Summer School _ IDEAL Climate ‘Responsible Engineering in a Warming World’

To download the application form click here

Registration is still open for PhD candidates at TU Delft


Climate change is one of the most urgent problems the world is currently facing. It is commonly agreed that the world’s energy consumption lies at the heart of the problem. In order to deal with the climate problem two types of solutions are proposed, namely mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation focuses on efforts to eliminate or reduce the long-term risk and hazards of climate change to human life. Adaptation, as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is an “adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities.”

While both climate mitigation and adaptation heavily rely on the progress of technology, addressing the climate issue requires more than just developing and applying a certain technology. It demand at least a certain awareness of what and whose interests are at stake and how technology can shape the world.

In this summer school we will focus on ethics of engineering from the perspective of climate change. What is responsible innovation in light of the ethical challenge of climate change? How can engineering design affect the world? What is the responsibility of engineers of the future in a warming world?

The course begins at 9:00 on Monday 21 June 2010 and will finish at approximately 17:00 on Saturday 26 June 2010. A (mandatory) part of the summer school is participation in the conference ‘Ethics, Energy & the Future’


Chairing the summer school will be Jeroen van den Hoven, professor in Moral Philosophy at TU Delft and scientific director of the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology. A number of experienced lecturers from TU Delft will give a lecture and work on cases with participants. We are especially pleased to have two distinguished international speakers in this summer school.

Stephen Gardiner University of Washington

Andrew Light George Mason University & Center for American Progress

Jeroen v.d. Hoven TU Delft

Roland Klees TU Delft

Huub Saveneije TU Delft

Ibo van de Poel TU Delft

Kas Hemmes TU Delft


PhD students from the five IDEA universities can fill out the application form (see above) and send it to the institute’s contact person. You can find the names of contact persons here:

Imperial College London Helen Challis

TU Delft Behnam Taebi

ETH Zurich Barbara Schori

RWTH Aachen Eleonor Thompson

ParisTech Irina Vassileva


Following presentations can be downloaded:


If you have any questions, please contact Behnam Taebi.

A detailed program will be posted on the website soon.

You can find information about last year’s summer school at TU Delft (2009) here

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