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 14 years now the Academy fosters the knowledge exchange in the climate and energy policy field. More>>

Energy transition | 2017

16 - 21 July 2017 | Greifswald and Berlin

In 2016, renewable energy investment exceeded investment in conventional energy for the second year in a row, in spite of low oil prices. However, most progress is made in the electricity sector. The heating, cooling and especially the transport sector are more challenging to decarbonize, and continue to be dominated by conventional energy sources. On top of that, energy policy around the world is giving off mixed signals. While China is moving forward with the mass-scale development of renewable energy, other countries are slowing down. Germany‘s rapid integration of renewable energy is decelerating and the European Union introduced low and non-binding targets for 2030, while the United States’ commitment to climate policy and renewable energy is wavering under the new government. The 14th annual Summer Academy ‘Energy and the Environment’ will show that further renewable energy expansion is still achievable, addressing the need to move beyond electricity and connect it with the heat and transport sector in a sustainable, smart energy system. The Academy features workshops, visits to a wind energy farm and a renewable electricity storage plant, a three-day conference program, and a social evening program, ending with a festive barbecue in Berlin. 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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