload: approx. 40 hours
The Persons in Charge Behind the Scenes
… from Ryerson University:
Dr. Bryan Koivisto
Associate Professor, Ryerson University
+1 416 979-5000 x4625
Dr. Roxana Sühring
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biology, Ryerson University
… from Ulm University:
Director of the International Office, Ulm University
+49 731 50-22015
Dr. Cornelia Estner
ProTrainU – Graduate & Professional Training Centre, Ulm University
+49 731 50-32100
Dr. Andrea Wirmer
Assistant to the Vice Presidents, Ulm University
+49 731 50 22017
StartupSÜD Certification Programs, Ulm University
+49 731 50-25126