JESS History

This series of summer schools has been ongoing since 2004. The series of summer schools started in 2004 within the EU-project Real-SOFC as a Summer School on SOFC technology. In 2010 to 2012 the EU-project TrainHy then broadened the range of topics to also include low temperature fuel cells, and finally batteries and electrolysers were added. The now ‘Joint European Summer School’ has been running in this format since 2013. We have added a second week of more specialised topics to cover modules such as hydrogen safety, fuel cell vehicles etc., as explained further below. JESS is organised jointly by the University of Birmingham, Research Centre Jülich (Forschungszentrum Jülich) in cooperation with the University of Aachen (RWTH), and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

JESS primarily targets an audience of university students (Masters and doctoral studies levels), and post-doctoral researchers. Nevertheless, more experienced researchers and engineers are just as welcome and have been increasingly taken advantage of the JESS offerings. Many professionals wish to review these technologies and learn about them, for instance, to boost their knowledge for a newly acquired position or collect credits for a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) scheme. The topical content of JESS is tailored to the needs of a diverse audience: newcomers to the field, experienced students, and young professionals working at the forefront of fuel cell, electrolyser, and battery applications.

  • 2004 SOFC Summer School, Real-SOFC, Patras, Greece
  • 2005 SOFC Summer School, Real-SOFC, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2006 SOFC Summer School, Real-SOFC, Limnos, Greece
  • 2007 SOFC Summer School, Real-SOFC, Varna, Bulgaria
  • 2008 SOFC Summer School, LargeSOFC, Chania (Crete), Greece
  • 2009 SOFC Summer School, LargeSOFC, Ancona, Italy
  • 2010 SOFC Summer School, Iraklion (Crete), Greece
  • 2011 JESS Summer School, TrainHy, Viterbo, Italy
  • 2012 JESS Summer School, TrainHy, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2013 JESS Summer School, JESS, Athens, Greece
  • 2014 JESS Summer School, JESS, Rethymnon (Crete), Greece
  • 2015 JESS Summer School, JESS, Athens, Greece
  • 2016 JESS Summer School, JESS, Athens, Greece
  • 2017 JESS Summer School, JESS, Athens, Greece

The summer school has hosted over 600 students to date.
26 MAY 2018