The EUA Energy & Environment Platform participated in an Energy Talk on "Interdisciplinary Education, Training and Research at European Universities” during the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) on 7 June 2018 in Brussels.
The Energy Talk was delivered by Dr Douglas Halliday, Durham University who presented the report: “Energy Transition and the Future of Energy Research, Innovation and Education: An Action Agenda for European Universities” (EUA 2017). The Action Agenda report, an outcome of the UNI-SET project (2014-2017), is a strategic document providing guidelines for universities and policymakers for the update of energy education and research programmes.
The initial presentation focused on the role of universities in energy transition and was followed by a comprehensive and wide-ranging discussion. Participants emphasised the fact that universities were key players in the field of energy, as they developed new knowledge, new approaches and supplied a skilled future work force. Universities also encourage individuals to be creative and use new challenge-based approaches to find novel, long-lasting and effective solutions to the energy transition matter. Participants recognised that the Action Agenda report provided a strong basis for an interdisciplinary approach in learning, teaching and carrying out research at European universities.