A first step in mobilising the European university community in tackling the EU energy challenge was the creation of the European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education (EUA-EPUE) in 2009. EUA-EPUE followed an initiative of 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. In 2012, the EUA-EPUE comprised 171 universities from across Europe who demonstrated research and education capacity in the energy field, ranging from science, engineering and technology to bio-sciences and medical/life sciences and from economics to social sciences and humanities.
To take account of the strengths and capabilities of universities in the energy field, EUA launched an exploratory survey of university activities in 2010, which eventually led to the launch of EUA-EPUE at an inaugural meeting at Delft University of Technology in 2012.
EUA-EPUE has, since 2009, been actively involved in the SET-Plan process by contributing to the SET-Plan Roadmap on Education and Training and the SET-Plan Integrated Roadmap. EUA-EPUE has played a lead role in the SET-Plan Education and Training Initiative through the mobilisation of almost 100 university experts to the 12 thematic-area working groups and through the creation of specific mirror groups. Importantly also, it led the horizontal group on ‘Coordination of education and training systems’ in the energy field.