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1st UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event

Human resources and new knowledge to build the future energy system

The 1st UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event will explore how European universities can cooperate more with each other and work together to address the challenge of educating people for the future energy society.
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Hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway

24 - 26 February 2016

  • Titled "Human resources and new knowledge to build the future energy system", the 1st UNI-SET Clustering Event (ECE) will take place on 24-26 February 2016 and will be hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.

    The event is the first of a series of five UNI-SET Energy Clustering Events which will take place in 2016 and 2017 to discuss and stimulate the development of innovative research and education programmes in the energy field. The five events seek to mobilise the European university community to tackle the “energy challenge” by fostering exchange and collaboration between researchers, educators and other stakeholders. The events will also explore how universities can enhance their contribution to the current EU energy policies, framed by the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the European Energy Union.

    The UNI-SET ECEs are organised in the framework of the FP7 UNI-SET project, an action implemented jointly by the European University Association (EUA) and KU Leuven, representing the universities in KIC InnoEnergy. The UNI-SET ECEs are mainly intended for EUA member universities participating in the UNI-SET Universities Survey. In order to facilitate networking and follow-up of initiatives generated during the event, up to two delegates per university will be accepted. 


    The 1st ECE at NTNU in Trondheim will offer insights into innovative programmes and approaches from a multidisciplinary perspective through examples, lessons learnt and other best practice. The conference participants will also contribute to the development of a roadmap and ultimately a strategic agenda for universities as important stakeholders in the future energy society. The overall goal is to strengthen inter-university cooperation and thus the voice of universities in the development of energy policy at EU level. The goal is also to make visible the substantial contribution of universities in implementing the European Energy Union.

    As the first of a series of events, the meeting in Trondheim will set the stage through discussions on how universities can enhance their contribution towards the future low-carbon energy society.

    The discussions in the plenary and interactive parallel sessions will be informed by:

    • background  activities of the European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education (EUA-EPUE);

    The conference participants will also contribute to shape the future UNI-SET activities. The programmes of the upcoming four events will be developed based on the main messages emerging from the discussions in Trondheim and eventual participation of new universities.


    The UNI-SET Energy Clustering Events provide a platform for networking and exchange of views with a forward-look towards the future energy society and the need to better prepare the next generation of Master and Doctorate graduates. Specifically, the events will be of interest to university leaders in the field of energy (e.g. rectors and vice-rectors, deans, heads of institutional energy initiatives, with an interest in innovative approaches for energy research and education), as well as other stakeholders from the energy research, education and policy development.

    Participants' contribution

    Universities that have participated in the
    UNI-SET Universities Survey by 30 November and have been displayed on the European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research & Education will be given the floor to voice a short and concise message on the challenges facing them in delivering excellent research outputs and educational programmes. They are invited to provide their views around three main areas:

    • adapting curricula and teaching methodologies to the continually evolving and expanding European energy sector (e.g. multidisciplinary education, integration of state-of-the-art research into educational programmes, e-learning);
    • fostering cross-disciplinary research to tackle the wide spectrum of issues in realising the transition to a low-carbon energy society (e.g. technological, social and economic aspects);
    • stimulating cooperation with other energy stakeholders, including research institutes, companies and policy-making bodies, to share new research-based knowledge. 

    Participants will be also given the opportunity to network in forming new inter-university collaborations and projects.  


    Registration for the event is free of charge.

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    EU-flagThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh 
    Framework Programme for research, technological development and 
    demonstration under grant agreement no 609838.

  • About UNI-SET 

    The UNI-SET (UNIversities in the SET-Plan) project aims to mobilise European universities to contribute to the ambitious European energy goals spelled out in the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), the European Energy Union and the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

    UNI-SET has mapped existing energy-related Master, Doctorate and Research programmes at European universities and collected empirical data about the range of university activities in disciplines and scientific fields related to the SET-Plan. It has also been active to monitor the skills and professional profiles needed in the current and future European energy sector. Results from these two activities will inform the discussions at the UNI-SET Energy Clustering Events.

    UNI-SET is a Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). It began in September 2014 and will last three years. UNI-SET is coordinated by the European University Association (EUA) and implemented jointly with KU Leuven, representing the universities in KIC InnoEnergy.

    Visit the UNI-SET website to learn more about the project.

    About EUA-EPUE 

    The European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education (EUA-EPUE) was created to mobilise the European university community in tacking the EU energy challenge. EUA-EPUE followed an initiative of the European University Association (EUA), which had been invited by the European Commission in 2008 to become an observer in the Executive Committee of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) on behalf of European universities.

    To take account of the strengths and capabilities of universities in the energy field, EUA launched an exploratory survey of university activities in 2009, which led to the launch of EUA-EPUE at an inaugural meeting at Delft University of Technology in 2012. EUA-EPUE has since been actively involved in the SET-Plan process, through such measures as contributing to the SET-Plan Roadmap on Education and Training and the SET-Plan Integrated Roadmap as well as their revisions.

    EUA-EPUE is advancing in its work in the field of energy and aims to increase its membership through the FP7 UNI-SET project (UNIversities in the SET-Plan).

    The Platform has focused on building strong links with the European Commission (EC), particularly with DG Research and Innovation and DG Energy, and the European Parliament. EUA is now seen by the EC as the main stakeholder representing universities in the field of EU energy policy development.

    Visit the  EUA-EPUE website to learn more about the platform.

    About NTNU

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    The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the second-largest university in Norway, with 23 000 students and 5 000 staff. NTNU is Norway’s primary institution for educating MSc-level engineers and scientists. It also has comprehensive programmes in Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Teacher Education, Architecture and Medicine.

    NTNU is situated in the medieval city of Trondheim. It was established in 1996, as a result of the reorganisation of the University of Trondheim. The university has its foundation in three institutions with roots back to 1760.  On 1 January 2016, NTNU will merge with the University Colleges of Ålesund, Gjøvik and Sør-Trøndelag. The merger will give NTNU more comprehensive educational offerings and larger research environments. Together, the four institutions will create Norway’s most exciting, innovative and largest university.

    With its main profile in science and technology, its academic breadth and its interdisciplinary expertise, NTNU aims to fulfil its vision, Knowledge for a Better World.


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