Summer School Mont-Soleil 10. - 15. August 2020

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 10. – 15.8.2020 in Switzerland. The topic of the PhD Summer School is “Field-Based Insights into the Implementation of Renewable Energies“.

10.08.2020 until 15.08.2020 – Bern, Mont-Soleil, Nidau, (Grindelwald and Jungfraujoch)

The course will take place at University of Bern, in the Mont-Soleil region and at the BFH 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.

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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, BFH Energy Storage Research Center Biel/Bienne


Electrical Grid Integration


Transfer to Grindelwald, Glacier retreat and district heating


High Altitude Research Centre Jungfraujoch


  • Dr. Martin Pfisterer, Co-chairman / President Société Mont-Soleil, Switzerland
  • Prof. hon. Alfred Rufer, Co-chairman / EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Prof. Thomas Stocker, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Dr. Rudolf Minder, Société Mont-Soleil, Switzerland
  • Dr. Jakob Vollenweider, Société Mont-Soleil, Switzerland
  • Thomas Schott, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Burgdorf, Switzerland
  • Christian Ochsenbein, technical engineer and member of the boat crew
  • Aline Coulot, Swiss Small Hydro Association
  • Andreas Stettler, Head of Hydroelectric Power Plants, BKW
  • Cédric Zbinden, CEO La Goule SA
  • Dr. Mathieu Boccard, CSEM / EPFL, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Sara Koller, Meteotest, Bern, Switzerland
  • Dr. Jiannong Fang, Wind Engineering and Renewable Energy Lab, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Dr. Ndaona Chokani, Laboratory for Energy Conversions, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Priscilla Caliandro, Berne Universtiy of Applied Sciences, Biel/Bienne
  • Dr. Laure-Emmanuelle Perret, EPFL/Compàz, Neuchâtel
  • Beat Guggisberg, Head of global engineering, ABB Switzerland Transportation
  • Prof. Mario Paolone, Distributed Electric Systems Lab, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Prof. Drazen Dujic, Power Electronics Laboratory, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Prof. Michael Höckel, Power Systems Lab, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
  • Cédric Spielhofer, CEO Fromageries Spielhofer, Saint-Imier, Switzerland
  • Dr. Andreas Hutter, PV-Center, CSEM, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Prof. Andrea Vezzini, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
  • Prof. Markus Leuenberger, President, University of Berne, Switzerland


  • Start date 10.08.2020
  • End date 15.08.2020
  • Place Bern, Mont-Soleil, Nidau, (Grindelwald and Jungfraujoch)
  • Application deadline 15.06.2020

Only PhD and Master students will be admitted.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Summer School.