Bayreuth, Germany

Energy & Climate

when 4 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 1110

The need for rapid emissions cuts, alongside growing global demand for (renewable) energy, raise critical questions. In this course, we will cover fundamental knowledge, specific case studies, as well as possible solutions for novel energy systems. We will address technical, social and political issues raised by renewable energy (solar, wind, hydropower and bioenergy) necessities. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and other modelling frameworks will also help us tackle some of these issues.

The need for rapid emissions cuts, alongside growing global demand for (renewable) energy, raise critical questions about the technological potential and socio-economic and political implications of various technologies and approaches.

The Summer School will start with a theoretical introduction to the political background of the topic. Decisions at all levels of governance will be discussed and how they contribute to managing – or slowing down – how the growing demand for renewable energy is met. The political context of climate change, climate justice and the current energy transition, has been strongly influenced by international climate negotiations, from Kyoto Protocol to P4G Summit Copenhagen, Paris Agreement to the COP24 held in Poland in December 2018.

Course leader


Dr. Markus Biberacher
ispace Research Studios Austria, Salzburg, Austria

Prof. Dr. Peter Christoff
University of Melbourne, Australia

Prof. Dr. Erwin Franquet
Université de Pau et de Pays de l'Adour

Target group

The programme is open to students (preferably post-graduate or at least in their last third of their studies) and professionals from all disciplines, although the course will focus on topics regarding energy and climate.

Credits info

5 EC
Please ask the Summer School team for detailed information on credit points.

Fee info

EUR 1110: Regular Rate
EUR 710: Rate for students from partner universities


Students from partner universities may qualify for reduced tuition fees.