We would like to thank our partners, lecturers and students for a great week and another succesful edition of our summer school. Next year, Masaryk University will host the Energy Community Summer School on August 22-30, 2020. More information will be available on our website, soon.


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 in Europe: Sources and Politics. The eighth year of th energy security summer school, which already earned an excellent international reputation, takes place in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Telč.

The summer school will be dealing with highly topical issue of oil pipelines, gas infrastructure and electricity transmission in Europe, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe. In the fast developing interconnected European energy market the importance of energy infrastructure becomes ever higher. This summer school responds to this trend and offers lectures, expert insights and analyses on the topic of development of oil, gas and electricity infrastructure and its main problems and opportunities. Geopolitics, international politics, EU energy policy and basic technical aspects will also be discussed during the summer course.

The summer school will be held from August 3 to August 10, 2019 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 energy facilities - to the ČEZ Group's Temelín Nuclear Power Plant and Kořensko Hydro 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. In Křensko, students will walk around the facility and visit the control and the turbine rooms. Memorable experiences both, and one 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, graduate and postgraduate 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

Olga Bogdanova
Director, Energy Market and Infrastructure Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Latvia; Member of the Supervisory Board of Latvian Power Transmission System Operator AS Augstsprieguma; Associate Professor at Riga Technical University, Latvia

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

András Deák
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of World Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Robert Dillon
Director of Energy Security, Center for Energy Security & Climate Economics, American Council for Capital Formation, Washington, DC, USA

Václav Dostál
Associate professor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague

Alexander Duleba
Director, The Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava, Slovakia

Predrag Grujičič 
Head, Gas Unit, Energy Community Secretariat, Vienna, Austria

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

Martin Jirušek
Assistant Professor, International Institute of Political Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

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

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

Petr Závodský
Director, Nuclear Power Plant Construction Department, ČEZ Group, 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.


August 3
Arrival and Dinner
Introduction and acquaintance
August 4
Václav Bartuška
Filip Černoch
Olga Bogdanova
Wine tasting lecture
August 5
Tomáš Vlček
Michael Kranhold

András Deák

Václav Dostál
City sightseeing tour
August 6
Field Trip
Temelín Nuclear Power Plant
Kořensko Hydro Power Plant
Petr Závodský
August 7
Martin Jirušek
Predrag Grujičič (2 lectures)
Visit to the chateau Telc
August 8
James Henderson (2 lectures)
Alexander Duleba
August 9

Robert Dillon

Simulation game

Student Presentations and Farewell Party
August 10
Breakfast and Departure

Program changes reserved.


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


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