About us

The Energy Security Summer School is organized by the Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University.

The organizers are part of the Center for Energy Studies (CENERS), an independent platform which brings together energy researchers and experts. It counts as one of the biggest research and education institution in the Central Europe in the field of energy security. The main goal is to combine high-quality research with education activities in order to bring up the future decision-makers and business strategists in the field of energy.

The summer school is a long term annual project of international renown dating back to 2011. To date, we have 198 satisfied graduates of 39 nationalities from around the globe. 87% of our graduates come from outside the Czech Republic as the tradition and renown of the project is growing.

Organization team

Tomáš Vlček, Summer School Director

Tomáš Vlček, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies in the Energy Security Studies, International Relations and Energy Security and International Relations programs. He also works at the International Institute of Political Science of Masaryk University and is a member of the Center for Energy Studies, an independent research platform, a Senior Expert of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Energy Strategy Expert Group (EESEG), and a member of the Czech Nuclear Education Network academic association.

He was selected for the International Visitors Leadership Program, the prestigious professional program run by the United States Department of State, and also initiated and manages the widely respected International Summer School of Energy Security, held every August in Telč since 2012. He has taken part in nearly 30 government and academic research projects on energy security and energy policy, has delivered dozens of papers at international conferences, and has undertaken a number of research forays to Russia, the USA, and countries in Europe, especially Central and Eastern Europe, as well as South-Eastern Europe. His research specialization focuses on the geopolitical aspects of energy, nuclear energy, and energy security in post-communist Europe.

Martin Jirušek

Martin Jirušek, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies in the Energy Security Studies, International Relations and Energy Security and International Relations programs. He also works at the International Institute of Political Science of Masaryk University and is a member of the Center for Energy Studies, an independent research platform, and of the Czech Nuclear Education Network academic association. In 2019, he was selected for the International Visitors Leadership Program, the prestigious professional program run by the United States Department of State. He is co-organizer of the Energy Security Summer School, coordinator of the Visegrad University Studies Grant at the Faculty of Social Studies and also participated in several research projects conducted at the faculty. Martin is professionally focused on theoretical approaches to energy security, the sector of natural gas in Europe, the oil policy of the United States, and the energy security of Central and Eastern and South Eastern Europe.

Lukáš Lehotský

Lukáš Lehotský, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. He holds a Bachelor`s degree in International Relations and Security and Strategic Studies and a Master's degree in International Relations. In the past, he participated in research projects on gas market integration in Visegrad countries, energy efficiency in the Visegrad Group and Ukraine, as well as project on behavior of Russian state owned enterprises in Central and Eastern Europe. His current research focuses on activism networks in response to lignite coal mining and policy networks related to coal mining and environmental policy in the Czech Republic. He lectures on energy efficiency, social science methods, programming for social scientists, and computer-aided text analysis.

Žaneta Vencourová

Žaneta is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. Her focus on energy security related issues in the region of South East Europe paved the way for a more specific area of interest, i.e. energy poverty. Žaneta also works for The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and European Union as an election observer. She has attended several election observation missions in Eastern and Southern Europe and Africa, as well. Žaneta is a marathon runner and an amateur photographer.

Organizers

Masaryk University
Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University
Center for Energy Research
International Institute of Political Science

Partners

U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic
CEZ Group
50Hertz
Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co.