ESEIA Lecture Series

Topic: Sustainable Energy Innovation Systems for Climate Neutrality

Delivery mode: The lectures will be delivered in person at the Auditorium (Aula) of the Graz University of Technology, Rechbauerstraße 12, Austria, and live streamed online on Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:00 CET.

Aim: The EU is at the forefront of the global energy transformation, but while it has made great strides in reducing GHG emissions, it still has much work to do to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. To decarbonise our economy and improve its sustainability, we must understand how different societal actors can mutually influence and support each other in the transformation process. The new ESEIA lecture series aims to provide the opportunity for intensive open debate on climate and energy transformation, highlighting the viewpoints of the main actors in science, education and training, business, politics, the media, and civil society. Check out our flyer for more information.

Key topics addressed:

  • Smart energy systems for a sustainable future
  • Decarbonisation of Energy-Intensive Industries (EIIs)
  • New European Bauhaus: sustainable aesthetics in the built environment
  • Sustainable mobility for urban resilience
  • The social aspects of the energy transition

Upcoming lectures:

  • 11th lecture: Time: Thursday, 24 October 2024, 19:00-21:00 CET. Venue: Aula, TU Graz

Topic: Circular Bioeconomy Start-Up Villages: From Idea to Market
Guest lecture by Evelyn Reinmuth, UNI Hohenheim, DE
Response 1: Melina Philippou, Representative of start-up village Kalopanayiotis, CY
Response 2: Representative of start-up village (tbc)
Chair: Fabio Montagnino, Cyprus Institute, CYI, CY
Host: Andrea Höglinger, Vice-Rector for Research at TU Graz, ESEIA Vice-President

Rural areas in Europe struggling with development setbacks due to globalization and urbanization, compounded by declining and aging population. The European Commission is outlining a comprehensive vision for the rural regions up to 2040 that involves initiatives like Start-Up Villages. Start-Up villages embraces innovation and entrepreneurship by combining local place and people with external resources and markets to create interdependence ecosystem. This lecture introduces circular bioeconomy start-up villages, outlining the strategy from the idea to market, and presents two case-study villages from Cyprus and Lithuania. The main lecture is followed by responses which will cover the start-up concept in the village, place-based approach to problem solving, existing initiatives and transformative resilience. This lecture will also highlight the usage of local resources to create new opportunities.

We invite you to register for onsite or online participation before 21 October 2024.

  • 12th lecture: Time: Thursday, 5 December 2024, 19:00-21:00 CET. Venue: Aula, TU Graz

Topic: How Can AI Help Save the Planet?

Further information will be provided in due course.

Who is it for: European SMEs, local and regional governments, researchers from HEIs and ROs, and post-graduate students.

Registration: Registration for onsite or online participation is required.

Past ESEIA Lecture Series events: More information about past events in the ESEIA Lecture Series is available here.