Coordinating energy research for a low carbon Europe
After three years of activities, December 2017 marked the end of the UNI-SET project, a collaborative effort of the European University Association (EUA) and KU Leuven, representing a group of universities in EIT InnoEnergy, and funded as an FP7 Coordination and Support Action. The consortium has now published two major reports resulting from activities of UNI-SET and is preparing the first follow-up event to sustain the momentum generated through the project.
First, the UNI-SET publication “Energy Transition and the Future of Energy Research, Innovation and Education: An Action Agenda for European Universities” provides a flexible framework for the development of energy-related master programmes, modules and courses at European universities. The recommendations are based on a socio-technical perspective which universities can consult and use to create new programmes. By itself, this framework can be scaled and adapted to other societal challenges and sectors with high demand for more interdisciplinary education and training.
Second, the UNI-SET partners released the findings of a large-scale mapping of university research and education activities in related to the societal challenge of energy. 579 master’s programmes and 864 research topics are covered by the data collected through the UNI-SET Universities Survey and are included in the report entitled “Energy Research and Education at European Universities”.
Many of the UNI-SET activities were carried out in collaboration with the European Energy Research Alliance. Representatives of EERA Joint Programmes or the Executive Committee were involved in all six UNI-SET Energy Clustering Events which were organised in 2016 and 2017 and therefore contributed to the success of the project.
The EUA Energy and Environment Platform (EUA-EPUE) will facilitate the further exploitation of the results and outcomes of UNI-SET. EUA-EPUE organises a next Energy Clustering Event at the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France on 21-22 March 2018. A main objective of the event will be to translate the ‘Action Agenda’ into concrete ideas and partnerships between universities and other stakeholders in energy education, research and innovation. Registrations for the event are possible until Friday, 9 March 2018.
The two publications and more information about the upcoming event are available at http://energy.eua.be.