The Total Energy Summer School, or TESS, was held in Fontainebleau near Paris from July 10 to 13, 2016. Its novel format brought together professors and students in a creativity and brainstorming fest that tackled the future of energy.
Learn more about TESS from its developer, Andrew Hogg.
Some 84 students from 33 countries, selected from nearly 6,800 applicants, met with 40 renowned university professors and Total partner chairs, plus over 75 Total and industry experts — the International Energy Agency (IEA), UNESCO, MIT, the IFP School and many others — for four days of plenary sessions and hands-on exercises.
Andrew Hogg is one of those citizens of the world who work, travel and reside in many countries, wherever their international careers take them. For the last year and a half, this Irish-Argentine, who speaks impeccable French, has served as Total's Director of Education. His primary mission is to plan and develop Total's education policy. It's a subject he knows well, not least because he earned a PhD in geology and petroleum geology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland with the help of a Total sponsorship.
Dr. Hogg revisits TESS's highlights.
This year you introduced a new TESS format. How and why?
Andrew Hogg: Yes, it's a first in this format. For around 10 years now, an annual Total Summer School has been dedicated solely to students and a Total Energy Education Seminar to professors. After skipping a year in 2015, we decided to merge the two to create a single event, the Total Energy Summer School.
It was more enriching and more authentic to bring both groups together. Just like in the real world! We thought that the generational connection was important. And we were right. This year's TESS stressed participation and collaboration. A real knowledge community was created, through discussions at every level: cultural, international, generational and field-specific.
The format proved a winner and we plan to strengthen the concept.