2015 Energy summer school

The first year of the project, sponsored by Slovenské elektrárne, partner companies, organisations and institutions was held under the auspices of Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Energy Union. The Energy Summer School was a week (26th July – 2nd August 2015) packed with energy during which the best 20 from among the student applicants had a unique opportunity to discuss energy topics with the most interesting figures from the energy industry, isit energy facilities, including some off-limits installations, take part in professional training and experience lots of fun in the pleasant surroundings of Topoľčianky Castle.

The costs of the Energy Summer School were covered by Slovenské elektrárne and its partners.

Registration for the Energy Summer School had to be submitted electronically by June 26th,  2015. Browse the program and profiles of 2015 speakers and students.

Peter BadíkPeter BADÍK

is co-founder and lead partner of GreenWay, where he is responsible for business strategy, planning and development. GreenWay promotes a business model based on the principle of car-as-a-service. GreenWay also operates the most comprehensive network for charging electric vehicles in Eastern Europe.

Peter Badík is the director of the Slovak Electric Vehicle Association and in the past, he was one of the founding members of the Slovak Association of the Photovoltaic Industry. He is an active member of multiple non-profit associations.

Peter BALÁŽPeter BALÁŽ

is one of the key Slovak experts on economic policy with extensive experience in the energy sector. Professor Baláž has studied in the United States, Japan, South Korea, France and Germany. He has been an advisor to the Slovak Minister of Commerce, worked in the Scientific Council of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, he was the first chairman of the Slovak-Austrian Chamber of Commerce, an advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and also to the governor of the Slovak Export-Import Bank EXIM. As a member of the Supervisory Board and Vice Chairman, he was actively involved in the transformation of the distribution company Západoslovenská energetika. Professor Baláž has also been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SPP. Bewteen 1990 and 1997 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce of the University of Economics in Bratislava, since 2001 he has been the head of the International Trade Department. His works include more than ten monographs, he is author and co-author of more than a hundred of scientific papers, 25 research projects and he has won many Slovak and international academic awards.

Gabriel BEERGabriel BEER

graduated from the Secondary Industrial School of Electrical Engineering and later from the Faculty of Arts of the Comenius University in Bratislava. He worked in civil engineering company Inžinierske stavby Košice and in the former Východoslovenské železiarne, and later served as editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Národná obroda in Košice. Between 1991 and 1992, he was spokesperson of the Minister of Finance, just before the split up of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic. Before his involvement in founding the daily newspaper SME, he worked in the daily newspaper Smena. For a long period of 20 years he has worked in the TREND magazine, half of that time at the post of chief reporter. At present, he is the advisor of the Board of Directors of SPP Infrastructure, a.s.

Michele BOLOGNAMichele BOLOGNA

was born in Italy, but lives in Slovakia. He graduated in international economics at the University of Trieste and completed his postgraduate studies in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. He is manager of external relations and sustainability at Slovenské elektrárne, member of the Enel Group, since 2006. Previously, he worked as general manager and then as the first vice-president of the Italian-Slovak Chamber of Commerce. He has a record of active cooperation with the non-governmental sector, particularly in social responsibility projects. In October 2008, he was awarded the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini and the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano for his achievements in the field of international cooperation and social responsibility. He speaks five languages.

Jana BURDOVÁJana BURDOVÁ

completed her doctoral studies at the University of Economics in Bratislava. After several internships in various German and Slovak companies, she became communication department director and spokesperson of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family. There, she worked in the area of communication projects and presentation of the transformation of the Slovak welfare system, including the pension reform. From 2001, she managed internal, external and on-line communication in the financial group ING, focusing on BTL promotion of business services, event management and CSR projects, firstly for the group’s firms in Slovakia and later also in the Czech Republic. There she ran and contributed to the monthly Svet Peňazí, distributed as a supplement of the daily newspaper SME, including the internal magazines of the firm. In the area of corporate communication, she continued to work in the position of head of the external communications division of the company Slovak Telekom, for the brand T-Com. Since 2010, she has been the spokesperson of the Slovenské elektrárne, with responsibility for PR and media communications in Slovakia.

Filip ČERNOCHFilip ČERNOCH

holds a PhD in the European Studies from the Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno. Currently, he works at his alma mater as a specialist and study advisor for the study programme of international relations and energy security.

He was an advisor to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Bohuslav Sobotka on energy issues and is a member of the Government Committee for Sustainable Energy. He focuses on the energy policy of the European Union.

Martina DUPÁKOVÁMartina DUPÁKOVÁ

works as energy editor of the portal EurActiv.sk, EurActiv.sk, where she is mostly dealing with the topics of environment and European energy policy. She graduated from the Central European University in Budapest in International Relations and European Studies. She also attended a number of scholarships and internship programmes in Hungary, Vietnam and Egypt. Previously she worked as project assistant in Bosnia and Herzegovina and participated in the European Commission internship, where she focused primarily on current energy and security issues.

Tomás GREČKOTomás GREČKO

graduated in European Studies from the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences of the Comenius University in Bratislava. For three years, he worked as political reporter for the news channel TA3. In his team in SEESAME, he is responsible for communication strategies and content creation. For some time now, he has pursued the area of customer development in the fields of IT technology, telecommunications, workforce management, education, R&D, investment and European projects.
 

Vladimír HAUSVladimír HAUS

graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Bratislava with interdisciplinary specialisation in Industrial Design. He has been working in vehicle sales for 23 years, 4 years of which with a focus on e-mobility. He is the sales director for VIP clients at Auto-Impex, where he introduced a certified dealer pilot project for EV Nissan vehicles in Slovakia.

He is also active in the field of education for the automotive industry and cooperates on the Green Wheels project in the framework of Erasmus+.

Juraj HIPŠJuraj HIPŠ

studied Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Comenius University, with a focus on environmental ethics. In 2000, he founded the non-profit organisation Centre for Environmental and Ethical Education – Živica, where he has since served as its director. A native of Bratislava’s Petržalka, he lives in an eco-home in the mountain settlement in Zaježová, where he founded a community primary school eight years ago. He is co-founder of the Socrates Institute, which offers education for gifted university students. He is author of several textbooks and methodological guides focusing on the environment.

Michal HUDECMichal HUDEC

is the CEO of Energy Analytics. As analyst, he focuses particularly on electro-energy sector. He is also member of the Board of Directors of Energy Online and co-founder of the specialised web portal energia.sk, of which he has been the publisher since its founding in July 2010. A also serves as supervisory board member for R&D oriented tech company GA Drilling. Between 2011 and 2013, he held the position of national contact point for research and development projects in scope of the 7th EU framework programme (FP7) in the area of energy. In 2012, he completed the International Visitor Leadership Programme in the US, where he focused on American foreign policy and energy security. The programme is organized by the US Department of State and the US Ambassador decides the nomination for the given country. Michal Hudec also occasionally lectures at the university as visiting lecturer.

Robert JAMBRICHRobert JAMBRICH

graduated from the Faculty of Business Management at the University of Economics in Bratislava in the field of Business Finance. He worked at the Slovak Antimonopoly Office, focusing on abuse of dominant position, which also included the electro-energy sector. At present, he is working at Slovenské elektrárne in the position of the head of foreign regulation, where he is primarily in charge of analysis and implementation of both Slovak and European regulatory and legislative framework. He is also active in various working groups of the European power industry association Eurelectric.

Radovan KAZDARadovan KAZDA

was born in 1972. He studied at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra. Over the years 1996 – 2004 he worked as researcher and specialist at the Research Institute of Irrigation Management and successor organizations, where he focused on the issue of landscape engineering and ecology. From 2004 onwards, he has served at the Conservative Institute of M.R. Štefánik, where he focused on regulation in agricultural and environmental policy. He cooperated with a number of third-sector organisations on various projects and co-authored several publications. Since 2000, he has been publishing and is cited in numerous media articles on environmental policy. Since 2009, he has been the co-publisher and editor of the professional online magazine on waste management Odpady-Portal.sk. One year later, he started to publish the online magazine Energie-Portal.sk, since 2011 he has been publishing the print monthly journal on waste management, and from 2012 to 2013 also the print monthly journal ENERGO.

Jakub KOBELAJakub KOBELA

has been member of the Executive Council of the Slovak Debating Association, where he is primarily responsible for the high school debating programme throughout Slovakia, the Slovak Debating League and the secondary school representative team. he has been working for four years In the structures of the Slovak Debating Association not just as an official, but also as one of the lecturers for trainers, debaters or debating referees, and often also for the people outside the debating environment. He focuses on trainings in the area of argumentation, presentation, development of critical thinking and detecting errors in reasoning in everyday life. Alongside his work at the Slovak Debating Association, he will soon start his fourth year of study at the Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno, at the Department of Sociology, where he mainly focuses on nationalism, nationhood, ethnicity and migration.

Martina KOVÁČOVÁMartina KOVÁČOVÁ

works as Institutional Affairs Specialist at Slovenské elektrárne. She completed her studies of international relations at the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. She also graduated from the University of Rheims in European Law and Studies. Between 2008-2010, she worked as editor of national news at the daily newspaper SME. Previously, she served as project manager at the Slovak Atlantic commission, where she set up the Euro-Atlantic Quarterly journal focusing on international affairs and security. She also worked for the Atlantic Treaty Association in Brussels and at the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs focusing on the preparation of the Slovak Presidency in the EU Council. Between 2014-2015 she worked in the Office of the President of the Slovak Republic focusing on Slovak justice, education, health care and energy sector. For more than a year she managed international projects of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the World Bank in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Turkey as project manager of the consulting firm Aspiro.

Martin KUMPANMartin KUMPAN

Martin Kumpan has worked in the energy industry since 2005.

He has been working at Slovenské elektrárne for eight years in various positions focusing on electricity sale.

At the beginning of 2014, he became executive director of SE Predaj, a subsidiary of Slovenské elektrárne, dealing with comprehensive energy services.

 

Marcel LAUKOMarcel LAUKO

graduated from the Faculty of National Economics at the University of Economics in Bratislava, where since 1995 he has served as assistant professor at the Department of Finance. In 2004, he completed his doctoral studies in the field of finance. His academic activities focused on business finance and methods for assessing the efficiency of public spending. Since 2006, he has worked at the energy Centre in Bratislava, as investment consultant of the Centre for public lighting, primarily advising local authorities. Since 2008, he has been director of the Bratislava Energy Centre. In his professional activity, he focuses mainly on the promotion and use of energy services  via energy performance contracting mechanism. In March 2014, he was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Energy Service Providers, the establishment of which he co-initiated.

Lukáš LEHOTSKÝLukáš LEHOTSKÝ

has been focusing on debate and argumentation since high school, when he began as an ordinary member of the Slovak Debating Association (SDA). He has worked as lecturer at the SDA since 2006. Since then, he has taught the basics of argumentation at numerous events in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. In 2010 and 2011 he was also involved in the preparation of Slovak debaters for the world Championships in competitive debate. He has conveyed skills acquired at the SDA also in teaching subjects focusing on argumentation at the Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno, where he is completing his PhD. Professionally, he focuses on examining the relations between Russia and Ukraine in the field of gas supplies and transit, and partially also on energy security of the Slovak Republic. He also lectures on these topics.

Michal ĽALÍKMichal ĽALÍK

graduated from the Department of Operational Research and Econometrics at the University of Economics in Bratislava in 2006. After a short interval working in different sector, he started working for the gas industry in September 2008 at the position of manager for security of supplies at the gas company SPP. He worked there until 2011, when he transferred to the company Eustream. In Eustream, he first worked at the position of specialist for strategy, and from July 2014 he has held the position of the Head of Strategic Analysis.

Jordan MANDALOVJordan MANDALOV

right after completing his university studies, he joined the Slovak nuclear power industry, specifically the Mochovce nuclear power plant.In the preparation for the operator’s position in Mochovce, he gained experience in performing operator activity at Bohunice power plant. Before the commissioning of EMO units 1, 2 in 1990 – 1992, he was member of the team involved in replacing the control system. In cooperation with Siemens, he led the group drawing up the unit and emergency control room design. Since 1997, he has been managing the process of commissioning works on EMO units 1, 2 from the position of the Head of Unit Operations. The result was the start of operation of EMO units 1, 2 in 1998 – 2000. Since 2007, he has been member of the team which began building the nuclear division at Slovenské elektrárne. Since 2010, he has managed the Mochovce power plant as plant manager. During this period, the Mochovce nuclear power plant developed to become one of the best nuclear power plants in the world.

Anna MICHALKOVÁAnna MICHALKOVÁ

graduated in International Politics and Eurasian studies from the Uppsala University in Sweden. She focuses on strategy and analysis in the field of public affairs, i.e. the relations with the public and governmental institutions, and on policymaking. Her detailed knowledge of Slovak and European legislation enables her to prepare opinions on public policies for corporations and trade associations. In SEESAME she leads such projects as for instance for the Association of Innovative Pharmaceutical Industry, Union insurance company, Slovalco (the largest aluminium producer in Slovakia) and other clients for whom it is important to have a thorough grasp of the legislative and political environment. In the past, Anna worked in the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia, where she was in charge of political and government affairs. She also has international experience – she worked at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies in the Netherlands and in the Swedish International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).

Jozef MIŠÁKJozef MIŠÁK

graduated from the Faculty of Nuclear and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. He has been working in the field of nuclear power industry for 45 years, focusing on research and engineering support to ensure safety at the stage of designing and operating nuclear power plants. Between 1971 – 1977 he worked in the Energy Research Institute, then the Nuclear Power Plants Research Institute in Trnava, where he held the position of director. From 1993 to 1997 he was the first chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic and then until 2004, he worked in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the head of the safety development unit. Currently, he is the vice-president for strategic development at the research and engineering organisation ÚJV Řež, a.s. (Nuclear Research Institute), which provides services in nuclear safety, for example, also in connection with the completion of the Mochovce NPP. In the IAEA, he continues to be involved in the development of security standards as well as in missions assessing the level of safety of nuclear power plants. He is member of advisory nuclear regulatory authorities of Armenia, Slovakia and Ukraine, member of the Presidency of the Slovak Nuclear Forum and the Council of Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform in the EU.

Andrej NOSKOAndrej NOSKO

is the programme manager at the Open Society Think Tank Fund, where he oversees the portfolio of project grants designed to suppress any state capture or regulatory capture in the European Union countries. His academic interests include political economy, security and energy security policies, with a focus on Central Europe. He is member of the Energy Policy Research Group at the Central European University in Budapest. He has led an international group of researchers advocating for closer transnational cooperation in ensuring energy security in the region. In the past, he worked at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice, Freedom and Security. He has been government advisor, lecturer and author of papers on energy policies of Central European countries.

Andrea PANCOTTIAndrea PANCOTTI

is the Sales & Energy Services Manager at Slovenské elektrárne. He graduated in economics and commerce from the Catholic University of Milan in 1998. He worked as a financial analyst in IBM in Italy, where he held position of team leader in the Global Services Division. In 2002, he joined the Publishing Group Reed-Elsevier as financial controller for its Italian branch, later he became the chief financial officer at a PR agency Cohn & Wolfe of the WPP group. For Slovenské elektrárne he has worked since 2006, first as internal audit manager, and since 2011 holding his current position covering Slovak, Czech and Polish markets.

Ján PORVAZNÍKJán PORVAZNÍK

is consultant and researcher. He studied energy economics and strategic management in Finland and France and international relations in Bratislava. In the past, he worked as consultant for corporate strategy in Europe and the Middle East, later worked as a technical and economic advisor to the General Director of Slovenské elektrárne. Currently, he is involved in the applied research programme focusing on energy, climate policy and mineral economics at the University of California – Berkeley, USA. In his research, he focuses on smart grids, integrating renewables into energy systems and management of energy consumption. He is author of several smart cities´ projects in the US and publications aimed at the transformation of the energy sector in the US and Europe.

Daniel L. SANCHEZDaniel L. SANCHEZ

is researcher at the University of California – Berkeley in the field of green energy and renewables. He is interested in the quantitative analysis and public policymaking in bioenergy and climate. His current research is focused on design, deployment and commercialisation of bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS) technology. Sanchez previously held positions with the US government agency Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), promoting research and development of the latest energy technologies; in the organisation Green for All, supporting an inclusive green economy; as well as in the California regulatory agency California Public Utilities Commission. He holds an M.S. in Energy and Resources and a B.S.E. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Matej STUŠKAMatej STUŠKA

born in 1980, he has been working for 7 years as manager for relations with the Slovak Government and EU Affairs at the Bratislava office of the U.S. Steel Košice, which is the only subsidiary of the United States Steel Corporation in Europe. In addition to representing the USSK’s interests vis-à-vis the state authorities in Slovakia and the EU, he also represents the company in the committees and working groups of interest and employers´ associations such as the National Union of Employers (NUE), American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic and the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging – APEAL. Between 2010 and 2011 he worked as representative of the NEU in the European Economic and Social Committee. Before he joined the USSK, he held the position of Corporate and Public Affairs Manager at the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia where, besides business services for Slovak and foreign firms, he led expert working groups coordinating their efforts and consulting the Slovak legislation. In 2007 he participated in the U. S. Visitor Program of the United States Department of State, intended for foreign specialists focusing on trade and economic development. He graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava, where in 2003 he received his master’s degree at the Faculty of Commerce, in the field of international business. He occasionally lectures at the University of Economics in Bratislava or at the Good Policy Academy under the auspices of the Youth Politics Education, on the topics of lobbying and external relations theory and practice in the corporate sector in Slovakia.

Miroslav ŠARIŠSKÝMiroslav ŠARIŠSKÝ

is the Head of External Relations, Branding and Institutional Affairs at Slovenské elektrárne. He is responsible for creation of the corporate communication strategy, preparation of opinions on legislation, corporate responsibility and promotion of energy efficiency. He is one of the founders of the Fund for Transparent Slovakia and co-author of the “Rule of Law” concept as a joint activity of employers’ unions and chambers of commerce in Slovakia. He is Vice-Chairman of the Energy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Open Society Foundation. Previously, he worked at the National Bank of Slovakia, where he was involved in the euro changeover project; in the National Council of the Slovak Republic, where he was the head of a number of departments and in the American Bar Association (ABA/CEELI), where he actively participated in the implementation of projects in the field of court management, electronic registry and others.

Pavel ŠIMONPavel ŠIMON

graduated from the Military Academy in Liptovský Mikuláš. In 1994 he gained his PhD in Military Science at the Military Academy in Liptovský Mikuláš. During his military career, he focused on special research and development. He represented Slovakia at several NATO research and standardisation groups. Since 2008, he has been fully involved in the area of renewables. He has actively participated in the implementation of more than 50 MW projects in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Romania. He has received several certifications in designing photovoltaic facilities. In addition to photovoltaics, he also promotes other types of renewables: wind, biomass or water. In 2010 he became founding member of the association Society of Sensible Consumers and a partner of the Slovak Association of Photovoltaic Industry (SAPI). Currently, in addition to work in his own consulting firm, he is a deputy director of SAPI and member of the Economic Affairs Committee of the National Council of the Slovak Republic.

Andrej ŠPANOAndrej ŠPANO

graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava in 1995. In 1996, he started working for SPP, in the Slovak Gas Dispatching Division, at the department of gas distribution planning and balancing of gas network. In 2004 he became head of the department of gas distribution planning. Since 2011 he has been holding the position of the head of the Slovak Gas Dispatching Division in the SPP Distribution company.

 

Andrea TÓTHOVÁAndrea TÓTHOVÁ

is teacher in the church primary school Narnia. She has been involved in the production of programmes in the field of experimental education on the long-term basis.

She has been a co-leader in experimental programmes for schools and businesses working closely with the Centre of Environmental and Ethical Education Živica for more than ten years. 

 

Lívia VAŠÁKOVÁLívia VAŠÁKOVÁ

is economic advisor at the European Commission Representation in Slovakia, where she is responsible for coordination and communication of economic and social policies of the EU. Since 2005 she has worked for the Directorate General for Energy at the European Commission, focusing on energy modelling, impact assessment and economic analysis of long-term energy policies, energy efficiency, energy infrastructure and regulation. She graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava, from the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Aix-en-Provence in France, and the University of Ljubljana and also completed a postgraduate programme at the Europa-Kolleg in Hamburg.

Martin VLACHYNSKÝMartin VLACHYNSKÝ

graduated in economic policy from the Faculty of Economics and Administration at the Masaryk University in Brno, with a thesis on “Development of Economic Thinking in the Field of Energy and the Raw Materials Problem”. Subsequently, he gained master’s degree in Management, Economics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. For several years, he has worked as specialist in web marketing and social networks. Based on the previous cooperation, he joined INESS in 2012. He operates in the field of economic policy, energy and natural resources, euro currency and the European Union. Currently, he is working at the weekly Budiž Euro!, dedicated to current affairs in the euro area. He is author of four analytical publications and more than 250 articles.

Ondrej BAJZAOndrej BAJZA

comes from miller’s family and is an innovator in body and soul. He graduated from the secondary engineering school in Žilina and currently studies wooden constructions at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at the Technical University in Zvolen. Concurrently, he runs his own business in small wooden constructions, in which he has become the leader for the Czech and Slovak region. He is also working on energy-independent low-cost housing. He is interested in solutions for sustainable living and operates his own micro hydropower plant. For the past two years, he has held the position of the president of the student organisation of the Technical University in Zvolen. He likes meeting new people, in his free time he enjoys travelling and is absorbed in genealogy. His wish is to become future founder of an energy-independent village.

Richard CIMERMANRichard CIMERMAN

comes from Banská Bystrica and is 22 years old. He studies Environmental Physics and Renewables at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics of the Comenius University in Bratislava.

His undergraduate paper was devoted to the issue of heat storage by using phase change materials.

He plays guitar in his band, he likes sport, hiking and travelling.

Michal ČEPELKAMichal ČEPELKA

comes from the north-eastern part of the Czech Republic. He graduated from the Masaryk University in Brno, and holds a master’s degree in Security and Strategic Studies and International Relations and Energy Security. His research activities involved sustainable development, nuclear energy and the method of creating strategic concepts and scenarios with a focus on Central Europe. Alongside school activities, he cooperates with several Czech private businesses and public organisations. In the area of ​​strategic studies, he is involved in the research of conflict and its escalation with a focus on the South Caucasus region. In his publications, he is addressing the issue of the use of drones. His hobbies include travelling, mountain hiking and mountain marathons.

Miroslav FABIANMiroslav FABIAN

graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Slovak Technical University (STU) in Bratislava, and holds a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from 2011. At present, he is a postgraduate student at the Department of Building Engineering of the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. He is also designer of building physics, where he focuses mainly on the area of daylighting, energy savings in buildings and primary energy consumption. He was awarded scholarship at the University of Innsbruck and joined an internship at the Kyoto University in Japan. He is regular author of papers in domestic and foreign scientific and professional journals. He has cooperated on several research projects and is member of the Slovak Mirror Group, which is consulting the new European standard for daylighting in buildings on behalf of the Slovak Republic.

Markéta FLORIANOVÁMarkéta FLORIANOVÁ

is student of the 3rd year in the field of Nuclear Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Nuclear and Physical Engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague. She comes from Jamolice, a village in a short distance from the nuclear power plant Dukovany, which prompted her, along with her interest in natural sciences and chemistry, to choose this somewhat non-standard field of study. While attending high school in Moravský Krumlov, she took part in natural history competitions and a correspondence seminar in chemical science KSICHT. Currently she is interested in the research of handling radioactive waste arising from decommissioning of nuclear facilities – it is also the topic of her undergraduate paper. After its defence in September 2015, she will spend three months as an intern at the Dalton Nuclear Institute in Manchester, UK and in the Sellafield power plant, where she wishes to gain more information about decommissioning and the nuclear industry in general.

Michaela HYNKOVÁMichaela HYNKOVÁ

comes from Košice, where she is studying at the Technical University, Department of Production Security and Quality. More than half a year ago, she joined Magneti Marelli, the Electronic Systems division, where she works as support for the quality department. At the same time, she is intern at the human resources department in Tatravagónka, where she focuses on creating education system for managers via e-learning. She is also active in the international student non-profit organisation BEST, in which she has been elected public relations coordinator. Michaela is a passionate traveller, she loves hiking and swimming, but also good books and films.

Erik CHABREČEKErik CHABREČEK

successfully completed undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Czech Technical University in Prague, in the programme Theoretical Basis of Mechanical Engineering. He also graduated from a two-year MSc programme Power Engineering at the Institute of Energy. Past two years of his studies, he spent working at the University Centre of Energy Efficient Buildings in Buštěhrad. He has been involved in scientific research activities with a team developing waste heat recovery technologies (Organic Rankine Cycle). In addition, he also assisted in the creation of technical regulations for Slovak energy business.

Marián JANÍKMarián JANÍK

is 22 years old and lives in Bratislava. He completed his undergraduate studies in the field of electrical engineering and physical engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. At the master’s level, he will continue in the field of nuclear and physical engineering and solid state physics at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics of the Comenius University in Bratislava. In addition to his studies, he works at the Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and spends his leisure time doing sports. In the future, he wishes to be involved in research of electro-physical processes and development of new technologies.

Katarína KERTÝSOVÁKatarína KERTÝSOVÁ

studied international relations and French at the University of St Andrews. After graduating, she continued in postgraduate studies in international security at Sciences Po in Paris and she spent a semester at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations MGIMO. Her academic achievements and extracurricular activities were awarded in 2012 in the form of a Students to the World Scholarship of the Tatra banka Foundation. She gained practical experience thanks to her internships at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the United Nations, Slovak Ministry of Defence or at the research centre of The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, dedicated to strategic security planning and consulting. Currently, she works as researcher at the Clingendael International Energy Programme in the Hague, which connects public administration and private sector in developing public debate about the current trends in international energy sector.

Ivana KOSTELANSKÁIvana KOSTELANSKÁ

in June 2015, she got her bachelor’s degree in International Diplomacy at the University of Economics in Prague at the Faculty of International Relations. In her master’s studies she will focus on international economic relations, international politics and diplomacy. Since September 2013, Ivana has been member of the student non-profit organisation Model United Nations Prague, currently holding the position of President. She leads a team of 20 students organizing international conference PragueMUN with a participation of 200 students from all over the world. In 2014, she completed her internship at the Slovak Atlantic Commission during the Bratislava Global Security Forum GLOBSEC - one of the five largest security forums in the Euro-Atlantic area. In the same year, she completed an internship at the Forum 2000 Foundation in Prague, where she was engaged in planning and implementation of the flagship project of the organisation, Forum 2000 conference.

Ivan KRÁLIKIvan KRÁLIK

was born in 1991 in Banská Bystrica. He has always been interested in nature and natural sciences. While attending primary school, he succeeded in various regional competitions in natural sciences. As student of Banská Bystrica high school, he was considering studying law or economics, but in the end decided otherwise. He is currently studying at the University of Žilina at the Department of Power Engineering. He worked in different fields, ranging from paper recycling to administrative and economic activities. Recently he joined company engaged in designing and fitting air conditioning facilities. During last semester, he was part of the project raising awareness on the use of green energy in Slovakia among the secondary school students in the Žilina region. Ivan is also involved in the project concerning zero-energy buildings. His hobbies include tennis, weightlifting, hiking, nature, CAD-systems and cars.

Adrián KRAJŇÁKAdrián KRAJŇÁK

studied at the Comenius University in Bratislava where he obtained his master’s degree in the field of Nuclear Chemistry and Radioecology and is currently studying the 2nd year of doctoral studies at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry. He took part in a six-month foreign scientific internship at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. In his studies, he focuses on sorption properties of natural and synthetic sorbents, which should find application either as molecular sieves or as a sealing component in a multi-barrier system of deep repositories for radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. The results of his scientific work were presented and published both at home and abroad. Since 2010, he has been member of the Slovak Nuclear Society and since 2013, deputy chairman of its Young Generation section. Currently, he holds position of the chairman of the civic association NOW, promoting e-mobility in Slovakia.

Veronika KUBEKOVÁVeronika KUBEKOVÁ

was born in Bratislava, where she attended primary school and High School of L. Sára. Currently she is student at the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Economics in Bratislava. After successful undergraduate studies, she is continuing her master’s studies at the same university. In 2013/2014 academic year she spent her winter semester at the Paris West University Nanterre la Défense, France. Thanks to the Erasmus+ programme she will also spend next semester abroad, this time at the Paris Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po). She intends to make use of the wide range of courses offered by the university, particularly the course on economic development, since she wishes to focus on this topic further during her master’s degree and in her future professional career.

Stanislava MAŤUGOVÁStanislava MAŤUGOVÁ

gets easily and gladly inspired by a good idea improving people's living conditions and human impact on environment. During the seven years of her university studies, she visited four countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia and Finland), where she studied energy industry. She began in Prague with nuclear physics, finishing at the Urals with electricity industry. The nomadic lifestyle has taught her many precious lessons, but also convinced her to pursue her work in her home region of Turec. She loves solving technical assignments in an unusual way and enjoys helping people. She will endeavour to work with the local community through the non-profit organisation she is currently setting up with friends.

Peter PAVLOVIČPeter PAVLOVIČ

graduated in2015 from the Central European University in Budapest in Environmental Sciences and Policy. During his studies, he specialised mainly on the environmental aspects of energy, issues of energy security and transition and prospects of nuclear energy in the new century. After studying law in Slovakia, he worked for four years as doctoral student at the Law Faculty of the Masaryk University in Brno in the field of International and European Law and in parallel, studied International Relations, Energy Security & Strategic Studies. In the past, he completed several foreign internships in Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of South Africa. In 2015, he won the OECD grant to study at the International School of Nuclear Law in the French Montpellier. Peter is member of the Slovak Society for International Law of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the organisation Mensa Slovakia and is a licence holder for the operation of amateur radio stations. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, travelling, sports and good books.

Juraj SABOLJuraj SABOL

is 22 years old and comes from Sabinov. He completed the first year of his bachelor studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Slovak Technical University in the field of electrical engineering. As electrician’s son, he has been in touch with electrical engineering from childhood. He is currently gaining work experience as assistant designer of electrical installations.

In his leisure time, he likes cycling and enjoying natural beauty of Slovakia.

Tomáš ŠTEVČEKTomáš ŠTEVČEK

studied at the secondary school of electrical engineering in Liptovský Hrádok. He then continued his studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication of the Brno University of Technology, where he gained his BSc in Electrical Engineering. During his studies, he focused on renewables. The knowledge he harvested was used in his bachelor´s paper on the topic of Proposal of a Small Hydropower Plant, which was awarded the prize of the Dean of the Faculty. Later, he devoted his studies to wind power plant technologies. In his thesis, he created a mathematical model of the wind power plant Whisper 200 in the software environment of Matlab-Simulink. In the future, he would like to design hybrid systems and consumption management system for electrical networks. In his free time, he likes studying history and cycling.

Minh NGUYEN TIENMinh NGUYEN TIEN

was born in Vietnam but lives in Slovakia since 2000. He holds BSc in Building Technology from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, and he currently studying his PhD at the Department of Building Technology. During his studies, he worked as expert assistant to the site manager in the construction company Matistav at various construction sites in Slovakia. In his doctoral paper, he presented a design using renewables in the process of constructing residential buildings. The paper was also awarded at the Student Scientific Conference. He speaks Slovak, Vietnamese, English and French. He likes literature, nature, and in his free time he practices martial arts.

Tomáš TRUBAČÍKTomáš TRUBAČÍK

holds a BA in Security and Strategic Studies and International Relations of the Faculty of Social Sciences from the Masaryk University in Brno. Currently he is completing his master’s studies in International Relations and Energy Security. Thanks to his extracurricular activities and interest in a broad range of energy issues, he was chosen to work as analyst in the field of energy efficiency for the alliance Chance for Buildings, promoting energy-efficient construction. Since 2000, Tomáš has been member of the scouts’ centre Dvojka Staré Mesto, where he acts as an elected board member. He enjoys spending his free time on a mountain bike.

Jiří VLČEKJiří VLČEK

is currently an intern at the department of foreign regulation in Slovenské elektrárne. Before taking up this position, he cooperated with the Masaryk University in Brno, where he participated in the projects of the Department of International Relations and European Studies concerning gas security and nuclear repositories. In 2015, he completed his internship at the Slovak Atlantic Commission (SAC), organising the GLOBSEC 2015 conference. He graduated in International Relations and Sociology from the Masaryk University in Brno and he is currently pursuing his studies of International Relations and Energy Security at the same university.

Energy Summer School 2015The first year of the Energy Summer School was held from 26th July to 2nd August 2015.

Besides the issues of the European Energy Union, the twenty best students had the opportunity to talk about energy security,  energy market in Slovakia and Europe, gas and fossil fuels, nuclear energy and renewables, energy efficiency, electromobility, environmental protection and other topics.

In September, the students met the Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič to discuss their suggestions for completing the European Energy Union.

The programme of the Energy Summer School 2015:

  • Debate on the European Energy Union with the representative of the European Commission
  • Informal discussions with top managers of the leading energy companies in Slovakia
  • Teambuilding led by the non-governmental organisation Živica
  • Visit to the NPP Mochovce and of the interactive information and education centre Energoland
  • Visit to a hydro and a photovoltaic power plant
  • Debating skills training under the guidance of the Slovak Debating Association
  • Introduction to e-mobility and electric car driving
  • ... and many other activities

The speakers and lecturers at the Energy Summer School 2015 included:

  • Jordan Mandalov, Director of the Mochovce Nuclear Power Plant
  • Lívia Vašáková, Economic Advisor, Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia;
  • Martin Kumpan, Executive Manager of SE Predaj
  • Peter Baláž, Head of International Business Department, Faculty of Commerce, University of Economics in Bratislava;
  • Andrea Pancotti, Sales & Energy Services Manager, Slovenské elektrárne
  • Daniel L. Sanchez, Researcher, University of California – Berkeley
  • Pavel Šimon, Deputy Director, Slovak Association of Photovoltaic Industry and Renewables (SAPI)
  • Martina Dupáková, Energy Editor, EurActiv.sk
  • Juraj Hipš, Director of Živica – Centre for Environmental and Ethical Education
  • Lukáš Lehotský, Slovak Debating Association
  • ... and many others
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