Netherlands, Groningen

Local Energy Innovation for Global Change

when 12 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 400

The Groningen Energy Summer School (GESS2018), held for the 7th time in 2018, will focus on Local Energy Innovations for Global Change. The Summer School takes an integrative approach to the societal and technological dimensions of the energy transition. By combining a broad range of disciplines, this event offers a unique opportunity to PhD students to become aware of different aspects of energy transition, to develop novel insights, and to learn to create synergy between approaches to the energy transition. The participants will attend lectures by specialists in the field, present their own and each other’s work, and play an active role in the discussions.

In relation to this year’s topic, ‘Local Energy Innovations for Global Change’, various innovations, ranging from the social to the technical, will be examined. Such innovations can be focal points for empowering local entrepreneurs, communities and governments as active agents in the
energy transition. These innovations allow for rapid transformations of regional societies and economies, ranging from the islands of Denmark, the deserts of the American South-West and inner China, or the rural villages of India. Energy is a game changer and we are starting to notice.The Groningen Energy Summer School (GESS2018), held for the 7th time in 2018, will focus on Local Energy Innovations for Global Change. The Summer School takes an integrative approach to the societal and technological dimensions of the energy transition. By combining a broad range of disciplines, this event offers a unique opportunity to PhD students to become aware of different aspects of energy transition, to develop novel insights, and to learn to create synergy between approaches to the energy transition. The participants will attend lectures by specialists in the field, present their own and each other’s work, and play an active role in the discussions.

In relation to this year’s topic, ‘Local Energy Innovations for Global Change’, various innovations, ranging from the social to the technical, will be examined. Such innovations can be focal points for empowering local entrepreneurs, communities and governments as active agents in the
energy transition. These innovations allow for rapid transformations of regional societies and economies, ranging from the islands of Denmark, the deserts of the American South-West and inner China, or the rural villages of India. Energy is a game changer and we are starting to notice.

Course leader

Dr. Anne Beaulieu, Faculty of Science and Engineering and Dr. Christian Zuidema, Faculty of Spatial Sciences

Target group

PhD students whose research addresses innovation (broadly defined, both social and technical) in energy systems and energy transitions.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:

- Understand different views on innovation
- Analyse innovations in energy systems from an interdisciplinary perspective
- Master concepts about the dynamics around innovations in energy systems
- Address the challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration

Credits info

Participants will be awarded with a certificate

Fee info

EUR 400: excluding housing
EUR 700: including housing

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