CITRIS Climate Innovation Intensive

DWIH San Francisco is excited to sponsor a five-day program for German students and early-stage researchers interested in turning their research projects into startups. We are partnering with CITRIS and the Banatao Institute to support the participation of up to eight German students in the Fall 2024 cohort to the Innovation Intensive. Participants will spend five days learning about cutting-edge research and startups based at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at four University of California campuses. Apply by July 15, 2024.

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  • DWIH Application Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2024
  • Individual Arrival in San Francisco: Sunday, October 27, 2024
  • Dates of Program: Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 1, 2024
  • Individual Departure: Saturday, November 2, 2024

Please find the day-by-day agenda at the bottom of this page (coming soon).

Why should I participate?

  • Talks and networking with leading researchers at four world-renowned University of California campuses and the UC Davis Medical Center
  • Visits, demos, and hands-on experiences at labs and incubators across the greater San Francisco Bay Area & Silicon Valley
  • Workshops and the EDGE in Tech Symposium
  • Peer to peer learning in a diverse cohort

Who can apply?

Student or researchers with a focus on climate. The participant must have a Bachelor’s degree at minimum and have an affiliation with a German university or German research institution (Universität, Fachhochschule – FH, or Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften – HAW or staatliche Forschungseinrichtung). The participant does not have to have German citizenship.


Day 1: UC Berkeley

  • Climate and Responsible AI
  • CITRIS Climate Initiative and the EcoBlock
  • Better Buildings, Batteries, Alt Meat, and visits to the
  • CITRIS Tech Museum, the Bakar BioIngenuity Hub, and networking with UC climate tech startups

Day 2: UC Merced

  • Ag-Food-Tech and satellite data
  • Experimental Smart Farms visit
  • Labor and AI/Automation in California Agriculture, electrification of agricultural equipment, climate initiatives in food production and processing, & secure water future

Day 3: UC Davis

  • UC Davis Climate Adaptation Research Center (CARC)
  • Wildfires detection and response
  • UC Davis planned zero net energy neighborhood, Institute for Next Generation Food Systems & Climate Action Acceleration, Drones & Environmental Robotics Lab

Day 4: UC Santa Cruz

  • Coastal Climate Resilence, renewable energy, and generating hydrogen energy from seawater
  • Serious Games for climate education and Digital Twins
  • Drone demo for Agtech/climate and Human-drone-robot teaming for wildfire detection, Greener Greenhouses; Climate-Smart Mini-Farms & Urban Gardens

Day 5: UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus

  • Convening climate startups, corporate partners, and investors
    for roundtable:
  • Closing dinner in Berkeley

What are the costs?

DWIH SF will cover most costs of this program, which include a week-long (5 day) innovation intensive program and visits to all four CITRIS campuses, transportation, speakers, and lunches.
Participants and/or their sponsoring universities will need to cover flights and visa costs (if applicable). DWIH will cover the costs of the hotel accommodation. Financial support may be available on a case-by-case basis. Don’t let the costs discourage you from applying.

Informationen zur Veranstaltung

28. Oktober bis 1. November 2024

University of California campuses
Veranstalter: CITRIS