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2nd UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event

Universities in the Energy Transition: Focus on Energy Efficient Systems and Nuclear Safety

The 2nd UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event will explore how European universities can further cooperate in research and education activities in the fields of energy efficiency and nuclear safety.
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Hosted by the Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy

26 - 28 September 2016

  • The 2nd UNI-SET Clustering Event (ECE) will take place on 26-28 September 2016 and will be hosted by the Politecnico di Torino in Turin, Italy.

    The event is the second of a series of 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 events seek to mobilise the European university community to tackle the “energy challenge” by fostering exchange and collaboration between researchers, educators and other stakeholders, framed by the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the Energy Union.

    The event in Torino will provide opportunities for clustering, consortia building and knowledge sharing. The main themes of the event, around which sessions will be programmed, are derived from two priorities of the SET-Plan:

    • ‘Develop and strengthen energy-efficient systems’ (Core priority 3)
    • ‘Increase safety in the use of nuclear energy’ (Additional priority 2)

    The event is 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.


    The objective of the event is to mobilise the European university community to tackle the “energy challenge” by fostering inter-university cooperation and the voice of universities in the development of energy policy at EU level. The event intends to stimulate discussion among university leaders from different disciplines in order to explore the development of innovative and multidisciplinary research and education programmes. The conference will offer specific opportunities for “clustering” knowledge, in which research and education leaders from different disciplines will present their views on the specific priorities of the SET-Plan.

    The event in Turin is expected to bring the validation of the general “European Roadmap for Universities in Energy”, which came from the discussions at the first ECE at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, 24-26 February 2016). Another major objective is to agree on an outline of a European roadmap for universities in the fields of energy efficiency and nuclear safety, in line with the general roadmap. As the series of ECEs advances, EUA and its partners will draft roadmaps for all the SET-Plan priorities.


    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.


    Online registration is now closed.

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

  • Welcome from the Rector

    Rector_croppedOn behalf of Politecnico di Torino (Polito), it is my pleasure to invite you to the second UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event which will be held on our campus on 26-28 September 2016.

    With around 32,000 students and 800 professors, Politecnico di Torino is known both in Italy and abroad as a leading institution in engineering and architecture studies. Our degrees are internationally recognised and students can choose to follow degree courses taught in English or, thanks to our links with some of the most prestigious universities around the world, undertake periods of study abroad as part of their course.

    Polito’s Strategic Plan lists Energy among the societal challenges of the future along with food, population and climate issues, and puts energy research and education among the main priorities of our university. Energy is a cross-cutting issue and its sustainable use and production involve almost all areas of education and research at Polito. Its importance is also testified by the presence of the “Energy Department”, where more than 100 professors and research assistants gather for carrying on research and education on energy conversion from renewable, fossil and nuclear sources to thermal, electrical and mechanical energy vectors and energy efficiency in buildings and industry. Energy and Electrical Engineering programmes are offered both at BSc and MSc level and involve almost 2000 students, along with PhDs in Energetics and in Electrical Engineering.

    Last but not least, university campuses should be able to show in practice how the sustainability paradigm is applied to everyday life. A continuously decreasing size of the carbon footprint of a university should be the best evidence of the importance that is attributed to this issue. Having the possibility to make a direct experience about new technologies applied in the campus is also the most valuable way to encourage students not only towards energy innovation, but also to make them energy-conscious citizens.

    The Torino UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event aims at fostering interdisciplinary research and international cooperation through parallel and plenary sessions, where we will have the opportunity to listen to interesting talks and debates and meet new and old colleagues from all over Europe. We feel confident that all participants, gathered at Polito in Torino, the first Italian capital city, will continue the success of the first UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event in Trondheim, ideally linking it to the next appointments in Bucharest, London and Leuven.

    Prof. Marco Gilli, Rector

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    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 the host

    Sede Centrale_About the hostThe Politecnico di Torino is known as one of the most prestigious technical universities both at the national and international level for education, research and technology.

    It was founded as the School for Engineers in 1859, and then became Regio Politecnico di Torino in 1906. This rich history has made the university one of the top 20 European technical universities, with more than 33 500 students, 800 professors and 11 departments.

    The university campus is similar to the Anglo-American university model, with four main locations in Turin, featuring multi-purpose facilities for teaching, basic and applied research activities and student services.

    The 2nd UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event will take place on this large site located on Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, which hosts the university’s engineering departments. It was opened in 1958 and now extends to the Cittadella Politecnica, a modern 170 000 sq. m. campus with areas dedicated to students, research activities, technology transfer and services.

    To learn more about the city of Turin, please visit the website of  Torino Municipality.

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