The InnoEnergy PhD School is about enabling transformation. Turning cutting-edge research into innovative solutions that will have an impact on our world. Giving researchers the skills, insight and contacts needed to add depth and context to their research. Creating new networks of emerging knowledge, expertise and vision. And all to convert current energy systems into sustainable alternatives.
InnoEnergy's PhD School offers the ideal setting to boost your innovation and entrepreneurship skills on top of your PhD studies. By following our programme, you benefit from:
Unmatched access to complementary training in entrepreneurship, innovation and business through on-campus and online courses to PhD candidates enrolled in universities across and beyond Europe.
Dedicated support and mentorship to develop collaborative, cross-cultural skills among our international network of research, business, industrial and startup partners.
Unrivaled opportunities to pool knowledge, share experiences and spark new ideas among a growing network of active business and research partners through activities like our Annual PhD School Conference and our international placements.
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We encourage all candidates to work with businesses in order to develop and strengthen collaboration between labs and industry, and expand their own skill base through exposure to different organisations and cultures.
All PhD candidates participating in the InnoEnergy PhD School are required to undertake an international placement lasting at least four months. Candidates should conduct part of their research, or participate in a research project at a suitable university, research institute or company in another country from their host university.
Candidates can choose to undertake several placements, provided the total time spent in foreign organisations is between four and 12 months. Candidates may split one placement into several periods, if necessary, but at least one of these periods must last a minimum of three months.
InnoEnergy provides financial support to candidates, via their home university, to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.
Networking and collaboration opportunities
Achieving sustainable energy transcends national boundaries and academic disciplines. The InnoEnergy PhD School is designed to give all participants an international, multi-cultural perspective on the needs of the energy industry and the challenges of sustainability.
It also provides access to leading specialists and experts across Europe, and the opportunity to start building a pan-European network of like-minded thinkers, researchers and practitioners.
The InnoEnergy PhD School organises an annual, three-day event that gives all participants the opportunity to:
Gain knowledge on common themes and topics through presentations and workshops
Explore potential collaborations with members of the InnoEnergy network
Meet current InnoEnergy PhD school participants and recent graduates, and gain inspiration from their stories
Connect with business specialists, industrial leaders and other experts
Develop essential skills to enhance your research, your innovation potential, your career and your network of contacts
In addition to attending the events and courses delivered by InnoEnergy and its partners, doctoral candidates can also pursue additional, career-enhancing activities with our support.
Candidates have the freedom to explore opportunities they feel will add value to their research or to their future prospects, and which are in line with InnoEnergy’s philosophy of bringing together ideas, innovation and business.
This can include conferences, study visits, workshops, or internships – but is not limited to these types of events or activities. The goal is to encourage and enable candidates to develop their own, individualised programme to increase the impact of their research.