Australian-German Climate and Energy College

The Australian-German Climate and Energy College is educating the next generation of research leaders to enable the transition of to a zero emissions future.


The Australian-German College of Climate & Energy Transitions is a new International Graduate College jointly instituted by the University of Melbourne and a partnership of German universities in the Berlin-Potsdam area. The College offers PhD candidates the opportunity to pursue research in climate change and energy transitions at a world-class level, complemented by a six month exchange program to broaden their horizons and expertise at a partner institution overseas. The college will provide all PhD candidates with a strong disciplinary training in economics, physics, energy system theory, political science, and network theory - complemented by a broad, transdisciplinary perspective. Ensuring originality of research at the frontline of science will inevitably lead students into overlapping areas of study across the four research clusters.

Research Clusters

  • Energy Systems

    Energy systems and the requirements for a national transition towards a dominant contribution of renewable energies.

  • Emissions Pathways and Mitigation Strategies

    Emission pathways and mitigation strategies including trading systems, intergenerational equity, carbon budgets and mitigation costs all aspects of the climate system itself.

  • Climate Impacts

    Climatic impacts on the global supply network of goods and services with a special focus on energy infrastructure.

  • Energy Transitions

    The knowledge required to transition to a low-emissions energy system.

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