The Helmholtz Research School on Energy Scenarios is presently financed for six years until 2018. The school’s educational programme takes 3 years and is provided two times during these six years. The first period started in spring 2012, the second will begin in spring 2015. Per period 24 places for PhD students are offered of which six students can be supported by scholarships of the research school.
The curriculum consists of a number of modules, which are conducted as compact lecture- and seminar weeks in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe or in locations nearby. The educational concept of the research school is based on the scientific programme on energy scenarios with the three main thematic fields: construction, assessment and impact. Therefore lectures, seminars and practical exercises address these three pillars and moreover provide an integrative and interdisciplinary perspective on energy scenarios.
The educational modules include relevant knowledge on energy scenarios and modelling from engineering, economics, philosophy, technology assessment, and social sciences. Once per year research days are conducted, where all PhD students discuss their projects and receive advice from the participating professors. All PhD students receive a transferable skills training to build up relevant competencies for a scientific career, such as scientific writing, time management or application training. The PhD students furthermore are supported in their international academic networking and exchange: Summer- and winterschools are conducted, the attendance of international conferences is supported and research stays abroad are arranged. Additionally the research school connects the scientific education with practical application by arranging internships at various political and economic organisations supporting the school.
All PhD projects conducted in the research school address energy scenarios and normally are embedded in the research of the participating institutes. The supervision of the projects is usually realized by the participating institutes as well.