Sabine Auer

Research Domain IV
Transdisciplinary Concepts & Methods


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Pappelallee 20
14469 Potsdam

Email: auer(at)

Research Interests

  • Power Grids & Renewable Energy Sources
  • Socio-economic modeling, game theory
  • Electricity market design and modeling
  • Complex Networks
  • Nonlinear dynamics


Curriculum Vitae

I am Dr. Sabine Auer and together with Dr. Tim Kittel and Christina Horn I am leading the Research transfer project elena at the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research. Our goal is to found “elena international” to enable renewable power grids. I just finished my PhD at Humboldt University and at PIK which gives me three years of research background in power grid stability analysis. Now, I want to bring the concepts and methods that I acquired into application and advise remote microgrids and island power grids how to transition towards 100% renewables in a grid-stable manner.

Prior, I studied physics at TU Ilmenau, TU Berlin and worked for Siemens AG, Yale University in New Haven and the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) In Barcelona as a working student or intern.



S. Auer, W. Wan, X. Huang, A. Ramirez, H. Cao,
Morphology-induced plasmonic resonances in silver-aluminum alloy thin films,
Applied Physics Letters, 99, 041116 (2011)

S. Auer, J. Heitzig, U. Kornek, E. Schöll, J. Kurths.
The Dynamics of Coalition Formation on Complex Networks.
Nature Scientific Reports
5, 13386; (2015).
doi: 10.1038/srep13386

B. Schäfer, C. Grabow, S. Auer, D. Witthaut, M. Timme.
Taming Instabilities in Power Grid Networks by Decentralized Control.
Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2016) 225: 569. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2015-50136-y

S. Auer, K. Kleis, P.Schultz, J. Kurths, F. Hellmann.
The impact of model detail on power grid resilience measures.
Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2016) 225: 609. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2015-50265-9

S. Auer, F. Steinke, W. Chunsen, A. Szabo, R. Sollacher.
Can Distribution Grids Significantly Contribute to Transmission Grids’ Voltage Management?
In PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe (ISGT-Europe 2016) pp. 1-6. IEEE.

S. Auer, F. Helllmann, M. Krause, J. Kurths.
Stability of Synchrony against Local Intermittent Fluctuations in Tree-like Power Grids
arXiv:1702.08707 [physics.soc-ph] (2017), paper submitted

S. Auer, C. Roos, J. Heitzig, F. Hellmann, J. Kurths
The Contribution of Different Electric Vehicle Control Strategies for Dynamical Grid Stability. 
In prep. (2017)