Mont-Soleil 2023 07 — 12 August 2023

Bern University of Applied Sciences organizes in collaboration with Société Mont-Soleil and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne the PhD Summer School Mont-Soleil from 07 – 12 August 2023 in Switzerland. The topic of the PhD Summer School is “Field-Based Insights into the Implementation of Renewable Energies“.

07.08.2023 until 12.08.2023 – Bern, Mont-Soleil, Biel, Neuchâtel, Grindelwald and Jungfraujoch


  • Start date 07.08.2023
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  • End date 12.08.2023
  • Place Bern, Mont-Soleil, Biel, Neuchâtel, Grindelwald and Jungfraujoch
  • Application deadline 31.5.2023
  • Costs See the application form

Program 2023

The course will take place at University of Bern, in the Mont-Soleil region and at the Energy Storage Research Centre. The optional post conference program will take participants to Grindelwald and the Jungfraujoch for a visit to the High Altitude Research Lab. We invite 24 excellent PhD and advanced master students from all over Europe to participate.

The summer PhD school will be held on Mont-Soleil above the city of Saint-Imier in the Western part of Switzerland. Production, distribution and application of renewable energies can be shown in a directly perceptible way since all adequate facilities are concentrated on and around Mont-Soleil in a unique manner. Lectures and workshops will take place in the visitor center, with top experts from internationally renowned universities as well as from industries in the field of renewable energies. Hotel accommodation will be organized in a unique mountain hotel on Mont-Soleil.


Check-in at University of Bern. Climate and Environmental Physics


Photovoltaics and Hydropower, Mont-Soleil


Wind Energy, Mont-Soleil


Energy Storage and Advanced PV Technologies, Energy Storage Research Center Biel/Bienne


Electrical Grid Integration

Transfer to Grindelwald, Glacier retreat and district heating


High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch


  • Prof. Christophe Ballif, EPFL, Neuchâtel
  • Prof. Christof Bucher, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Burgdorf
  • Matthias Burri, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Burgdorf
  • Dr. Priscilla Caliandro, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Biel
  • Moussia de Watteville, Espace Découverte Energie
  • Prof. Drazen Dujic, EPFL, Lausanne
  • Bruno Hauswirth, Resort Grindelwald
  • Prof. Gabriela Hug, ETH, Zurich
  • Sara Koller, Meteotest Bern
  • Prof. Markus Leuenberger, University of Bern
  • Christian Ochsenbein, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Biel
  • Dr. Özhan Özen, Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne
  • Prof. Mario Paolone, EPFL, Lausanne
  • Dr. Bertrand Paviet-Salomon, EPFL, Neuchâtel
  • Dr. Martin Pfisterer, Société Mont-Soleil
  • Prof. hon. Alfred Rufer, Co-chairman / EPFL, Lausanne
  • Stefan Schori, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Biel
  • Alexander Schwery, GE Renewable Energy
  • Cédric Spielhofer, Fromageries Spielhofer, Saint-Imier
  • Prof. Thomas Stocker, University of Bern
  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Vezzini, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Biel
  • Monique Voumard, BKW
  • Cédric Zbinden, La Goule SA, Saint-Imier
  • Moussia de Watteville, Espace découverte énergie

  • Prof. Drazen Dujic, EPFL

  • Prof. Andrea Vezzini, BFH

  • Prof. hon. Alfred Rufer, EPFL

  • Christian Ochsenbein, BFH

Only PhD and Master students will be admitted.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Summer School.