YES – How can renewable and smart energy systems be realized locally and globally?

13. octobre 2014

In the «Youth Encounter on Sustainability» (YES) course, 16 students from 12 countries met near Bremerhaven (GER) to discuss technologies, policies and practices towards a sustainable society. The next YES course comes to Switzerland, apply now!

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16 participants from 12 countries, YES special course Bremerhaven.

The YES special course on “Smart Energy Systems: Policies, Practices, and Technologies” provided deep insights into smart energy and climate technologies, policies towards energy transformations, and best practices in business and non-profit entrepreneuring. The intensive training was organized by myclimate and brought together first-rate scientists and practitioners representing the German Wind industry, NGOs, and policy makers.

16 engaged graduate students and young professionals from countries like Germany, Iran, Kenya, China, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Sudan learned about tools towards sustainable energy systems and shared specialized knowledge. They strengthened their know-how to facilitate change processes in society, and were able to meet practitioners working in Europe’s wind energy hub of Bremerhaven. Moreover, the participants were given plenty of scope to bring forward their own projects, which they can now take back to their countries and to the YES alumni network (1,500 students from 140 countries).

The course included diverse modules by international experts, many of them staying and working with the group for several days. Dr. Stefan Gara, physicist and Managing Director of ETA Vienna, led the two-week program and contributed with in-depth perspectives on energy systems, smart cities and stakeholder analysis. Prof. Dr. Stefan Schleicher, professor for climate and energy economics at the University of Graz, provided modules on economic and political issues around the “Energiewende” (“energy transformation”) in Europe and beyond. Through workshops on sustainable business modelling (Dr. Matt Gardner, Harvard, Director Sustainserv Inc.), climate compensation project design (Carolin Vierhaus, myclimate projects), and on energy systems modelling (Rasmus Einarsson, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, and Madis Org, Energy Consultant Estonia), the students gained fascinating insights into professional practice.

The program was greatly enhanced by many guests including Dr. Christoph Mayer (Sika), Hinrich Eden (founder and managing director, SSC Wind), Prof. Dr. Meinhard Schulz-Baldes (director, Klimastadt Bremerhaven), Prof. Dr. Nicole Fabisch (EBC University Hamburg), Prof. Dr. Christoph Lattemann (Jacobs University Bremen), Andreas Huber (director, Desertec Foundation), and Klara Lindner (project manager, Mobisol). Finally, the participants were able to integrate the topics into a holistic and personalized picture through coaching and creative sessions led by artist Klaus Elle. “It is the engaged work with diverse content, perspectives, and methods that makes the YES course a truly unique experience for the students”, emphasizes myclimate’s YES project manager Dominik Mösching.

To realize the YES course in Germany, myclimate joined forces with the program partners Sika and UNEP, the course partners BIS (Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Innovation und Stadtentwicklung) and SSC Wind, and hosting partner EBC University Hamburg.

Applications open

The next YES course will take place in Switzerland from 25th January to 7th February 2015.
Apply here.

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