Energy Systems Research Institute brings European experts together

27 February 2018

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Cardiff University has joined forces with the Vision2020 network to support energy systems researchers across Europe in forging new collaborations.

The University's Energy Systems Research Institute will co-host the Building Consortia for Energy 2018-2020 event in Brussels on 5-6 March 2018, bringing together researchers from academia and industry to network and to discuss project plans to be submitted to the European Commission in the coming two years.

Institute Co-Directors Professor Phil Jones (Welsh School of Architecture) and Professor Phil Bowen (School of Engineering) will welcome over 65 delegates from 16 countries to the two day event, which will take place in the heart of the city's EU quarter, at the offices of Wales Higher Education Brussels.

The event will focus on several of the Commission's calls for project proposals, covering areas of key strategic importance to the EU including decarbonisation of the EU building stock, development of the next generation of renewable energy technologies, and renewable energy technologies for district heating and cooling.

Attendees of the event will also consider project impact and exploitation of research results, with talks being given by speakers from the European Commission, Brussels-based Greenovate, and the Welsh School of Architecture.

The Vision2020 network is a pan-European association of organisations that want to take part in research projects funded by the European Union's Horizon2020 funding scheme. Coordinating the network's 'Energy Helix' not only allows Cardiff University to forge new research links and showcase our expertise in this area, but also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to European-funded collaborative research.

The event has received generous support from Wales Higher Education Brussels and the FLEXIS project.