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International School on Energy Systems (ISES 2012)


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HITEC - Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Energy and Climate Research

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Indiana University - School of Public & Environmental Affairs

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University of Technology Sydney - Centre for Energy Policy (Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology)


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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.


October 1-5, 2012

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 school was organised in eight sessions based on each other. 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.

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