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YES Special Course on Smart Energy Systems: Policies, Practices, and Technologies

7th-19th September 2014
Bremerhaven, Germany


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Course Outline

Shifting paradigms on energy systems is one of the most important challenges towards a sustainable future. While the current focus is primarily driven by the “energy mix agenda” – from fossil to renewable energy sources – it is necessary to redesign energy systems as a whole. The YES Special Course on “Smart Energy Systems” provides deep insights into systemic design principles, energy and climate technologies and policies, participative social change, and best practices.

Course Audience

The course ist directed to graduate students and young professionals from all disciplines and countries engaged in industries, businesses, professional associations, think-tanks, public administrations, academic institutions, international organizations, and NGO. YES Alumni are especially encouraged to participate.

In the course, participants learn to…

  • learn about technological, political and social tools and frameworks towards sustainable energy systems
  • enhance skills in business modeling, project design, and management
  • strengthen know-how to facilitate transformative processes in society
  • work on a tangible case study to “Transform your Country’s Energy System”
  • live and learn in an inspiring setting outside of Bremerhaven in the middle of agricultural farmland
  • visit Europe’s largest wind park area

Course Partners


Day-to-day schedule


Date Module
Su, 7.9. Arrival at Hamburg Main Station, transfer to Bad Bederkesa.
Mo, 8.9. Introduction: Sustainability and the role of smart energy systems.
Tu, 9.9. Energy Systems I: Smart energy systems, technological strategies, renewable energies.
We, 10.9. Excursion Day: Wind energy & socio-economic transformation of Bremerhaven.
Th, 11.9. Energy Systems II: Smart cities and communities, smart grids and crowd energy.
Fr, 12.9. Business Practices: Business Solutions & models for the new energy era.
Sa, 13.9. Policies & Politics I: Climate and energy policies in perspective.
Su, 14.9. Policies & Politics II: Understanding political & social system dynamics.
Mo, 15.9. Energy Systems III: Modeling & linking stakeholder dimensions.
Tu, 16.9. Excursion Day: Climate Science.
We, 17.9. Projects in Practice: entrepreneuring, myclimate cases & a global view.
Th, 18.9. Wrapping up: Group work presentations, reflections, discussions.
Fr, 19.9. Departure: Transfer to Hamburg, visit at EBC University, individual departures.


Core faculty, present during whole course


Dr. Stefan Gara Austria Managing director, ETA Environmental consulting. PhD in physics. Will provide input on policy issues, stakeholder analysis and transformation strategies for smart cities, mobility, energy systems.
Mr. Klaus Elle Germany Artist and freelance educator in art and creativity. Leader for creative activities during the course.
Mr. Dominik Mösching Switzerland Program manager YES, myclimate education. M.A. political science, PhD candidate in sociology & organization science, University of St. Gallen. Will provide input on political and social dynamics. Course facilitator and YES Alumnus.



Main faculty members, present for 3-7 days



Prof. Dr. Stefan Schleicher Austria Professor at the Karl Franzens University Graz and the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change. Climate and energy economics, energy transitions and innovative economic structures, emissions trading.
Ms. Carolin Vierhaus Germany myclimate carbon market expert and coordinator for climate projects and energy systems throughout Africa.
Mr. Rasmus Einarsson Sweden MSc in engineering and complex adaptive systems. Consultant in energy modeling for cities. Course facilitator and YES Alumnus.
Dr. Matt Gardner USA Director, Sustainserv Inc. PhD in chemistry and long experience in environmental research and education, Harvard. Will provide input on business models and leadership.
Madis Org Estonia Consultant for Spatial Planning and Energy Strategy. YES Alumnus
Dr. Roger Baud Switzerland Founder YES and ACTIS, PhD in social psychology, ETH Zürich. Long experience in sustainable development.

Additional faculty and speakers


Dr. Christoph Mayer Germany Sika
Prof. Dr. Meinhard Schulz-Baldes Germany Klimastadt Bremerhaven
Andreas Huber Germany Club of Rome, Desertec Foundation
Franziska Walther Germany Ashoka. YES Alumna
Klara Lindner Germany Mobisol
Hinrich Eden Germany SSC Wind
Dr. Christoph Lattemann Germany Jacobs University Bremen


 Application closed

  • Tuition Fee: EUR 850 for students, EUR 1.500 for professionals (covering accommodation, meals, all local travels, transfers from and to Hamburg, all activities and materials during the program, post-course membership in YES Alumni network)
  • Discounts: Applicants from Non-OECD countries -20%, YES Alumni: -15% additionally
  • Participants are responsible for the organization and payment of their travel to Hamburg as well as any possible visa and insurance fees
  • Admission criteria
  • Selection process

The participation fees are considerably subsidized by our course partners.

Limited amount of additional tuition fee subsidies is available. Participants are encouraged to seek further support for their expenses from universities, foundations, corporations or professional associations.

Are you representing an institution willing to send participants? You’re welcome! Please contact yes@myclimate.org for conditions.