The RLS will start a new graduate school in Berlin from the beginning of 2020. For this purpose, a total of four scholarships from the Reiner Lemoine Foundation, each lasting four years, will be awarded.
The project will help to better understand systemic barriers to the energy transition and to explore targeted solutions to make an energy system with 100% renewable energy possible. The transition from the conventional to the decentralized and renewable energy system is increasingly marked by conflicts. Structural barriers to transformation must be overcome.
The content and administrative details of the RLS-Graduate School are explained in a concept paper that you can find here.
The further implementation of the energy transition and the transformation of the energy system will have to be promoted socio-politically. The necessary framework conditions must be worked out together and established in a broad political consensus.
From the point of view of the Reiner Lemoine Foundation, application-oriented research also means bringing science and practice into dialogue so that scientific findings can find their way into social and political discourses. At the same time, scientists can identify and specify relevant research questions.
Together with the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV), RLS is implementing a think-tank process on the topic of energy system change. Ideas and problem analyses are evaluated in interdisciplinary workshops with experts from civil society, science, business and administration.
Thus, innovative political proposals or scientific questions are worked out, in which a variety of different perspectives have been incorporated. The results are very concrete and implementable approaches that are socially sustainable and future-oriented. The RLS plans to present results together with SNV at the end of 2019.
The Reiner Lemoine Institute (RLI) is an independent, non-profit research institute committed to a long-term transition of the energy supply to 100% renewable. It currently employs about 70 people, including about 25 students.
It conducts application-oriented research with the aim of scientifically supporting the conversion of the energy supply to renewable energies.
The Reiner Lemoine Institute was founded in 2010 by the Reiner Lemoine Foundation. The RLS is the sole shareholder of the institute and supports it ideally and financially.
The main activities of the Reiner Lemoine Foundation include the implementation of the scholarship program and the funding of the Reiner Lemoine Institute. In addition, since its founding, the foundation has supported a number of projects on a selective basis and is supporting projects from the circle of scholarship holders.
Together with the Entwicklungs- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Anhalt-Bitterfeld mbH, since 2012 RLS has been sponsoring an award for innovation and start-ups.
RLS Tandem Projects: Former and current scholarship holders have the opportunity to apply for funding to the Foundation. Jointly funded projects or research projects that serve to network and are thematically aligned with the orientation of the RLS are supported.
Other sponsored projects: In addition, RLS has occasionally sponsored several educational and development aid projects as well as activities of the World Future Council Foundation, the "Energie in Bürgerhand" campaign and the Energy Watch Group.