International Programmes 2020/2021

Bayreuth International Summer School – Energy & Climate Energy & Climate

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Course location
Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2, C1
  • July 05 - July 16, 2021 (Registration deadline of course provider: April 30, 2021)
Target group

International undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students


The need for rapid emissions cuts, alongside growing global demand for (renewable) energy, raises 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 to analyse how they contribute to managing – or slowing down – and meeting the growing demand for renewable energy. The political context of climate change, climate justice, and the current energy transition has been strongly influenced by international climate negotiations, from the Kyoto Protocol to the P4G Summit Copenhagen and from the Paris Agreement to the COP24 held in Poland in December 2018.

While being driven by the political demands, scientists at universities and research institutes as well as in the industrial sector are working on new energy conversion and storage systems around the world. This pressure is necessary to ensure a secure and affordable supply of environmentally friendly energy. As future energy systems will be diverse, a broad knowledge of different conversion and storage applications is needed. Therefore, we will cover fundamental knowledge, specific case studies as well as possible solutions for novel energy systems from an engineering point of view. The development of flexible, decentralised smart energy systems and the hybridisation of renewable energy systems will be presented during the summer school. These topics are widely discussed in the strategic energy planning at European and international levels to end up with efficient systems with a minimum environmental impact and CO2 footprint.

The presence of available technical solutions for renewable energy is possible because communities are discussing energy self-sufficiency. Additionally, it is possible due to the potential of increased regional economic value as a result of renewable energies – for instance, in the context of the German “Energiewende” (energy transition). Many of these changes remain highly contested at all levels (from international to local). In many regions of the world, access to increasingly renewable energy is also a question of inequality and justice. The summer school will address technical, social, and political issues raised by renewable energy (solar, wind, hydropower, and bioenergy). Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other modelling frameworks will also help us tackle some of these questions.

During both of the weeks, renowned experts from various countries around the world will offer rich insights into current issues dealing with the globally important topic of energy and climate change.

For more detailed information on the course content and lecturers, please visit our website.

Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
  • July 05 - July 16, 2021 (Registration deadline of course provider: April 30, 2021), costs: EUR 650
This price includes
  • Course fees
Further information on dates and prices

The participation fee includes tuition fees for a truly interdisciplinary and interactive online course. Additional activities on our campus and leisure activities in and around Bayreuth will be offered in line with public health regulations. Please check our website for further information.

Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2, C1
Language requirements

A very good command of the English language (preferably level B2) is a requirement for your participation in the course. Please provide proof of your language level by submitting a language certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge) with your application.

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Please submit your contact information and supporting documents (CV, brief personal statement, and proof of language proficiency) via our website:

Please contact us by e-mail if you have any questions regarding the application procedure.

Is accommodation organised?
The organiser helps participants look for accommodation.
Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Description of social and leisure programme

In addition to the online courses, we plan to host events and activities in and around Bayreuth in line with public health regulations.

Free internet access
Support in visa matters
Pick-up service from train station/airport

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