Summer Academy 'Energy and the Environment'

Organised in close coordination with the University of Greifswald, the Summer Academy 'Energy and the Environment' has been bringing together researchers, professionals and policy-makers from various disciplinary backgrounds around an annually changing focus topic. For 13 years now the Academy fosters the knowledge exchange in the climate and energy policy field. More>>

Sustainable Cities | 2016

17 - 22 July 2016 | Greifswald and Berlin

Cities are home to more than half of the world’s population, projected to increase to 70% by 2050. As main energy consumption centers, cities are major contributors to the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global climate change. The 13th annual international Summer Academy ‘Energy and the Environment’ will focus on the policy, social, health, economic and mobility challenges that climate change presents to today’s cities, evaluating the impact of climate change on a global and then urban level, offering in-depth insights into low-carbon policy solutions for major urban sectors like transport and buildings, case studies on sustainability strategies from major cities around the world, and visits to a wind energy farm and a renewable electricity storage plant. More>>


Institute for Climate protection, Energy and Mobility

The Academy is organised by the German research institute IKEM (Institute for Climate protection, Energy and Mobility), in close cooperation with the University of Greifswald. With offices in Greifswald and in Berlin, IKEM offers tailored research on the wide variety of challenges that have surfaced in the context of the German energy transition, with an emphasis on policy and legal questions. The Institute is affiliated with the University of Greifswald and is led by Prof. Michael Rodi, who also serves as a professor at the law faculty of the University. More>>

University of Greifswald

The University of Greifswald was founded in 1456 and is one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe. The first Summer Academy took place at the University in 2004. The University of Greifswald is known for its legal and economic expertise, and with its location at the Baltic Sea, near offshore wind farms, the NordStream gas pipeline and a decommissioned nuclear power plant in Lubmin, the University is strategically placed at the heart of today's energy transition. IKEM is affiliated with the University of Greifswald and is led by Prof. Michael Rodi, who is professor at the law faculty of the University. More>>



Prof. Michael Rodi

Professor Michael Rodi is the founder of the Summer Academy ‘Energy and the Environment’. Prof. Rodi is Professor of Public Law, Finance and Tax Law at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald since 1999 and Director of IKEM.  He was responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive ecological tax reform in Vietnam, and has provided consultancy […]

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Anika Nicolaas Ponder

Anika Nicolaas Ponder works at IKEM as coordinator of international projects and networks, and teaches at the University of Greifswald (intensive course in the field of energy climate policy). Educated at the Amsterdam School of Business and the Sorbonne, Paris, Anika accumulated work experience in the field of sustainability and climate protection at international organisations like the OSCE and the […]

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Julia Sandén

Julia Sandén is a research associate at IKEM. Julia graduated in Industrial Engineering studies with a focus on Environmental Engineering at the Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) in 2014. Her thesis focused on value chain analysis in the photovoltaic industry, knowledge she applied during her time as a consultant at Solkompaniet in Göteborg. At IKEM, Julia […]

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Johannes Schmitz

Johannes Schmitz works at IKEM as a research associate in the fields of mobility and energy. He specialises in the analysis of urban transport systems and public participation in Europe’s energy transition. Johannes graduated in Political Science at the Free University of Berlin. His studies focused on renewable energy integration in the European Union’s internal […]

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