YES Iran 2018

October 27th - November 11th 2018

Scholarships for free participation available | 3 ECTS credits (ask your university for recognition)



Join the second YES Lab in Chaboksar at the shore of the Caspian Sea, and develop a sustainability pioneer project together with 30 graduates and young professionals of all disciplines!

Do you think there is too much talk and too little action when it comes to sustainability? Do you wonder how to make sustainability work in the context of emerging countries ?

In the Yes Impact Lab Iran 2018, you will...

  • develop and implement practical solutions
  • to let arise a «Green Eco Village»
  • by thinking out-of-the-box
  • together with an interdisciplinary team
  • using an entrepreneurial approach
  • in a highly motivating environment

Final application deadline: June 15th 2018

YES is an amazing experience that I would recommend time and time again. The coursework was really interesting and useful professionally, and I developed lasting international friendships that I maintain six years later.
Ana Pantelic, YES Alumna, Director Business Development, Fundación Capital

What makes YES Labs Unique?

YES Impact Labs are two-week hands-on trainings and micro think-tanks for graduate students and young professionals from all fields and countries. Together with experts from practice and science as well as local stakeholders, these global talents work on innovative solution approaches for designated sustainability challenges.

Almost 50 YES Impact Labs have taken place since 2000 to address sustainability challenges in emerging environments. In December 2016, together with the Amirkabir University of Technology of Tehran, a first YES Impact Lab was held in Iran. The forthcoming cycle with two labs in 2018 and 2019 is aimed at developing and implementing a cleantech pilot project on site.

The Location

Hosting partner: Amirkabir University of Technology AUT, Tehran

Ahuan Recreation Complex in Chaboksar at the Caspian Sea and close to the scenic Gilan mountains.

The Programme

Before Lab: Pre-Assignments
YES Lab:
Analyzing challenges
  • Approach and analyze key global challenges, present own expertise and projects at home
  • Skill-sets and mind-sets: tools to deal with systems, complexity and diversity, closed loop thinking and circular economy, build empathy, reflect personal and career path
Assessing solutions
  • Focus topics (vary between labs)
  • Explore local cases and assess impacts, site visits and hands-on engagement, deal with stakeholder dynamics
Making sustainability work
  • Business model canvas, pitch and refine project proposals with peers + experts, effective presentation and communication (workshop with ULEAD)
  • Define milestones + next steps
After Lab:

Enter YES Alumni community, realize own projects, expand your network to advance your personal, academic & professional development


Daily Schedule


Details on the daily schedule will follow.



Faculty in Iran 2018

Silvana Comino

Silvana Comino

Director YES Lab Costa Rica, PM Climate Projects, myclimate, Switzerland

Lubica Bogantes

Lubica Bogantes

Local YES Lab Coordinator, Project Panager, People in Need, Costa Rica

Stefan Gara

Stefan Gara

Managing Director of ETA Environmental Consulting, Austria

Matthew Gardner

Matthew Gardner

Director and Managing Partner of Sustainserv, Lecturer Harvard, United States

Monica Ventura

Monica Ventura

Arttherapist and psychologist, Mente a color, Costa Rica

Guest experts (tbc / more coming soon)

Roberto Artavia

Roberto Artavia

President INCAE Business School. Academic council LEAD University, Costa Rica

Sebastian Falla

Sebastian Falla

Strategic Sustainability Consulting. Founder, senior consultant Susterra. Costa Rica/Colombia

Andrea San Gil

Andrea San Gil

Director Center for Urban Sustainability, Costa Rica

Tony Nello

Tony Nello

Chief of Field Operations EarthCorp Foundation, France/Costa Rica



Apply if...

  • you are a graduate university student or a young professional in business, public administration, academia, NGO or international organization
  • you are aged between 21 and 34 years
  • you have proficiency in the English language
  • you are highly dedicated to sustainability issues
  • you have a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and intercultural exchange
  • you are willing to share your skills and expertise in the YES Impact Lab and with the YES Alumni Community
  • you are able to attend the entire two weeks


Tuition fee

  • Full: EUR 1750 (professionals, participants sent by institutions and/or with third-party funding)*
  • Students: EUR 875 (50% discount)
  • 5 full tuition fee scholarships for free participation available!

For more information on scholarships: see application process --> scholarships. We are sorry we are not able to provide travel scholarships.

The participation fee is subsidized by the YES partners. It covers lodging (usually rooms of 2), full board, all local transfers in between lab venues, high-quality experts and facilitators, all program activities including excursions and entrance fees, lab documents and materials, and the YES Alumni community membership; all of which are arranged by the course organizers.

You are responsible for paying and organizing your visa (if required – start process at least 4 months before lab), your health and travel insurance (mandatory), your international or domestic travel to the respective meeting point for the lab, and any additional activity outside the lab program.

Important: Visa application process can take up to 4 months. Check now if you need a visa for Iran, and start your Visa process immediately after your participation is confirmed!

*Are you a for-profit company willing to send your talents or trainees? Are you a company, organization or institution interested in an institutional partnership with YES? Check our partner page or contact us.


How to apply

Click on the "Apply now!"-button to access the application form, where you can upload your CV, motivation letter and a recommendation letter (a Google account is needed to access the application form).

The YES selection committee reviews the applications and selects the YES participants within 5 days after the application deadline. Places are limited (early application strongly recommended). The selected participants will receive an acceptance email, describing the steps to follow before the lab. There is a waiting list for places that may open up at a later stage. Unsuccessful applicants are very welcome to apply for future labs.

The right people, the right topics: YES helped me to define my career path. It taught me a simple lesson: Sustainability is not up in the air, it is down on earth right under our feet!
Ivan Huang, YES Alumnus, Tourism Manager and Developer Light Electro Vehicle