28 - 30 June

Welcome to GPEA PS 2022

Each year the Polytechnic Summit assembles leaders, influencers and contributors who shape the future of polytechnic education. The Polytechnic Summit provides a forum to enable opportunities for collaboration and partnerships and for participants to focus on innovation in curriculum and pedagogy, to share best practices in active and applied learning, and discuss practice-based research to enhance student learning.

This year a view on the aspects of applied research will be added. How to conduct research in a teaching first environment and make use of this. Which characteristics of applied research are important to be used in teaching and vice versa?

The Summit will – once again - also provide an opportunity to examine the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19 and will offer us all an opportunity to explore the ways in which we can collaborate more effectively using our new-found virtual engagement skills and prepare for a hybrid future.

The 2022 Polytechnic Summit will take place as a hybrid event from June 28th to June 30th 2022, hosted by h_da – Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Participation is assumed at this stage to be in person or virtual.

To facilitate participation from the broadest range of locations, sessions will run each day from 14:00 to 18:00 local time.

h_da is one of Germany’s biggest universities of applied sciences. Founded in 1971/72 by a merger of several long established higher educational institutions from a wide range of disciplines, we are celebrating or 50th anniversary in 2022!  In a country with a strict distinction between vocational training on the one hand and university studies on the other, h_da as university is committed to practical study programs and applied research topics. h_da is a founding member of the European University of Technology. We believe in a technological education that empowers citizens and impacts society to build a powerful Europe of the century to come.

PS2022 offers local and virtual participants the unique opportunity to network, to collaborate, to inform, and to learn from the development of the Universities of Applied Sciences, and from developments at other practice-based higher education institutions. PS2022 will be hosted on the h_da main campus in Darmstadt, just 25 minutes away from the Frankfurt Airport. Participants will get to explore and present topics that are core to polytechnic education.

PS2022 Themes

  • Design (Programmes, Curriculum, Organisation)
  • Practice-Based Learning
  • Applied Research
  • Employability and Graduate Skills
  • Internationalisation, Global Teaching & Collaboration
  • Sustainability Theme 

Registration & Fees

The Registration is available through our ticket shop.

Participation fees* for GPEA PS2022

Virtual participation

Physical participation

GPEA & EUt+ members

150 €

250 €


250 €

350 €


100 €

100 €


20 €

40 €

*plus a booking fee of 2,00 Euro



Welcome Speech by Themis Christophidou, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission


Future perspectives of teaching at Universities of Applied Sciences(working title) by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Tippe, President of TH Wildau and Vice-President of the German Rectors’ Conference

"Bridging the Research Practice Gap: A Practitioner's Views on University Education" by Prof. Dr. Klaus-Michael Ahrend, Executive Board HEAG Holding AG Investment Management of City of Darmstadt

Designing an Open Polytechnic University” by Dr. Michael Lacourse, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Utah Tech University


You find the preliminary agenda here.

International Summer University (ISU)

Parallel to the Summit the short-term program “International Summer University” takes place on the topic of “In Transition to a Pure Green Energy Economy” from June 10 until July 02, 2022 on-site. Online classes start on May 23, 2022. Click here for more details.

Hotel information

A hotel contingent is available at Maritim Hotel. It offers rooms for 75 Euro (approx. 81 US-Dollar/ 62 GBP/ 76 CHF) per night including breakfast (company rate). The hotel is in short walking distance to Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, right at the main train station in Darmstadt and with a very good bus connection to Frankfurt airport in approx. 20 mins.

To make use of the hotel contingent, please follow the link: https://reservations.travelclick.com/109824?groupID=3485542&adults=1 (valid until May 27th)

Conference Organisation

If you have any questions about the summit organisation please do not hesitate to contact us by email at ps2022@h-da.de