eseia is one of the European addresses for renewable energy systems innovation and strives to become the premier provider of practice-oriented education and training in renewable energies. eseia wishes to support Europe to take the leading role as the most innovative energy region in the world. Supporting the creation of smart energy systems and their market uptake is eseia’s continuous value creation for a smarter Europe.
Three strategic challenges
eseia has three mayor challenges it wishes to address that will get the Association closer to fulfilling her mission, namely the challenge to act as a forerunner in agenda setting, as a provider in the area of capacity-building and as a broker in international cooperation.
1. Setting the Agenda for renewable energy systems on the European market
Currently, eseia engages in particular in the following three thematic areas of is competence from a systems point of view:
Three eseia Working Groups, with almost 300 experts, focus their work on these thematic areas and put an effort in agenda-setting and project generation actvities under Horizon 2020. Find out more about the eseia Working Groups.
2. Capacity Building
eseia is devoted to running its own capacity-building programme. eseia has put in place the eseia Education and Training Programme (eseia ETP). This programme enables students, academics and professionals to take the next steps in climbing the stairwell to excellence and in ensuring participation of wider circles in the European Research Area in European programmes.
The different professional education formats within the eseia ETP programme include the International Summer Schools, EC Brokerage Events, staff exchanges and site visits, eseia Conferences, two new European Master’s programmes (www.bioenergytrain.eu), Marie Curie funded staff exchanges, Industrial Student Camps and Pilot Plant and Lab Courses.
eseia also provides open access to its unique learning platform with its best lecture library, a new teacher’s portal with learning materials and may see the creation of a MOOC Repository in the near future.
So far, the eseia ETP have trained more than 600 individuals and many more online. Find out more about the ETP programme and its upcoming training activities at www.etp.eseia.eu.
3. Forging International Partnerships
eseia is continuing raising its international visibility with other major international groups according to the EU approach for international cooperation in research and innovation (COM(2012) 497 final).
A great example is the participation of eseia in the EC INCO FP7 ENER2I project in cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova (www.ener2i.eu). Within this project, eseia led staff exchanges, International EU Brokerage Events, Innovation Training Workshops and study visits. In addition, Armenia and Belarus will also participate in Phoenix staff exchanges, with 62 person-months incoming staff for eseia member organisations from these countries.
eseia will continue to raise its international visibility by offering EU Brokerage, eseia Conference and other international events. In addition, all the training activities under the eseia Education and Training Programme (ETP) are open for participants from all world regions. Furthermore, upcoming project proposals are also open for relevant partners from countries outside the EU.