Helmholtz Research School on Energy Scenarios

  • Project team:

    Grunwald, Armin (spokesman); Rüdiger Goldschmidt (coordinator)

  • Funding:

    Impuls- und Vernetzungsfonds Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren (Initiative and networking funds Helmholtz Association)

  • Start date:


  • End date:


  • Project partners:

    Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), University of Stuttgart, German Aerospace Center (DLR) Stuttgart, KIT

  • Research group:

    Knowledge society and knowledge policy

Project description

The Helmholtz Research School on Energy Scenarios provides a structured educational program for international PhD students who, in their research, address different challenges related to energy scenarios. Three pillars form the topical focus of the program: New methods for the set-up of energy scenarios are developed in order to address the complex transformation of the energy system. The impacts of scenarios on energy policy and public debate are investigated from an empirical perspective, and methods to systematically assess and compare various energy scenarios are developed. The research school offers a broad lecture program which supports the PhD students in coping with these demanding questions. But since the questions are strongly interconnected with each other the aim is also to provide an interdisciplinary environment that allows the PhD students to work closely together and to support each other. From spring 2012 on, within two cohorts of supported students, nearly fifty PhD students were able to participate in the program.

The research school is financed by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres while seven institutes are cooperating: three KIT institutes, two institutes of the University of Stuttgart, the German Aerospace Center DLR and the Fraunhofer ISI. To cover the interdisciplinary setting of the program, besides energy economics and engineering also philosophy, social sciences, and technology assessment are involved. The program is coordinated by ITAS and by the University of Stuttgart. Additionally, the research school is supported by well-known international partners of academia and by professionals in the field of energy scenarios.

Website of Helmholtz Research School on Energy Scenarios


Dr. Rüdiger Goldschmidt
Research Center on Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS)
University of Stuttgart
Seidenstraße 36
70174 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 68583945
E-mail: ESS coordinators