10th International DHC+ Summer School


The DHC+ summer school is a week-long intensive training with renowned industry experts and academics in the field of District Energy. It provides students and young professionals with the opportunity to engage with and learn from experienced and reputated speakers helping develop an in-depth knowledge of the District Heating and Cooling sector. The purpose of the Summer School is to offer a unique course on district energy combining theoretical lectures with practical application, site visits and networking opportunities.

Each year a theme is selected and participants face a challenge at the end of the week; the culmination of the lectures they and the group work they develop.  For the 10th anniversary the Summer School will focus on “Transformation towards sustainable DHC” and will introduce the REWARDHeat Serious Game!

Summer School participants will tackle a series of challenges related to the REWARDHeat solutions, by playing the newly developed Serious Game. It is an increasingly popular event format that encourages collaboration and teamwork, allowing students and professionals to test themselves in a competitive, but inclusive environment. At the same time, gamification has been identified as a viable teaching and learning method in higher education. The game will allow players to explore the interdependencies between technical, economic, ecological and sociopolitical aspects of a local heat network, as well as among different stakeholders (producers, consumers, government). The goal is to develop strategies for a successful transformation towards a decarbonised DHC system.


The Covid crisis and conflict in Ukraine have exposed weaknesses in the global economic system. Lengthy supply chains and dependence of foreign fossil imports leave systems vulnerable to external shocks. 
A sustainable energy system is one that provides both social, environmental and economic benefits. At a global level, divesting from fossil fuels will reduce GHG emissions, while diverting money away from petrostate autocrats. At a local level, air pollution will be reduced, jobs created and energy security increased.
The DHC+ Plattform believes that we need to look closer to home to satisfy our energy needs, making use of the resources that are available to us. DHC is a proven technology that is energy efficient and economically viable, that enable us to exploit locally available sustainable heat sources.

As part of our drive for a more sustainable Summer School, we are encouraging all participants to make (at least part of) their travel to Göttingen as sustainable as possible. Why not join us by train or bus if you live in a European country?






Göttingen, the university city on the Leine river, is situated right in the middle of Germany. This city, with approximately 134.000 inhabitants of which more than 30.000 are students, is steeped in tradition and characterized by a creative flair and a unique atmosphere. 

Some facts about Göttingen and things to see:

  • university town (Georg-August-Universität)
  • "Göttingen - Stadt, die Wissen schafft" is the official motto of the town which translates to "city that creates knowledge". 
  • Göttingen has been linked with more Nobel Prizes (45 award winners) than any other city in Europe -- with the exception of Stockholm. 
  • Otto von Bismarck studied in Göttingen 
  • nearly untouched in WWII
  • the old town  has a very interesting architecture (Fachwerkhäuser)
  • Göttingen's parks, gardens, large forest areas can be reached by foot or by bike

OUR HOSTS: HAWK University

HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen is a German state university in Lower Saxony. The university combines six faculties with 5500 students in three cities: Hildesheim, Holzminden and Göttingen. It has about 400 employees, 200 of which are professors. The HAWK offers a total of 16 bachelor and 16 master study courses. 

The research priorities at the HAWK are: laser and plasma technology, rural areas: social, economic and structural development prospects, and sustainable production and use of biogenic raw materials. The latter research area includes the research group "Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technology NEUTec", which among other topics focuses on applied research and development in the field of energy technology and process engineering, waste management as well as environmental technology with a focus on: efficient increase of energy supply systems, decarbonisation of district heating systems and integration of renewable energy sources, optimisation and integration of thermal storage, modelling and simulation of district heating systems, optimisation of biogas technology, solid biofuels and thermal processes such as pyrolysis and hydro-thermal carbonisation as well as life cycle analysis, sustainability and energy and climate protection management.

The application-oriented teaching and research at the HAWK has steadily gained importance through close networking with regional and national partners and strong interdisciplinary orientation in recent years. This makes HAWK discoverable by the specific research profile in a diversified college landscape. 


Sartorius Quarter

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The newly‐built Sartorius Quarter which is equipped with all the necessary facilities for teaching and learning, will be used for seminars and workshops.


As in previous years participants have  the flexibility of booking the accommodation of their choice. Please use the map below to find the most convenient place to stay close to the venue.

We recommend the FREIgeist Quartier Hotel which was recently inaugurated and where the DHC+ staff and lecturers will stay. This hotel is ideally located close to the venue where the lectures and most workshops will take place.

Please note: The main hotel is closed on Sundays but it is possible their book apartments (Freigeist Innenstadt) which share the location of the hotel and are availabel on Sundays as well.

For more options, please consult the map below:


While we strongly encourage all participants to choose a sustainable mode of transportation, we acknowledge that it may not be possible for everyone. Please check below some of the options available.

BY TRAIN:  Most express trains on the north-south route stop in Göttingen. You can book directly via www.bahn.de/international/view/en 

BY BUS: All long distance buses going via Göttingen stop at Göttingen main station (ZOB). Check and book directly via www.checkmybus.de

BY CAR:  Göttingen is located directly off the Autobahn A7, a major north-south motorway in Germany. There are two exits for Göttingen so please check a route planner.

BY PLANE & TRAIN: There are 2 airports you can fly to when travelling to Göttingen by plane:

  • The nearest is Hannover Airport. From there you take a ‘S-Bahn’ train to Hannover's main station (Hauptbahnhof), where it is possible to transfer either to express trains (ICEs) or to regional trains (Metronom) to Göttingen. Travel by express train  takes just over an hour and costs between 25 EUR and 38 EUR for 1 change. The journey by regional train to Göttingen is around two hours and costs approximately 25 EUR.
  • Frankfurt International is the most frequently used airport by those travelling to Göttingen. There are direct express trains to Göttingen from the airport but it is also possible to transfer at Frankfurt's main station (Hauptbahnhof). The journey to Göttingen takes approximately two hours and the ticket price is 66 EUR. Another option is to take regional trains which take around 4 hours and cost 42 EUR.

In Göttingen:

Bus: Check https://www.vbn.de/fahrplaner/