24 - 28 February 2020: eseia Student Camp 'Designing the Regional Biobased Economy: Biorefinery, Bioenergy and Circularity'
From 24 to 28 February join the interdisciplinary student camp at the University of Twente and work alongside our experts to develop solutions for real-life challenges of the regional bio-based economy. The focus of the event is biorefinery, bioeconomy and circularity. At the UTwente's Designglab you will expand your network and meet professionals from various disciplines.
What will students work on?
The application deadline is 23 February 2020. For further information check out the flyer or contact the organization writing an email to Barbara van Dalm (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Marina Lopez, eseia Communication Manager - email@example.com
19 November 2019: eseia 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, Business Meetings and EU Policy Update Workshop, Brussels, BE
eseia is turning 10 years old 19 November 2019 and would like to celebrate this special moment during an evening event taking place at the eseia Brussels Hub, BE, from 18.00 to 20.00h. The celebration will count with the participation of eseia Members and Partners involved in the achievements of the Alliance since its foundation and will look upon the future challenges in order to speed up Energy Transition.
The 10 Year Anniversary will be held back to back with the eseia Business Meetings GC and GA, the EU Policy Update, the eseia Working Groups Proposal Workshop and the Phoenix Final Progress Meeting 20 November 2019.
Please, register for the event through the online form.
Marina Lopez, eseia Communication Assistant - firstname.lastname@example.org
20 November 2019: eseia Working groups Proposal Workshop and Phoenix Final Progress Meeting, Brussels, BE
The eseia Working Groups Proposal Workshop will present and discuss a draft list of preselected EU funded calls with the eseia Members in relation to each of the eseia Working Groups and Focus Groups topics. Participants will also have the opportunity to propose new calls for submission.
Back to back with the eseia Working Groups Proposal Workshopwill the Alliance will held the Final Progress Meeting of the H2020 Phoenix project coordinated by eseia and funded under the MSCA-RISE programme.
Download a pdf version of the overall agenda and a detail agenda of the Phoenix Final Progress Meeting.
Marina Lopez, eseia Communication Assistant - email@example.com
23 - 24 September 2019: 1st Energy & Environment Clustering Event, Durham, UK
The European Energy Association EUA and the University of Durham, UK, co-organise the 1st Energy & Environment Clustering Event under the topic 'Energy, environment and us: Circular economy and the role of citizens' from 23 to 24 September.
The conference will provide a unique angle to these topics putting them at the intersection between research, training and institutional engagement. Among the list of confirmed speakers, there are representatives from the University of Sussex, the University of Groningen and the Université de Lorraine. Besides, the roundtable session, the Trondheim Living Lab (NO) and the parallel sessions on 'Consumers and Citizens' and 'Circular Economy' will compleat the programme.
Registration to the conference is now open here.
For further information or questions on the event, please contact EPUE.firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the eseia International Summer School 2019 from 1 to 12 July at University of Zagreb, Croatia, to find a novel approach to smart energy system integration and utilisation of non-conventional biomass.
The eseia International Summer School 2019 will tackle topics such as:
Additional focus will be given to the implementation of the research knowledge, including the creation of a successful EU funding proposal, project management best practices, and the development of International Strategic Partnerships.
Please, find a provisional list of lectures HERE
eseia ISS practical information
Ph.D., master student or young professionals from the field of energy, process, electrical, environmental engineering or related studies are welcome to register for the event.
Applicants are requiered to send a short motivation letter and their CV in euro pass format to Goran.Krajacic@fsb.hr or email@example.com by 15 June 2019.
Attention: Deadline for registration has been extended until 28 June 2019.
The ISS 2019 fee is 200€ + VAT (25%) covering the course materials, lunches, site visits and excursion. Other costs are in the responsibility of the participants. Important: Accomodation can be provided for the whole period (31st June – 13th July) under request at the student dormitories for 195 EUR + VAT (25%) and will be directly paid by participants at dormitory’s reception. To book accommodation, please, provide the following information to the organiser Prof. Goran Krajačić from UNIZAG: Surname, Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Country of Birth, Citizenship, Type of Passport (Passport or Identity Card), Passport Number, Date of arrival and departure. Other bookings of accommodation are available through https://booking.com or https://www.airbnb.com/.
The workshop under the title 'Shaping the Future Advanced Materials for Energy Transition and Future Mobility' will focus on how networks like EMIRI and eseia can build critical mass for Horizon Europe framework programme.
The provisional programme of the workshop can be consulted here: Provisional Programme
To register, please, follow the Registration Link. Also, note that you have to: 1. register to EuroNanoforum2019 conference (Participants coming only for the 3rd day will pay a reduced 1 day fee of 150€); and, 2. obtain an accreditation, in order to gain access to the conference venue (latest 2 June 2019).
The EuroNanoForum taking place from 12 to 14 June is the largest networking conference in Europe focusing on nanotechnologies and advanced materials science, innovation and business. The event is organised under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will be attended by the scientific community, representatives from industry, research and innovation, as well as policy makers.
eseia Office – firstname.lastname@example.org
On 10 April 2018 eseia holds its Governing Council and General Assembly Meetings at the eseia office in Brussels. A proposal workshop will also take place the same day and eseia members are strongly encouraged to inform us of any relevant proposal than they will like to share and discuss with the members.
The agendas of the meetings and the registration form are available below.
Furthermore, the eseia Business Meetings are held back to back with the BioEnergyTrain project Final Conference which takes place on 9 April 2019 at the eseia office.
Marina Lopez – eseia Communication Assistant, e-mail: email@example.com
The Final BET Project Conference will take place on Tuesday, 09 April 2019 at the eseia Brussels Offices (BE).
The EU H2020 funding project set up two new Master programmes: the Biorefinery Engineering at the Graz University of Technology (AT) and the Bioresource Value-Chain Management at the University of Twente (NL). Nearly a total 100 students benefited from courses offered by these two programmes, as well as from Student Camps, Summer Schools and Pilot Plant Research events.
For the details the of the venue find the draft agenda below.
The BET project Final Conference will be held back to back with the eseia General Assembly Meeting, which is planned for Wednesday, 10 April 2019 in Brussels.
Anna Gabbert, BET Project Manager, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
From 25-28 February students will have the opportunity to participate to the 2019 Edition of the eseia Student Camp on “Biorefineries and Biobased Industrial Products” at the Competence Center for Wood Composites and Wood Chemistry (Wood K Plus), in Linz, Austria.
Participants will gather insider´s knowledge on key bioresource processes at WoodKPLUS and its partners on:
The Final meeting of CESEPS project will take place 29 January 2019 at the Austrian Institute of Technology AIT in Vienna (AT).
The EU funding project Co-Evolution of Smart Energy Products and Services (CESEPS) looked into new smart energy devices and impulse its development. Coordinated by the University of Twente (NL) and the Graz University of Technology (AT), the project involved research teams from The Netherlands and Austria: TU Delft, Wageningen University, Utrecht University, and the international company DNV GL from the Deutsch part, and AIT and eseia from the Austria side.
The project analysed a network of smart grid projects in both countries and compared their most relevant characteristics. In this sense, analysing how users of current smart grid pilot setups in Austria and the Netherlands do actually employ them was one of the main tasks.
CESEPS was funded in the framework of the joint programming initiative ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus by the Austrian Agency for Funding of Science (FFG) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), with support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.
Miguel Rey Mazón, eseia Project Manage, e-mail: email@example.com
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As a continuation of the new Focus Group: Smart Urban Mobility, eseia organises the Focus Group Meeting on 4th December at the eseia office in Graz, Austria. In order to prepare for the year 2019 and upcoming calls in the field of Smart Urban Mobility a list of selected Proposals will be discussed during the reunion.
The Cyprus Institute hosts the International Conference 'The Decarbonisation of the energy Sector in the Mediterranean and Middle East - The Role of CSP'. The event, that will take place at The Cyprus Institute premises in Athalassa, will be attended by world experts from research and academia, and will include presentations and panel discussions on the alarming consequences of global climate change while focusing on the role of Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy and other renewable energy technologies in mitigating the potentially alarming consequences.
People interested who cannot physically attend, can register to attend the conference online clicking on the link. Online attendance will allow the interaction with the speakers via chat to submit questions. It will also allow the attendees access to the conference presentations and the videos of the conference sessions, after the conference.
For more info:
The European Commission organises the event in Graz, AT, under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union with the aim to implement the STRIA roadmap on 'Smart mobility and services' in urban areas. The Graz Paper set during the event will present the necessary robust basis for their future commitments to take action and ultimately implement actions identified and prioritised in this event.
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eseia will participate to the 2018 Edition of the Set-Plan Conference, held in Vienna on 20-21 November, under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
On 24 October 2018, eseia organised the workshop “Europe-China: Cooperation & Innovation in Smart Urban Mobility” in the framework of the 4th China Forum, hosted by the Confucius Institute, in Graz, Austria.
eseia Workshop Event Rationale
The course is designed for students with an engineering background who are interested in operating real-world installations, such as biogas pilot plant, leachate water treatment and combustion plants.
The research will focus on sustainable resource efficiency, material conversion and site-related environmental technologies and techniques. After examing suppy, processing and conversion, you will have the opportunity to optimize treatement of intermediate products and end producs.
Application deadline: 26 September 2018
Think out of the Box, join the eseia International Summer School and develop your career in biorefinery, biomassand bioresource value chain management witheseiaexperts and LNEG professionals.
Registration Deadline: 30 June 2018
The conference Smart Energy Systems in Cities and Regions is part of the bi-annualeseiaconference series, convening top innovators from academia, business, and public sector to discuss the transition of the European energy and resource system. The 2018 conference will be hosted by Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland, back to back with theeseiaGeneral Assembly and Governing Council meetings.
This year’s conference is dedicated to Smart Energy Systems and papers are invited in the following 4 areas:
Smart Energy Systems in Cities & Regions
Sustainable & Smart Mobility
Urban Regeneration Sustainability in Cities & Regions
Bioresourcing Cities & Regions
Find here more detailed information.
The second BioEnergyTrain Student Camp will be hosted by Energy Agency Styria and will take place on 26 February and will end on 2 March 2018 in Graz, Austria.
Join our interdisciplinary student camp and work alongside our experts to develop solutions for real-life challenges of the regional bio-based economy. You will expand your network, meet national and international professionals and experience interesting excursions!
You and your team will work on one of the following real-life challenges:
Challenge 1 “Accomplishing Climate Protection Goals”
Problem Owner and contact: Administration of the Federal Government of Styria (DI Dieter Preiß, Department for Energy and Building)
The Styrian Climate and Energy Strategy will be published in early 2018 and will be the strategic guideline for reaching Styria’s climate protection goals. Essential stakeholders were partners in developing the strategy, consisting of eight main fields of action such as energy efficient buildings, sustainable mobility, forestry, energy production and resource-saving life style. The goal of this challenge is to develop a set of implementable measures for a field of action, selected by the group of students. How can the strategy’s objectives be achieved in this specific field?
Challenge 2 “Biomass – Reaching The Masses”
Problem Owner and contact: Styrian Chamber of Agriculture / Austrian Biomass Association (Dr. Christian Metschina, Head of Department Energy, Climate and Bio Resources of Styrian Chamber of Agriculture )
In Austria, Biomass can be considered as the most important renewable energy carrier. However, other renewable alternatives such as photovoltaic and hydro power are much higher accepted by the public. This perception shall be changed to a more positive image, using specific and target group oriented media campaigns. Questions to be worked on during the student camp are: What are success factors for such campaigns? How can the public acceptance for biomass as energy carrier be increased effectively?
Challenge 3 “Circular Bio-Economy Mureck – continuously innovative”
Problem Owner and contact: BioEnergie Mureck / SEBA Mureck ( ÖkR Karl Totter, founder)
The region Mureck is a pioneer in integrated and decentralized bio-energy production. Since decades, local bio-resources are innovatively used within a sustainable energy and resource cycle. Several valuable initiatives such as biodiesel and biogas production, photovoltaic with citizen participation and local heating network enables Mureck to partly operate self-sufficient, even in case of an energy blackout. Questions to be worked on during the student camp are: Which elements of the energy and resource cycle could be models for other regions? How can the circular economy in Mureck be extended sustainably?
Challenge 4 “Bio Based Products From Municipal Solid Waste”
Problem Owner and contact: Administration of the Federal Government of Styria (Dr. Ingrid Winter, Head of Department Waste Management and Sustainability
Municipal solid waste is disposed by every citizen – it is everything which is thrown in the bins or brought to the local recycling. If we take a look at it closely, a lot of this material are bio-resources – e.g. kitchen waste, garden waste or waste wood. Use your creativity and develop new products out of these waste streams! How can the extraction of the necessary secondary raw materials function?
The core part of the Student camp is based on interactive and autonomous group work within interdisciplinary teams. Participants will take part not only to lectures but also to excursions to institutions working in the bioenergy sector, in order to see how theory is put into practice. Academic supervision is provided by national and international experts of the Graz University of Technology, Austria, and the University Twente, Netherlands. The organisations and institutions that formulated the four real-life challenges will participate to the camp week as well.
Student profile: Master and PhD students from every discipline is welcomed.
Cost: € 240 including accommodation at Jufa Hotel Graz Süd, lunches, lectures, workshops, course materials and excursion. If no accommodation is needed, the participation fee is reduced to € 120. For long distance travels, you can apply for financial support at your university!
Fill in and submit your online registration here!
Application deadline: 31st January 2018.
Academic recognition: 3 ECTS
Venue: Stempfergasse 7, 8010 Graz, Austria
Energie Agentur Steiermark – Energy Agency of Styria
Nikolaiplatz 4a, 8020 Graz
Tel. +43 316 269 700 27
In November 2017 eseia holds its General Assembly Meeting, the Horizon 2020 Update Workshop and EU Policy Update in Brussels, where the eseia Work Programme 2018 will be discussed. The business meetings will be held together with BioEnergyTrain project meetings.
Take part in the eseia Professional Training on Green Mobility and System Integration and receive cutting-edge trainings from science and business form various disciplines. This training is organised from 20 -22 September in Brussels back to back with EU Mobility Week.
This two-day training provides an overview of state-of-the art technologies and future trends supporting Green Mobility. Participants get insights into alternative propulsion and energy storage technologies, including alternative fuels, battery systems, electic and hybrid drive concepts, as well as different challenges of sytem integration.
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Registrations are open until 15 October.
eseia Working group Meeting on Smart Cities and Regions in Lisbon
The eseia Working group two met in Lisbon on 21 July to discuss opportunities and challenges in the framework of the Smart Cities and Communities Initiative of the EC. Special guest was Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit in DG Energy. The discussions focused on integrating different dimensions of the smart cities system, namely smart building, smart grids, smart mobility, smart social transition, regional integration and cross-cutting issues.
Graduate students and young professionals from five European countries, two ENP countries and Russia took part at the 2015 edition of the eseia International Summer School on Integrating Bioresources and Waste in Urban and Rural Energy Systems, held from 13 to the 24 July 2015, in Lisbon, Portugal. The event was locally organised by the Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia (LNEG) and the New University of Lisbon, and was hosted in the Faculty of Sciences and Technologies. The Summer School was aimed at offering participants a systems perspective on smart solutions and innovations to the bioenergy challenge for cities and communities. Find out more.
The EU Horizon2020 funded BioEnergyTrain (BET) project was successfully kicked off in Brussels, June 16-17 during the European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2015). The main aim of the meeting was to reach a common understanding of the project vision and strategy among partners. BET Project Officer Emilio Font de Mora from the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), and Miroslava Naneva, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG Research & Innovation attended as special guests.
During the event a press conference was held including Josef Fürlinger - CEO RIC, BRP Powertrain, Michael Narodoslawsky - Graz University of Technology, Sjoerd van Tongeren - University of Twente, and Brigitte Hasewend - BET Project Coordinator. The Press conference highlighted the project aims and goals reflecting European needs for skills in bioresources. The press conference also explored the potential impact of BET which would be the development of a strategic education and training platform run jointly by industry and academia following the recommendations of the SET-Plan Education Roadmap.
On 2 December 2014, ener2i project held its second ENEr2i EU International Brokerage event organised by eseia in Brussels, and gathered together 35 participants from 16 countries, including 4 EaP countries: Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, and Belarus.
The participants were warmly welcomed by Thierry DEVARS, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, International Relations Officer and Gorazd Weiss, from the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI). Other speakers included Michael Narodoslawsky, from TU Graz, Coordinator of eseia WG Bioresources moderated the whole event, Karl Heinz Kettl, from the Energy Agency Styria, Maarten Arentsen, from the University of Twente, presented a Sketch of Draft Recommendations on EaP country reports, Stefania Proli and Angela Santangelo, from the University of Bologna, Ms Katalin Alföldi, Policy Officer for Inclusiveness and Excellence at the COST Association as well as Brian Norton, Vice-President of eseia from Dublin Institute of Technology. Find out more.
Graduate students and young professionals from 6 European countries and 3 ENP countries took part at the second edition of the eseia International Summer School on Sustainable Smart Metropolitan Regions of Tomorrow, held from 14th to the 27th July 2014, in Braşov, Romania. The event was hosted in the Solar House of the Campus of the Transilvania University of Braşov, and was aimed at offering participants a systems perspective on smart solutions and innovations to the energy challenge in metropolitan areas.
The Summer School addressed the policy governance, socio-economic, design angles, as well as the technological angle of smart metropolitan regions, with a penchant on the latter. A specific module on EU Project Management grouped lectures and interactive workshop activities coordinated by EU experts. What made this Summer School memorable in the eyes of the participants were the professional visits, given the networking opportunities and the practical learning exposure conferred.
On 23 June 2014, eseia held its first ENEr2i EU International Brokerage event in synergy with the IncoNet Eastern Partnership project. The event was hosted at the Committee of the Regions, in Brussels, back to back with the EU Sustainable Energy Week, EUSEW 2014, and gathered together 41 participants from 15 countries, including 6 ENP countries: Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, Belarus, and Azerbaijan.
The participants were warmly welcomed by Brigitte Hasewend, eseia Director, and Thierry DEVARS, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, International Relations Officer. eseia was also honored to benefit from the contribution and the closing remarks of Mercedes Bresso, Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions. Other remarkable speakers enriched the event, namely Manfred Spiesberger and Gorazd Weiss, from the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Michael Narodoslawsky, from TU Graz, Coordinator of eseia WG Bioresources, Yoram Krozer, from the University Twente, Ion Visa, eseia Vice-President from UTBv, and Olivier Brunet, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Project officer. Find out more.
On 24-25 April 2014 the eseia - IGS Conference on Smart and Green Transition in Cities/Regions, hosted by the University of Twente in Enschende, brought together 150 experts, academics and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines to discuss options and strategies for smart and green innovations.
You can find more info on http://www.utwente.nl/igs/eseia/
On 28 November 2013, the eseia International Workshop for European Regional Actors on Regional Cooperation on Rational Use of Bioresources took place in Brussels.
We live in a „limited infinity“ and bioresources are the only resource able to fulfill the energy demand currently covered by fossil fuels. As the demand for renewable energy increases, we see a competition arising for different forms of land use, mainly from food production, crops, or energy production for industry.
Our speakers discussed the societal impacts of this development with representation from all level of European Society.
eseia and the Transilvania University of Brasov have joined forces to bring European class education on Smart cities and Regions with a two weeks intensive program.
The summer school was officially opened by, Ion Visa, host representative and General Manager of the Research and Development Institute of Transilvania University of Brasov and the Summer School's organizers’ Prof. Anca Duta and Mircea Neagoe.
From 15th to 28th July 2013, the whole organizing team welcome 18 participants selected for this training course targeting Master and PhD students interested in developing their project on any topics relating to zero emission cities of tomorrow. The participants come from all over the world including Switzerland, Norway, Indonesia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Pakistan and Romania.
Participants have the opportunity to evolve in a unique environment where they can explore the various aspects of the sector through core lectures, hands-on activities, workshops and professional visits. They will furthermore develop their project with the help of our international eseia experts.