Apply Now: Student Summer School (Co)happiness Lab at VMU

2024-06-12, Valid until

The summer is here, along with the opportunity to try out different learning experiences at the university: this time, students are invited to focus on their inner selves and their relationship with the surroundings. The European university alliance Transform4Europe invites students to the three-day summer school (Co)happiness Lab, which will take place at Vytautas Magnus University on 27–29 August.

During the summer school, you will delve into the theory of happiness from the perspective of various fields: psychology, philosophy, economics and others; you will also look for ways to create it for yourself, the people around you, and the society.

The event will include not just theoretical sessions but also creative and interactive activities. At the summer school, a hackathon on happiness will be organised, during which you and your team will solve challenges and present your ideas to a commission of experts; the latter, in turn, will provide their insights.

Registration for the summer school is open until 30 JuneSubmissions are sent by filling in the online form. The selected students will be informed personally.

After completing the course, you will receive 3 ECTS credits that will be valid in the entire T4EU Alliance.

The summer school (Co)happiness Lab is a continuous part of the international congress CoHappiness. Rewilding & Rethinking. The congress was first organised at VMU two years ago. It was a part of the program of Kaunas the European Capital of Culture 2022. During the event, questions were raised about happiness: what is it, can it only be found in short-term delights, or is it something much more? How is happiness perceived and defined by different cultures and societies? Is it an individual feeling, or does it arise from the connection to other people? How to build strong and supportive communities in which everyone could feel happy? How to preserve happiness in the face of war and ecological and social crises? How to create it for yourself and for others even under the most difficult circumstances?

Participants of discussions included world-renowned scholars, experts, and artists: philosopher Timothy Morton, happiness researcher Ruut Veenhoven, artists Nomeda and Gediminas Ubronas, writer Vaiva Grainytė, biologist Merlin Sheldrake and others. Insights were also actively shared by representatives of art and science as well as members of various communities.

More information about the summer school is provided by email at