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Annual PhD course

4TU.Energy PhD course: General Introduction

4TU.Energy strives for the transition of society to a carbon-neutral future by offering support to research and education within 4 technical universities. One of the main scientific events to facilitate our education support is the annual PhD course.

The annual PhD course aims to enable knowledge transfer and build the capacity of young researchers to learn from and to reflect on timely energy topics, additionally, to facilitate PhD students to analyze energy transition from the lens of other research areas, such as social science. Each year the course program is curated by different experts on the program topics.

In 2023, 4TU.Energy has organized the first edition of the course and has received positive feedback. Looking back including the course program and scientific committee members can be found on the website here.

This course is targeted to PhD students in TUDelft, TU/e, UTwente and WUR; students from other universities such as from RUG are also welcome, depending on the registration numbers (reserved seats are 45, and students from 4TUs have priority). 

With a different program content and speakers; the course format will be similar as the first edition: a combination of presentations, lectures, and workshops covering the perspectives on both social science and as well as innovative technology in conjunctive 2 days. This course will be provided by academic researchers and different stakeholders from industry/company, municipalities, and governmental bodies.

In addition to acquiring a broader perspective and understanding of energy topics on an academic level, the PhD candidates will also receive the opportunity to improve their soft skills - pitch skills. The online pitch training will be offered by a professional external trainer in advance of the course, the skills can be put into practice during the pitch session on the course.

This is not only an opportunity to gain knowledge in Energy Transition, with different perspectives, but also a chance to build up the PhD community within 4TU.

4TU.Energy PhD course: overview

Program 2023

Scientific Committee 2023

-       Prof. David Smeulders, TU/e, Enegry Technology

-        Dr. Pedro P. Vergara, TU Delft, Intelligent electrical power grids

-        Dr. DuJuan Yang, TU/e, Energy smart system in built environment

-        Dr. Canan Acar, UTwente, System modeling/transition/integration

-        Dr. ir. Keerthivasan Rajamani , UTwente, Heat transfer/Refrigerator

-        Dr. ir. Akbar Asadi Tashvigh, WUR, Biomass/Hydrogen fuel cell

-        Dr. Mattijs Smits, WUR, Sustainable energy/Energy policy

Program 2024

Scientific Committee 2024

Prof. Mina Shahi - Adjunct Professor in Thermal Conversion and Storage (UTwente)

Dr. Pedro P. Vergara - Assistant Professor at Intelligent Electrical Power Grids (TUDelft)

Dr. Gerwin Hoogsteen - Assistant professor in the field of smart grids (UTwente)

Dr. Nataly Bañol Arias - Assistant Professor with the Power Electronics and EMC group (UTwente)

Dr. Queena Qian - Associate professor at the department of management in the Built Environment (TU Delft)

Dr. Nowella Anyango van Zwieten – Lecture and Researcher in Environmental policy/governance/sociology/justice (WUR)

Dr. Akbar Asadi Tashvigh - Assistant Professor at Biobased Chemistry and Technology (WUR)

Annemiek Bles – Program and Marketing lead Energy (Brainport Eindhoven)

Register here for the PhD course 2024

Join us for the PhD course 2024 taking place in November