The ETH Zurich executive study program in Designing Resilient Regenerative Systems (DRRS) offers a novel approach to impact-studying while integrating new skills and cultures into the outdoor industry, amongst other economic sectors.

“Crises bear potential – we now have the opportunity to fundamentally redesign our societies, our economies, our lifestyles, our human-nature relation.”

Tobias Luthe, DRRS program director at ETH Zürich is not the type who gets discouraged in light of a world in crisis. The key for betterment lies in a fundamental transformation not only of the „system out there“ but also of one’s own role in these processes. Only what thrives out of inner development holds potential for real change. And pathways to change is what the first Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) ETH in Regenerative Systems offers.

“For dealing with complex systems, we need the relational capacity to connect not only between scientific disciplinary knowledge, but between different ways of knowing and reasoning, between scientific worldviews and warm data, between scales of governance, and between communities of practice.”

The executive program hybridizes science, design, and transformative praxis. It builds on the qualities of top-notch basic and applied research at ETH in the service of science, society, industry, and politics. It opens different worldviews, provides design tools and techniques and  embodies systems physically through experiential (outdoor) didactics, social engagement, and personal flow experiences.

Participants of this hybrid program will become experts in navigating across complex topics – e.g. circularity in supply chains – and in engaging a rich array of hybrid methods, weaving their synergies for leading transformative impact in the real world.

Course at a Glance

The DRRS executive program updates on the latest state of sustainability science, deep-dives into regeneration across themes, offers ways to reframe complexity and befriend uncertainty, engages in designerly ways of iterating, combines metadesign with place and project specificity, engages in design as nature and builds personal resilience through mind and movement. The QUEST is the navigation spine to create practical impact from day one on.

  • Application period: 20.04–31.05.2023
  • Start: September 2023
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Format: Hybrid, virtual and flexible, with a parallel physical stream and an  in-person field design trip to Italy (10.9.–20.09.2023)


More information about course setup, field trip and key benefits under:

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