1st UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event: Universities enhancing their role in the energy transition

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©  Terje Trobe / UNI-SET
© Terje Trobe / UNI-SET

Around 100 participants from 22 countries gathered in Trondheim, Norway from 24 to 26 February 2016 to take part in the 1st UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event. Entitled "Human resources and new knowledge to build the future energy system", the event took place at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). It was jointly organised by the UNI-SET team at EUA, KU Leuven and NTNU. This was the first of the five Energy Clustering Events (ECEs) scheduled in 2016 and 2017 to discuss and stimulate cooperation for the development of innovative research and education programmes in the energy field.

The event is part of a unique process aimed at the development of a roadmap for universities as important stakeholders in the energy society. Participants had the opportunity to shape the upcoming ECEs through their contributions in discussions and parallel sessions on education, research and service to society. Regarding these three main event topics, EUA Secretary General Lesley Wilson pointed out in an introductory talk the need for universities “to drive excellent research and innovation that benefits society.”

NTNU Rector Gunnar Bovim emphasised that universities can contribute to the global energy system transformation as key providers of “knowledge for a better world.” The topic was further examined by keynote speaker Professor Jørgen Randers, author of the 1972 Club of Rome report “Limits to growth” and “2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years”.

The crucial role of universities as key players in EU energy policy was recognised and further endorsed by the European Commission in a presentation given by Gwennaël Joliff-Botrel, Head of Unit “Energy strategy” at the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation. The contribution of universities, in the framework of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the European Energy Union, is led at the European level by the European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education (EUA-EPUE), chaired by former NTNU Rector Torbjørn Digernes.

The 2nd UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event will take place in Turin on 28-30 September 2016. For more information, please click here.

To see the presentations from the 1st Energy Clustering Event, please click here.

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