Energy in Europe: Principles, Challenges, Paths Forward

in person summer 2022


10 July – 23 July

Optional arrival 9 July and departure 24 July


1000 EUR

€100 discount for partner universities


31 May

About summer programme

Rapid transition to renewable energy, skyrocketing prices of electricity and natural gas, reliance on oil imports from authoritarian and openly hostile regimes, local opposition to new energy installations, increasing energy poverty, or looming impoverishment of once proud coal regions. These are just a few examples of major challenges faced by many countries around the world, including the European Union.

The presented summer school provides its students with deep insight into these challenges and, using interactive tools and in-class discussions, cultivates the students’ ability to interpret them within the complex patchwork of European climate and energy policy.

The school spans over two weeks. The first week is dedicated to the socio-political and techno-economic characteristics of the European energy landscape and sets the stage for the second week, during which the contemporary challenges and paths forward are discussed. An integral part of the curriculum is a discussion session with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Special Envoy for Energy Security and a session on Supply security and geopolitics led by James Henderson, Director of Natural Gas Programme of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

The curriculum requires no specific previous knowledge, and all information is presented in non-technical language. Students of all fields and degrees are welcome.

The school is presented by professors of the Energy Policy Studies program, one of the leading energy research and education institutions in continental Europe, thus securing high academic standards and quality of the presented topics. The program’s summer school has a ten-year history with 173 satisfied graduates of 35 nationalities from all around the world.

This programme is designed as a part of our Intensive 2 Week Summer School, where multiple courses from a wide of Masaryk University study programmes and departments will be offered. These courses will be arranged in an intensive and dynamic form, each working day there will be an academic session, and these may take the form of a lecture, seminar, company visit or practical field work.

In addition to the academics, cultural and social programming will be offered, including the option of a one-day excursion to Vienna and/or Prague.


Academic Overview

Classes take place Monday-Friday (usually) in the mornings. The site visits and learning outside the classroom takes place in the afternoons. Culture/social activities will take place in the afternoons/nights.

Topics included:

Week 1: Energy in Europe: The Basics (July 11-15, 2022)

 1) Electricity industry: how it works? I (T. Vlček)

2) Electricity industry: how it works? II (T. Vlček)

3) Electricity industry: how it works? III (T. Vlček)

4) Conventional electricity generation I (T. Vlček)

5) Conventional electricity generation II (T. Vlček)

6) Introduction to electricity markets (J. Osička)

7) Renewable energy: deployment and integration (J. Osička)

8) Renewable energy: money and investment (J. Osička)

9) Renewable energy: politics and society (J. Osička)

10) EU energy policy principles I (V. Zapletalová)

11) EU energy policy principles II (V. Zapletalová)


Week 2: Energy in Europe: Challenges and Paths Forward (July 18-22, 2022)

12) Introduction to energy and society (H. Koďousková)

13) Supply security and geopolitics I (J. Henderson)

14) Supply security and geopolitics II (J. Henderson)

15) Behind the scenes of the EU energy policy (V. Bartuška)

16) Social movements for climate change (L. Lehotský)

17) Social movements against energy projects (L. Lehotský)

18) Energy efficiency and savings (L. Lehotský)

19) Coal phase out in Europe (L. Lehotský)

20) Energy poverty in the EU and CEE countries (H. Koďousková)

21) Energy poverty: major causes and consequences (H. Koďousková)

22) Energy transition I (F. Černoch)

23) Energy transition II (F. Černoch)


Program changes reserved.

What is included in the cost?

Cost: The cost of this program is €1000, with a €100 discount for partner universities. The cost breakdowns as follows:

Fees include:
- Tuition fees
- Accommodation in Brno (10-23 July)
- Opening and Closing receptions
- Culture activities around Brno
- Day trip to Prague or Vienna
- 24/7 support
- Social programme

Students should budget an additional €200-500 depending on their spending habits for food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and fun "optional" activities in Brno.

Life in Brno

Brno is a great place to live, even if just for a short period of time. As a student city (1/5 of the population are students) and an international city there is always something to do, and the Czech language isn’t a barrier. This means that exploring cafes, teahouses, restaurants and the local sites is easy, even without our amazing assistants. However, because we want you to get the most out of your experience, we have a team of local Czech students to show you their favourite things in Brno!

Best Cafes for coffee and tea
Best Restaurants
Favourite Places in Brno to relax


The team of professional and local students provides the 24/7 assistance from the practical and safety arrangements to creating a rich cultural program helping the participants to understand better culture of Moravia and Central Europe in general. Moreover the staff is trying to assist with creating social activities that aims at enhancing the mutual cultural exchange and understanding.


Students in this program are housed in one of our Residence Halls where both international and Czech students live during the school year. This is a great opportunity to see how student housing is different all around the world (or is similar, depending on what country you are from!). In Brno, students share a room with one other student, while on trips, students are three per room.

Bedding is provided; however, students should bring their own towels. Students will have an opportunity to cook their own meals, some cooking supplies will be provided, as supplies last.


How to apply

This course is targeted for bachelor, master and PhD students. The curriculum requires no specific previous knowledge, and all information is presented in non-technical language. Students of all fields and degrees are welcome.

Please follow this link and choose the correct "Intensive Summer School..." programme. You might apply to more than one course to ensure you have a backup plan in case the course of your first choice does not open (the minimum enrollment for a course to be offered - unless specified differently - is five students). Do not forget to include all the necessary information (and documents if requested) including writing a short statement of purpose. We will contact you afterwards to tell you if your application was successful and to discuss the further steps (including the deposit payment) with you.

Student experience

The cultural and social activities were very nice and closely coordinated, so that we got to experience a lot about the Czech culture and at the same were bonding with our fellow students.


Life in Brno...

The 'beach' in the city centre where students can sit with friends.
One of the fabulous cafes where students grab a bite to eat before class!
Experience Czech culture.
Make friends of a lifetime.

Travel to...





Martin Glogar

summer school manager


Erin Anna Smith

summer school manager


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