Together with Springer and the Helmholtz Association, eseia established the online journal ‘Energy, Sustainability and Society’ to offer an international and holistic platform for discourse between natural scientists, engineers, social & political scientists as well as experts from industry who drive the innovation of sustainable energy systems. eseia members have the opportunity to publish their articles cost-free (full details can be found in the members section). To see the latest journal entries click here
The eseia ETP was designed to bridge the educational gaps as identified in the EC SET-Plan Education and Training Roadmap and to deliver innovative and more practice-oriented training programmes, higher business – education – research interaction, systems integration, and cross-cutting courses.
As coordinator of the BioEnergyTrain Project (BET), eseia contributed to create two new European master programmes on Biorefinery Engineering (BRE), at the Graz University of Technology (Austria), and Bio-resource Value Chain Management (BVM), at the University of Twente (in the Netherlands).
What makes BVM and BRE unique, compared to other master programmes out there, is the involvement of the industry in the development of both curricula. Modules and courses of both BRE and BVM have been built by 15 partners coordinated by eseia. The network of tertiary education institutions, research centres, professional associations, and industry stakeholders from 6 EU countries identified the needs and knowledge gaps encompassing the whole value chain of bioenergy and biobased products. The result is the launch of two master programmes that ensure the competitiveness of students on the labour market. Both programmes have an extensive exposure to industry through interdisciplinary student camps, technical site visits, Summer Schools, joint master theses and projects. Therefore, interactions between industry and students will allow graduates an easy transition from university to a stable professional career in the European biobased energy industry.
eseia and the BioEnergyTrain Consortium has generated a web-based library of lectures of the materials developed within the two curricula Biorefinery Engineering (BRE) and Bioresource Value Chain Management (BVM), and alternative learning formats, to allow an easy use across distance learning platforms. In doing so, the project aggregated the best teaching materials in Europe and created a new high quality training materials to fill gaps corresponding to emerging innovation and community needs, making these materials as widely available as possible.