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UNI-SET discusses science & skills for renewable energy during EU Green Week & launches call for experts

08 June 2017

Last week, more than 100 representatives from 68 universities, nine companies and 36 other organisations met in Leuven to discuss “Science & Skills for Renewables Integration” during the 5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event (ECE).

DSC_0174Hosted by KU Leuven, Belgium’s largest university, the event provided a platform to discuss the development of knowledge and skills for an energy system increasingly dependent on renewable energies. Participants welcomed keynote speeches from the European Commission, outlining the European strategy for renewables as part of the Energy Union, EIT InnoEnergy and the United States’ National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

During the parallel sessions, good practices for innovative learning and teaching and research cooperation in the field of energy were shared and discussed. The ‘clustering sessions’ addressed the main challenges in energy from diverse disciplinary angles, from technology developments to behavioural sciences. Future trends, such as the influence of digitisation and active learning, were the subject of different ‘outlook sessions’. A high-level panel addressed the role of citizen science in line with the objective of creating a ‘consumer-centred’ energy policy at EU level.

Participants expressed high interest in further discussing the important role of higher education institutions in the transition towards a clean and sustainable energy system in future. They also emphasised the commitment of universities to assume responsibility for a strengthened sustainable European and global development. The UNI-SET ECE was listed as a partner event during the EU Green Week 2017 “Green jobs for a greener future” which helped reinforce the event messages.  

The UNI-SET project, jointly implemented by EUA and KU Leuven, will conclude with a high-level conference in Brussels from 23 to 24 October 2017. 

UNI-SET has also launched a call for university experts to review and contribute to policy developments at European level. Applications from experts are welcome until Friday, 23 June 2017. More information is available on the project website.

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