The Research School
The Helmholtz Research School on Energy Scenarios closed doors in the end of August 2020.
The partner organisations and members heartly thank all the participants and stakeholders, especially Helmholtz, for the engaged support and the cooperation during the busy but also pleasant years of our common interdisciplinary research activities. All partners will further contribute to the research field on energy scenarions and we hope that we soon find a way for developing the next common projects together.
The Helmholtz Research School on Energy Scenarios provided a structured educational programme for international PhD students who address challenges connected with energy scenarios in their research. Three pillars, constituting the “life-cycle” of energy scenarios, formed the topical focus of the programme: New methods for the construction of energy scenarios were developed in order to address the complex transformation of the energy system. The impacts of scenarios on energy policy and public debate were investigated from an empirical perspective and methods to systematically assess and compare various energy scenarios were developed. The research school offered a broad lecture programme which supported the PhD students in coping with these demanding questions. But since the questions are strongly interconnected with each other the aim was also to provide an interdisciplinary environment in which the PhD students come into a close exchange and are able to support each other. From spring 2012 on, within two cohorts of supported students, in total, nearly fifty PhD stu-dents were able to participate in the program.
The research school is financed by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and is carried out in cooperation of seven institutes: three KIT institutes, two institutes at the University of Stuttgart, the German Aerospace Center DLR and the Fraunhofer ISI. In order to cover the interdisciplinary setting of the programme besides energy economics and engineering also philosophy, social sciences and technology assessment are involved. The programme is coordinated by KIT and the University of Stuttgart. Additionally the research school is supported by well-known international partners from academia and practitioners applying energy scenarios.