Energy Community Secretariat Summer School, 3-10 September 2016, Albania


March 31, 2016


Event Date:

September 03, 2016 - September 10, 2016

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The Energy Community Secretariat invites highly motivated postgraduate students (masters or PhD), researchers from all energy-related disciplines, young professionals from governmental institutions, companies, think tanks and NGOs from the Energy Community region to the 1st Energy Community Summer School that will take place in Tirana from 3 to 10 September 2016.

The Energy Community Summer School aims to promote the development of participants’ competences in all topics related to energy through a dedicated multi-disciplinary programme. The Summer School is supported by a network of academic and research institutions from the Energy Community and beyond.

The Summer School 2016 is supported by the Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe – Energy Efficiency (ORF-EE), which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

  Venue: POLIS University, Tirana, Albania  
  Date: 3 -10 September 2016  
  Duration: 1 week  
  Organizer: Energy Community Secretariat  
  Credits: 3 ECTS (for masters students)  
  Application deadline: online only, by 31 March 2016  
  Fees: No tuition fee is required  

The main focus of the Summer School is energy sectors in transition, in particular in South Eastern and Eastern Europe. The programme will also take into account the broader geographical context in Europe and possibly beyond and will go beyond a mere training programme for energy-related topics. It will allow participants to understand the energy sectors in their full complexity and provide them a platform for exchange and contribution to shaping the sectors’ future.

The Summer School will cover

  • scientific,
  • legal,
  • economic,
  • cultural,
  • political as well as,
  • technical aspects

of the energy supply chain and include both theoretical elements and practical training through case studies and mock cases.  The best student / best group work / best paper / best project will receive an award.

The Energy Community Summer School programme offers a combination of course work, guest lectures and social/cultural activities. During the training, participants will attend lectures taught by high-level scholars from academia as well as experts and practitioners from  leading energy companies etc. 

A detailed programme, including information related to the course work, guest lectures and social/cultural activities, will be available soon. 


Registration for the Summer School opens on 18 January 2016. Interested applicants are invited to complete an online Summer School Application Form, no later than 31 March 2016. The form is subject to a login and can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

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Benefits of attending the Energy Community Summer School:

  • ECTS credits1 - the Energy Community Summer School is accredited in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System. Students participating in the Summer School will have a chance to earn 3 ECTS points.
  • Experience abroad - studying in a different country is a great experience and gives the possibility to gain international experience, which is important for the job market etc.
  • Get to know the countries of the Energy Community, their culture and people in addition to their energy sectors – the Summer School will not only be about academic experience, but will also give the participants the opportunity to get to know fellows from different countries and experience different cultures.
  • Knowledge outcome – after finalising the Summer School, the participants will better understand the science, policy and regulation of energy markets in transition. They will understand the challenges behind the implementation of European aspects of energy law and regulation and be able to combine different disciplines and approaches underpinning energy-related projects and reforms.

1 Students who wish to receive ECTS credits will need to contact their university. The approval of the credits as well as their exact amount depends on the decision of the students' home institution.



  • Postgraduate students (masters or PhD students),
  • Researchers from all disciplines,
  • Young professionals from governmental institutions (ministries, authorities and agencies) or energy companies,
  • Think tanks,
  • NGOs, etc.


To be considered for admission, applicants must be:

  • 35 years of age or younger (by the end of the Summer School week),
  • Fluent in written and spoken English,
  • A citizen of one of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Turkey.


Successful applicants will be selected by the Energy Community Secretariat in consultation with a network of academic and research institutions of the participating countries based on the following criteria:

  • A short paper (5 pages maximum) in which contemporary pressing energy policy issues shall be presented and briefly analysed, related to one of the following topics: economic implications, technical issues related to energy generation, political implications and energy diplomacy, legal aspects, questions related to the sustainability of energy systems. No ranking between the topics will be applied, therefore candidates are invited to choose a subject that is closest to their field of studies or research,
  • Previous experience and knowledge in the field of energy,
  • Geographic balance,
  • Gender balance.

The maximum number of participants for the 2016 Summer School is 40.

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