Although there is a wide range of study programmes at European universities on energy systems, environmental engineering or urban planning, there is a significant knowledge gap for young professionals starting their professional or academic careers in the DHC sector. In order to close this knowledge gap, DHC+ has anchored education and training as one pillar in the DHC+ work programme.
Established activities include the annual DHC+ Summer School and the Student Awards, which are awarded to young researchers who contribute to scientific progress in this field with outstanding research results. The high quality of all applications submitted in this year’s 5th edition shows that DHC research and development in the academic field is highly relevant. Overall, the topics of the prize-winners in 2017 indicate how DHC systems could change and develop in the future.
Stefan Holler, HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts