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Summerschool "Future of a Common European Energy Strategy"

​CEA and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are jointly organizing a summerschool “Future of a common European Energy Strategy” that will be held from June, 29th to July, 3rd 2016 at the Frauenchiemsee in Germany.

Published on 16 March 2016

​The European idea was linked to energy from the first days. Steal and coal as well as nuclear energy where high on the agenda. Europe is these days struggling for new projects which strengthen the common economy, reduce unemployment and negative environmental impacts which challenge the global climate. In this context, the integration of renewable energy sources in our energy mix associated with an increase of energy efficiency in our daily uses stands as a real opportunity for Europe.

The CEA-TUM summerschool on a sustainable energy future will address these questions. Its content is structured to complement existing initiatives linked to running European collaborative research projects that are generally more focused.

The summer school will comprise classical lectures with interactive working sessions in which students from France, Germany or other countries will develop a common European energy vision. Students should prepare in the end a communique which will be sent to the relevant ministries of France, Germany and European Union as suggestions from the academic youth.

The Summerschool will be divided in the three parts :

Energy, current technological context, economy and lifestyle

These introducing sessions should develop ideas on the questions of which level of energy consumption will be necessary to keep a vibrant economy in Europe and which one would allow for a variety of life styles which are necessary to keep an open society.

Energy technologies

The second part will focus on renewable energy technologies like wind and PV, on their integration to the energy mix thanks to energy storage means and smart energy grids development, but also nuclear and fusion energy. The role of new energy carriers such as biogases or hydrogen will also be introduced.  Are breakthroughs mandatory or can evolutionary improvements allow energy transition? Which technology readiness levels have reached renewable energy technologies? Which role will fossil fuels play?

Towards a more flexible energy system with new energy uses

The final energy system is the sum of well adapted technologies, new infrastructures and new market rules and standards. It is adapted to citizen and economy through new uses such as shared electrical mobility or zero consumption buildings. All need to be accepted by a shrinking and skeptical society. The final session should discuss the various scheme of energy transition between centralized to decentralized and intermittent, the role of infrastructure and rules. How can Europe develop new infrastructures and how can it help setting common rules which make European technologies globally competitive will be debated.

The students will have opportunities to present their own work during poster sessions and will also be given opportunities to link with fellow students.

Each session will start with an introductory talk by an eminent expert in the field most often from TUM or CEA. One evening session will be dedicated to a podium discussion with representatives from European Parliament and / or European Commission; another one with industrial energy stakeholders.



June, 29th - July, 3rd 2016


Abtei der Benediktinerinnen Frauenwörth im Chiemsee, 83256 Frauenchiemsee, Bavaria, Germany (100 km south-east of München)


Around 30- 40 participants (Ph.D. candidates, post graduates)


Research work related to sustainable energies and Interest in the future energy systems in the European Union, in particular in Germany and France


  • Energy, current technological context, economy and lifestyle
  • Energy technologies (e.g. renewables, nuclear, energy storage, smart grid)
  • Towards a more flexible energy system with new energy uses (e.g. future mobility, sustainable building)

Key words:

  • Future of a Common European Energy Strategy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Technologies
  • Wind Energy
  • Photovoltaics
  • Fusion
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Socioeconomic Aspects in Energy
  • Energy Storage Modern Flexible Power Plants
  • Energy Conversion
  • Low carbon footprint energy carrier
  • Grid Integration
  • Smart Grids
  • Electro Mobility
  • Sustainable Buildings
  • System Analysis
  • Infrastructure and Energy

Organizing Institutions:

  • CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives)
  • TUM (Technische Universität München)

Program Coordinator:

  • Dr. Florence Lefebvre-Joud (CEA)
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Hamacher (TUM)

In Cooperation with

  • BFHZ (Bayerisch-Französisches Hochschulzentrum)
  • French Ambassy

Funded by:

  • DFH (Deutsch-Französische Hochschule)
  • Bayerische Staatskanzlei

Registration (deadline: May, 30th 2016)

Please send your application (including short CV, abstract of research topic, supervisor's recommendation letter) to Dr. Christiane Hamacher (

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