25 May 2011

Energy Storage Systems in Focus:
STYRIAN ACADEMY goes into the next round

Sustainable energy systems are the topic of the STYRIAN ACADEMY – the European educational and training platform with headquarters in Styria. After the successful prelude last year, this year energy storage systems of the future are on the agenda under the title Efficient Energy Storage and Smart Grids. To this purpose, students will meet at the International Summer School from 4 to 8 July, and experts from science, business, politics and administration at the International Business Training Seminars on 6 July. Registration is still open and will close on 1 June 2011. Garden Talk is taking place again this year on 6 July 2011 and is open to all interested parties free of charge.

How will we store energy in the future and what challenges will we come up against? “What is special about the STYRIAN ACADEMY is that it approaches this forward-looking topic from a variety of perspectives“, explains initiator Brigitte Hasewend, who heads the staff unit International Sustainability Partnerships at Graz University of Technology. The programme is embedded in the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (eseia) initiative – the Europe-wide network for sustainable energy innovation resident at Graz University of Technology. The STYRIAN ACADEMY addresses students, experts with practical experience and the broad public alike.

Comprehensive range

Students from Styrian and international universities gather together at the International Summer School and are given a comprehensive picture of technological, economic and social developments. There are grants waiting for the most deserving applicants which also include board and lodging. The target group of the International Business Training Seminars are key actors in business and regional decision makers. Through this, it is hoped that international knowledge of conception and implementation of sustainable energy systems is transferred to the regional and local level. The Garden Talk, which once again this year offers an informal framework for discussions, is open to anyone who is interested.

Two for the price of one

To enable as many people as possible to participate, there is a special offer this year: if two persons register for the summer school or the business programme, each person only pays half price. Graz University of Technology started the STYRIAN ACADEMY in June 2010 – an international educational and training platform for top-level master’s and PhD students as well as representatives of business, politics and administration. Participants from all over the world are guided in the topic of sustainable energy resources in the framework of business seminars, summer and winter schools, garden talks and “fireside chats” as well as public discussions. The STYRIAN ACADEMY is organised in cooperation with international strategic partners and the State of Styria.

Calendar of the Styrian Academy 2011:

International Summer School
4.-8 July 2011
Place: Fachschule für Land- und Ernährungswissenschaft Haidegg,
Ragnitzstrasse 193, 8047 Graz

International Business Training Seminar
6 July 2011
Place: Graz University of Technology, Stremayrgasse 9, 8010 Graz

Garden Talk
6 July 2011, 7pm
Place: Graz University of Technology, Stremayrgasse 9, 8010 Graz

More details on:

Photographic material available free of charge when source is named.

Mag. Brigitte Hasewend
Head of International Sustainability Partnerships (ISP)
E-mail: brigitte.hasewend@tugraz.at
Tel.: +43 (0)316 873 5281


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