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The European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research & Education is now online

26 October 2015

EUA presents the first European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research & Education, a compendium of European university-based Master, Doctorate and Research Programmes. The Atlas has been developed by the EUA energy platform, the “European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education” (EUA-EPUE). The aim of this platform is to support universities by addressing “grand challenges” in the energy field, in particular the transition towards a low-carbon society.

uniset mapThe Atlas is a first outcome of the FP7 UNI-SET project on “Mobilising the research, innovation and educational capacities of Europe’s universities in the SET-Plan” led by EUA in partnership with KU Leuven. The maps have been built with information provided by universities during the first phase of the UNI-SET Universities Survey (7 April to 31 July 2015). The second phase of the survey was launched on 18 September and is open until 30 November 2015. In order for individual universities’ energy programmes to be displayed on the European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research & Education, they are invited to take part in the UNI-SET Universities Survey. The Atlas contains information about several hundred European university Master and Research Programmes in the field of energy. A search engine helps classify the programmes according to the SET-Plan areas, Fields of Education and Training (ISCED-F) and Fields of Science and Technology (UNESCO). The Atlas covers the full spectrum of knowledge  from the archetypal fields of science, engineering and technology, to economics, social sciences and humanities.

Universities, Master and Doctoral candidates, companies and other employers in the energy sector can use the maps in the Atlas to identify research and education opportunities and partners engaged in R&D projects with universities across Europe. An additional map on energy-related Doctorate Programmes will become available shortly after the end of the second phase of the Survey.

KU Leuven, representing universities in KIC InnoEnergy, is coordinating a parallel survey amongst energy employers, the UNI-SET Employers Survey. The survey is open until the end of 2015.

Outcomes of the two surveys will be analysed to identify needs and gaps in the energy education and research areas and will feed into EU policy initiatives, including consultation processes related to the SET-Plan, infrastructures and EU funding programmes such as Horizon 2020.

In addition EUA is organising a series of five “Energy Clustering Events” during 2016-2017 based on the outcomes of the two surveys. The first event will be hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) on 24-26 February 2016, in Trondheim. More information is available here.

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

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