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Helmholtz Research School on Energy Scenarios (ESS)





The Helmholtz Research School on Energy Scenarios provides a structured educational programme for international PhD students who address challenges connected with energy scenarios in their research. Three pillars, constituting the “life-cycle” of energy scenarios, form the topical focus of the programme: New methods for the construction of energy scenarios are developed in order to address the complex transformation of the energy system. The impacts of scenarios on energy policy and public debate are investigated from an empirical perspective and methods to systematically assess and compare various energy scenarios are developed.

The research school is financed by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and is carried out in cooperation of seven institutes: three KIT institutes, two institutes at the University of Stuttgart (including ZIRIUS), the German Aerospace Center DLR and the Fraunhofer ISI. In order to cover the interdisciplinary setting of the programme besides energy economics and engineering also philosophy, social sciences and technology assessment are involved.

The programme is coordinated by KIT and ZIRIUS, ZIRIUS beeing in charge of the Research School's location in Stuttgart. ZIRIUS contributes to the curriculum and conducts one of the research projects of the school dealing with "Methods of social context inclusion in energy scenario construction”.







Funding: Helmholtz Association
Project duration: 2011 – 2018
Staff: Sigrid Prehofer
Joerg Hilpert
Hannah Kosow
Ortwin Renn
Wolfgang Weimer-Jehle
Contact: Joerg Hilpert
(joerg.hilpert(a)zirius.uni-stuttgart.de)

=> Project "Methods of social context inclusion"

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