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About the ENGAGE.EU Expedition

The ENGAGE.EU Expedition is a one-week intensive, international and multidisciplinary co-design programme and learning experience for students who work together with experts and mentors on finding solutions to real-life problems. It is a collaborative program, which focuses on creating value for society and uses the framework for inno-preneurship as guiding principle. They offer formal and informal learning in context together with ENGAGE.EU partners.

By engaging in this international co-design program, students contribute to real-life societal transformations. They work with other students in teams on challenges presented by the societal partners of ENGAGE.EU universities. Throughout the programme, they are guided towards knowledge-based and mission-oriented solutions by using design-thinking principles.

About the Climate Change & Sustainability Challenges

3 thematics will be tackled during this expedition:

  1. The climate emergency for cities is adaptation and mitigation of extreme temperatures
    According to Jean-Marc Jancovici (The Shift project), finding a solution to adaptation would require a new Covid… What other approach can we propose to achieve this?
    What sustainable measures can we put in place without creating inequalities? Will cities have the means to adapt and radically mitigate their impact while ensuring strong social acceptance?
    One of the issues identified is the difference in pace: the need for rapid action versus social acceptance, which takes time. How can we increase the speed of public acceptance in order to change our cities (structuring according to cities and generations)?
  2. Sobriety, as defined by the IPCC, is a set of policies, measures and everyday practices that avoid demands on energy, materials, goods and land, while ensuring the well-being of all humans within planetary limits. In other words, it is a question of questioning real needs and adapting the response in order to consume less energy or raw materials, and to limit greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts. Sobriety can concern all sectors: food, transport, housing, consumption of goods and services. Acording to the IPCC, sobriety must be at the heart of structural and collective changes, as well as individual changes.
  3. Circular economy and waste management at the scale of cities
    We generate so much waste that its collection, treatment, recovery and disposal have become an industry in itself. These activities together are called waste management. Waste may sometimes be avoided through waste prevention and the circular use of resources.
    Together, waste management and circular economy strategies aim to reduce or minimise both resource use and waste generation, as well as their impacts on the environment and human health.

Expected impact for stakeholders

For challenge owners: reducing the impact of climate change is a very important topic and one of the most discussed issues in politics and society. Students can be a pioneer and help to explore approaches and different perspectives on how to connect to citizens. The ideas could lead to a significant increase of involved citizens, new models for participation, other ways of communication, etc.
Participating students gain and deepen their knowledge and attitudes that enable them to act upon opportunities and transform them into value for others, being:

  • Taking initiative, motivation and persistence, and self-efficacy and self-confidence.
  • Creating and recognizing opportunities, creativity and innovativeness, and decision making under uncertainty.
  • Collaborating in diverse and interdisciplinary contexts, mobilizing resources, and implementation.
  • Systems thinking, future and disruptive thinking and ethical and sustainable thinking.
  • Developing, in addition to specialist knowledge, numerous other skills such as research, cooperation, dealing with uncertainty, solution-oriented thinking, organization and communication

ENGAGE.EU expeditions are organized on top of the regular curriculum of the student.

For a tour on the last Toulouse expedition week: 

Format of Expedition Week

Groupwork in interdisciplinary and international teams. Students should be able to attend the program in Toulouse, France from 26 May to 31 May 2024.

Additional activities

You will have the opportunity to join a rich social and cultural program in Toulouse. We will organise a city tour, and many other exciting activities during the program. In addition, there will be time to socialize in the evening and explore the city’s (night)life.


The University of Toulouse Capitole does not have residence halls of its own, but near the university you can book a room to share with others at the youth hostel la petite auberge de St Sernin.

Your Profile

The ENGAGE.EU Expedition@ UT Capitole edition is targeted at bachelor’s students in their last year and master’s students. Students of any citizenship and any field of study who are enrolled in an ENGAGE.EU partner university are welcome to apply.


To apply for the ENGAGE.EU Expedition you should provide: 
• A short letter (max. 300 words) explaining your motivation for applying to the ENGAGE.EU Expedition@UT Capitole,
• Curriculum vitae (education, work experience, language skills, study/work abroad, other relevant skills and experiences),
• Academic records (transcript of records).


Submitted applications are evaluated by the academics and staff working in the ENGAGE.EU Labs. Candidates will be evaluated based on their motivation letter and CV. In order to ensure equal participation among students from the different partner universities, the selection committee will aim at choosing three students from each partner university. Final decisions also consider a range of criteria for cohort composition, including but not limited to disciplinary balance, institutional diversity, and demographic diversity.


Selected students may receive scholarships for participation in the ENGAGE.EU Expedition Week. Details will follow from the home university after being selected for the expedition week.

Additional Details

In order to complete your application, you will have to fill in the application form below and upload your CV, academic records and motivation letter (in Word or PDF format), together with: 

Applications must be submitted by 20 March 2024, at midnight CET. All documents must be in English, except for the academic records (which can be in any language of the partner universities). 

Results will be communicated by 28th March 2024.  

For further information and to submit a topic/issue, please contact: – 00 336 17 18 42 28

or – 00 336 75 23 51 14