Universities in the Energy Transition: Focus on Sustainable Transport and Carbon Capture, Storage & Use

The 4th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event explored how European universities can further cooperate in research and education activities in the fields of ‘sustainable transport’ and ‘carbon capture utilisation and storage’.

The event was the fourth of a series of UNI-SET “Energy Clustering Events” which took place in 2016 and 2017 to discuss and stimulate the development of innovative research and education programmes in the energy field. The events seek to mobilise the European university community to tackle the “energy challenge” by fostering exchange and collaboration between researchers, educators and other stakeholders, framed by the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the Energy Union.

The event in London provided opportunities for clustering, consortia building and knowledge sharing. The main themes of the event, around which sessions were programmed, are derived from two core priorities of the SET-Plan:

- Sustainable Transport’

- ‘Competitive in global battery sector and e-mobility’

- ‘Renewable fuels and bioenergy’

- ‘Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage

The event was organised in the framework of the FP7 UNI-SET project, an action implemented jointly by the European University Association (EUA) and KU Leuven, which represents the universities in KIC InnoEnergy. The UNI-SET ECEs were mainly intended for EUA member universities participating in the UNI-SET Universities Survey.


The event offered insights into innovative programmes and approaches from a multidisciplinary perspective through examples, lessons learnt and other best practice. The conference participants also contributed to the development of a roadmap and ultimately a strategic agenda for universities as important stakeholders in the future energy society. The overall goal was to strengthen inter-university cooperation and thus the voice of universities in the development of energy policy at EU level. The goal was also to make visible the substantial contribution of universities in implementing the European Energy Union.


The UNI-SET Energy Clustering Events provide a platform for networking and exchange of views with a forward-look towards the future energy society and the need to better prepare the next generation of Master and Doctorate graduates. Specifically, the events will be of interest to university leaders in the field of energy (e.g. rectors and vice-rectors, deans, heads of institutional energy initiatives, with an interest in innovative approaches for energy research and education), as well as other stakeholders from the energy research, education and policy development.


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

  • Day 1

    14.00 - 14.20
    Sustainable Transport and CCS/U as Priorities in the SET-Plan

    Kyriakos Maniatis, Policy Officer ‘New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal’, DG Energy, European Commission

    14.20 - 15.00
    Introduction to UNI-SET and the Conference Objectives

    Prof. Torbjørn Digernes, Chair of the UNI-SET Steering Committee; former Rector, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    Dr Lidia Borrell-Damian, Director for Research & Innovation, EUA; UNI-SET Project Coordinator

    15.00 - 15.30
    Energy Research at Imperial College – The Energy Futures Lab

    Prof. Tim Green, Director, Energy Futures Lab, Imperial College London

    15.30 - 16.30
    Plenary Session: Setting the Scene – Overviews from Universities’ Perspectives

    Electric Vehicle and Battery Technology
    Prof. Fokko M. Mulder, Delft University of Technology

    Sustainable, Renewable and Biological Fuels
    Dr Jeremy Woods, Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London

    “CCS: Unpopular, but necessary”
    Prof. Andrea Ramirez Ramirez, Delft University of Technology

  • Day 2

    11.15 - 11.45
    Keynote “The energy transformation beyond technology: challenges to interdisciplinary university education

    Prof. Armin Grunwald, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Head of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB) 

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