Successful IVM Summer Course ‘Energy Transition in a Fossil World’

The IVM Summer Course ‘Energy Transition in a Fossil World’, held from 8 to 19 July 2019, was attended by a broad mix of students from all over the world with an interest in energy transition as well as by practitioners with a long-standing career in energy issues. Guest lecturers and IVM speakers gave the participants a broad overview of all key aspects of the global energy transition, varying from social and geopolitical issues to technical and economic insights. A variety of work forms assured that the participants did not only receive information, but could also apply it in practice. The four excursions, to Shell, Friends of the Earth Netherlands, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and to the Amsterdam Energy Cooperative Zuiderlicht, were highly appreciated by the participants.

Coming from a science background, the course gave me an essential insight into the political, economic and psychological aspects of the energy transition, both through lessons from a wide variety of experts in the field, and from lively debates with my fellow classmates. I could not recommend this summer course more!” (Raoul Rutter, Austria)

I found the course extremely engaging and inspiring. It was remarkably well structured, covering the most pressing topics, challenges and dilemmas, giving voice to different and prominent actors in Energy Transitions, and promoting a critical analysis through exciting discussions so that we could get a clear insight of our preferred path towards ET. The excursions were an important plus, where we could see the reality of what was learned and discussed in the classroom.” (Ana Morgado, Portugal)

The course was information-packed and inspirational with many top notch guest speakers and different angles to energy transition. After the course I feel I have a better understanding of the different players in the energy sector, energy policy as well as the scale and magnitude of change needed to meet the climate targets. All of this is vital for a journalist today.” (Linda Vettanen, Finland) 

Summer school at Shell