Upcoming Events

09 April 2019: BET Final Conference in Brussels, Belgium

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.

Contact person:

Anna Gabbert, BET Project Manager, e-mail: anna.gabbert@eseia.eu


BET Final Conference Agenda

BET website


25-28 February 2019: Student Camp on Biorefineries and Biobased Industrial Products at WoodKPLUS

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:

  1. Product Concept & Development
  2. Supply Chain Creation
  3. Manifacturing & Logistics
  4.  Sales & Aftersales

Discover the Student Camp Format at WoodKPLUS

Registration: Fill out the registration form and send it to Prof. Dr. Birgit Kamm, Key Biorefinery Researcher at WoodKPLUS,  b.kamm@wood-kplus.at
Registration Deadline: 30 January 2018
Expenses: Free. 
Costs for the organisation of arrival and departure are responsibility of the participant. The Pöstlingberg dinner on day two (optional) is 30 euro + VAT per person. 
Requested Equipment:  Participants are invited to bring theirchemistry coats, required to carry out experiments on day three.

29 January 2019: CESEPS Final Conference in Vienna, Austria

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.

Contact person:

Miguel Rey Mazón, eseia Project Manage, e-mail: miguel.reymazon@eseia.eu

For further info:

CESEPS website



04 December 2018: Smart Urban Mobility Focus Group Meeting

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.


29-01 December 2018: CSP4Climate 2018 Conference

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:

CSP 2018

Registration options



26-27 November 2018: Graz Forum contributing to the EU's Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA)

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.

For further information:

Agenda and Working sessions

STRIA Urban Mobility


20-21 November 2018: eseia at the 11th Set-Plan Conference 

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.

View the Programme

Further Information about the Set-Plan Conference 2018

24 October 2018: eseia Workshop on "Cooperation & Innovation in Smart Urban Mobility" at the 4th China-EU Forum 

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.

More information:

eseia Workshop Event Rationale

Registration to the 4th China Forum


17 – 19 October 2018: Pilot Plant Research Lab on Organic-waste Exploitation, Lindlar-Remshagen, Germany

Take this unique opportunity to work at pilot plant installations and gain valuable hands-on experiences with key technologies.

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.

Download the flyer and the brochure with the complete programme for more detailed information.

Register here

Application deadline: 26 September 2018




09 – 21 July 2018: eseia International Summer School 2018 at LNEG, Amadora, Portugal

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.

View the flyer

View the Brochure and the Programme

Register Here

Registration Deadline: 30 June 2018





09 – 12 April 2018: 3rd eseia Conference on "Smart Energy Systems in Cities and Regions", Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.

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:

  1. Smart Energy Systems in Cities & Regions

  2. Sustainable & Smart Mobility

  3. Urban Regeneration Sustainability in Cities & Regions

  4. Bioresourcing Cities & Regions

Download the Conference Announcement and the Conference Programme.

Find here more detailed information.

Register here.

26 February – 2 March 2018: Student Camp on the Regional Challenges of the Bio-Based Economy

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.

Download here the preliminary Timetable.

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
Theresa Urbanz
Tel. +43 316 269 700 27