1st Energy & Environment Clustering Event

23 - 24 September 2019

The first “Energy & Environment Clustering Event”, hosted by Durham Energy Institute at Durham University and facilitated by the EUA Energy & Environment Platform, will focus on the need for new skills and knowledge for the energy and climate transition. It will also highlight the crucial mindset change needed to increase efficiency in the use of raw materials and reduce harmful emissions. The concept of the circular economy and the important role of consumers will be addressed. 

The event is organised back-to-back with the DEI Annual Research Symposium, taking place on 25 September.


In recent months, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has strongly evidenced a global climate emergency and a need for a strengthened global response (special report, October 2018). More recently, the 24th United Nations climate change conference (COP24) focused on the implementation of the Paris Agreement (2016) and on advancing the Talanoa dialogue, initiated by the Fijian presidency of COP23 in 2017. Negotiated pledges from countries are unlikely to restrain global warming to 1.5 °C, which will be disastrous for the planet.

The university sector has a wealth of expertise on this topic. It is providing evidence that climate change is happening and developing innovation needed to address it. Universities are also skilling-up the next generation of scientists, engineers, social scientists and informed consumers and citizens. Universities and policy makers must engage in greater dialogue and understanding so that decisions are informed by current knowledge and understanding.

At the European level, the introduction of mission-oriented research and innovation in Horizon Europe seeks increased societal benefits of science and innovation, and to include stakeholder groups in the process. Themes discussed for missions notably include the fields of climate change and societal transformation; and carbon neutrality and smart cities. Based on the themes of circular economy and the role of consumers, the event will therefore support the EUA Energy & Environment Platform’s work in providing inputs into the design and operation of R&I missions, and support universities to take part in them.

Registration will open in early spring.

For more information, please contact EPUE.platform@eua.eu

About Durham

Durham imagesDurham is a quintessential old English university city, where the famous Castle and Cathedral - together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site - dominate the skyline. They stand alongside each other on a prominent hill top site and encircled by the wooded slopes of the meandering River Wear. Durham Cathedral, built in 1023 to house the Shrine of St Cuthbert, is renowned for its magnificent Romanesque architecture, and is now home to the world-class Open Treasure exhibition.
The Norman Castle overlooks the medieval City of Durham with its fascinating winding cobbled streets and nearby is the Palace Green Library, which holds Durham University’s special collection, displaying treasures spanning millennia and the globe.

Durham waterfallFor peace and tranquillity escape to Durham University Botanic Gardens, the beautiful River Wear riverbanks or the stunning gardens of Crook Hall, a medieval manor house built in 1217 and one of the oldest inhabited houses in the city. The surrounding area boasts some wonderful attractions for visitors. Within easy reach of the city are Beamish Museum, a living, working museum, show-casing the history of North East England, and beautiful walking routes in the Durham Dales.


Kindly hosted by the Durham Energy Institute at Durham University 

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Facilitated by the EUA Energy & Environment Platform 

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Address of the conference venue

Ken Wade Lecture Theatre
Calman Learning Centre, Science Site
South Road
Durham, DH1 3LE
United Kingdom

Practical Information & Accommodation

Consult our Practical Information document on how to get to the venue, where to stay, as well as a list of things to know before coming to Durham.


For further information, please contact the EUA Team at EPUE.platform@eua.eu.

The role of the scientific committee is to advise on strategic developments of the conference programme as well as oversee the overall quality of the approved activities (e.g. side visit(s), conference format etc).

Scientific committee members

Torbjørn Digernes, Honorary Member, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, former Chair EUA Energy & Environment Platform
Douglas Halliday, Durham University, Chair EUA Energy & Environment Platform
Lidia Borrell-Damián, European University Association
Linda Steg, University of Groningen
Wim Melis, Greenwich University
Johan Driesen, KU Leuven
Mihaela Albu, Politehnica University of Bucharest
Fabrice Lemoine, Université de Lorraine
Paulien Herder, TU Delft
Barbara Koch, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Gernot Stöglehner, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Grégoire Wallenborn, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Chris Foulds, Anglia Ruskin University


The event organisers will launch a Call for Contributions in early spring.

Programme Overview

Monday, 23 September 2019 

12:00- 13:00 Registration & light lunch
13:00-13:15 Welcome Addresses
13:15-13:45 Keynote
13:45-15:00 Plenary session
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:00 Parallel sessions
19:30-22:00 Dinner

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 

08:30-09:00 Registration
09:00-09:30 Keynote
09:30-10:30 Roundtable discussion 
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-13:00 World café session
13:00-13:15 Closing remarks
13:15-14:00 Light lunch
14:00 - Organised visit to Durham facilities (tba)

The event is organised back-to-back with the DEI Annual Research Symposium on 25 September.

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