General Information

The Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University together with our partners is happy to announce the summer school on energy security titled Energy Infrastructure and Policy Repercussions. The sixth year of this summer school, which already earned an excellent international reputation, takes place in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Telc and will be dealing with highly topical issue of electricity transmission, oil pipelines and gas infrastructure in Europe.

The summer school will be held from July 29 to August 5, 2017 and will host various foreign and Czech energy security experts. The summer school will last six full working days, each dedicated to a specific topic within the issue. The core of the program comprises of issue-related lectures and practice-oriented workshop focusing on policy repercussions, relations with major energy producers, hydrocarbons development, electricity production and transportation etc. 

The summer school includes a field trip to two facilities. The first one is ČEZ Group's Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant. A field trip to a nuclear power plant is a unique experience. Students will be acquainted with the operation of a nuclear facility, and will take part in guided tour through the power plant site, the engine room, and the control room training simulator. The second facility will be the nearby Dalešice Hydroelectric Power Plant with guided tour through the facility, which serves as water reservoir for Dukovany NPP. Memorable experiences both, and two of the greatest pleasures of the summer course.

In line with their home university policy, students can earn 4 ECTS credits if all the requirements are fulfilled. Together with the 4 ECTS credits students also receive a Certificate of Attendance. Lectures will take place in English. There are 5 lecture days of 3 in-class units per day. Additionally, the study of a 4 ECTS course includes 12 hours of field visits, 6 hours of group work and 6 hours of project work.

Students will be obliged to participate in workshops, discussions and seminars. At the same time, they will participate in negotiation game, which will be concluded by a presentation at the end of the summer school. The quality of the project work will be evaluated by the lecturers. Successful completion of the project will be a prerequisite for successful completion of the summer school and will be the proof of students` understanding of the topic and its context.

The summer school is open to undergraduate and graduate students of International Relations, Political Science, and European studies, as well as students from technical, legal and economic fields. The summer school is also open to junior employees of energy sector related companies.


Václav Bartuška
Special Envoy for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Filip Černoch 
Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Pavel Hala
Head, Preparation of NPP Long-term Operation Department, ČEZ Group, Czech Republic

András Deák (TBC)
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of World Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

Predrag Grujičič 
Head of Gas Unit, Energy Community, Austria

James Henderson
Director of the Gas Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, United Kingdom

Maciej Jakubik
Executive Director, Central Europe Energy Partners, Belgium

Michael Kranhold
Director, Customer Management, 50hertz Transmission GmbH, Germany

Milan Sedláček
Head of EU Affairs and Strategy, Eustream, a.s., Slovak Republic

Tomáš Vlček
Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Social Program

The academic content of the summer course is carefully balanced with a bountiful social program that includes a tour around the UNESCO-listed city of Telč, a visit to the fabulous Telč renaissance chateau, a softskills workshop, a wine tasting evening—complete with a lecture on wine—and a farewell barbecue party. Plus a superb music festival with lots of ways to stay entertained will be ongoing in Telč throughout the summer course.


July 29
Arrival and Dinner
Introduction and acquaintance
July 30
Václav Bartuška
Filip Černoch
Maciej Jakubik
Wine tasting lecture
July 31
Tomáš Vlček
Michael Kranhold
András Deák (TBC)
City sightseeing tour
August 1
Field Trip
Dukovany nuclear power plant
Dalešice hydroelectric power plant
Pavel Hala
August 2
Predrag Grujičič (2 lectures)
Visit to the chateau Telc
August 3
James Henderson (2 lectures)
Milan Sedláček
August 4
Simulation game wrap-up
Student Presentations and Farewell Party
August 5
Breakfast and Departure

Program changes reserved.

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


CEZ Group