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Summer School on Smart cities for a Sustainable Energy Future - From Design to Practice

August 19-30, 2019

*Registration is now closed*


The Summer School on Smart cities for a Sustainable Energy Future - From Design to Practice is a specialised program targeting PhD and Masters students interested in smart energy systems and intelligent transportation systems. Places in this intensive, two-week program are being offered to selected candidates. Financial support is available.

The Summer School is being organised by:

Technical University of Berlin, GT-ARC, Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering, University of Oslo, University of Stavanger, University of Lille, and Technical University of Munich


The summer school will be held at the main campus of the TU Berlin. The nearest U-Bahn is Ernst Reuter Platz, which is a short walk from the building. For a campus map of the TU Berlin, click here

Target Group

This summer school targets early-stage PhD students and Master students in related degree
programs at any institution worldwide.

Course Components

The summer school will cover contemporary topics in smart energy and intelligent e-mobility systems in a smart city context. These include sustainable energy management in neighborhoods and buildings, integration of renewable energy resources into the city distribution grid, demand-response management, charging infrastructures for electric vehicles, future energy information networks and cyber-physical energy systems, security and privacy, citizen engagement, data analytics in energy systems, and ICT infrastructures for supporting intelligent eMobility systems including V2X communication, vehicular edge computing, advanced vehicle safety and autonomous driving, and the role of Internet of Things.

In addition to lectures, the summer school will include hands on sessions on the recent trends and modern approaches in each domain such as artificial intelligence and blockchain for smart energy systems, autonomous driving and network security.

Course Description

The summer school will cover future smart energy systems and intelligent transportation systems, two key components that constitute the smart city vision.

The use of distributed renewable energy resources is a promising way to solve today´s climate and energy problems.

In a city context, decentralized renewable energy production mostly imply thermal and photovoltaic (PV) solar energy, possibly complemented with battery storage, as it can be installed on roof tops and facades.  At the same time, energy demand will change: electric vehicles (EVs) will become our means of transportation, (hybrid) heat pumps will keep our houses warm during cold winter nights and EV charging will start when solar power peaks or demand is low. Advancements in ICT make this scenario feasible.

ICT will give us direct insight into our energy consumption, and become a major controlling component in our entire energy system. Intelligent software will seamlessly match energy supply and demand without human interaction, ensuring uninterrupted availability of energy whenever we need it, leading to the concept of Internet of Energy (IoE).

The course content and summer school schedule is available here.


Find details on course lecturers here.


Students will be accommodated in twin rooms located in a hotel nearby the TU Berlin campus. More details will be provided on acceptance.

How to Apply

Admission to the summer school will be based on assessment of applications from prospective student participants. To apply, please submit the following here:

  1. 1-2 page position paper, research statement, or work abstract
  2. 1-2 page CV or bio
  3. The transcripts of your highest degree
  4. Letter of recommendation

Accommodation will be provided to the admitted students for the whole duration of the summer school. Upon presentation of documentation, travel expenses will be reimbursed after the summer school with a maximum of €300 for travels within Europe, and with a maximum of €800 for overseas travels. 

Accepted students are required to pay a fee of €150 upon registration.

Application Deadline: July 1, 2019
Notification: July 8-15, 2019 (*Participants will be contacted by Summer School partner Simula with feedback on their application)
Registration: July 15, 2019

Visa Support


Visa invitation letters will be provided to accepted candidates via email.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own visas and for checking the relevant requirements. Information can be found via the website of the German Foreign Office at www.auswaertiges-amt.de and at your local embassy or consulate.


For information regarding the course content, schedule, the reading lists, application documents, social events and accommodation, please contact the Summer School Coordinator:

Sabita Maharjan
Senior Research Scientist
E-mail: sabita@simula.no
Phone: +47 400 54 152

For questions regarding accommodation and visa invitation letters, please contact:

TU Berlin Summer University

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Sabita Maharjan
Senior Research Scientist
Phone: +47 400 54 152

For questions relating to accommodation and visa invitation letters, contact:

TU Berlin Summer University