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 periods of three years, in total, nearly fifty PhD students will be 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.