Summer School in Cologne

Energy Transition towards Sustainability: Renewable Energies & Energy Market Design

Exchange on the Current Status and Perspectives in Germany and Egypt

14 August to 18 August 2023
At the University of Cologne

Deadline for application for AUC & BUE Closed

Deadline for application EXTENDED for the University of Cologne 15.07.2023


The summer school aims at bringing together distinguished scholars and young researchers in the field of energy and environmental economics to discuss research advances and relevant policy issues. The program emphasizes intercultural scientific interaction and the exchange of thoughts. It addresses the interface between methodical knowledge transfer and applied research to equip the participants with the essential skill set for contributing to a successful energy transition towards sustainability. We cover a wide range of topics to draw a holistic picture of current global challenges in energy sectors, paying special attention to the energy transition in Germany and opportunities and challenges for Northern Africa, especially Egypt. By doing so, we aim to inspire new research ideas and allow young researchers to develop a global network.

To ensure continuity in the joint research between Egypt and Germany, a subsequent winter school will be hosted in Egypt in the winter term before the end of the year.

The participation of students from the University of Cologne in the Summer School in Cologne enables them to be preferred for participation in the Winter School in Cairo. 


Applications from any level are encouraged. However, as some knowledge in the field of Energy Economics is expected, the program is designed for Master students and PhD students at an early phase of their PhD. For advanced bachelor’s students, a limited number of places are offered. Participants are expected to participate in all activities throughout the week. Students from Cairo, Cologne in the fields of energy & environmental economics, information systems, industrial organization, and public economics with a strong interest in energy and environmental issues are encouraged to apply.

All summer school participants will receive a participation certificate and are eligible to participate in the subsequent Winter School in Egypt.

Curriculum Vitae - CV
Proof of enrollment from the university
Letter of motivation (max. one page) on which the interest in participating in the Summer School, the relation between your research interest and the scope of the Summer School, expected benefits, and your contribution to the topic should be highlighted and justified.

There is no registration fee. However, the space is limited to 25 participants in total. Participants will be selected based on their fit to the scope of the summer school.

Financial Support/Scholarships

Students from the British University in Egypt and the American University in Cairo will receive 850 Euro for the flight costs in addition to 39 Euro per day for the accommodation during the Winter School in Cologne, Germany.

Scientific and Organizing Committee
Prof. Dr. Marc Oliver Bettzüge, Director of the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI) and Chair for Energy Economics at the University of Cologne
Prof. Dr. Rania Miniesy, Head of the Economics Department
Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Political Science (BAEPS), Member, Institutional Planning & Development Unit (IPDU)
Prof. Dr. Yasser El-Shayeb, Professor of Engineering at the American University in Cairo
Tobias Sprenger, Senior Research Consultant at the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI)
Stephan Terhorst, Research Associate at the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI)

Karim Zafer
Project Coordinator for the MENA region at the
International Office, University of Cologne
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