2nd Summer School at Kloster Banz

2nd Summer School

May 20-26, 2013 in Kloster Banz, Bavaria, Germany

Theme: Natural Resource Management and Energy Systems under Changing Environmental Conditions

ABBY-Net is an interdisciplinary network of researchers from Albertan and Bavarian universities, striving to jointly address research topics that are of essential importance for the sustainable development of the Province of Alberta and the State of Bavaria under changing environmental conditions.

ABBY-Net’s Summer School 2013 trained young scientists in interdisciplinary approaches to energy and ecosystem research. The course focused on resource management and energy system issues in the State of Bavaria. Students attended seminars on key extra-disciplinary topics (hydrology, energy systems, environmental monitoring, data mining and data analysis) and participated in field excursions designed to educate participants on local ecosystems and energy conversion issues. Students were arranged into multi-institutional, international, multi-disciplinary teams and worked together to develop, discuss and present simulation models designed to predict the impact of different energy converting technologies on land use, resources, economy and environment.

Course Content

The ABBY-Net Kloster Banz Summer School program was divided into three segments:

  •  Inter-disciplinary seminars were taught in the disciplines of ecological systems and land use, energy systems and computing science/data mining, complementary field excursions and guest lectures.
  • Field excursions provided hands-on understanding of local ecosystems and the resource-management issues they face. Participants visited a wind turbine and hydroelectric facility, as well as the world heritage town of Bamberg.
  • Group project exercises required students to create inter-disciplinary research proposals on a resource-management issue of the students’ choosing.


Guest speakers from Siemens, eta Energy Consulting and the Deutsches Museum presented on topics related to the Summer School’s theme, including sustainable solutions for energy systems, the German energy transition (Energiewende) and the history of the European energy system.


Organizing Committee

Greg McDermid (University of Calgary) Klaus Diepold (TUM)
Mario Nascimento (University of Alberta) Jürgen Karl (FAU)
Stefan Kienzle (University of Lethbridge)

Ralf Ludwig (LMU)

Matthias Renz (LMU)

Peer Kröger (LMU)

With kindly acknowledged support from Randy Goebel (AITF) and Florence Gauzy (BayFOR).