EUA Energy & Environment Platform

Who we are

The EUA Energy & Environment Platform connects EUA members and partners who are active in energy and environment research, education and innovation and represents universities in EU energy and climate policy, in particular the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan process. It aims to facilitate the full participation of European universities in energy- and environment-related EU programmes and to achieve the creation of the Energy Union and a sustainable energy future for Europe.

The Platform’s current activities are based on the priorities and objectives outlined in the “Roadmap for European Universities in Energy”, published in December 2016 as part of the UNI-SET project.

The Platform has been active in EU energy research policy since 2008 and acts as the voice of universities in a variety of domains and events. The inaugural conference took place in 2012 at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Focus areas

  • Strengthen research and education

    The Platform supports universities in developing their research and education portfolios, as well as their institutional strategies in the field of energy and environment. The mission is to maximise the impact of research, innovation, education and outreach activities in the two fields. The network achieves this through regular events, projects and publications and the sharing of good practices between university leaders and partners.  

  • Support policy and advocacy at EU level

    The Platform serves as the voice of universities in the European debate on energy and environment research, education and innovation. It is a recognised SET-Plan stakeholder and contributes, on behalf of members and alongside stakeholders and partners, to the SET-Plan process, the European Technology and Innovation Platforms and other fora. 

  • Foster outreach and societal engagement

    The Platform connects universities with European stakeholders, including policy makers, European networks, companies and research organisations. It facilitates dialogue about higher education and energy research with a variety of partners. It also encourages universities to broaden their relations at the local, regional and national level to fully use their potential in specific contexts. 
  • Facilitate networking and clustering

    The Platform organises regular events and workshops to support networking and clustering around thematic priorities. This allows members to create new connections and opportunities. In particular, the Energy Clustering Events are a platform for high-level dialogue on energy research and education in Europe.

 

Projects

  • European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research & Education

    2015-2018

    The "European Atlas of University in Energy Research & Education" was developed as part of the UNI-SET project is now maintained by the EUA Energy & Environment Platform. The Atlas offers information on energy-focused master’s programmes, research topics and doctoral training schemes at universities in Europe.

  • European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research & Education

    2015-2018

    The "European Atlas of University in Energy Research & Education" was developed as part of the UNI-SET project is now maintained by the EUA Energy & Environment Platform. The Atlas offers information on energy-focused master’s programmes, research topics and doctoral training schemes at universities in Europe.

  • Mobilising the Research, Innovation and Educational Capacities of Europe’s Universities in the SET-Plan (UNI-SET)

    2014-2017

    The UNI-SET project supported the participation of universities in the SET-Plan process and in EU energy research in general. Coordinated by EUA, in partnership with KU Leuven and the universities in InnoEnergy, it mapped the activities of European universities in the energy field and produced an online, interactive tool that displays master’s, doctoral and research programmes related to the sector. Additionally, the UNI-SET project surveyed potential energy field employers to gain insight into the current and future demand for professional skills and knowledge in the sector. Moreover, it organised six Energy Clustering Events addressing the key priorities of the SET-Plan and overarching topics. The main outcomes of UNI-SET are:

    • the “European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research & Education”;
    • fifteen SET-Plan input papers;
    • the “Roadmap for European Universities in Energy”;
    • the report “Energy Transition and the Future of Energy Research, Innovation and Education: An Action Agenda for Europe’s Universities”.