Programme – 2013

Transform Frankfurt’s Energy System

Following Germany’s ambitious renewable energy strategy, Frankfurt am Main aims to fully transform its energy supply by the year 2050. This vision and objective was used as a guiding theme for the 2013 Climate KIC PhD Summer School. On behalf of Climate-KIC, Provadis Hochschule hosted this event in cooperation with the City of Frankfurt and support from TU Darmstadt and Goethe-University Frankfurt.

36 PhD students from 20 different European universities came together in September 2013 in Frankfurt am Main to learn and support the vision of the city to transform its energy system by 2050 to 100% renewable. Based in Frankfurt Höchst at Provadis School, they have attended lectures, workshops, excursions and discussions; met world renown experts, visited companies as well as city representatives and enjoyed many leisure activities showcasing the sights and tastes of Frankfurt and the Rhein-Main-Region

The first Climate-KIC Summer School boasted a busy and well-coordinated programme – but it was not just about delivering knowledge – it was and is about connecting people and ideas. The 36 participants came from 23 different countries located across the globe and both hemispheres. Engineering, architecture, economics, urban planning and environmental science – these were a few of the disciplines from this diverse group. In this way, the first Climate-KIC Summer School was an experiment. The Transformation Studies cut across disciplines and the field of study is young. By bringing this large range of perspectives, cultures and values together, participants had to develop intercultural skills and had to explain their work to new audiences. Moreover, it generated a creative source which leads to new innovative ideas and methods and developed hopefully a professional network necessary to support these innovations.


The Purpose of the Climate-KIC PhD Summer School is:

  • to equip participants with the knowledge of transformative, socio-technical innovation using a systems approach
  • to enable PhD students to link their individual research projects to low carbon innovation activities
  • to provide practice oriented tools that students could use to enrich their individual projects
  • to exchange ideas between students and experts and to develop new project ideas for low carbon innovation

Learning and Training Modules

The Summer School will include theoretical elements, practice-oriented parts and project work.

A: Lectures and Theoretical Elements

Background information on transition management, energy management and city design will be provided by experts, for example:

  • Introduction into systems thinking and transition management
  • Visioning and backcasting
  • Multi-level perspective and actor analysis
  • Transition management: Strategic niche management/Practical applications and tools (e.g. empowerment coaching, creative thinking)
  • City infrastructure design and city management
  • The sustainability challenge in cities


B: Practical Elements

Practical application of concepts will be showcased in discussions with practitioners (administration, business) and excursions/site visits. The following practical elements will be provided:

  • City tour, highlighting sustainability and transition challenges in the metropolitan area Frankfurt-Rhein-Main
  • Discussions with city authority – highlighting the need for cross-departmental collaboration
  • Visits to niche experiments and start-ups, discussion with project leaders

C: Assignment/Project Work

As a Summer School Assignment, participants will develop (in groups) ideas for “the energy transition in Frankfurt until 2050” (100% Klimaschutz) and discover ideas and master plans for socio-technical innovations. Students will have two opportunities:

  • Development of a master plan to achieve the vision of 100% renewables until 2050 (4-5 groups)
  • Development of ideas for niche experiments that will help to influence the system change (4-5 groups)

The outcome of the assignment will be presented and discussed in a workshop on the final day of the Summer School. As part of a small competition, the best outcomes will be rewarded.

The Summer School will be accompanied by coaches that provide guidance for the students in terms of the assignment and learning outcomes of the school. A framework for the development of the project plan will be provided by lecturers/coaches.

Sunday, 15.09.2013

ArrivalWiesbaden Motel One
18:00Get-TogetherRestaurant Urban Kitchen

Monday, 16.09.2013

9:30WelcomeProvadis Hochschule Hannes Utikal (Provadis)
Rolf Katzenbach (Director of TU Darmstadt Energy Center)
10:15-10:45Expectations of ParticipantsProvadis HochschuleHannes Utikal
10:45-11.00Introduction: First 10 ParticipantsProvadis HochschuleParticipants/Coaches
11:30-12:45Scene Setting Session: Why has transition become central to the challenge of climate change?Provadis HochschuleFred Steward (University of Westminster, PSI London)
12:45-13:00Introduction: Second 10 ParticipantsProvadis HochschuleParticipants/Coaches
13:00-14:00Lunch Break
14:00-15:30Energy transition: Managerial and technological aspectsProvadis HochschuleMichael Kassner (Siemens)
15:30-15:45Introduction: Third 10 ParticipantsProvadis HochschuleParticipants/Coaches
16:00-17:00How to Make Frankfurt 100% RenewableProvadis HochschuleWerner Neumann (Head of Energy Agency, City of Frankfurt)
17:00-17:45Presentation: Form and Expectations for the Group AssignmentProvadis HochschuleHannes Utikal/ Coaches
17:45-18:00Introduction: Fourth 10 ParticipantsProvadis HochschuleParticipants/Coaches
18:00-18:30Admin Session and ReflectionProvadis HochschuleChristoph Auch, José Andringa
of the DAY
  • Participants know the aims of the Summer School and how the programme is structured
  • Exchanging expectations of the Summer School between City of Frankfurt and the participants
  • Participants learn first outlines of transition management
  • Participants know what is expected from them in the assignments and project work

Tuesday, 17.09.2013

8:30- 10:30Lecture: Systems Innovation at the City LevelProvadis Hochschule Fred Steward
11:00- 14:00Green City Tour and Energy MappingExcursionWerner Lorke (Offenbach University of Art and Design)/ Susanne Petry
14:00- 15:00Lunch-Break
15:00-16:30Energy MappingHaus am DomWerner Lorke
17:00-20:00Reception by city representatives and Discussion Stadtwerke
Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 10 R.B8
Rosemarie Heilig (Head of Department of Environmental Affairs, Frankfurt City Council)
Werner Neumann
20:00Bus Transfer to Wiesbaden
of the DAY
  • Participants are introduced into systems innovation in cities
  • Participants get knowledge of and a feeling for the city, its energy problems and the City Council’s perspective
  • Participants learn first outlines of transition management

Wednesday, 18.09.2013

8:30-8:45Debriefing and Reflection on the Second DayParticipants/Coaches
8:45-9:15Academic Coaching Session – Introduction (plenary)Provadis HochschuleFred Steward/ Heike Zimmermann-Timm / Bettina Wittneben (Smith School, University of Oxford)
9:15-10:15Academic Coaching Session – part 1
(3 groups)
Provadis HochschuleFred Steward/ Heike Zimmermann-Timm /
Bettina Wittneben
10:30- 11:30Academic Coaching Session – part 2
(3 groups)
Provadis HochschuleFred Steward/ Heike Zimmermann-Timm /
Bettina Wittneben
Academic Coaching Session – wrap up
Fred Steward/ Heike Zimmermann-Timm /
Bettina Wittneben
12:30-13:30Lunch Break
13:30-15:00Lecture: Options for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation IProvadis HochschuleBettina Wittneben
15:15-16:45Lecture: Options for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation IIProvadis HochschuleBettina Wittneben
17:00-18:30Visioning: Energy Transition in FrankfurtProvadis HochschuleJosé Andringa / Christoph Auch
First Impressions from the Summer SchoolProvadis HochschuleParticipants / Coaches
of the DAY
  • Reflection of individual research projects, positioning own research in a transitions context/in context to the summer school
  • Discussion about scientific career paths
  • Background about climate change and energy policies
  • Practice with “visioning” focused on the energy transition in Frankfurt
  • Reflection of first impressions about the summer school

Thursday, 19.09.2013

10:30-11:30Frankfurt’s Application for the European Green Capital Award 2014TU Darmstadt Energy CenterManuela Rottmann (Deutsche Bahn; Former Head of Environmental Department Frankfurt City Council)
12:00-13:15Lunch Break
13:15-14:00Areas of Energy Transition in Frankfurt I: Options for Climate Protection through Urban Planning
TU Darmstadt Energy CenterAnnette Rudolph-Cleff (TU Darmstadt)
14:00-14:45Areas of Energy Transition in Frankfurt II: Climate-Friendly Mobility ConceptsTU Darmstadt Energy CenterManfred Boltze (TU Darmstadt)
15:00-15:45Areas of Energy Transition in Frankfurt III: Water Infrastructure SystemsTU Darmstadt Energy CenterJörg Felmeden (ISOE) / Diana Hummel (ISOE)
15:45-16:30Areas of Energy Transition in Frankfurt IV: Efficient BuildingsTU Darmstadt Energy CenterManfred Hegger (TU Darmstadt)
17:00-18:00Wrap Up Session – ConclusionTU Darmstadt Energy CenterJosé Andringa
18:00-19:00Campus Tour TU DarmstadtTU Darmstadt Energy CenterTU Darmstadt Representatives
of the DAY
  • Participants get insights about the sustainability strategy of the City of Frankfurt
  • Participants get insight in 3 or 4 areas central for transition in cities: e.g. city planning, green buildings, and mobility and energy/water systems
  • To create an actor analysis from the energy transition of Frankfurt on the mentioned central areas

Friday, 20.09.2013

10:00-11:30Lecture: Responsibility in the International Climate Change Mitigation RegimeProvadis HochschuleDarrel Moellendorf (Goethe-University Frankfurt - Excellence Cluster Normative Orders)
11:45-13:00Case Study:
Green Transformation of the Aviation Industry?
Status Quo and Perspectives
Provadis HochschuleAstrid Messmer; Harald Heppner (Lufthansa)
13:00-14:00Lunch Break
14:00-16:00Forming of Working Groups and Decision of TopicsProvadis HochschuleParticipants/Coaches
16:30-17:30Start within Working GroupsProvadis HochschuleParticipants/Coaches
17:30-18:00Next Steps / ReflectionProvadis HochschuleParticipants/Coaches
of the DAY
  • Participants learn how to manage drivers and barriers of transformation
  • Participants get insights into the role of aviation/the local airport for Frankfurt and the respective challenges related to climate change
  • Participants learn about business opportunities of green energy projects and how to apply these on their own group assignments
  • To form groups and make a start with the group assignments on system innovative ideas and proposals

Saturday, 21.09.2013

MiddayGuided Tour WiesbadenKath Fuller (Birmingham City University)
16:00-19:00Climate-KIC Alumni Workshop
EveningDinner with Pioneers and Alumni Main Beach Höchst

Sunday, 22.09.2013

10.00Change of HotelFrankfurt
Day-Trip Rheingau (boat trip, wine tasting)Kloster EberbachVoluntary

Monday, 23.09.2013

9:00-10:00Presentation: Group Assignment PlansProvadis HochschuleParticipants in groups
10:00-12:30Group WorkProvadis HochschuleParticipants/Coaches
12:30-13:00Reflection Group WorkProvadis HochschuleParticipants/Coaches
13:00-14:00Lunch Break
14:00-18:00Excursion + Discussion: Business models around renewable energiesJUWI, WörrstadtJUWI Representatives
of the DAY
  • Participants present their transition project ideas and receive feedback
  • Participants learn to reflect on project proposals from system innovation perspective

Tuesday, 24.09.2013

9:00-13:00Excursion + Discussion: Industrial Park Höchst – industrial energy networksIndustriepark HöchstThomas Hertel; Robert Schleich; Jörg Klauer (Infraserv Board Members)
13:00-14:00Lunch Break
Casino Industriepark Höchst
14:00-17:30Group WorkProvadis HochschuleParticipants/Coaches
17:30-18:00ReflectionProvadis HochschuleParticipants/Coaches
of the DAY
  • Participants learn about the energy concept and challenges with regard to energy supply for industry in Frankfurt Höchst
  • Groups work out their group assignment
  • Groups have visualised their ideas for the Worldcafé tomorrow

Wednesday, 25.09.2013

10.00 – 12:00The Arduous Transition to Low-Carbon EnergyGRADE, Riedberg FrankfurtFrank Geels (University of Manchester)
12:00-13:00Lunch Break
13:00 -15:30World Café on Project Ideas – Introduction and DiscussionGRADE, Riedberg FrankfurtParticipants/Coaches/Experts
15.30 – 15:45Coffee-Break
15:45-17:00Reflection and Discussion: Group WorkGRADE, Riedberg FrankfurtFrank Geels/Participants/Coaches
18:00-20:00Fireside ChatGRADE, Riedberg FrankfurtMartin Powell (Siemens)
of the DAY
  • Participants get to know latest research around transition management and the respective implications for the energy transition
  • Participants get feedback and answers to questions from a high-level personality
  • Participants improve their group assignment and discuss it in the light of transitions management
  • Participants meet a high-level personality

Thuesday, 26.09.2013

9:00-9:30Questions and ReflectionsProvadis HochschuleParticipants/Coaches
9:30-18:00Provadis HochschuleParticipants/Coaches
Independent Lunch
of the DAY
  • Participants finish their advice to the city council (written report)
  • Participants prepare a presentation for the city council

Friday, 27.09.2013

10:15-10:45Welcome – Impressions from the Summer SchoolFrankfurt, Haus am DomCity of Frankfurt/ Provadis Hochschule
10:45-11:00Jury: Criteria and ExplanationFrankfurt, Haus am DomChair of the Jury
11:00-12:30PresentationsFrankfurt, Haus am DomParticipants
12:00-13:00Lunch Break
13:00-15:00PresentationsFrankfurt, Haus am DomParticipants
15:30-16:45Announcement of the Jury Decision and DebriefingFrankfurt, Haus am DomParticipants/Coaches/Jury
16:45-17:00Official ClosingFrankfurt, Haus am DomCity of Frankfurt/ Provadis Hochschule
17:00-17:30Feedback and EvaluationFrankfurt, Haus am DomParticipants/Coaches
19:00Farewell Dinner and Party (optional)
of the DAY
  • Multi-perspective workshop: Explore project ideas in an interdisciplinary and multi-background setting
  • Presentation and discussions of assignment results- defining next steps and responsibilities