Education & Training
Recognised at EU level
2014, in its SET Plan Education & Training Roadmap, the European Commission recognised the importance of district heating and cooling initiatives, such as a Master on District Heating and Cooling and a network of academic and industrial stakeholders in the sector. More importantly, in its Action 1.1.13, the roadmap emphasises that the heating and cooling, heat utilisation and thermal networks programmes “should be developed in cooperation with the Renewable Heating and Cooling European Technology Platform and the DHC+ Technology Platform”. This proves that DHC+ is on the right track with its Education & Training activities.
DHC+ Student Awards
DHC+ Student Awards competition aims to support students all over the world in their research activities on district heating and cooling and its technological, environmental, social and legal aspects. The best applicant receives from the DHC+ Technology Platform a research contribution of EUR 1000, an opportunity to present the research paper at the international event and to publish it in the International EuroHeat & Power magazine. Find more information on all Student Awards editions and their winners on the special Student Awards page.
DHC+ Summer School
DHC+ Summer School is organised every year, bringing together Master’s / PhD students and young professionals from all over Europe working in the fields of district heating and cooling, marketing and urban planning. During one week participants learn about current energy trends in district energy technology, integration of renewable energy sources, design and modelling of heat networks and EU funding opportunities. Find more information on the programme on the dedicated Summer School page.
What do our former participants have to say?
“I participated the Summer School organised by the DHC+ Technology Platform in 2014. It was a fantastic academic journey! We built up a broad PhD-fellows network, as most of us focus on the district heating field, it was a good opportunity for us to connect and help each other in the real work. Also during the summer school 2014, we had very exciting discussions and team building, which inspired me a lot. This experience was beneficial for my PhD study and my future work.”
Lipeng Zhang, International Consultant (District Energy in Cities Initiative) at UN Environment
“The participation in the DHC+ Summer School 2016 has helped me identify focused research gaps throughout the whole district heating and cooling value chain, contributing to the development of my doctoral thesis. Additionally, discussing such gaps with academic and industry leaders trough creative pitching & networking sessions was a genuine pleasure, and will always remain a cherished memory.”
Ivan Andric, Senior Manager, Research and Development at IMKAN Properties, United Arab Emirates
“I have attended the DHC+ Summer School three times and all of them have been a fantastic experience! Not only do you learn about district heating and how it is being developed in the host country, but you also have the chance to spend a week exchanging experiences with the other participants from different countries.”
Luis Sánchez García, Aalborg University (One of the co-authors of the Roadmap for decarbonising Heating & Cooling sector)