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5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event

Universities in the Energy Transition: Science & Skills for Renewables Integration

The 5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event will explore how European universities can learn from and further cooperate in research, collaboration and education activities addressing renewables integration in the energy system.
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Hosted by KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

31 May 2017 - 2 June 2017

  • The 5th UNI-SET Clustering Event (ECE) will take place from 31 May to 2 June 2017 and will be hosted by KU Leuven in Leuven, Belgium.

    The event is the fifth of a series of UNI-SET “Energy Clustering Events" which 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 Leuven will provide opportunities for clustering, consortia building and knowledge sharing for innovative, university-based research projects and institutional initiatives in the field of clean and renewable energy. The main theme of the event, around which sessions will be programmed, is derived from the SET-Plan core priority “N°1 in Renewable Energy”. The conference will in particular address various aspects of renewables integration to the energy system.

    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, which represents the universities in InnoEnergy.


    The event 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 thematic pan-European action agendas in the field of renewable energy integration in line with the Roadmap for European Universities in Energy published in December 2016. 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.


    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 fields of energy research, education and policy.

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

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  • About KU Leuven

    KU Leuven-for websiteSituated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries.
    Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.

    It is an autonomous university. In late 2011, it changed its name from ‘Katholieke Universiteit Leuven’ to ‘KU Leuven’ and elaborated its mission statement: KU Leuven endeavours to be a place for open discussion of social, philosophical, and ethical issues and a critical centre of reflection in and for the Catholic community. KU Leuven offers its students an academic education based on high-level research, with the aim of preparing students to assume their social responsibilities.
    KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and strives for international excellence. To this end, KU Leuven works together actively with its research partners at home and abroad. 

    About the city

    Leuven-1-for-websiteLeuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. Leuven has approximately 90,000 inhabitants. Add to these the 35,000 post-secondary and 11,000 secondary school students and it should come as no surprise that the streets are filled with young faces and that the city lives at a student's rhythm: hectic weeks at the beginning of the academic year and relative calm during vacation and examination periods.
    Leuven is situated at the very heart of Europe, only 20 minutes from Brussels.

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