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International School on Energy Systems (ISES 2016)


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Forschungszentrum Jülich - Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEK-STE)


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HITEC - Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Energy and Climate Research

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TERI – The Energy and Resources Institute New Delhi

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The energy infrastructure of a country provides a fundamental means for societal development and economic growth. At the same time, resource depletion, environmental pollution and climate change face the societies with the need to critical reflection upon their energy choices. According to present understanding, energy systems comprise the technologies required to materialize the flow of energy from the production of primary energy resources to energy services which meet the demand of the economic sectors. The national energy systems are interlinked by international trade of energy carriers. Over the past century, the trade of fossil energy carriers has become a backbone of the global economy. More recently, broader markets for electricity, e.g. in Europe, have emerged.
Societal formulation of goals like sustainable development and political decision making have led to the idea of managing the transition from present “unsustainable” to future “sustainable” energy systems. The transformation of energy systems in the direction of sustainable energy systems is a multifaceted challenge which requires a societal consensus on the desirable outcome, the means of achieving it, and a willingness to pool the resources toward the realisation of the goal of sustainability. An analytical effort to understand and explain the determinants of the future energy systems and the dynamics of the on-going processes requires a multidisciplinary approach, multidisciplinary expertise and interdisciplinary skills which are yet not covered by standard academic curricula.
The International School on Energy Systems (ISES 2016) hosted by Forschungszentrum Jülich invites young researchers and young professionals in the fields of energy technologies, economics, political science, and related disciplines to discuss the challenges of present and future energy systems. The major issues of energy systems and the transformation process will be addressed by keynote speakers and discussed by the participants. The research topics of the participants will be presented and discussed during the poster session which includes a poster award.
The goal of the school is to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges which concern today´s and future energy systems as well as the necessity to manage a transformation process towards sustainability.



August 28 – September 02 2016


Kloster Seeon

Kloster Seeon

Kultur- und Bildungszentrum des Bezirks Oberbayern
Klosterweg 1
D-83370 Seeon

Bavaria, Germany


Young researchers (MA and PhD students, post-doc fellows) and young professionals from industry and regulators with a solid background in energy technology, energy economics, energy policy or related subjects.
The total number of participants is limited to 40.


Lectures by designated keynote speakers, industry perspectives and discussions among the participants shape the sessions. Work deliverables that evolve from the work carried out in sessions, posters, and discussions present a contribution to the identification of: [1] Challenges of existing energy systems and challenges of a transformation process, [2] Criteria for the assessment of energy systems, [3] Determinants of future sustainable energy systems, - to answer the key questions of the school.  Program ISES 2016 (PDF, 107 kB)


The application process for ISES 2016 is over. Information on ISES 2017 are available at the beginning 2017.

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Forschungszentum Jülich * IEK-STE * D-52425 Jülich



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