Berlin, 22 August 2013
Yesterday, the 44 participants of Smart Energy Systems' Summer School visited the Virtual Smart Grid Lab at TU Berlin. Prof. Dr. Kai Strunz presented the ins-and-outs of his lab together with other aspects of his work field. Subsequently, all participants took a closer look at the lab with demonstrations by Prof. Strunz' Students.
After this excursion, it was time for a bit of a walk and a dinner at a traditional Berlin restaurant called 1840, where the group had a meal of Berliner 'bouletten', schnitzel and/or currywurst before mounting a boat to ride the waves of river Spree.
"This is a perfect programme for me," said a lady from Lille (France). "It touches so many fields. This generalist approach is ideal for a beginner like me". Her neighbour, an assistant professor from Trento: "I came here to cover my knowledge gap, that I realised I have. Furthermore, I can get in contact here with so many other people in the field. That is great!"
The Berlin part of the Summer School will end on Friday with project presentations, before continuing in Paris on Monday, 26 August.
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Berlin, 19 August 2013
Today, the yearly Smart Energy Systems' Summer School started at Siemens Academy in Berlin with 44 students from over 10 countries. After a warm welcome by Stephan Szuppa (Head of Siemens Technical Academy Berlin and host of the Summer School), Udo Bub (CEO of EIT ICT Labs Germany GmbH), Martin Stöckmann (Head of Professional Training at Siemens) and Gilney Damm (Head of the Summer School Smart Energy Systems), participants started their two-week programme with a first student’s poster session and an inspiring presentation on Smart Building in Smart Grid by Wolfang Hass.
Other highlights during the first week are a presentation by Prof. Tim Green (Imperial College of London, Power Engineering), a visit to the Virtual Smart Grid Lab lead by Prof. Strunz on Wednesday and a discussion with political energy expert Udo Niehage, before starting the second week of Summer School in Paris at Université Paris-Sud.
Students participate for different reasons: As a Tunisian female PhD student from the University of Valladolid in Spain said: “I am interested in learning about the newest technologies, particularly in the field of water pumps”. A student from the Netherlands focuses on networking and aims to build contacts among Siemens’ business representatives. A third student, from Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany) is participating since he "saw an advertisement in the InnoEnergy newsletter".
This years' submission phase was extremely prosperous, since almost 100 prospects applied to take part in the third Summer School of our Action Line. As in previous years, the Summer School welcomes participants from the two other KICs of EIT (Climate-KIC and InnoEnergy) as well.
Apart from project work and presentations, participants of the Smart Energy Systems Summer School will also enjoy some social and fun events. They are encouraged to build a network of expert among themselves.
Some impressions of Smart Energy Systems' Summer School 2013 (Berlin week). For more images, see our flckr photostream.