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Energy Systems in Transition and Sustainable Mobility

Switzerland: EFPL Lausanne ( and ETH Zurich (

Jun 11, 2017 to Jul 1, 2017

European Summer School

The energy sector is a major contributor to some of the most pressing societal challenges, such as climate change, resource depletion and local air pollution. We are presently facing huge and unprecedented challenges in replacing the current fossil fuel based energy systems with a sustainable, more secure and equitable supply and in reducing our energy consumption. To mitigate these problems, new energy technologies need to be developed and diffused. Firms and institutions, such as public policy, as well as the energy consumer play a particularly important role in achieving these goals.

The summer school will enable students to share knowledge and learn from each other as well as from experts in the field. It provides a unique setting for students to collaborate and to build a network across Europe. Awareness for the challenge of our future energy supply will be raised, a better understanding of the energy issues will be encouraged, and global solutions to meet the challenges will be discussed. The small number of attendees offers ideal learning conditions. In addition to the lectures and practical sessions, visits to energy facilities as well as to research institutes are planned.


Energy systems are entering a transition period as they progressively integrate intermittent renewable production, storage, electric mobility, demand-side management, etc. Energy systems will thus become more integrated and decentralized. For decision makers to be able to take informed decisions, it become increasingly necessary to gain a holistic understanding of the complexity of these developments, as well as on the evolutionary pathways from today’s paradigm.

Modeling experts, energy system specialists and energy economists will team-up to provide a comprehensive view on the modeling of energy systems. Participants will be exposed, though lectures, practical sessions and active participation to real research projects, to the main techno- and macro-economic modeling tools available to design energy systems, simulate scenarios and assess energy and climate policies. The following approaches will be introduced: simulation and optimization energy models, economic growth models, partial equilibrium models, as well as life-cycle analysis (LCA) and material flow analysis (MCA). The program will also discuss the issue of the many uncertain parameters surrounding the energy transition that might impact the relevance of energy models. In particular, advanced stochastic techniques commonly used to design resilient and robust energy policies will be presented and illustrated.

Transport-related energy consumption is a high (and growing) share of the total energy consumption globally and in Switzerland in particular, with more than 38% of total final national energy consumption and almost 40% of CO2 emission. The development of more efficient drivetrain and energy conversion technologies together with a systemic perspective of the transport system is essential for the transition of the current transportation system to a more sustainable one, featuring minimal CO2 output and primary energy demand as well as virtually zero-pollutant pollutants. The following topics will be covered: environmental impacts of personal mobility, of freight transportation and of different transportation technologies and settlement types, interactions between mobilitiy and other energy sectors, current developments in e-mobility and battery development, mobility patterns and mobility behaviour, CO2 reduction (decarbonisation) in mobility (freight and passenger transportation).


Main speakers include

  • Christian Bach, Head of Automotive Powertrain Technologies Laboratory, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
  • Friedel Bachmann, Institute of Social and Business Psychology, University of Zurich
  • Dr. Pierre Boillat, Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imagin, Paul Scherrer Institute
  • Dominik Bucher, Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich 
  • Francesca Cellina, Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
  • Dr. Francesco Ciari, Institute for Transport Planning and Systems, ETH Zurich
  • Brian Cox, Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis, Paul Scherrer Institute
  • Dr. Philipp Elbert, Institute for Dynamic System and Control, ETH Zurich
  • Andreas Froemelt, Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Gil Georges, Institute for Energy Technology, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Merja Hoppe, School of Engineering, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
  • Dr. David Jonietz, Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Tom Kober, Head of Energy Economic Group, Paul Scherrer Insitute
  • Lukas Küng, Institute for Energy Technology, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Valerio De Martinis, Institute for Transport Planning and System, ETH Zurich
  • Kannan Ramachandran, Energy Economic Group, Paul Scherrer Institute
  • Dr. Alejandro Santis, BFH-CSEM Energy Storage Research Centre, Bern University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Andrea Vezzini, Head of the BFH-CSEM Energy Storage Research Centre, Bern University of Applied Sciences

Further speakers will be announced.

Prerequisits and target audience

Admission criteria

The European Campus of Excellence course is open to 30 students. Participants will be selected based on academic merit.

  • Demonstrate high motivation and interest in gaining further knowledge on energy issues
  • Enrolled in a bachelor (second or third year) or master program in natural, engineering sciences, economic or social sciences
  • Studying at a European University (Israel, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey included) or students studying outside Europe and holding an European citizenship
  • Working proficiency in english

Participants will be selected based on academic merit.

We are looking forward to recieving you application!


Thanks to the generous funding provided by the Stiftung Mercator Schweiz, stipends for all 30 participants can be provided. They cover teaching, boarding, lodging and travelling (except a personal financial contribution of EUR 150 for the journey to Switzerland). For students who are unable to cover the personal contribution, financial support is available.


The summer school is organized by the Swiss Study Foundation ( in collaboration with the Swiss competence centre for energy research « Efficient technologies and systems for mobility » (SCCER mobility, and the energy centre of EPF Lausanne (energy science centre CEN,

Steering Committee

  • Prof. Konstantinos Boulouchos, Aerothermochemistry and Combustion Systems Laboratory LAV, ETH Zürich
  • Prof. Andrea Vezzini, Institut für Energie- und Mobilitätsforschung IEM und BFH-CSEM Energy Storage Research Center ESReC, BFH
  • Dr. Gloria Romera Guereca, Managing Director SCCER Mobility, ETH Zürich
  • Dr. François Vuille, Director of Development, Energy Centre CEN, EPF Lausanne

Applications are taken from Jan 17, 2017 until Mar 8, 2017

Additional Notes


Dr. Silvie Cuperus, Program Manager of the European Campus of Excellence Switzerland

Phone: +41 (0) 44 233 33 12

Swiss Study Foundation, CH – 8032 Zurich

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