Dear ISES Students,

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Masters Course in Solar Energy at the Solar World Congress 2021!

The Masters Course in Solar Energy is an exclusive offer to ISES Student Members and, apart from attending the ISES Solar World Congress 2021, an internationally renowned Conference held since 1970, it is a great opportunity to learn about the latest developments in solar energy, to connect to the ISES solar community around the world, build professional connections and will be a valuable experience for our students overall.


Applications to the course are now closed.

Students accepted to the course will receive regular updates via email.

This Masters Course has been part of ISES Congresses for many years, and we are happy to offer it again this year, taking the Course online for the very first time at SWC 2021! Master Courses in Solar Energy have been held during the ISES congresses EuroSun 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and Solar World Congress 2011.

The Course will welcome ISES Students holding a B.Sc. degree with good knowledge of solar energy, solar buildings and related topics. The number of students is limited to 20. The Masters Course in Solar Energy is organized by ISES President Prof. Dr. Klaus Vajen (Kassel University – DE).

Before the start of the Course, the students will choose a topic they want to cover. Based on the papers presented at SWC 2021 and on literature study, the students will work out a state-of-the-art report on the selected theme/topic. Students will be paired in groups of two from different universities and will present the findings to other students and supervisor during the last day of the course (see the Course timetable below).

The work load is 90 hours which corresponds to 3 ECTS points. Students will be given a certificate for having concluded a 3 ECTS credit course at the University of Kassel but the recognition of the course at their home university is at their sole responsibility. Supervisors should motivate students to take part in the Course.

Some general information:

Students will receive their notification of acceptance in July 2021 and registration for the Solar World Congress will open in July as well. Registration deadline to the congress for students taking part in the Masters Course is 01 Sept. 2021. 

Costs to attend the course:

Students who wish to attend the course and receive a positive notification of acceptance will have to register for the congress until 01 Sept. 2021 - a student ticket for SWC 2021 cots 55€.

Students who are not yet an ISES Student Member will also have to obtain their ISES Student Membership by 01 Seot. 2021. An one year ISES Student Membership costs 22€ (11€ respectively for students from low income countries). 

Learn more here about joining ISES and it's benefits!

Masters Course at EuroSun 2018

Course Timeline

Below, please find the timeline for the Masters Course at SWC 2021.

For further information please contact: Yoann Louvet: yoann.louvet [at]

For further information regarding the congress, please contact: swc [at]



  • 11 June 2021

Application opens

  • 16 July 2021

Deadline for Applications

  • 30 July 2021

Notification of Acceptance to the Course

  • 01 September 2021
Registration Deadline to register for SWC 2021
  • 08 September 2021

Selection of Topics + Formation of Groups

  • 18 October 2021

Students receive reading materials

  • 25 – 29 October 2021

ISES Solar World Congress

  • 30 October 2021

Final Course Session + Exam