EUA Newsletter 21 | 02/12/2016
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Roadmap aims to mobilise European universities in energy

EUA has published the “Roadmap for European Universities in Energy.” It outlines a path forward for universities to coordinate their contributions to energy and climate challenges.

energy roadmap400The document was presented on 1 December 2016 at the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) Conference in Bratislava, Slovakia. More than 300 university leaders contributed to the vision, objectives and actions outlined in the document.

The Roadmap was developed by EUA, through its European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education (EUA-EPUE), and KU Leuven, which represents the universities in KIC InnoEnergy, in the context of the UNI-SET project.

Universities are core stakeholders in Europe’s energy transition towards a low carbon society, most notably due to their strong and well-established capacities in research and education in the energy field. However, their crucial contribution to the energy system transformation needs to be enhanced through active policy measures from universities themselves, and from political authorities both at the national and European level. With this Roadmap, the European university community seeks to deepen its engagement and to lay out its vision for a strategic agenda for universities and stakeholders in order to maximise their impact in the field of energy. 

“We envisage an energy research, innovation and education system that is integrated and embedded in a political framework that facilitates solutions for Europe’s energy challenge,” explained Torbjørn Digernes, Chair of EUA-EPUE and the UNI-SET project Steering Committee. 

Lidia Borrell-Damian, Director of EUA’s Research and Innovation Unit said, “The goal is to make sure that activities in the sector aim at moving towards a low-carbon society and that university-based research contributes to the development of a sustainable and affordable energy system.”

The Roadmap foresees a platform where universities can share their knowledge and make their voices heard at the European level. It also outlines concrete actions to be implemented over the next six years in the areas of research, education, collaboration and outreach. While this Roadmap sets the overall framework for the mobilisation of the university community in energy, a set of thematic roadmaps will also be developed that address the challenges and opportunities of selected areas of the European Commission’s SET-Plan.

To see the “Roadmap for European Universities in Energy,” please click here.

To learn more about the UNI-SET project, please click here.



Policy and Projects News


EUA launches Open Access survey 2016

EUA would like to invite its members to participate in its Open Access survey 2016. The aim is to develop a European and comprehensive view of the degree to which institutional policies on Open Access to research publications and research data management have been developed and implemented in European universities.
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New EUA Brexit factsheet: The UK in European research and student mobility

EUA has published a second factsheet concerning Brexit and the possible consequences for European universities. It is well known that the UK plays a vital role in the European Research Area and that it is a very important destination for mobile students. The “EUA Brexit Factsheet: UK – European Research Collaboration and Student Mobility” puts numbers on this role as the UK stands out in all areas as a contributor to the European system.
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EU budget 2017: Increases secured for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+

This week the EU Council and Parliament formally adopted the Union's budget for 2017. The negotiations intensified this autumn after the European Commission released a new draft that included, notably, an increase in funding for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. In its campaign "EU funding for universities," EUA consistently argued for more and better funding for these important programmes.
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Horizon 2020 mid-term review: Special EUA newsletter coming next week

member consultationEUA is pleased to announce that it will publish a special newsletter on the results of its recent membership consultation on the mid-term review of Horizon 2020. The newsletter will come out on 9 December 2016 and will feature the presentation of the full report on the survey findings. 

EUA also conducted a membership consultation on the mid-term review of Erasmus+. The results were presented in late November 2016 and EUA published a special newsletter dedicated to those findings as well. 


Events News


EUA Annual Conference 2017: Programme now online

The preliminary programme for the EUA Annual Conference is now available. Under the title “Autonomy and freedom: The future sustainability of universities,” the Annual Conference will take place at the University of Bergen in Norway on 6 and 7 April 2017.
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EUA launches new Learning & Teaching Initiative

EUA has launched its new Learning & Teaching Initiative with the aim of putting more focus on the topic at European universities. Building on EUA’s policy work on learning and teaching, including participation in the Bologna Process and contributions to EU processes, the newly-launched Initiative intends to set a more sustained approach for dialogue and cooperation with EUA’s members on this crucial topic.
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3rd UNI-SET Clustering Event addresses smart energy systems and communities

The 3rd UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event, “Universities in the Energy Transition: Focus on Smart Energy Systems and Communities,” took place from 21 to 23 November 2016 at the University Politehnica of Bucharest in Romania.
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EUA-CDE Workshop: Meet the speakers

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is proud to introduce the speakers who will share their knowledge and expertise at its workshop on “Ethics and Integrity in Doctoral Education and Research Training.” Hosted by the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in Portugal, the event will take place on 18 and 19 January 2017. Registration is open until 9 January.
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