Speakers – 2013


José Andringa

NL Agency
Coach, especially for the group assignments
Transitions and learning
My contribution to the summer school: As a coach and mentor I shared my thoughts on the overall programme of the summer school, I’ll assist especially in the group assignments, and I’ll take care of some reflective elements within the programme.


Frank Geels

Manchester University
Professor of System Innovation
Innovation Studies
My contribution to the summer school: My session will: a) briefly introduce the MLP, b) illustrate and apply the MLP to make a big picture assessment of low-carbon energy transitions at the global scale, c) provide a more in-depth analysis of the resistance and resilience of incumbent regime actors in UK coal, nuclear and gas. This latter section aims to complement the many studies that already exist of green niche-innovations. It also aims to highlight political economy considerations and power struggles, which are inevitable in energy transitions, because big incumbent players are likely to resist major change that threatens their vested interests.


Jörg Klauer

Infraserv GmbH & Co. Höchst KG
Operations IPH, Head of Gases, Cooling, Water
Production and distribution of technical gases


Manuela Rottmann

Former Deputy Mayor of Environment and Health in Frankfurt
My contribution to the summer school: The European Green Capital Award: Beauty contest, green washing or just another useless ranking? The Frankfurt approach.

  • Why did we apply? What did we expect?
  • Who were the stakeholders?
  • What were the methods?


Robert Schleich

Infraserv GmbH & Co. Höchst KG
Head of department “waste water”
Site management and operation


Bettina Wittneben

University of Oxford
Visiting Research Associate and Fellow
Environmental Change Institute & Smith School of Enterprise
My contribution to the summer school: I will have two roles in the summer school. I’ll be giving you some feedback on your research and career plans in a coaching session and I’ll be teaching a lecture on climate change mitigation and adaptation. I hope to convey some of the latest issues in climate policy and also enable you to put your own research efforts into perspective.

Alice Bauer

Alice Bauer

City of Frankfurt am Main
Project Lead Climate-KIC Affairs Frankfurt am Main
Municipal Energy Agency
My contribution to the summer school:
 Local perspective from City of Frankfurt’s point of view
Presenting the Masterplan 100% Klimaschutz


Manfred Boltze

TU Darmstadt
Chair of Transport Planning and Traffic
Civil Engineering
My contribution to the summer school: Session about scenarios of CO2-reduction by environmental dependent traffic control systems.


Diana Hummel

ISOE – Institute for social-ecological research
Senior Scientist
Political Scientist
My contribution to the summer school: Session ‘Water Infrastructure Systems’ Introduction into the transdisciplinary approach of ISOE .


Jörg Felmeden

ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research
Research Scientist
Water Infrastructure and Risk Analyses
My contribution to the summer school: Session ‘Water Infrastructure Systems’ Introduction into the research project netWORKS 3 – Sustainable concepts for the municipal water sector.


Michael Kassner

Siemens AG
CEO Central Region
My contribution to the summer school: Short input on “Energy Transition in Germany: Managerial and technological aspects“ and participant of the Panel Discussion representing the industry perspective on the first day.


Werner Neumann

City of Frankfurt Municipal Energy Agency
Director of Eenrgy Agency
Energy planning of the City of Frankfurt am Main
My contribution to the summer school:
I will give input for the task to transform Frankfurt to 100% renewables until year 2050. I will give detail figures and information and will show pathways to be elaborated.

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Werner Lorke

HfG Offenbach University of Art & Design
Professor Design Department
Technology in Design
My contribution to the summer school:
Energy Mapping: A useful tool to initiate change ?
 Characterize the energy profile of a city (Frankfurt)
 Develop quality aspects of the types of energies used in a city
 Study the given situation (exemplarily) by visiting selected buildings in Frankfurt (guided tour).
 Discuss suitable means to communicate results & motivate energy users (i.e. all of us) to change a hitherto wasteful “energy culture” towards more sustainability and renewability.


Manfred Hegger

TU Darmstadt
University Professor, Architect
Architecture, Energy Efficient Building Design
My contribution to the summer school:
Lecture on the development of energy efficient building design, with a special attention to projects related to plus-energy-housing.


Rolf Katzenbach

TU Darmstadt
Director of TU Darmstadt Energy Center / Head and director of the Institute and the Laboratory of Geotechnics
Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Geothermics
My contribution to the summer school: Member of the Climate KIC-PhD Summer School Jury in his position as Chair of the Climate-KIC Centre Hessen.


Hannes Utikal

Provadis Hochschule
Vicepresident, Lecturer
Business Administration
My contribution to the summer school:
I was responsible for the concept development for this summer school and hope that we were able to create a fruitful blend of perspectives and a well-balanced mixture of theory and practice, of business and public authority perspectives. Moreover, I am Chair of the Jury.

Heike Zimmerman

Heike Zimmermann-Timm

Goethe University Frankfurt
Managing Director of Goethe Graduate Academy GRADE
My contribution to the summer school: Welcoming the participants as organising partner of the Summer School. Member of the Panel Discussion representing the scientific perspective. Academic Coaching Session in the area of Career Development inside and outside University. Organising the World Café at Goethe-University Campus Westend.

Darell Moellendorf

Darrel Moellendorf

Goethe University Frankfurt
Professor for International Political Theory
Excellence Cluster Normative Orders
My contribution to the summer school: “Responsibility Under a Climate Change Mitigation Regime”: In this presentation I discuss the concept of responsibility as it applies to the international distribution of the costs of climate change mitigation. I argue that the wealthy industrialized lands must carry the bulk of the costs of climate change mitigation, precisely because of their comparative wealth, in comparison to developing and least developed countries. This is based on the principle of responsibility known as The Ability-to-Pay Principle.

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Martin Powell

Siemens AG
Head of Urban Development
Global Cities Centre of Competence
My contribution to the summer school: Martin will talk about The Green City Movement: Competition between Cities, Urban Networks and Local Policy Learning in a Changing Climate as an expert. The following points will be part of my talk:

  • Overview: since when cities want to become green and why?
  • What are the strategies and tools cities using in order to become green?
  • What are the main barriers for the green transition?
  • Lessons learned and stories from NY, London and c40 network