Energy Challenge – an interdisciplinary approach, Certificate | University of Groningen | Groningen, Netherlands
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Energy Challenge – an interdisciplinary approach

7 days
270 EUR/full
270 EUR/full
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Is hydrogen the answer in our quest to stop climate change? This summer school addresses the challenges of a hydrogen economy


With the huge impact of emissions that are warming our planet, we urgently need to change the way we generate energy from fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal) to clean, renewable energy. Although we know this, the energy transition is not going so fast. What are the challenges for energy transition? This summer school addresses the future of a hydrogen economy and the social-technical challenges involved. The course is meant for master students to do their first exploration of the complexity of challenges in energy transition, to get in contact with a real-time energy challenge and obtain skills in defining broad challenges into smaller research questions.

The course will start with students visiting an energy network operator and will be introduced to the challenge of shifting the supply from natural gas towards green gas and hydrogen. In the following three days, students will get an interdisciplinary introduction to this challenge by lecturers from different disciplines – technical and scientific, energy law, environmental psychology, economics and spatial science. On the final day of the course, the students work together in smaller groups and learn how to define the broad challenge into smaller research questions. Students may choose the discipline that they want to focus on. At the end of this day, the student groups present their research question to their peers.

Programme Structure

After this course you will be able to:

  • explain and discuss various dilemmas and policy options related to energy transition;
  • apply insights from different academic disciplines on a challenge related to energy transition;
  • reflect on the complex dilemmas in energy transition using the complementary insights from the various disciplines;
  • further define the challenge into a smaller research question


  • Preparation: 10 hours
  • Lectures: 32 hours
  • Presentation: 14 hours

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 56hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.


Maaike de Heij, Wubbo Ockels School

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 7 days

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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Tuition Fee

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  • International

    270 EUR/full
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    Based on the tuition of 270 EUR for the full programme during 7 days.
  • EU/EEA

    270 EUR/full
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    Based on the tuition of 270 EUR for the full programme during 7 days.

Living costs for Groningen

750 - 1000 EUR /month
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