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THRIVE Impact Summer School

August 30th - September 5th, 2024

application STARTED :

till 31.05.2024 


Topic 2024: Investing in Just Transitions

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Listen to Science. Act to stabilize our planet. NOW.

About THRIVE Impact Summer School

Governments, businesses and society are increasingly confronted with the challenge of Just Transitions towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies. 

Therefore we need to create a collaborative ecosystem and understand the forces behind to enable transformative solutions for equity and sustainability.

The 2024 topic of Investing in Just Transitions focusses not only on financial resources, but also on a broader paradigm shift that is essential for a regenerative economy.


How can innovation and regenerative business models help to deal with the intensifying obstacles? 

THRIVE Impact will explore the upcoming challenges and empowers you with the mindset and tools to drive just transitions and create a safe & just space for humanity within planetary boundaries.


"We have less than 10 years

to transform

the future of humanity

- or destabilize the planet." 


An immersive one-week experience at one of the world´s top universities.

Creating an integrative academic, social and cultural experience.

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Reasons to choose THRIVE Impact

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Join an

international group of like-minded changemakers &

co-create to transform the future


Gain key knowledge,

grow your professional network and

find opportunities for future employment 


Qualify for the Global Leadership Challenge (cooperation between Oxford University and St.Gallen Symposium)


Receive a confirmation of participation as a

THRIVE Young Impact Leader

from the University of St.Gallen


Have an unforgettable and meaningful experience in the Swiss Alps and at the University of St.Gallen

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Be part of a network of
scientists, researchers & innovators.

Melissa, MSc

Environmental Engineering

(Participant Cohort 1)

“Unity and not division is key to a safe and just world."

Adrian, PhD

Computer Science

(Participant Cohort 1)

"Sustainability is a grand challenge that cannot be tackled by an individual itself."

Johanna, BSc

Global Studies

(Participant Cohort 1)

“We need bridge builders that unit the business sector, politics and activism to accelerate the fight for climate justice.”

Programme Overview: 
Topic: Investing in Just Transitions
30th August - 5th September 2024 

An inclusive Programme in English

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Transforming Mindsets (30th August - 1st September 2024)

Location: Offsite@Swiss Alps

Navigating Just Transitions (2nd September 2024)

Location: SQUARE@HSG

Leading and Financing Just Transitions (3rd September 2024)

Location: SQUARE@HSG

Accelerating Just Transitions (4th - 5th September 2024)

Location: SQUARE@HSG

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Collaborating towards a safe & just space
for humanity within planetary boundaries.

Application and Selection Process


The application process for 2024 has started! :) If you are interested in participating @THRIVE Impact Summer School in 2024, please fill out the application form till 31.05.2024 and send it to

Till the end of May/Beginning of June you will receive a feedback from us. 

Selection Process:

THRIVE is for currently enrolled bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students from across disciplines, universities and nationalities. Successful applicants have a strong commitment to personal growth, collaboration, and are driven by impact.

Selection is based on group composition; THRIVE is committed to a diversity of backgrounds, nationalities, gender / gender identifications and disciplines of study.

Programme Costs:

We charge a registration fee of CHF 200 that needs to be paid within a week after the approval. This amount includes the overall programme fee, 2 overnight costs (friday-sunday) in the Swiss Alps, including a food package for the weekend

Limited financing is available for income-restricted applicants (please reach out to for further information). 

Accommodation Costs

Accommodation costs for the week (sunday-thursday) in St. Gallen are not included.

Due to dates during the vacations and summer period, student collocations are largely available. Additionally, all St. Gallen-based students are invited to participate in hosting students from outside St. Gallen. 

Limited financing is available for income-restricted applicants (please reach out to for further information). 

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Who is THRIVE Impact Summer School for?

THRIVE is for students (Bachelor, Master, PhD) of any discipline who ...

  • ... are impact-driven, collaborative, open-minded and committed to personal growth

  • ... are seeking to meet like-minded people from diverse backgrounds

  • ... want to contribute to building a safe and just space for humanity 

  • ... want to engage in unforgettable social and cultural activities, such as a nature immersion in the Swiss Alps

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THRIVE Impact Summer School

We can't wait to welcome you to our programme at the University of St.Gallen.

 Dr. Rachel Brooks, Julia Bahlmann & Dr. Justus von Grone

Dino Darmonski

Marina Müller, Elise Tattersall, Nicole Gilli


Former & General Partners

Q & A.

Click here for more Information on: Application, Language, Programme and Fees Application •I am a student, but not currently enrolled at university, can I still participate in the Summer School? Yes, you can. Just make a note on your application in terms you are not currently enrolled and shortly explain your situation. We do not have any age restrictions. •I am a young professional, but interested in participating, am I able to apply? If you have less than 2 years experience, you are still able to apply. However, students will have an advantage in getting a spot for the THRIVE Impact Summer School. Language •Which level in English is required? As the programme language is English, you should have a minimum level of B2. Programme •How much time do I need to invest in the programme? The programme is a one-week full-time programme. •When does the programme actually kick-off? The programme will start on Friday, 30th August in the Swiss Alps around 3pm, with a journey of about 2 hours from St. Gallen. Further details are following. •When is the programme finished? The closing ceremony will be finished on Thursday, 5th of September around 4pm. •Which "degree" do participants get? After a successful participation you will get a confirmation of participation. Therefore you need to attend the whole week, till the last day. ECTS-Credits are not provided. Fees •Is the programme free of charge? No. We charge a registration fee of 200 CHF (150 CHF Early Bird Price). No further costs for the programme particpation or the weekend trip in the Alps is required. However, Accomodation in St.Gallen (Sunday-Thursday) needs to be organized and paid by the students, we offer a buddy-hosting programme and provide additional limited financing for income-restricted applicants.

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