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6th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event

European Universities in the Energy Transition: Towards a Clean Energy Future

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Hosted by the Flemish Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

23 - 24 October 2017

  • The High-Level Conference “European Universities in the Energy Transition: Towards a Clean Energy Future” will take place from 23 to 24 October 2017 at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. The event is the sixth of a series of  “Energy Clustering Events" which take place in 2016 and 2017 to discuss and stimulate the development of innovative research and education programmes in the energy field.

    Europe’s universities are key partners in research, innovation and education. Following the drive for more clean energy research and innovation through the Energy Union, the 10th anniversary of the European Commission`s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and Mission Innovation, 2017 is an opportunity to take stock of the contributions of universities to the different European priorities in the field of energy.

    With this conference aimed at high-level policymakers and university leadership, the European University Association (EUA) through its European Platform for Universities in Energy Research & Education (EUA-EPUE) and the UNI-SET project seek to strengthen the dialogue on the current and future role of universities in the triangle of Europe’s energy, research and higher education policy.

    The conference will highlight the contributions of universities towards the goals of the Energy Union and the SET-Plan through the UNI-SET project and discuss how the input could be enhanced in the following years, following the publication of the 2016 Roadmap for European Universities in Energy and European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research and Education. It will be an opportunity for exchange between European policymakers and higher education leadership on the topic of one of Europe’s most pressing Societal Challenges.

    The conference will include the presentation of an “Action Agenda for Europe’s Universities: Identifying New Paradigms in Energy Education and Research”, a strategic document providing recommendations for universities and policymakers for the update of energy education and research programmes.


    The 6th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event will provide a platform for networking and exchange of views between university leaders, researchers and scientists, and EU policymakers and stakeholder organisations active in the energy field.

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    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609838.

  • About KU Leuven

    KU Leuven-for websiteSituated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries.
    Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.

    It is an autonomous university. In late 2011, it changed its name from ‘Katholieke Universiteit Leuven’ to ‘KU Leuven’ and elaborated its mission statement: KU Leuven endeavours to be a place for open discussion of social, philosophical, and ethical issues and a critical centre of reflection in and for the Catholic community. KU Leuven offers its students an academic education based on high-level research, with the aim of preparing students to assume their social responsibilities.
    KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and strives for international excellence. To this end, KU Leuven works together actively with its research partners at home and abroad. 

    About the city

    Leuven-1-for-websiteLeuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. Leuven has approximately 90,000 inhabitants. Add to these the 35,000 post-secondary and 11,000 secondary school students and it should come as no surprise that the streets are filled with young faces and that the city lives at a student's rhythm: hectic weeks at the beginning of the academic year and relative calm during vacation and examination periods.
    Leuven is situated at the very heart of Europe, only 20 minutes from Brussels.

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    All photos from the 6th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event are available here.

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