UTCuriousUSummer courses overviewTechnology & Society & Energy Transitions

Summer school: Technology & Society & Energy Transitions

Admission & participation info

Technological innovation is a genuinely social process: people matter. New technologies are made, used, adjusted and maintained by people. Conversely, technologies are shaping people, the economy, politics, world views, as well as moral and cultural norms in society.

Technologies and societies coevolve, currently, in the past, and in the future. The way that energy transition takes place is important for us citizens because it shapes our future in many ways. This future is about secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy. Citizens play an immensely central role in the energy transition in their different capacities. This CuriousU course offers insight into understanding technological infrastructures, citizens and energy transitions and builds on the synergies between them.

The role of citizens in socio-technical innovations and their governance will remain a central focus, and we will specifically look into the domains of energy, health, and digital infrastructures, comparing them with each other. The course will start with an introduction to the topic of innovation, social change and governance by international scholars, providing a theoretical and practical background to the topics discussed in this course.

During the 10 day programme of the summer school, the course will take a closer look at the impact of technologies on citizens and vice versa. It will also include discussions on how citizens can become involved in larger technological transitions. In the second week, the main focus will be energy transitions and the role of relevant stakeholders. We will also dive into how the digitalization of the energy sector is affecting energy consumption, renewable energy production and consumption, and consumer acceptability.   

In the form of lectures and hands-on exercises, participants of this course will learn how to understand, assess and shape such socio-technical dynamics. For this, we have organized speakers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and with different perspectives to offer a broad range of topics. The course is taught by an enthusiast team of governance and innovation scholars, philosophers, and historians from the University of Twente, complemented by international guest lecturers from practice and science. After you have engaged in the intensive study and debate we offer, you will have a clearer view on the options and limitations of the conscious and responsible shaping of technology in society, on the difficulties of disrupting established socio-technical structures and how historical dynamics influence today’s choices.

Course topics

The course is divided in three larger sections:

Course aims

  1. Introduction to the fields of governance and innovation studies from sociological, philosophical and historical perspectives.
  2. To be able to analyse and interpret socio-technical change as a complex and emergent process in current societies.
  3. Understand and discuss core analytical concepts (e.g. co-evolution, socio-technical systems).
  4. To contribute to shaping socio-technical processes and designing them responsibly.

Learning methods

Course video

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Technology & Society & Energy Transitions 2022

Day
Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our inspirational speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 14-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tue. 23-08

Have a breakfast first.

Stand Up Comedy
Time:20:00 - 22:30
Day:Mon. 15-08
Lunch: Taste the Netherlands
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 15-08
Introduction to Technological innovation and social change
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 15-08

The first session will be all about introductions. You will be introduced to the course, course leaders, program, and Health technology and services research.

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Game Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

During this evening activity you can join our lean simulation game, dungeons and dragons and many more!

Local knowledge production and risk assessment of emerging technologies
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tue. 16-08

You will be introduced to the first novel health technology. Additionally, we will dive into the important aspects of searching for information.

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Lunch: Artist for a day
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the chance to get to know the programmes of our university and speak with representatives from our admissions office in case you are interested in continuing your studies here! During this lunch activity, you can also get to know the different student teams of our university.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Ethics of Technology – Value based design
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 19-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast & Inspiration
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 19-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Lunch: ExploreU
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself by doing some career and personality tests ! Do not miss the chance to try the VR Parachuting experience!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 22-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast.

CuriousU Participants Departure
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tue. 23-08

The last day: please check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm (online refund).

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tue. 16-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Dinner & Barbecue
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

We will serve an amazing BBQ dinner tonight!

Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You can do one of the following lab tours: Behavioral Management and Sciences LabWearable Robotics Lab, combined tour in AeroAcoustic WindTunnel & Rapid Prototyping LabNanoLab or the Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine. Enjoy our dance workshop too!

Workshop: How to use Citizen Science?
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 17-08

You will be introduced to the theory of decision trees followed by a practical example, and work with a decision tree yourself.

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Technology and the past, present and future of rurban environments: exploration, discussion and visioning
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Thu. 18-08

You will be introduced to the theory of Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA).

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Working on course assignment
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 21-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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CuriousU Closing Ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2022 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 14-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Summer sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment at Grolsch Summer Sounds.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Thu. 18-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast. 

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Lunch: Cherishing Moments
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. Here is the chance to lock all the memories you made the last days into pictures! During that lunch break you also have the chance to break some pinatas!

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

We serve you a fantastic dinner!

Beach volleyball tournament & DJ
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

Enjoy a unique volleyball tournament together with your fellow CuriousU participants! Are you gonna be the winning team? Let's find out!

Excursion to visit local Energy transition cases
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

Potential demonstration sites to visit:

 

1. Local energy community Aanpak Hengelo

Alternative plan for energy production (lower windmills) – study by community

 

2. Aaerdenhuis

Local community with self-build houses and self-organized energy system

 

3. Farmer community Noord-Deurningen

Self-organized biogas net (manure from farm with simplified technology)

 

4. Lochem Energy

Local energy community with a large range of activities besides traditional energy production

 

5. District heating Twente

District heating network

 

6. Enschede Energie

Problems with siting of solar parks

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 21-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast. 

Lunch: Playland
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.This is one of the most popular lunch activities where together with your fellow participants you can enjoy some outdoor games in the main festival area! Join us!

Introduction to studying the energy transition Digitalisation of the energy transition
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

You will be introduced to the third and final technology and will have time start preparing for your group assignment

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Understanding socio-technical change
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 15-08

During this session we will get to know each other by playing the PICO game together on how to construct a research question, followed by an introduction to the TechMed centre.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 15-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspirational speech!

Local energy communities and energy sharing
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 22-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Lunch: Dutch Olympic Games
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a sand castle competition and a graffiti workshop!

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 15-08
Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 17-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Music night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent! Next to that, a dj to play music and karaoke activity are planned for you!

Escape Rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 21-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Free day
Time:08:15 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 20-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Assessing and shaping socio-technical change
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tue. 16-08

Technology (2) & Method A) Cost-effectiveness analysisYou will be introduced to the second novel technology and will be taught the basics of cost-effectiveness analyses.

Theatrical technology assessment for the energy transition
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 22-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Excursion to visit local Energy transition cases
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 19-08

Potential demonstration sites to visit:

 

1. Local energy community Aanpak Hengelo

Alternative plan for energy production (lower windmills) – study by community

 

2. Aaerdenhuis

Local community with self-build houses and self-organized energy system

 

3. Farmer community Noord-Deurningen

Self-organized biogas net (manure from farm with simplified technology)

 

4. Lochem Energy

Local energy community with a large range of activities besides traditional energy production

 

5. District heating Twente

District heating network

 

6. Enschede Energie

Problems with siting of solar parks

Technology and the past, present and future of rurban environments: exploration, discussion and visioning
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Thu. 18-08

You will be introduced to the theory and use of questionnaires and surveys in patient preference research, followed by a practical example of MCDA.

This course is interesting for...

The course is designed for everyone who is interested in learning more about the complexities and challenges of socio-technical change. No prior knowledge in the field is necessary.

Course details

Date: 13-22 August 2023 (on campus)
Methods: Interactive lectures, hands on experience
Course Level: Intermediate/AdvancedTarget group: Advanced bachelor students (main target group), potential master students and interested PhD students
Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school

Course leaders

dr. F.H.J.M. Coenen (Frans)
Associate Professor
J.P. Bergen PhD (Jan Peter)
Assistant Professor
F.L. Helfrich MSc (Florian)
PhD Candidate

Want to know more?

If you need to know more, we have information available about the fee & programme, an admission check, registration & payment, visa, accomodation and the terms & conditions.