Become a changemaker for sustainability

What to expect?

The semester-long rootlinks programme will equip you with valuable skills and experiences to become a changemaker for sustainability.

As a rootlinker, you will work in a diverse student team to develop solutions for a sustainability challenge, accompanied by the rootlinks Learning Journey. You will learn about systemic design, practise team work, and reflect on your personal growth. During your time at rootlinks, you will also discover new career options through events and mentorship. Of course, all while having a fun semester and making new friends!

Below, you'll find more information on the rootlinks Learning Journey and the time commitment. There's also a Q& A section. If you have any further questions, feedback or ideas, we're most happy to hear from you at hello@rootlinks.ch.

Why should you apply?

Skills & Experience

rootlinks is a unique opportunity to acquire skills and hands-on experience outside the standard university curriculum.

Inspiration

You will have the chance to exchange with inspiring people and build a network in sustainability.

Impact

By developing solutions to the sustainability challenge posed by the partner organisation, you will have real impact.

Fun

Next to all the learning and hard work, we will make sure that your time at rootlinks is fun and enjoyable.

The rootlinks Learning Journey

The rootlinks Learning Journey is a hands-on training programme that equips you with the skills and experiences to become a changemaker for sustainability. We've designed it together with our partners, such as the Transdisciplinarity Lab and the Student Project House at ETH Zurich.

The Learning Journey consists of two parallel tracks that complement the real-world sustainability challenge you will be working on in your team of 4-6 students.

In the first track, you will learn about systemic design, a combination of systems thinking and human-centered design that helps find solutions to complex sustainability problems. You will learn how to think in systems, assess the impact of proposed measures, prototype ideas, and test solutions.

The second track addresses your own development as an individual and as part of the team. Here, you will engage in topics such as collaboration and feedback, personal values and resilience, or non-hierarchical teamwork.

The two tracks of the Learning Journey will be delivered through short workshops, talks, problem-based learning and mentoring sessions during the weeklinks (see below).

Time Commitment

The time commitment is 8 hours per week from 8 March to 25 June 2021. This includes the Learning Journey and your work on the Challenge. In addition, there will be a kick-off weekend and a final presentation day.

Throughout the 16 weeks of the programme, we will meet every Wednesday all together for our weeklinks. Starting at 5:30 pm, all teams get together to learn, work on their Challenges, exchange and socialise. After an input, workshop or talk about topics from the rootlinks Learning Journey, you will have time to apply the new methods and ideas in your team, ask questions to the experts present, or discuss with your coach. Following around three hours of work, we will (virtually) have food and drinks together and enjoy the rest of the evening.

How you spend the remaining 5 hours to work on the Challenge during the rest of the week, is up to you and your team. 

 

Here is an overview of the important dates again:

  • Team weekend: 5 March, 6 pm, to 7 March, 4 pm

  • weeklinks (weekly meeting): every Wednesday from 10 March to 23 June, 5:30 to 8:30 pm with food and drinks afterwards

  • Final presentations, solution handover and party: Friday 25 June, whole day (& night)

 

To make sure that you and your team can take the most out of the rootlinks Learning Journey, we ask you to keep all these dates free in your calendar!

Questions & Answers

Who can apply for OxML 2021?


  • Everyone is welcome to apply to OxML 2021 regardless of their origin, nationality, and country of residence.
  • Our primary target audience are (1) PhD students with good technical background whose research topics are related to ML, plus (2) researchers and engineers in both academia and industry with similar/advanced levels of technical knowledge.
  • All applicants are subject to a selection process; we aim to select strongly motivated participants, who are interested in broadening their knowledge of the advanced topics in the field of ML/DL and their applications.




What information do I need to complete the application form?


You need to fill the online application form and submit your resume.




Can I still apply for the school after the applocation deadline date?


Applications will no longer be accepted after the set deadline. We encourage you to apply to next year’s Summer School.




What is the registration fee (and what does it cover)?


There is no application fee, however, successful participants will need to pay a registration fee.
Registration fee (for successful applicants):
Full-time students: £60
Full-time academics: £120
Others: £300
Successful applicants who are employed by/studying in organisations that are based in low-middle-income countries (i.e., any country outside the list shown as "high income" in this map) will be entitled to a 50% discount for the registration fee. Participants will have access to all lectures, plus the event’s community portal (e.g., Q&A and chat environment for participants and speakers/TAs, ML programming workshops, recordings of the lectures [for a limited time], the unconference track, networking, and more).




My application was unsuccessful this year. Why have I not been accepted?


We want to ensure an engaging and diverse audience. OxML participants are selected using a scoring system. The scoring system favours applicants who are graduate students, whose research areas are closer to the scope of the Summer School, and would benefit more from the school.




Do you issue a certificate of completion?


Yes, participants will receive an electronic certificate of attendance at the end of the school including the subjects covered during OxML school and number of hours of lectures, workshops, unconference sessions, etc. This information can be used by each university to calculate the corresponding number of ECTS credits. Note: Certificates of attendance issued for the OxML participants are generated by AI for Global Goals and not endorsed by any other organisations or Universities. CIFAR and Oxford University's Deep Medicine Program are the collaborators/partners in running this year's school, i.e., they contribute with their expertise in areas such as designing the program, contributing speakers, and so on.




COVID-19 Update


The news of COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to follow — like you, we are also closely following the latest developments on this matter. Of course, our top priority will be the health and safety of the participants, and compliance with public health guidelines. Therefore, it has been decided to host OxML 2021 fully virtual this year.




I've attended the previous edition of the school (OxML 2020). Can I apply again?


For this virtual format of the school, we welcome also participants who attended previous editions.




If I attend OxML 2021 virtually, will this impact my chances of being accepted for future physical editions of the school?


No, attending the school virtually will not influence the selection in future physical editions.




Can the organisers waive the registration fee?


All successful applicatns are required to pay the registration fee in order to reduce the level of attrition, however, those employed by/studying in organisations that are based in low-middle-income countries (i.e., any country outside the list shown as "high income" in this map) will be entitled to a 50% discount for the registration fee.




Are OxML summer schools organised by the University of Oxford?


No. OxML schools are organised by AI for Global Goals (an independent company).
Note that, CIFAR and Oxford University's Deep Medicine Program are the collaborators/partners in running this year's school, i.e., they contribute with their expertise in areas such as designing the program, contributing speakers, and so on.