Mont-Soleil 2024 12 — 17 August 2024

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 12 – 17 August 2024 in Switzerland. The topic of the PhD Summer School is “Field-Based Insights into the Implementation of Renewable Energies“.

12.08.2024 until 17.08.2024 – Bern, Mont-Soleil, Biel, Neuchâtel, Grindelwald and Jungfraujoch


  • Start date 12.08.2024
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  • End date 17.08.2024
  • Place Bern, Mont-Soleil, Biel, Neuchâtel, Grindelwald and Jungfraujoch
  • Application deadline 31.5.2024
  • Costs See the application form

Program 2024

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 23 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.


Climate and Environmental Physics, Bern


Photovoltaics and Hydropower, Mont-Soleil


Wind Energy, Mont-Soleil


Electrical Grid Integration and Advanced PV Technologies, Neuchâtel


Energy Storage, Biel


High Altitude Research Station, Jungfraujoch / Top of Europe


  • Prof. Christophe Ballif, EPFL, Neuchâtel
  • Prof. Christof Bucher, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Burgdorf
  • Ron Buntschu, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Biel
  • Dr. Priscilla Caliandro, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Biel
  • Prof. Silvio Decurtins, University of Bern
  • Prof. Drazen Dujic, EPFL, Lausanne
  • Prof. Thomas Fröhlicher, University of Bern
  • Paul Froidevaux, Head Wind & Ice, Meteotest Bern
  • Bruno Hauswirth, Resort Grindelwald
  • Prof. Gabriela Hug, ETH, Zurich
  • 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
  • Dr. Elena Vagnoni, PMTH/EPFL Lausanne
  • 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. hon. Alfred Rufer, EPFL

  • Christian Ochsenbein, BFH

  • Christof Bucher, Co-chairmen, BFH

Only PhD and Master students will be admitted.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Summer School.