International Summer Seminar

Thematic awareness, collaborative experience, and an understanding of an expanded field of action are shared at the International Summer Seminar. The " temporary displacement” of architecture students from diverse contexts, to Fundão, aims at the horizontal sharing of knowledge, through "direct experience" and the opportunity to establish new dialogues.

Fundão is part of the list of eight Portuguese cities included in the European Union Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change. The municipality is a territory that is deeply affected by water scarcity and highly intensive agriculture, fires and desertification, and simultaneously, is representative of investments in social inclusion and expanding technological developments in the inland region.

With tutoring from the Design Teams and the participation of national and international students, selected by open call and reinforced by institutional partnerships, the intervention materialises in the self-construction of installations scattered throughout the territory, developing strategies for the capture, fixation, use and/or redistribution of water in the municipality of Fundão.

The International Summer Seminar aims to raise awareness in future generations of alternative ways of doing architecture, favouring the cornerstones and the hopeful future of the project Fertile Futures, beyond the period of the exhibition.


Points of Interest

Meeting Point

Câmara Municipal do Fundão
Sunday 09.07 (17h00 – 19h00): Reception and Check-in
Monday 10.07 (09h00-10h00): Check-In

How to get there?

From Lisbon
Bus (Rede Expressos): Lisboa (Sete Rios) – Fundão | aprox. 3h
Train (CP – Comboios de Portugal) IC to Guarda: Lisboa (Oriente) – Fundão | aprox. 3h20

From Porto
Train + Bus: Porto (Campanhã) – Aveiro (by train CP – Comboios de Portugal) + Aveiro – Fundão (by Rede Expressos) | aprox. 4h15


Applications to Fertile Futures - International Summer Seminar should be made through the form available. A confirmation of your registration will be sent after receiving your application. Any inquiry should be addressed until June 2 to the email


The workshop is open to architecture students of masters and bachelor levels, selected through a motivation letter (max. 300 words) and ensuring representation of diverse backgrounds among participants. Complementarily, students from the 1st cycle of studies (bachelor) are accepted, although greater experience and autonomy are prioritized. English language skills (B1).

Hosting Conditions

Fundão municipality, a strategic partner of Fertile Futures project and Erasmus + BIP Blendend Intensive Programme, provides for the accommodation (14 nights: from July 9 to July 23) and the social programme of the summer school, including lunches, farewell dinner, and transportation within Fundão municipality, to the intervention sites.


There are 2 fellowships available to be attributed according to the best motivation letter to non-european students. The applications will run until June 2. Applicants will be notified of the results by email within 15 days of the application deadline.

Important Dates

Q&A period – until June 2
Fellowship Application – until June 2
Final Call for Participants – June 2
Selection announcement – June 15