The Summer Academy ‘Energy and the Environment’ has been running for 13 years now, and has built a vast network of expertise over this time. The Academy has always been hosted in cooperation with the University of Greifswald, providing the event with valuable academic contacts and input. The international teaching faculty consists not only of academics: In order to do justice to the complexity of topics related to energy and the environment, the Academy finds lecturers and presenters from several relevant disciplines and affiliations in society. A policy-maker can shed light on the intention with which a law came into being, but a legal expert can shed light on the practical complexities of implementing this law. Someone in the energy business, on the other hand, will have experienced the (unexpected) advantages or disadvantages of the same law from a very different point of view. We try to unite all these voices to provide both participants and teachers with the fullest picture of the topic that is under discussion

The Summer Academy’s teaching faculty varies from year to year to match the event’s annual focus topic, although a regularly returning core teaching faculty has taken shape over the years. The core faculty consists of previous speakers and participants who have become executives and top policy-makers, and who continue to be interested in the international and interdisciplinary exchanges annually offered by the Academy.

Founder of the Summer Academy ‘Energy and the Environment’

RodiThe Summer Academy is founded and headed by Prof. Michael Rodi, Professor of Public Law, Finance and Tax Law at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald since 1999 and Director of IKEM. He studied political science, law and economics from 1977 to 1987 in Konstanz and Munich, and was Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Law at the University of Munich.

Prof. Rodi was responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive ecological tax reform in Vietnam. In addition to lecturing at the University of Greifswald he has provided consultancy services to the German Ministry of Economic Affairs, the German Environmental Agency and the European Union on the topics of tax surcharges, climate change law and financial resource collection respectively. His current focus lies on climate and energy legislation, with a particular emphasis on fiscal instrumental interaction.


Below is a selection of the institutions and companies represented by members of our past teaching faculty.


  • United Nations
  • DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK)
  • German Federal Environment Agency
  • German Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Affairs
  • Victorian Parliament, Australia
  • IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
  • Commerce and Employment Department from the States of Guernsey

Business & Industry

  • Eclareon
  • DONG Energy
  • TenneT
  • Siemens
  • First Solar

Legal field

  • Becker Büttner Held
  • Practical Law Company (PLC), United Kingdom
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, United Kingdom
  • Naborro, United Kingdom
  • Bond Pearce, United Kingdom

Think-tanks |Consultancy

  • Ecologic
  • Renewable Grid Initiative
  • Ecofys
  • Juwi R&D
  • CPI (Climate Policy Initiative) Berlin
  • IFOK


  • University of Oxford
  • University of Berkeley
  • University of Dundee
  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • Australian National University
  • Kasetsart University, Thailand
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Budapest
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Harvard
  • University of Umeå
  • Imperial College, London
  • Free University of Berlin
  • University of Greifswald
  • University of Freiburg
  • University of Surrey
  • Sejong University, Korea