CARISMA/CTCN Radboud Summer School

Summer School course on Climate Change Mitigation: Options and Policy 

Radboud University, the Netherlands, 14-18 August 2017

On 14-18 August, the weeklong CARISMA/CTCN summer school on climate change mitigation took place in sunny Nijmegen as part of the Radboud University summer school program (RSS). Organisers and CARISMA project members welcomed 26 participants from 21 countries, of which some had traveled from developing countries – thanks to a full scholarship offers from CTCN and CARISMA. Not everyone though had a smooth trip, minor delays and layovers led the last participant to arrive at Nijmegen train station just after midnight on Sunday evening.

Students hailed from all over the world, and friendships were quickly built at the CARISMA/CTCN summer school 

If there had been cases of jetlags among the students though, then they were good at hiding it. The energy and enthusiasm was elevated from day one. RSS organisers kicked-off the week with a cheerful welcome lecture for all 250 students, badges and bicycles were handed out, and soon the University campus was populated by busy swarms of red-hooded summer school students on their way to either classes, the cafeteria or evening social events.

No visible signs of fatigue, passion for climate change and team-spirit dominated the week

The CARISMA summer school offered a mixture of informative lectures on climate change; ranging from an introduction to integrated assessment modelling, to the role of  technology, cost factors, life-cycle emissions and a lecture on innovation. Some of these were given by CARISMA project members, drawing from the knowledge accumulated during the CARISMA project, other lectures were held by invited guest speakers. The highlight was clearly the keynote speech by Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary from 2006-2010 on the last day, whose lecture was well-received by students and CARISMA members alike.

Patrick Nussbaumer from the CTCN presenting

Emma-Liisa Hannula and Patrick Nussbaumer from the Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN), the operative arm of the UNFCCC technology mechanism, presented some of the tasks and responsibilities the CTCN holds in technology development and cooperation in developing countries. They then did a great job at organising and moderating the group assignments, for which each group was tasked with developing NDC case studies, designing an action plan for technologies and to present their country action plans in form of a role play. Below are some impressions: