Summer School 2022

4 September - 8 September in Les Diablerets, Switzerland

Topic and Aim

Fossil fuels to generate energy need to be replaced by renewable and clean energy resources. Inspired by green plants, artificial systems can be designed to capture light, oxidize water, and reduce protons or other organic compounds to generate useful chemical fuels by using solar light as the sole energy source.

The URPP LightChEC Summer School is an important instrument to link and to foster the collaboration of the different disciplines researching artificial photosynthesis. By inviting experts in molecular chemistry and materials science the students participating in the Summer School have time to discuss their projects not only with each other but also with international experts. Thus, synergies can be generated which will promote the research of the PhD students.

The participants will get feedback about their research from leading experts in the field and will see clearly how their research fits into the broader context. They will receive an experts-eye view of many different topics in the field and learn how to critically read and interpret publications, also across disciplines.

Program: Symposium and Summer School

Summer School

The LightChEC Summer School is composed of lectures given by national and international experts, case study workshops, and group work.
A high faculty-to-student ratio allows participants to optimally benefit from the varied expertise of the faculty. There will be ample time for discussions, teamwork, as well as for socializing.

Teachers - Summer School 2022


Prior to the Summer School, the first day is reserved for a Symposium with presentations from various experts from academia and industry.
Participants also present their posters during the first days.

Speakers - Symposium 2022

Date and Venue

The summer school will take place at the Eurotel Victoria in Le Diablerets, Switzerland. It will start on Sunday, 4 September 19 at 4 p.m. and will end on Thursday, 8 September around 3 p.m.
Information about how to best get to the hotel will be sent to participants prior to the event.

Application and Organization


The school addresses PhD students at the University of Zurich and Empa, Postdocs at the University of Zurich, and PhDs from external universities. Up to 45 participants can be admitted.
Participants are responsible for having valid insurance and, if applicable, a valid visa for Switzerland and any vaccinations required to enter the country.

Attendees are expected to bring a poster about their work or research interest and to present it during dedicated poster sessions. The best posters will be awarded a prize.

Participation Fee

There is a non-refundable fee of CHF 250 that includes the room and all meals. The fee becomes due upon notification of acceptance. Participants are responsible for their own travel.


Accommodation in a double room at the conference venue will be organized.
Single rooms are available as an optional extra.

Lac Retaud, Les Diablerets
Lac Retaud, Les Diablerets - Gabriel Garcia Marengo (CC BY 2.0)