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Groningen Energy Summer School 2015 - Smart Grid from a interdisciplinary perspective: bridging old and new energy systems

Groningen 17-28 August 2015


The Summer School will be held in the Harmonie Building, located in the heart of the historic centre of the city of Groningen. Oude Kijk in’t Jatstraat 26, 9712 EK.

EnTranCE (on 28 August),
Energy Transition Center, Zernikelaan 17, 9747 AA Groningen

Harmonie Building (left) and "EnTranCe" (right). Click to enlarge.
Harmonie Building (left) and "EnTranCe" (right). Click to enlarge.


Besides several speakers who will share their knowledge at the Summer School 2014, excursions to the project Powermatching City and to the Maastvlakte 3 will be part of the programme.

Special evening in the Groninger Forum: Energy, Popular Culture and Geopolitics

Date: 25 August 2015
Time: 8.00 p.m. - 10.00 p.m.
Location: Groninger Forum, Hereplein 73, 9711 GD Groningen
Tickets are available at the door for €5.
Entrance is free of charge for the participants and alumni registered in the summer school.


Over 20 experts will share their knowledge at the Summer School. Among them are the following:

Topic Speaker at the Summer School
How energy distribution will change: an ICT perspective Prof. Marco Aiello
Energy from a natural science perspective Prof. Harro Meijer
1. Research Needs for the Nordic Energy Transition
2. Publishing Energy Research
Prof. Benjamin Sovacool (Aarhus University)
Energy and law in the smart grid paradigm Prof. Hans Vedder
Smart grids in global perspective Prof. Jaap de Wilde
Behavioural aspects of smart grids Prof. Linda Steg
Smart grids pilot projects and implementation in the field Petra de Boer (DNV-GL)
PowerWeb and new energy infrastructures Dr. Zofia Lukszo (TU Delft)
Renewable energy technologies and the modelling of energy systems Prof. Andre Faaij
Control of micro-grids Prof. Jacqelien Scherpen
Energy transition and energy landscapes Dr. Christian Zuidema
What are smart grids? Epistemology, interdisciplinarity and getting things done Dr. Anne Beaulieu
Economics of smart grids Gert Brunekreeft (Jacobs University)
Energy and economics Prof. Machiel Mulder
Privacy and smart grids cyber security: a legal perspective
Jonida Milaj-Weishaar LLM


The Summer School will run from the morning of 17 August until the afternoon of 28 August 2015. The programme includes lectures, presentations, excursions and group work. All sessions will involve active participation and interaction with presenters and participants.


International Student Houses

The University of Groningen does not have a university campus. Instead, our buildings and faculties can be found throughout the city of Groningen. To accommodate international guests, we work closely together with the SSH, a non-profit housing organisation that offers furnished accommodation in Groningen for (international) students in one of our International Student Houses. All International Student Houses are fully furnished, have facilities to cook, and have internet access. Please do keep in mind that Groningen is a popular student town, and that housing is scarce and expensive as a result of an ever growing student population. In addition, there is the risk of higher hotel rates because of the holiday season in summer time.


We can arrange housing for you, you will certainly have a fully furnished, single room (and access to cooking facilities). We can offer you a standard package with the following conditions. Please send an email to Sebastian Trip (s.trip before 1 May 2015 if you want to make use of this offer.

  • Standard rental from Saturday to Saturday.
  • Standard rent price for one week: €250 (7 nights). This includes cleaning, clean sheets, basic kitchen utensils and a practical welcoming package. The price for two weeks (10-14 nights) is €350.
  • Check-in: Saturday (after 3 PM).
  • Check-out: Saturday 11 AM.

Arrange your own housing

Of course you can still decide to arrange your own housing. There are various opportunities, ranging from low-budget youth hostels to bed and breakfasts and (high-end) hotels.

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