Eurotech Summer school

Entitled "Integrated approach to energy performance systems", the EuroTech Summer School took place from 27th May to 7th June 2013 and brought together PhD students from many European universities. The Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST) participated to this event through two lectures given by Prof. Emmanuel Rey on the theme of low energy architectural design. Through innovative examples, he presented the strategies inherent to the development of sustainable neighborhoods and to the conception of bioclimatic buildings.

The EuroTech Universities' alliance is committed to finding technical solutions to the grand challenges of society. As a forum for designing guiding themes for research, education, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship, the alliance will engage in policy definition with the stakeholders of society. EuroTech Universities bring together four leading European technical universities: the Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU), the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Technische Universität München (TUM).

The organization of a EuroTech Summer School is in-line with the desire to reinforce links between these institutions and promote exchanges between researchers from different horizons. In this context, the integrated approach to energy performance systems is not only a common fundamental issue but also an opportunity to confront multiple and complementary knowledge.

Nowadays, a large spectrum of knowledge is required from PhD students working within the area of Energy Conversion Systems. Nevertheless, typical PhD competences are often restricted to their field of interest. Few integrated knowledge are in the background of PhD students. The aim is to make up for those lacks, bring out the main challenges and provide methodological approaches to address multi-disciplinary energy-related problems.