eseia Working Groups

In 2019, eseia expanded to five Working Groups (WGs) including around 300 experts across the eseia membership. Their actions focus on agenda-setting and project generation activities under Horizon 2020 and the Horizon Europe programmes.

The three thematic WGs are described as follows:

WG Biorefineries, Biobased Economy and Bioresource Utilization

WG Coordinator: Michael Bongards, TH Cologne, DE

In this thematic area, the aim is threefold, namely: to create novel bio-refinery value chains and develop new bio-based industrial products; to provide a framework to contextualized and rational use of bio-resources focusing on the role of bioenergy systems innovation and bio-economy in the energy transition; and thirdly, to explore usage scenarios for bio-based fuels and bio-wastes.

The WG integrates three Focus Groups (FGs):

FG 1: Biorefineries and Biobased Industrial Products led by W. Bauer, TU Graz, AT and L. Duarte, LNEG, PT

FG 2: Bioeconomy and Circular Economy led by M. Bongards

FG 3: Bioenergy use of Biobased Fuels and Biowastes led by M. Huhtinen, Savonia UAS, FI

WG Energy Transition in Urban Regions

WG Coordinator is Goran Krajačić, Uni Zagreb - FSB, HR

Since most people live or work in agglomerations, eseia is concerned with energy transition in cities and their hinterland. The sustainable energy transition requires the active participation of European citizens for radically new ways of how we organize sustainable climate-friendly living in modern society. We need to reorganize the business, the world of work, how we educate people, how we move from A to B, how we build our homes, how energy gets produced, stored, converged, and transmitted, and how we save, use and reuse our resources using the digital revolution to our advantage.

The WG integrates four FGs:

FG 1: Smart Mobility led by M. Hirz, TU Graz, TU Graz

FG 2: Smart Grids

FG 3: Smart Energy Efficiency Buildings led by G. Stauskis, VGTU, LI

FG 4: Advanced Computing for Energy Transition led by G. Papa, JSI, SI

WG Smart Energy Materials

WG Coordinator is Tina Zuzek, JSI, SI

In a world in which resources become more and more scarce, the design and use of new energy materials need to observe our global sustainability goals. The WG addresses the synthesis, processing and application of smart energy materials to be used for improving the energy efficiency of renewable energy systems.

Three dimensions are included in this WG, namely materials for energy harvesting systems, materials for energy storage, and energy materials for automotive applications.


The two eseia horizontal WGs cooperate with the thematic groups. They are described as follows:

WG Governance, Business Models and Legal Frameworks

WG Coordinator is Michiel Heldeweg, UTwente, NL

This WG focuses on the challenges that energy transition brings about in terms of radical shifts in governance, social and business models and related regulatory and legal regimes. To foster the transition, the functioning of multi-actor networks, multi-level relations and energy ecosystems need to be improved. Institutional barriers need to be removed and new opportunities and incentives created.

WG Education and Training

WG Coordinator is Ion Visa, UTBv, RO

The WG fosters capacity-building of people and institutions in Europe and abroad. It conceives and implements cooperative training courses under the eseia Education and Training Programme (ETP). The cooperative training formats, namely international summer schools (ISS), interdisciplinary student camps (ISC), and pilot plant courses (PPC), benefits students, young scientists and professionals already active in the field by linking practice and education. They are implemented in cooperation with the eseia industrial partners and hosted by eseia members. In addition, eseia organizes staff exchange among members.

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With your participation you gain visibility within the R&I community, simplify your search for collaborations, strengthen your contact with external partners and get access to project ideas in your field.

If you would like to get involved, you are welcome to check the Terms of Reference which include an overview of the WGs, their realm of activities, explain your benefit from being a member, and outline the Work Programme 2021.  Please send us your short bio and competence matrix to become a member of the group to Contact

The eseia Working Groups Terms of Reference (ToR), the template for short bio and competence matrix can be found here

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