About the Master's Course in Solar Energy

Master's Course at EuroSun 2018

We cordially invite you to take part in the Master's Course in Solar Energy at EuroSun 2024!

This Course offers the unique chance for students to attend one of the leading conferences in solar energy – EuroSun 2024, the ISES and IEA SHC International Conference on Sustainable Energy for Buildings and Industry – while at the same time challenging our young students to dive deep into independently studying one of the conference themes and to engage with leading scientists, researchers and practitioners on-site.

The course provides a great opportunity to learn about the latest developments in solar energy, to connect to the ISES and IEA SHC solar community around the world, build professional connections and is a great asset for the participating students overall.

Master's Course at EuroSun 2022

This Masters Course has been part of ISES congresses for many years, and we are happy to offer it again this year at EuroSun 2024! Masters Courses in Solar Energy have been held during EuroSun Conferences in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2022 as well as at ISES Solar World Congresses in 2011 and 2021.

The 2024 Masters Course in Solar Energy is supervised by Prof. Dr. Klaus Vajen (University of Kassel, Germany) and Prof. Alexandros Charalambides (Cyprus University of Technology).

Impressions: further details about the Courses that took place at past EuroSun Conferences and Solar World Congresses can be found in this publication.

For detailed information on the course, please consult the course FAQ sheet.

Course Content + Important Dates

This Master's Course is a "self-taught" course, which means that there won't be any taught classes in the traditional sense. Instead, students will be paired in groups of two to study one of the conference themes by attending all events relevant to the theme such as oral and poster presentations, keynotes, plenaries and workshops. Students will also be given access to all full papers submitted to their theme in advance of the conference so they can prepare to attend sessions in advance.

On site, students will be supported by the course conductor Prof. Vajen who will also give an introductory lecture before the official start of the conference.


Workload, Exam and ECTS Points: The workload of this course is 90 hours which corresponds to 3 ECTS points. This includes a literature study of the full papers submitted to the conference before the start of the conference, attending relevant sessions on-site during the conference as well as preparing the final presentation for the course exam.

For the final course exam, each group will be asked to give a presentation on the state of the art of the conference theme they covered during the event. This exam will take place on-site and in person on 31 August 2024.

On completion of the course, students will receive a graded certificate of achievements from the University of Kassel and the Cyprus University of Technology. The recognition of the course at your home university is your own responsibility.


Course Timeline for Students:

  • 31 May 2024 - Deadline for Applications
  • 05 June 2024 - Notifications of acceptance
  • 16 June 2024 - Deadline for Students to register for conference + course
  • 15 Aug 2024 - Full conference papers available for conference preparation
  • Mo, 19 Aug 2024 – Introduction to the course with Prof. Klaus Vajen (online, mandatory)
  • Sun, 25 Aug 2024 - Check-in into accommodation + Welcome Dinner with Prof. Klaus Vajen (ISES President & Course Conductor) (mandatory) (dinner costs included in course fee)
  • Mo, 26 Aug 2024 - Young ISES Meetings (optional) (meeting of young conference attendees, young ISES members and ISES team to clarify any questions on the conference and to introduce events dedicated to young conference attendees)
  • Mo, 26 Aug 2024 – Solar Speed Dating (optional) (event to connect young researchers with senior experts in their fields of research)
  • Mo, 26 August 2024 – Welcome Reception of the EuroSun conference (optional)
  • Tu-Th, 27-30 August 2024 - During the conference: daily check-in meetings during lunch
  • We, 28 Aug 2024 - Elsevier publishing workshop (optional) (workshop with representatives from publishing house Elsevier – publisher of the ISES journals Solar Energy and Solar Energy Advances – to learn about how to get published in an academic journal)
  • We, 28 Aug 2024 - Conference Gala Dinner (optional & self-paid by students)
  • Th, 29 Aug 2024 - Closing Ceremony: Presentation on course by student representatives
  • Fr, 30 August 2024 - Technical Tours (optional)
  • Sa, 31 August 2024 - Seminar and exam + Fare Well Dinner at night (dinner costs included in course fee)
  • Sun, 01 September 2024 - Check out from accommodation

Course Fee and Accommodation

To participate in the course, students will be asked to pay a fee of 50€.

This fee covers:

  • free accommodation incl. breakfast for the duration of the course (Sunday, 25 August - Sunday, 01 September 2024)
  • full conference registration
  • access to all conference materials such as extended abstracts, full papers and presentations
  • free attendance of technical tours
  • coffee breaks and lunches during the conference
  • free Welcome Dinner (25 August 2024) and free Farewell Dinner (31 August 2024)


Accepted students will be requested to pay this fee to confirm their participation in the event.



For the duration of the course, students will be offered free accommodation in a local hostel in Limassol. Students can choose to stay in this hostel or to arrange for their accommodation externally. In the case of external accommodation, no costs will be covered by the organizers. In the hostel, students will share two-bed bedrooms, breakfast is also included.

Accepted students will need to confirm with the organizers whether they wish to stay in the hostel or whether they will arrange their external accommodation.

Course Application

Who can apply? The Course will welcome students holding a BSc degree with good knowledge of solar energy, solar buildings and related topics. The Course is dedicated to students following a Master’s Program. PhD-Students and Post-Doc are not entitled to participate in the Course.

During the application process, students will need to provide a valid student ID (valid until at least September 2024).

How to apply? Please apply to the course by completing the form below.

Application Deadline: 31 May 2024


Personal Information
Contact Details
Your Current Studies
e.g. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Economics
e.g. Masters in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies, Master of Energy Economics etc
Please upload a copy of your student ID or proof of student status from your university. The document needs to be valid until at least September 2024
One file only.
40 MB limit.
Allowed types: jpg, png, pdf.
Your Supervisor
Your Motivation to apply to the course
Which of the conference themes do you wish to cover during the course?
For the Masters Course, students will attend the EuroSun 2024 conference and cover a selection of conference themes by attending all events relevant to this theme such as oral and poster presentations, keynotes, plenaries and workshop. By covering their chosen theme in this mode of "self study", the students will then be able to present a state of the art report on this theme to their course.

From the list below, please select your top 3 themes you are interested in to cover during the conference.
Based on this selection, you will be paired with another student from the course to cover the theme as a team and to prepare your presentation.

To select your top 3 themes, please click the individual theme and use drag/drop to sort them according to your preference.
EuroSun 2024 Conference Themes Weight
Energy Efficient Buildings
Solar and Efficient Buildings, Energetic Renovation of Buildings, Daylighting, Digitalization and Industrial Renovation
Sustainable Heating and Cooling Systems for Buildings
Innovative District Heating and Cooling, Urban Planning of districts, Simulations, Digitalization and AI
Solar and Efficient Districts
Sector Coupling and Grid Stabilization, Electrification of the Heating Sector, Thermal Energy Storage for Grid Integration of RES
Sustainable Process Heat for Industry
Solar Thermal and PVT collectors, Solar Loop Components, Testing and Certification
Sustainable Energy Infrastructure and Electrification
Renewable Energy Strategies, Scenarios, Financing and Policies, Renewable Energy Education, Citizens' Participation / empowering consumers, Carbon Neutral Regions, Sustainability, LCA
Thermal Energy Storage
Solar Domestic Hot Water and Space Heating, Heat Pump Systems for Buildings, PV and PVT Systems, Solar Energy and Heat Pumps, Sustainable Air Conditioning for Buildings, Smart Control Systems
Solar Thermal and PVT Collectors and Solar Loop Components
High temperature Heat Pumps for Industry, Solar Energy and Heat Pumps, Simulations, Digitalization and AI, Heat Recovery, Water Purification through Renewable Energy
Solar Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Season Thermal Energy Storage, Thermal Energy Storage in Applications, New Concepts in TES, Innovative Materials for TES
Sustainable and Solar Energy Transition
Solar Cooling for the Sunbelt region, Solar refrigeration for Industry
Solar Resources and Energy Meteorology
Solar Resource Assessment, Solar Forecasting, Remote Sensing
Questions or Comments
Additional Information
Did you submit a paper for to EuroSun 2024?
In case of acceptance to the course, would you want to stay at a local youth hostel organized and paid for by the organizers while attending the conference?