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Energy Systems in Transition : Economic, policy and social challenges

ETH Zürich www.ethz.ch and University of St. Gallen; http://www.unisg.ch/

Aug 14, 2016 to Sep 3, 2016

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. 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 global challenge has to be addressed by an interdisciplinary approach and global as well as local strategies. Comprehension of the interconnectivity between different fields such as energy production, energy consumption, society, policy and economy is crucial for a successful transformation of the energy systems. 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 work together and to build a network across Europe. Awareness for the challenge of our future energy supply will be raised, a better under-standing 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. The ECE seminar will be taught by distinguished scientists in the field.

Description

Topics of the course will be among others

  • Introduction to energy economy and energy policy
  • Renewable energy management
  • Policy risks in financing renewable energy projects
  • Energy policy and stakeholder engagement
  • Development of the EU Energy Policy
  • Energy politics
  • Energy law in Switzerland
  • Negotiation engineering

In addition to the lectures and practical sessions, excursion to the energy region Goms (http://www.energieregiongoms.ch/), the hydro power plant Grand Dixence (http://www.grande-dixence.ch/energie/hydraulic/switzerland/grande-dixence.html) and the nuclear power plant Beznau (https://www.kernenergie.ch/de/akw-beznau.html) are planned. The participant will also discuss social, economic, and industrial concerns with key note speakers on at least two evenings per week.

Main speakers include

  • Dr. Anna Ebers, Centre for Energy Innovation, Governance and Investment, University of St. Gallen
  • Prof. Peter Hettich, Centre for Energy Innovation, Governance and Investment, University of St. Gallen
  • Adrian Rinscheid, Good Energies Chair for Management of Renewable Energies, University of St. Gallen
  • Prof. Rolf Wüstenhagen, Good Energies Chair for Management of Renewable Energies, University of St. Gallen
  • Prof. Aya Kachi, Assistant Professor for Political Economics of Energy Politics, University of Basel
  • Dr. Sophie Lufkin, Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Development, EPF Lausanne
  • Prof. Andreas Balthasar, Titular Professor of Political Science, Swiss Politics and Policy Evaluation, University of Lucerne
  • Prof. Sebastian Heselhaus, Professor of European Law, International Law, Public Law and Comparative Public Law, University of Lucerne
  • Prof. Volker Hoffmann, Professor for Sustainability and Technology, ETH Zurich
  • Prof. Michael Ambühl, Chair of Negotiation and Conflict Management, ETH Zurich
  • Prof. Tobias Schmidt, Professor of Energy Politics, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Adan Leobardo Martinez Cruz, Energy and Public Economics, ETH Zurich

Prerequisits and target audience

Students should:

  • demonstrate a high motivation and interest in gaining further knowledge on energy issues
  • be enrolled in a bachelor (second or third year) or master program in natural or engineering sciences, economic or social sciences
  • have a working proficiency in English Participants will be selected based on academic merit.

Applications are accepted from students performing studies at European universities (Israel, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey included) or students studying outside Europe and holding European citizenship.

Participants are limited to 30 students

Scholarships

Thanks to the generous funding provided by the Stiftung Mercator Schweiz, scholarships for all 30 participants can be provided. They cover travelling, boarding and lodging.

Organizer

Swiss Study Foundation

Dr. Silvie Cuperus

Program Manager European Campus of Excellence

Merkurstrasse 45

CH-8032 Zürich

fon direkt +41 44 233 33 12

fon +41 44 233 33 00

silvie.cuperus@studienstiftung.ch

www.studienstiftung.ch // www.fondetudes.ch

Applications are taken from Feb 14, 2016 until Mar 30, 2016

Supported by

Energy Systems in Transition: Present and Future Technologies & Policies

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Apr 13, 2016 to Apr 29, 2016

European Summer School

The world is presently facing huge and unprecedented challenges in replacing the current fossil fuel based energy systems with a sustainable, more secure and equitable supply. This global challenge has to be addressed by an interdisciplinary approach and global as well as local strategies. Comprehension of the interconnectivity between different fields such as energy production, energy consumption, society, policy and economy is crucial for a successful transformation of the energy systems. 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 work together and to build a network across Europe. Awareness for the challenge of our future energy supply will be raised, a better under-standing 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. The ECE seminar will be taught by distinguished scientists in the field.

Description

The program will focus on the technical topics and will also include workshops on energy policies:

  • Renewable energy technologies: wind energy and solar energy
  • Hydrogen as an energy carrier
  • Fossil fuels and nuclear energy
  • Energy transport and storage
  • Workshops: transitions to renewable energy (trends, motives and business ideas), energy policy and negotiations

In addition to the lectures and practical sessions, trips to a wind and hydro power plant and further energy facilities as well as to research institutes such as the PSI (Paul Scherer Institute, Villigen) and the EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) are planned. The participants will not only be dealing with the technical challenges of the energy transition, but will also discuss social, economic, and industrial concerns with key note speakers on at least two evenings per week.

Main speakers include

  • Prof. Aldo Steinfeld, Renewable Energy Carriers, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Günther Scherer, Electrochemistry Laboratory, PSI, Villigen
  • Prof. Michael Ambühl, Chair of Negotiation and Conflict Management, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Andreas Zuettel, Hydrogen & Energy, EMPA Material Sciences and Technology, Duebendorf

Further speakers will be announced

Prerequisits and target audience

Students should

  • demonstrate a high motivation and interest in gaining further knowledge on energy issues
  • be enrolled in a bachelor (second or third year) or master program in natural or engineering sciences with basic knowledge of thermodynamics
  • have a working proficiency in English
  • Participants will be selected based on academic merit.

Applications are accepted from students performing studies at European universities (Israel, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey included) or students studying outside Europe and holding European citizenship.

Participants are limited to 30 students

Scholarships

Thanks to the generous funding provided by the Stiftung Mercator Schweiz, stipends for all 30 participants can be provided. They cover travelling, boarding and lodging.

Organizer

Swiss Study Foundation

Dr. Silvie Cuperus

This summer school is supported by the Stiftung Mercator Schweiz. It is an initiative in the framework of the European Campus of Excellence (ECE).

Applications are taken from Feb 1, 2016 until Mar 31, 2016

Additional Notes

Please note:As many applicants are having difficulties in getting together all necessary documents in time, we have now extended our application period for our Zurich course. The new deadline will be 15 March 2015.

Please note: We have changed our application system to a new version on 14 January. If you have registered with the old version before this date, you may have to register again by choosing the button "Apply for an account". If in doubt: Only the correct version of the application portal lets you apply for the course in Zurich.

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

If you have any questions, please write to silvie.cuperus(at)studienstiftung.ch.

In case of technical questions about the application system, please write to nicole.strueber(at)euca-excellence.eu.

Supported by

FLOATING SUMMER SCHOOL – North South Atlantic Transect Training (NoSoAT)

Research vessel RV Polarstern – transit from Bremerhaven (Germany) to Cape Town (South Africa)

Oct 29, 2015 to Dec 2, 2015

European Summer School

“There is the life of the plankton in almost endless variety“ -– Sir Alister Hardy

The world’s oceans are the cornerstone of life on earth. Water turned the earth into a blue, habitable planet and the oceans play a key role in the climate system. They cover 71% of the earth’s surface and we are far from understanding all their hidden secrets. Improving our knowledge of the ocean requires a new generation of well-trained researchers that are able to combine practical field work with modern methods like remote sensing or RNA sequencing.
By crossing the Atlantic from North to South, students will get a thorough insight in the fundamental principles of biological oceanography. The aim is to train talented young students on board a research vessel and enabling them to start a promising career in marine sciences. This exciting cruise will bring together participants from Europe and South Africa, through a joint cooperation between the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research & Training (SMART) and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO).

Description

Students (graduate level) will be trained in the principles of oceanography and marine biology. Work on board will include lectures, practical exercises and student presentations. Along the North South transect from Bremerhaven to Cape Town, participants will get a hands-on training in deployment and operation of scientific gear (Rosette sampler with CTD sensors, Bongonet, Multinet, and Continuous Plankton recorder), acquisition and processing of the sample material and interpretation of the respective data. Students will be trained in

• The determination of pH, oxygen and alkalinity
• Microscopy of phytoplankton and zooplankton
• Determination of phytoplankton
• DNA/RNA isolation
• Cultivation of species

The aim is to provide talented young students with the skills to follow a career in the fields of marine sciences.

Main speakers include

Training on board will be carried out by renowned scientists in the field of biological oceanography. The group of instructors comprises inter alia:

Prof. Dr. Karin Lochte, AWI / University of Bremen
Prof. Dr. Karen Wiltshire, AWI / Jacobs University / POGO
Prof. Dr. Maarten Boersma, AWI / Jacobs University
Prof. Dr. Gerald Plumley, AWI / POGO
Prof. Dr. John Field, University of Cape Town
Dr. Pauhla McGrane, SMART/Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Prerequisits and target audience

Applications are accepted from graduates with a background in biological and / or marine sciences. A good command of English is required.

Important notes:

Applicants who are positively evaluated will need to submit a medical history and perform a complete physical exam. This can be done with any general practitioner. Once accepted, detailed information will be provided. The completed medical checklist must be submitted not later than August 10.

Applicants must hold a valid passport. They should make sure that they are eligible for a tourist visa to enter Germany (starting point) and South Africa (ending point).

Applicants should take into account that the cruise dates are preliminary and may still be subject to change by a few days. Final cruise schedule to be expected for early summer.

Participants are limited to 34 students

Scholarships

We are committed to admitting talented students from diverse backgrounds. Accepted applicants will receive a scholarship to cover tuition, travel to Bremerhaven and from Cape Town, lodging and food.

Please note: Costs for visa (if applicable) and medical checks cannot be covered.

Organizer

The Floating Summer School is a joint project between the Alfred Wegener Institute, the POGO Centre of Excellence and the Irish Strategic Marine Alliance for Research & Training (SMART) programme.

Any questions related to participation should be addressed to Claudia.Hanfland@awi.de This summer school is jointly supported by the Mercator Foundation and the Nippon Foundation / POGO Centre of Excellence. It is an initiative in the framework of the European Campus of Excellence (ECE).

Applications are taken from Apr 13, 2015 until Jun 7, 2015

Supported by

The Creative City – Past, Present and Future

International Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland

Sep 16, 2015 to Sep 25, 2015

European Summer School

The ‘Creative City’ is a ten-day-long educational programme organised within the frame of the European Campus of Excellence and supported by the German Polish Science Foundation, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the International Cultural Centre. It addresses 30 young scholars form Poland and Germany interested in urban studies and heritage management. It aims at presenting the interdisciplinary approach to the urban development of the European cities focusing on such issues as cultural heritage, cities transition, ‘creative city’ discourse and energy security. The research territory of the course will be based in Krakow, second largest city of Poland, heritage oriented touristic hub and important academic centre with large experience with both industrialisation and deindustrialisation processes.

Description

The ‘Creative City – Past, Present and Future’ is ten-day-long educational programme organised within the framework of the European Campus of Excellence and supported by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the International Cultural Centre and addressed to a group of 30 students and young scholars form Poland, Germany and other countries interested in urban studies and heritage management. It aims at presenting the interdisciplinary approach to the contemporary issues in urban development of the European cities. Approaching its past represented by the cultural heritage, discussing its present through the examples of the cities transition in last two decades (Krakow, Katowice, Ruhr Region, Barcelona, etc.) as well as projecting its future through examining such concepts as ‘creative city’ discourse and energy security will enable the group of participants get the knowledge on the basic environment and main achievement of the European culture, namely ‘the city’. The research territory of the course will be based in Krakow, which is a perfect scenery to discuss such issues as the role of the cultural heritage in contemporary urban development, the fall of the totalitarian regime and reestablishment of the civic society, implementation of the market and global oriented economy in the post-communist environment, deindustrialisation and search for the new and efficient tools of development.
The ‘Creative city’ programme is planned as a joint event (in its time schedule) with the III Heritage Forum of Central Europe, a large-scale international gathering of heritage experts organised by the ICC, the 2015 subject of which will be ‘the City‘. Participation in this event will not only let the students explore the issue of city studies but also meet the specialists in many related fields.

Main speakers include

List of the speakers confirmed so far:

Prof. Dr. Gregory J. Ashworth, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen: heritage studies

Prof. Dr. Christer Gustafsson, Uppsala University: heritage studies

Prof. Dr. Jacek Purchla, Jagiellonian University: European studies, heritage studies

Mr. Matthias Ripp, Stadt Regensburg, World Heritage Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Roth: University of Bremen: behavioral physiology, development neurobiology

Dr. Michał Wiśniewski, Krakow University of Economics: architecture history

Dr. Christoph Wolff: Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes: chemistry, energy studies

Prerequisits and target audience

The ‘Creative City – Past, Present and Future’ programme addresses students and young scholars interested in urban studies and heritage management. The group of participants will comprise 30 students and young researchers. The first group of 10 will represent Poland and some other neighboring countries, e.g. Ukraine. The second group of ten will represent Germany. The third group of ten will be open to all European students. The participants will be recruited through the application call announced on the website of the European Campus of Excellence. The application review will be organised by the Steering Committee of the programme which will combine the representatives of the organisational bodies and invited experts from Poland or other European countries.

Participants are limited to 30 students

Scholarships

We are committed to admitting talented students of diverse backgrounds.

Accepted applicants will receive a scholarship: Tuition will be waived completely; travel will be mostly covered, board and accommodation will be fully covered.

Participating scholars of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes may cover their travel expenses using their regular monthly scholarships - board and accommodation will be covered by additional funds.

Organizer

International Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland

European Campus of Excellence, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

This summer school is supported by the German-Polish Science Foundation and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. It is an initiative in the framework of the European Campus of Excellence (ECE).

Applications are taken from Apr 20, 2015 until Jun 30, 2015

Supported by

Host-microbe symbioses – old friends and foes

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras near Lisbon, Portugal

Jul 19, 2015 to Aug 1, 2015

European Summer School

In the Summer School “Host-microbe symbioses – old friends and foes” we will explore stable host-microbe interactions as a spectrum from parasitic to mutualistic. It is becoming clear that most animals and plants associate with microbes during their life and that these greatly influence host biology. The course will last two weeks and will explore this field with leading scientists that bring a broad range of expertise and approaches. The Summer School will be targeted at second or later years PhD students. The main aim of this meeting is to help them define their future research interests.

Description

In this Summer School we will consider symbiotic associations as a whole. Host-microbe symbiosis is a multidisciplinary field with the input of different perspectives essential for its understanding. The course will cover the subject from complementary perspectives: from the host and the microbe viewpoint, from a functional or evolutionary approach, in invertebrates and vertebrates, looking at microbes as pathogens or mutualists, and as one-to-one interactions or complex multi-organisms consortiums. Participants will interact with leaders in the field with different expertise and experience in studying symbiosis from all these different angles. The course will last two weeks and will consist of general lectures, research seminars and development of a project. Lectures will cover the state of the art in specific areas of the field and will give the students a broad view of that area . Lecturers will also present their own research on these topics giving the students insight on how specific problems are currently addressed. Finally, students will develop a project proposal throughout the two weeks. Students will identify important questions in the field and propose a research project to address them. The work will be based on literature research and daily discussions with the lecturers.

Main speakers include

  • Martin Blaser (New York University, USA), Resident microbes and the ecology of human diseases
  • Thomas Bosch (Kiel University, Germany), Evolution and the ecology of development
  • Jocelyne Demengeot (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal), Lymphocyte physiology
  • Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello (New York University, USA), Microbial ecology and translational medicine
  • Nicole Dubilier (Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany), Symbionts in marine invertebrates
  • Isabel Gordo (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal), Evolutionary biology
  • Rob Knight (University of California at San Diego, USA), Microbial diversity and metagenomics
  • Éva Kondorosi (Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary), Symbiosis and functional genomics
  • José Pereira Leal (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal), Computational genomics
  • Bruno Lemaitre (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland), Insect-microbe interactions and immunity
  • Andrew Macpherson (University of Bern, Switzerland), Immunity at the mucosal surface
  • Margaret McFall-Ngai (University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA), Invertebrate-microbe symbiotic interactions
  • Nancy Moran (University of Texas-Austin, USA), Symbiosis and evolution of biological complexity
  • Howard Ochman (University of Texas-Austin, USA), Microbial evolution
  • Ned Ruby (University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA), Biology of microbial symbionts
  • Philippe J. Sansonetti (Pasteur Institute, France), Molecular microbial pathogenesis
  • Miguel Soares (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal), Inflammation
  • Luis Teixeira (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência), Host-microbe interactions
  • Karina Xavier (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência), Bacterial signaling

Prerequisits and target audience

The Summer School will be targeted at second or later years PhD students.

Applications are accepted from students performing studies at European universities or students studying outside Europe and holding European citizenship. We also encourage applications from Turkey and Israel.

Participants are limited to 30 students

Scholarships

Accepted applicants will have tuition, lodging and food fully covered. Travel scholarship will be available to some of the applicants. We are committed to admitting talented students from diverse backgrounds.

 

Organizer

This course is organized by Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. For further information contact Luis Teixeira or Karina Xavier at symbiosis@igc.gulbenkian.pt.

This summer school is supported by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and VolkswagenStiftung. It is an initiative in the framework of the European Campus of Excellence (ECE).

Applications are taken from Jan 15, 2015 until Mar 15, 2015

Supported by

Modern Mathematics

Jacobs University Bremen

Jul 4, 2015 to Jul 14, 2015

European Summer School

The International Summer School for Students is an introduction to top-level mathematical research topics for highly selected international students at the age of transition between high school and university. Presentations and mini-courses will be given by international leading university mathematicians.

The summer school combines the best features from several successful international activities for talented students, such as the

  • Russian-language summer school "Sovremennaya Matematika" (Contemporary mathematics) in Dubna near Moscow,
  • the MASS research semesters program at Penn State University/USA, and
  • the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO 2009) in Bremen/Germany

Key organizers of all these activities are among the initiators of our school. The success of the previous summer schools in Bremen (2011 and 2013) and Lyon (2012 and 2014) confirm that such projects can be successfull at the European level. As in the previous years, we hope that our school will help foster connections among the international participants as well as develop the attractiveness of the European Research Area at the international level, and we hope that it will encourage international students to study in Europe and in particular in the host countries.

Description

The core of the summer school is a high-level lecture program by leading mathematicians of different mathematical interests, backgrounds, personalities, and styles. Common to contributions is that they try to address an audience with a minimum of technical ballast, but develop a subject in surprising and inspiring ways, aiming at deep mathematical insights or connections between superficially unrelated ideas.

 

The purpose of the school is not to have participants sit and watch, but to become involved in mathematics. Therefore, we supplement the lectures by various formats of tutorials, group work, and mathematical activities.

 

The entire structure of the summer schools is set up so as to encourage informal interaction between all speakers and participants. Participants, speakers, and organizers live and eat in the same college on campus, resulting in short walkways and easy opportunities for interaction also during meals and in the evenings.

 

In addition, there is plenty of opportunity for informal interaction, such as various sports activities, group games, common music playing, and more.

 

Main speakers include

Speakers (tentative list):

John H. Conway, Princeton University, USA
Günter M. Ziegler, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Don Zagier, Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik, Bonn und Collège de France, Paris
Matthias Görner, Pixar Animation Studios, USA
Rebecca Waldecker, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Wendelin Werner, Zürich
Juan Carlos Álvarez Paiva, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France
Sarah C. Koch, University of Michigan, USA

Prerequisits and target audience

  • High school students should be no more than two years before their high school graduation and must have a solid knowledge of calculus.
  • University students should not have completed more than two years of university study.
  • The summer school starts on 4 July 2015 (arrival day) and ends on 14 July 2015 (departure day); the program begins on 5 July in the morning and concludes on 13 July in the evening. Participation is only possible for students who stay during the entire duration of the school.
  • The language of the school and the entire program will be English; participants must be able to communicate freely in English.

We are committed to admitting talented students with diverse backgrounds. We hope that many young women will apply and will be admitted.

Participants are limited to 100 students

Scholarships

The nominal contribution for participants is €400; this covers all activities for the entire duration of the school, including accommodation, meals, scientific program, and excursion. Nobody will be excluded for financial reasons! We have fellowships available to support deserving participants. These fellowships usually cover partly the participation fee; limited support for travel expenses may be available in exceptional cases.

This summer school is supported by VolkswagenStiftung and Clay Mathematics Institute. It is an initiative in the framework of the European Campus of Excellence (ECE).

Organizer

Jacobs University Bremen

 

Campus Ring 1

 

D – 28759 Bremen

 

 

 

Dierk Schleicher

 

Professor of Mathematics

 

Phone: +49 421 200 3210

 

 

Please see http://math.jacobs-university.de/summerschool/2015/index.php for details!

Applications are taken from Feb 1, 2015 until Mar 15, 2015

Supported by

The Welfare State and Inequality - Europe in the 21st Century

Jun 30, 2015 to Jul 10, 2015

European Summer School

In the course of the 20th century the welfare state became a crucial structural feature for Europe’s modern democratic societies. Its social policies not only cushioned, compensated, and counteracted all kinds of social risks but also advanced societal integration and provided for people’s participation to a degree hitherto unknown. Yet, this welfare state expansion rested upon economic, social, and political conditions which have profoundly changed over the last decades. An ageing population and fertility decline, rapid technological change and the tertiarization of the economy, decelerated economic growth, growing unemployment and precarious work, a dramatic increase in women’s labour market participation, the pluralization of family structures, mass migration, and a severe recent fiscal crisis – all these developments form a serious challenge for the European welfare states in the 21st century. The ECE Summer School deals with, in particular, three core topics of utmost importance for successfully coping with these welfare state challenges:
(1) dynamics of inequality
(2) old and new social risks
(3) social investment in Europe

Description

The ECE Summer School will take place in Bremen from June 30 to July 10, 2015. The working language is English.
The ten-day-program consists of:
- presentations by international experts with discussion
- discussion of selected readings
- presentations and discussion of participants‘ own research projects / theses
Daily sessions are supervised by renowned international scholars who will also participate in the program for one or two additional days. Thus participants will experience a stimulating scientific environment providing them with the opportunity to closely discuss and work with a multidisciplinary international and Bremen faculty as well as other bright Master and PhD students working on similar issues.

Main speakers include

Prof. Giuliano Bonoli, Lausanne

Prof. Dr. Colin Crouch, Warwick

Prof. Gosta Esping-Andersen, Barcelona

Prof. Anton Hemerijck, Amsterdam

Prof. Michelle Jackson, Stanford

Prof. Bruno Palier, Paris.

Further speakers will be announced

Prerequisits and target audience

The ECE Summer School is targeted at Master and early PhD students from European universities with a social science background who work on questions related to one of the three core topics. They need to have a working proficiency in English. Participants will be selected based on academic merit. Applications are accepted from students performing studies at European universities (Israel, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey included) or students studying outside Europe and holding European citizenship.

Participants are limited to 30 students

Scholarships

Thanks to the generous funding provided by the Volkswagen Stiftung and the Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst, stipends for all 30 participants can be provided. They cover travelling, boarding and lodging.

Organizer

For more information on the program and the application formalities please visit our website at www.summerschool.bigsss-bremen.de

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

If you have any questions, please write to Maike Koschorreck (maikek@bigsss-bremen.de).

Applications are taken from Feb 1, 2015 until Mar 15, 2015

Supported by

Energy Systems in Transition 2015: Present and Future Technologies & Policies

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Jun 28, 2015 to Jul 18, 2015

European Summer School

The world is presently facing huge and unprecedented challenges in replacing the current fossil fuel based energy systems with a sustainable, more secure and equitable supply. This global challenge has to be addressed by an interdisciplinary approach and global as well as local strategies. Comprehension of the interconnectivity between different fields such as energy production, energy consumption, society, policy and economy is crucial for a successful transformation of the energy systems. 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 work together and to build a network across Europe. Awareness for the challenge of our future energy supply will be raised, a better under-standing 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. The ECE seminar will be taught by distinguished scientists in the field.

Description

The program will focus on the technical topics and will also include workshops on energy policies:

  • Renewable energy technologies: wind energy and solar energy
  • Hydrogen as an energy carrier
  • Fossil fuels and nuclear energy
  • Energy transport and storage
  • Workshops: transitions to renewable energy (trends, motives and business ideas), energy policy and negotiations

In addition to the lectures and practical sessions, trips to a wind and hydro power plant and further energy facilities as well as to research institutes such as the PSI (Paul Scherer Institute, Villigen) and the EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) are planned. The participants will not only be dealing with the technical challenges of the energy transition, but will also discuss social, economic, and industrial concerns with key note speakers on at least two evenings per week.

Main speakers include

  • Prof. Aldo Steinfeld, Renewable Energy Carriers, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Günther Scherer, Electrochemistry Laboratory, PSI, Villigen
  • Prof. Michael Ambühl, Chair of Negotiation and Conflict Management, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Andreas Zuettel, Hydrogen & Energy, EMPA Material Sciences and Technology, Duebendorf

Further speakers will be announced

Prerequisits and target audience

Students should

  • demonstrate a high motivation and interest in gaining further knowledge on energy issues
  • be enrolled in a bachelor (second or third year) or master program in natural or engineering sciences with basic knowledge of thermodynamics
  • have a working proficiency in English

Participants will be selected based on academic merit.

Applications are accepted from students performing studies at European universities (Israel, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey included) or students studying outside Europe and holding European citizenship.

Participants are limited to 30 students

Scholarships

Thanks to the generous funding provided by the Stiftung Mercator Schweiz, stipends for all 30 participants can be provided. They cover travelling, boarding and lodging.

Organizer

Swiss Study Foundation

Dr. Silvie Cuperus

This summer school is supported by the Stiftung Mercator Schweiz. It is an initiative in the framework of the European Campus of Excellence (ECE).

Applications are taken from Jan 15, 2015 until Mar 15, 2016

Additional Notes

Please note:As many applicants are having difficulties in getting together all necessary documents in time, we have now extended our application period for our Zurich course. The new deadline will be 15 March 2015.

Please note: We have changed our application system to a new version on 14 January. If you have registered with the old version before this date, you may have to register again by choosing the button "Apply for an account". If in doubt: Only the correct version of the application portal lets you apply for the course in Zurich.

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

If you have any questions, please write to silvie.cuperus(at)studienstiftung.ch.

In case of technical questions about the application system, please write to nicole.strueber(at)euca-excellence.eu.

Supported by