The Amsterdam University of Applied Science (AUAS), partner of Atelier, developed a minor subject on positive energy districts, Energiepositieve Stad. A minor subject on energy transition was already in development, but the involvement of the AUAS in ATELIER speeded up this ambition! And similar to the approach of ATELIER, we wanted this minor to be multidisciplinary to study the energy transition in a holistic way.

In this multidisciplinary minor, students will learn about the development of energy-positive buildings, areas or even an entire city. Which techniques can be used, which new developments and opportunities for innovations can be expected, what possibilities are there in different places in the city, how can the government stimulate this development, and what is the role of citizens and companies in the development of these places?

The challenge of the energy transition is both in the build environment and in the industrial and transport sector. All these new options for energy transition require a new level of thinking and a role for citizens and companies. So this minor will also investigate how energy transition goes hand in hand with other themes in the city, such as circularity, health and social inclusiveness.

The minor is open for any student within Amsterdam University of Applied Science, who is interested in energy transition. Students will learn the basic energy concepts and the basic concepts of area development and policy making. They can choose to focus on technology or policy and management, and apply this knowledge in the international current case study ATELIER.

In September 2020, the minor will start with 30 students with different backgrounds in social studies, technical studies and policy making. This gives us the opportunity to involve students in the ATELIER project and let them study certain specific topics. And having 30 critical friends of the project next year.

If you would like to learn more about this minor, you can contact Marije Poel via We are very much interested about how this minor and the students can be of further synergy to the project and how our experience with the development of this minor can be useful toour partners within the project and the SCC01 project.