On 28 November 2018, EUA moderated a session on Education and Training in Smart Grids and Smart Cities at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) International Forum on Smart Grids for Smart Cities.
Chaired by Prof. Johan Driesen (KU Leuven), the session welcomed four speakers from industry and academia. Panellists in the session actively engaged with the audience and challenged them to reflect on interdisciplinary skills for tackling the energy transition from a holistic perspective (addressing technical, societal, entrepreneurial, market aspects etc.).
Dr Douglas Halliday (Durham University) focussed on the role of universities in a multidisciplinary energy culture. Ms Stela Nenova (ENTSO-E) spoke about university-business collaboration in the digital era. Dr Lucian Toma (Politehnica University of Bucharest) shared information on how to adapt the academic programs to comply with the smart grid requirements. Dr Harmut Dumke (BOKU) introduced examples from spatial planning and Plus Energy Districts (PED) success stories.
In the following discussions, participants shared their experience with new methods of learning and teaching to train students or retrain professionals. They also debated the role of universities in tranferring knowledge to society. In particular, they reflected on how to ensure a multidisciplinary approach by including Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in energy education and training.