Academic Program

Climate-Friendly Societies: Energy Policy, Management and Engineering

The course offers a comprehensive exploration of fostering climate-friendly transitions within societies. It initiates with an in-depth analysis of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a foundational framework and subsequently delves into the pivotal role of energy (SDG 7) in driving sustainable societal transformations. This exploration spans across global contexts, encompassing transformation strategies for both the global south and the global north and discussing matters of justice and fairness in north-south-relationships.

The course intricately examines the interconnections between energy, water (SDG 6), food (SDG 2), and climate change (SDG 13), establishing a comprehensive understanding of their interdependent relationship within the transformation process. Emphasizing the significance of technical solutions, the course aims to equip students with essential knowledge pertinent to power and energy systems, particularly focusing on electrical energy systems. This includes an in-depth exploration of topics such as power generation, electric grids, system operation and control, and the integration of renewable energy sources.

Moreover, it illuminates the governance structures prevalent at various political levels, commencing from international entities like the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and global climate partnerships, progressing through state alliances such as the European Union, and extending down to the national and local levels. Students gain insights into the multifaceted dimensions of governance necessary for orchestrating societal transformations, fostering a nuanced understanding of change mechanisms across different scales, from the global policy landscape to transformational endeavours within local cities.

More detailed information can be found in the module description.

Sustainable Supply Chains

The over-exploitation of natural resources required to achieve economic growth and development has had a negative impact on the environment while also causing these resources to become scarcer and costlier. It is therefore easy to see why the idea of a circular design of products and systems that offers new ways to create more sustainable supply chain models, is taking hold across the globe. This module is designed to help you understand the growing business case for sustainable supply chain solutions covering topics from environmental social governance in supply chain and supplier management, carbon accounting, green and sustainable distribution and innovative technology solutions. Participants will learn how to design, manage and lead a sustainable supply chain by incorporating circular material, product and system design into your strategies to support sustainable growth. Different requirements of supply chain tiers and various industries such as automotive, retail, pharmaceutical and chemical supply chain are considered in this module.

More detailed information can be found in the module description.


Ms. Jessica Mayer
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Detailed Program

Download the detailed program for the ISU 2023 and get an idea of the program's structure. The detailed program for 2024 will be published in January/February.