From Energy Systems to Energy Justice

Summer school for early-stage PhD students and MSc students.

Time and place: Aug. 29, 2022–Sep. 2, 2022, Sundvolden Hotel, Dronningveien 2, 3531 Krokkleiva, Norway. Hosted by University of Oslo.

Sundvolden, Norway

The partners of the two projects LUCS and PACE, University of Oslo, Norway, Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering, Norway, University of Stavanger, Norway, University of Lille, France, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, GT-ARC, Germany, and Technical University of Munich, Germany, are jointly organizing the Summer School From Energy Systems to Energy Justice.

The target audience for the summer school is early-stage PhD students and MSc students in the related degree programs of any institution worldwide*. Students from the host universities and institutes are particularly encouraged to apply.

Location: Sundvolden Hotel, Dronningveien 2, 3531 Krokkleiva, which is close to the city of Oslo, Norway. Hosted by University of Oslo.

Dates: August 29—September 2, 2022.


The transition to a globally sustainable low-carbon emission society requires a significant increase in the use of renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, and reducing energy consumption. We are facing increased decentralized energy production, and digitalization of the whole value chain. We must learn to exploit state-of-the-art ICT methods, tools and techniques to achieve sustainable energy generation and use. However, the technical aspect is just one part of this equation, where the social aspect is just as important. There is a need to integrate technological and social science research to develop solutions that adopt the perspectives of social inclusion and energy justice in developing new solutions. That is, inclusion of all groups in society and policy approaches to support fair distribution of energy generated on-site, costs and benefits, the recognition of all involved groups, and fair representation in decision making.  New knowledge is increasingly at the intersection of Energy technology, Energy Informatics, Communication systems, Social Sciences Psychology, and Data and Energy Law.

This year's summer school focuses on these areas of intersection and tools that facilitate research at these intersections. Energy sharing and decentralized markets require mechanisms to securely and privately facilitate the interactions in fair and equitable ways. Battery management and storage systems help enable stable connectivity. Simulation and emulation tools help us to examine how these interactions will play out in future systems. Stochastic optimization is a powerful tool to help us to find the best approaches to the interactions despite the uncertainty. Adopting this approach will enable us to address the cross disciplinary aspects necessary to develop a holistic and autonomous framework for transactive energy management.

The list of speakers will be updated continually. To find a list of confirmed speakers and their titles and abstracts, please go here. The final program, when ready, will be available in this document.

The summer school will cover contemporary topics in energy systems along with the interaction to socio-technical perspectives. These include:

  • Energy sharing: Local Markets and Community Energy Storage

  • Battery Management Systems and Industry Scale Storage Solutions

  • Energy system simulation and emulation

  • Microgrids and Virtual power plants

  • Energy justice: Social, psychological, and regulatory aspects of the energy transition

  • Security and Privacy of Energy Systems and Local Energy Markets

  • Decentralized Markets Design and Models for Sustainable Energy Systems

The lectures will cover the recent trends and modern approaches in the above topics. Lectures in each field will be presented from various perspectives, encompassing technical and social aspects from both academics and industry. In addition, the summer school will include hands-on work in the form of a stochastic optimization tutorial. Finally, 1-minute madness presentations from students to introduce their current research will align interests and lead to future collaborations.

Applying for the Summer School

Please apply here. Included in the application, you will be asked to upload a CV, letter of support from your supervisor, transcripts and a motivation statement. Deadline for applications is 19 June, 2022. Accepted students will be notified by the beginning of July.

Contact person: Rene Schwermer