Speakers – 2014


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.


Robert Schleich

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

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


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.


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


Maximilian Horster

South Pole Group
Climate Action Solutions
About your Session: The session will introduce examples of innovative approaches to link the area of finance to climate change, taken from South Pole Group’s daily business.
1. Carbon financing
We will discuss the different models of financing a wide variety of emission reduction projects by means of CO2 certificates, as well as the opportunities and limitations that come with this framework.
2. Investment Climate Impact Assessments
We will cover this innovative field that plays an increasingly important role for asset owners and asset managers. This includes and introduction to investment analysis tools and services.
3. Climate Credit Card
We will look at an example of this retail-focussed financing and awareness tool that opens a wider discussion towards user engagement in general.


Sergio Castellari

  • Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC)
  • Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV)

  • Head of Research Unit “Institutional Relations and Adaptation Policies”
  • Senior Scientist
  • IPCC Focal Point for Italy

International and European Policies for Adaptation to climate change.
About your Session: An introduction to the science background (climate science, adaptation and mitigation) at the basis of the multilateral negotiations conducted in the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) towards a global agreement at the Conference of the Parties in Paris in 2015. Finally a brief introduction to the climate polices at the European Level.


Maresi Nerad

Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE), University of Washington)
Founder and Director of CIRGE, Chairperson of the Academic Advisory Board of the Goethe Graduate Academy – GRADE
Investigation and improvement of doctoral education worldwide
About your Session: This workshop will focus first on quality criteria identified by the participants, second on those identified in a recent study by professors, and third it will end by asking whether producing a good dissertation is enough these days and what other qualifications are in deed needed.


Georgios Terizakis

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Head of unit KIVA VI (Development of Interdisciplinary in Teaching and Member of the Urban research centre)
Interdisciplinarity in Teaching


Marc Großklos

Institut Wohnen und Umwelt (IWU)
Energy efficiency of buildings
About your Session:
I’m going to present a refurbishment of 7 apartment dwellings in Frankfurt onto a nearly zero carbon level and the results of a 2 year monitoring phase. Finally I will discuss the implications for further strategies.
How to Make Energiewende in Frankfurt Happen?
Energiewende needs actions in all sectors of energy consumption (heating, electricity and mobility). For the energy consumption of buildings we have to focus on the building stock and find ways to refurbish the existing city structure on a sustainable level of consumption. The second step is then the supply with renewable energy for the remaining energy demand.


Wolfram Lamping

TU Darmstadt, Institute for Political Science
Senior Researcher at the Institute for Political Science and member of the interdisciplinary research group on ‘Local Generation of Knowledge Relevant for Action: The Case of Local Strategies and Measures Dealing with Climate Change’.
Policy Analysis and Public Administration
About your Session: In this session Dr. Terizakis and I will present the special focus of the Darmstadt urban research centre. We developed a specific approach which focuses on the specificities of Cities and the discourses and communication taking place within the cities. Climate change mitigation and adaptation in Cities is one thematic unit which will be in the center of our presentation.


Immanuel Stieß

ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Frankfurt
About your Session:
The session “ClimateEveryday – low emission lifestlyes in the zero-emission-city: Lessons from Frankfurt and Munich” will present results of an empirical investigation on low carbon practices at Frankfurt and Munich, focusing on domestic energy use, mobility and nutrition. Based on these findings, I will discuss some implications on how climate friendly practices can be further supported.


Karsten Löffler

Allianz Climate Solutions GmbH
Managing Director
My contribution to the summer school: How is the market for sustainable investments developing? What’s the role of institutional investors? How can the market be facilitated?


Giorgia Rambelli

ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH – ICLEI Europe
Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience
My contribution to the summer school: The session will focus on the role that local authorities play in enhancing commitments and increasing results in tackling climate change, especially in regard to climate change mitigation and energy.
The session will include:

  • an overview of the history and latest development of the Local Government Climate Roadmap, developing in parallel and together with the UNFCCC process;
  • an introduction to processes and initiatives in Europe – including the Covenant of Mayors initiative and the development of the 2030 policy framework on climate and energy, and some reflections on the role of community-lead RES projects and their role;
  • integrated methodologies and approaches for climate action planning, implementation and monitoring.


Karen Schewina

Foundation Polytechnical Society
City Ambassador (StadtteilBotschafterin Frankfurter Berg)
Urban Gardening
My contribution to the summer school: The program “StadtteilBotschafter” by the Foundation Polytechnical Society is designed to strengthen civic engagement in Frankfurt. I´ll present my own project in which I built an urban garden in the schoolyard of a primary school, experimenting with several permaculture techniques as well as few other urban gardening projects in Frankfurt focusing on community building.


Fred Steward

University of Westminster
Professor of Innovation and Sustainability
Policy Studies Institute
My contribution to the summer school: Fred will be part of the Summer School for the first three days. Firstly he will give a talk on the question why transition has become central to the challenge of climate change. The next day Fred gives a lecture on Systems Innovation at the City Level giving examples from the Climate-KIC project “Transition Cities”. Last but not least Fred will be one of the Mentors for the Academic Coaching on the 3rd September.


Simone Löfgen

Commerzbank AG
Head of Business & Transaction Management
About your Session: Agenda:
– Introduction Commerzbank & Competence Center Energy
– “Energiewende” – future investments required
– Possible Banking Solutions
– Group work
– Presentation of results


Martin Jakob

Energy Systems Analysis Associates – ESA2, Karlsruhe
Designated CEO
Energy system modelling
About your Session: After a general introduction into energy systems analysis two case studies will be presented. The first one deals with combining several EU wide energy models that cover energy demand, load, distribution and generation in a consistent energy system approach. The second show cases the combination of different models with an urban context in order to simulate pathways to ambitious climate change goals. Both case studies were developed within the KIC framework: Energy Systems Analysis Agency (Energy) within KIC InnoEnergy and Smart Urban Adapt (SUA) within Climate KIC respectively.