Past eseia Events

eseia Workshop on "Cooperation & Innovation in Smart Urban Mobility" at the 4th China-EU Forum


On 24 October 2018, eseia organised the workshop “Europe-China: Cooperation & Innovation in Smart Urban Mobility” in the framework of the 4th China Forum, hosted by the Confucius Institute, in Graz, Austria.

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Pilot Plant Research Lab on Organic-waste Exploitation, Lindlar-Remshagen, Germany


Take this unique opportunity and join us to work at pilot plant installations, where you will gain valuable hands-on experiences with key technologies.

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DEADLINE: 26 September 2018


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SuPREME Summer School 2018 on Macro and Micro Energy Scale


The 2018 Edition of the SuPREME Summer School will focus on Macro and Micro Energy Scale and will take place from 19 to 26 August 2018 at IMP-PAN´s Energy Conversion and Renewable Resources Research Centre KEZO in Jabłonna, Poland. The Summer School will focus on workshops in which participants will have the opportunity to analyse real data on the energy situation in the region, as well as gather new insights in the optimisation techniques and control of micro-grids.

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eseia International Summer School 2018 at LNEG, Amadora, Portugal


Think out of the Box, join theeseia International Summerschool and develop your career in biorefinery, biomassand bioresource value chain management witheseiaexperts and LNEG professionals.

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DEADLINE: 30 June 2018




eseia Professional Training on Green Mobility and System Integration


Take part in the eseia Professional Training on Green Mobility and System Integration and receive cutting-edge trainings from science and business form various disciplines. This training is organised from 14-15 November in Brussels

This two-day training provides an overview of state-of-the art technologies and future trends supporting Green Mobility. Participants get insights into alternative propulsion and energy storage technologies, including alternative fuels, battery systems, electic and hybrid drive concepts, as well as different challenges of sytem integration.

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Pilot Plant Research Lab on Organic-waste Exploitation


Take this unique opportunity to work at pilot plant installations and gain valuable hands-on experiences with key technologies.

The course is designed for students with an engineering background from all over Europe who are interested in operating real-world installations, such as biogas pilot plant, leachate water treatment and  combustion plants. The course is organized by the Bergischer Abfallwirtschaftsverband with the support of eseia, the Cologne Technical University and the University of Twente.
The course will be held at the :metabolon site, which is a modern waste disposal site in Leppe with research facilities for material conversion and location-related environmental technology and techniques.

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Application deadline: 25 September 2017

Contact person:
Linette Viertelhauzen
eseia Project Manager




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Student Camp: Regional Challenges of Bio-Based Economy


The second BioEnergyTrain Student Camp will be hosted by Energy Agency Styria and will take place on

26 February and will end on 2 March 2018 in Graz, Austria.

Join our interdisciplinary student camp and work alongside our experts to develop solutions for real-life challenges of the regional bio-based economy. You will expand your network, meet national and international professionals and experience interesting excursions!

You and your team will work on one of the following real-life challenges:

Challenge 1 “Accomplishing Climate Protection Goals”

Problem Owner and contact: Administration of the Federal Government of Styria (DI Dieter Preiß,  Department for Energy and Building)

The Styrian Climate and Energy Strategy will be published in early 2018 and will be the strategic guideline for reaching Styria’s climate protection goals. Essential stakeholders were partners in developing the strategy, consisting of eight main fields of action such as energy efficient buildings, sustainable mobility, forestry, energy production and resource-saving life style. The goal of this challenge is to develop a set of implementable measures for a field of action, selected by the group of students. How can the strategy’s objectives be achieved in this specific field?

Challenge 2 “Biomass – Reaching The Masses”

Problem Owner and contact: Styrian Chamber of Agriculture / Austrian Biomass Association (Dr. Christian Metschina, Head of Department Energy, Climate and Bio Resources of Styrian Chamber of Agriculture )

In Austria, Biomass can be considered as the most important renewable energy carrier. However, other renewable alternatives such as photovoltaic and hydro power are much higher accepted by the public. This perception shall be changed to a more positive image, using specific and target group oriented media campaigns. Questions to be worked on during the student camp are: What are success factors for such campaigns? How can the public acceptance for biomass as energy carrier be increased effectively?

Challenge 3 “Circular Bio-Economy Mureck – continuously innovative”

Problem Owner and contact: BioEnergie Mureck / SEBA Mureck ( ÖkR Karl Totter, founder)

The region Mureck is a pioneer in integrated and decentralized bio energy production. Since decades, local bio resources are innovatively used within a sustainable energy and resource cycle. Several valuable initiatives such as biodiesel  and biogas production, photovoltaic with citizen participation and local heating network enables Mureck to partly operate self-sufficient, even in case of an energy blackout. Questions to be worked on during the student camp are: Which elements of the energy and resource cycle could be models for other regions? How can the circular economy in Mureck be extended sustainably?

Challenge 4 “Bio Based Products From Municipal Solid Waste”

Problem Owner and contact: Administration of the Federal Government of Styria (Dr. Ingrid Winter, Head of Department Waste Management and Sustainability

Municipal solid waste is disposed by every citizen – it is everything which is thrown in the bins or brought to the local recycling. If we take a look at it closely, a lot of this material are bio-resources – e.g. kitchen waste, garden waste or waste wood. Use your creativity and develop new products out of these waste streams! How can the extraction of the necessary secondary raw materials function?

The core part of the Student camp is based on interactive and autonomous group work within interdisciplinary teams. Participants will take part not only to lectures but also to excursions to institutions working in the bioenergy sector, in order to see how theory is put into practice. Academic supervision is provided by national and international experts of the Graz University of Technology, Austria, and the University Twente, Netherlands. The organisations and institutions that formulated the four real-life challenges will participate to the camp week as well.

Download here the preliminary Timetable.

Student profile: Master and PhD students from every discipline is welcomed.

Cost: € 240 including accommodation at Jufa Hotel Graz Süd, lunches, lectures, workshops, course materials and excursion. If no accommodation is needed, the participation fee is reduced to € 120. For long distance travels, you can apply for financial support at your university!

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Application deadline: 31st January 2018.

Academic recognition: 3 ECTS

Venue: Stempfergasse 7, 8010 Graz, Austria


Energie Agentur Steiermark – Energy Agency of Styria

Nikolaiplatz 4a, 8020 Graz
Theresa Urbanz
Tel. +43 316 269 700 27

eseia International Summer School 2017 - Think Out of the Box


The eseia International Summer School 2017 on "Balancing of bio-resources and energy production" will take place between 26 June- 1 July 2017.

The eseia ISS 2017 program aims to cover fundamental aspects and revela solutions in the quest for innovations in the biorefinery framework, converting underexplored biomass into biofuels and bio-chemicals.

Think out of the box when developing your career on any topics relating to biorefinery, biomass and bioresource chain management with University of Zagreb and eseia expert. 

You will receive insights from top scientists and practitioners in various angles that will help you in your professional growth.

Enhance your own project ideas by using cutting edge tools, interactive sessions, expert consultations and professional visits.


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Application Deadline: 31 May 2017

Fee: 620 EURO

Location: University of Zagreb



3rd eseia Conference on Smart Energy Systems in Cities and Regions



The 2018 conference will be hosted from the 10-12 of April by the Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland, back to back with the eseia General Assembly and Governing Council meetings.

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Pilot Plant Research Lab at :metabolon


The event focused on sustainable resource efficiency, material conversion and site-related environmental technologies and techniques. The course was organized by BAV (Bergische Abfallwirtschaftsverband), in partnership with eseia, the Cologne Technical University and the University of Twente.


Nine participants gained in-depth overview of the operation of real-world installations. On the day 1, site viewings were organized to industrial waste and water treatment, biogas and combined combustion plants. The following days students worked testing and analyzing laboratory findings.



eseia Professional Training on Green Mobility and System Integration


eseia organized on the 12-13 September at its new Brussels Hub a Professional Training on the topic of Green Mobility and System Integration. The participants had the chance to generate understanding of State-of-the-art of electric vehicle and infrastructure related technologies. Moreover, the participants could get an in-depth overview on the complexity and challenges related to the integration of smart mobility into the existing infrastructure system, and the role of the stakeholders in such process.


In two days, the following issues have been covered: Future mobility and trends in automotive industry, Energy sources, provision and conversion in the mobility sector, Future mobility - the stakeholder’s demand and requirements on technologies and sustainable mobility in the region of Graz. Lectures were given by Prof. Mario Hirz and Helmut Brunner from the Graz University of Technology - Institute of Automotive Engineering.


eseia ISS 2016 Novel Development in Biorefineries


From the 18th till the 29th of July 2016, 19 participants from 4 different countries participated in the eseia International Summer School (ISS) hosted by the National Laboratory of Energy and Geology (LNEG) in Lisbon, Portugal. The ISS was the second event of a series of Professional Education Formats that will be developed throughout the entire duration of the BioEnergyTrain (BET) project.


The ISS took place at Lumiar Campus of LNEG and was aimed to cover fundamental aspects and to reveal solutions in the quest for innovations in the biorefinery framework converting underexplored biomass into biofuels and chemicals.

The two-weeks programme included presentations given by the representatives of LNEG, Graz Technical University, University of Twente, KIC InnoEnergy (all being partners in the BET consortium), and also from University of Lisboa, New University of Lisbon, The Navigator Company, Amarsul, A4F and and GPPQ (NCP for H2020 funding)

Participants had the opportunity to visit technical sides, including The Navigator Company, Amarsul and A4F. The ISS was supported by Tecnocroma, LaborSpirit, Tecniferti and UCASUL, and with the special collaboration of the scientific society SIADEB.


eseia Professional Training on Bioresource Energy Transition in the EU


eseia organised on the 28-29 June 2016 at its new eseia Brussels Hub a Professional Training on the topic of Bioresource Energy Transition. Participants could not only generate understanding of the biobased economy, but they also had the chance to elaborate on their own biobased subject with support of experienced professionals.


In two days the following issues have been covered: Costs and benefits of the Biobased Economy, Biobased Markets & Business Development and Technologies and skills in the bio-resource value chain. Lectures were given by Yoram Krozer from the University of Twente, Petra Doelman, Director of Allianta and Prof. Michael Narodoslawsky from Graz University of Technology.


eseia biannual Conference on Smart and Green Energy Transitions in Cities and Regions


The 2nd eseia Biannual Conference on Smart and Green Transitions in Cities and Regions, hosted by Graz University of Technology, was a great success. The conference took place from 4 – 6 April in Graz, Austria and was organised back to back with the BioEnergyTrain conference and several eseia project meetings, gathering in total more than 100 participants from 22 countries, of which 16 EU countries and 6 third countries. In total 36 papers were presented. The related presentations and publications will be soon available on the eseia conference website.

eseia would like to thank the Conference Chairs Prof. Fellendorf and Prof. Narodoslawsky from the Scientific Local Committee for the organization.



Student Camp on Bio-fuel Provision and Utilisation at Rotax - BRP Powertrain




From the 7th till the 11th of March, 23 participants from over 13 different countries participated in the BET Student Camp hosted by  BRP-Rotax. The Student Camp was the first of a series of Professional Education Formats that will be developed throughout the entire duration of the BioEnergyTrain project.

The full-week programme included presentations given by the company representatives, lectures given by Prof. Michael Narodoslawsky from Graz University of Technology and Maarten Arentsen from University of Twente, all part of the BET consortium. The Student Camp has given the participants exposure to the activities, strategies and objectives of the company, and has challenged them to solve real-world problems, connecting the students’ fields of expertise to the company needs.









eseia ener2i Innovation Training Workshop and Brokerage Event


1 – 2 October 2015: eseia ener2i Innovation Training Workshop and Brokerage Event
Location: Yerevan, Armenia

In October a workshop on Energy and Innovation, and a Brokerage Event were held in in Yerevan in the framework of the ener2i project. Both ener2i events were embedded in the Sixth International Renewable and Clean Energy Conference and Exhibition (2-3 October 2015), which gathered around 150 participants from EU Member States, Eastern Partnership (EaP), Central Asia, and other associated to Horizon 2020 countries. The main aim of the Innovation workshop was to provide state of the art information on energy and innovation issues as well as to facilitate the knowledge transfer, and to raise awareness of commercialisation instruments for research organisations, start-ups and SMEs, and innovation agencies. The following topics were covered: innovation in renewable energy and the situation in Germany, innovation policy, energy efficiency in housing, and bioresource utilisation for energy. The Brokerage Event gathered 45 participants and enhanced the cooperation between research organisations and businesses. Find out more.


eseia International Summer School 2015 in Lisbon


13- 24 July 2015: eseia International Summer School on Integrating Bioresources and Waste in Urban and Rural Energy Systems
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Graduate students and young professionals from five European countries, two ENP countries and Russia took part at the 2015 edition of the eseia International Summer School on Integrating Bioresources and Waste in Urban and Rural Energy Systems, held from 13 to the 24 July 2015, in Lisbon, Portugal.

The event was locally organised by the Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia (LNEG) and the New University of Lisbon, and was hosted in the Faculty of Sciences and Technologies. The Summer School was aimed at offering participants a systems perspective on smart solutions and innovations to the bioenergy challenge for cities and communities.

The Summer School addressed the policy governance, socio-economic, design angles, as well as the technological angle of urban and rural bioenergy Systems.


Lectures focused on production processes and application to biorefineries, residues valorization, biomass waste treatment, Challenges of Smart Cities. A specific module on IPR and EU Project Management grouped lectures and interactive workshop activities coordinated by EU experts. Top scientists and practitioners guided participants on their work and helped them develop their career paths.



The students had the chance to visit and discover the functioning of the CMC Biomassa Lda. - a recycling company using green sawdust and other wood wastes, the LNEG’s zero net energy building Solar XXI and campus “Biomass infrastructure” as well as the company Algafuel, dedicated to the development and the delivering of bioengineering projects for the industrial production of microalgae.

eseiaISS-garden-talk.pngThe ISS 2015 class appreciated not only the professional visits, but also the strong mix of interactive lectures completed by workshops, discussions and project work. During a Garden talk they had the opportunity to discuss the needs and gaps of the bioenergy sector in terms of knowledge and skills with eseia experts. During the event Teresa Ponce de Leão, President of LNEG and Scientific coordinator of the eseia Summer School presented the H2020 BioEnergyTrain project that would create two new Masters Curricula – Biorefinery Engineer (BRE) and Bioresource Value Chain Manager (BVI). The two Masters will be open in 2018 in University of Twente (Netherlands) and Graz University of Technology (Austria).  Hedda Weber from the Austrian company Wood K Plus discussed with the participants the Bioresource careers in the pulp and paper industries and Michael Narodoslawsky from Graz University of Technology talked about the role of bio-energy as element of a future energy system.

What made this Summer School memorable in the eyes of the participants were the professional visits, the networking opportunities and the practical learning exposure.  

eseia International Summer School 2014


14 - 27 July 2014
Location:Transilvania University of Braşov, Romania

As the focal points for future growth, demographic changes and innovation, cities play an essential part in developing our capacity and capability for sustainable energy transitions. Planning for sustainable energy systems and fostering a smart and efficient management of natural resources requires a regional/metropolitan approach to effect systemic shifts and a lasting societal change in attitude.

The eseia ISS 2014 programe was aimed at covering fundamental aspects and at revealing solutions in the quest for smart innovations to the energy challenge facing cities, metropolitan and regional centres, and communities. This Summer School offered participants the possibility to push their project on major topics related to zero emission cities of tomorrow. Top scientists and practitioners helped them develop well-structured projects that students could further use for building up a funding proposal.


Quick summary of the Summer School

General info: The eseia ISS took place from 14-27 July 2014, in the Solar House of the Campus of the Transylvania University of Braşov. Our instructors and applicants came from a diverse set of countries and fields (last years’ attendees: from Brazil, Switzerland, Indonesia, the Netherlands, etc).

Academic Recognition: 3 ECTS and an Attendance Certificate will be awarded to participants on completion of the course (a total of 75 hours, 40 course hours and 35 hours of preparation and follow-up).

Class format: Hands-on experience conferred through lectures, case studies, group work and discussions, project preparation guided by experts, professional visits. You will also take part in an exciting social and cultural programme, allowing you to meet people with similar interests and start networking effectively.

eseia-IGS Conference “Smart and Green Transitions in Cities and Regions”


24-25 April 2014
Location: University of Twente, the Netherlands

IGS_GvO-0010.jpgThe eseia-IGS conference brought together experts, academics and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines to discuss options and strategies for smart and green innovations in cities and regions. The aim was to link scientific research and practical implementation and to consider and compare transition strategies based on smart and green innovations in cities and regions. In the context of this conference, the new eseia Bioresource Discourse Book was presented.

The conference embraced a multidisciplinary perspective, with a focus on governance and energy transition. It was organised along two tracks in parallel to the two working groups of eseia:

  • Track1:  The bioresource transition in regions
  • Track2: The smart energy system transition in cities and regions

eseia International Summer School 2013


15 - 28 July 2013: eseia International Summer School 2013 on Smart Metropolitan Regions of Tomorrow
Location: Transilvania University of Brašov, Romania

The eseia International Summer School 2013 on Smart Metropolitan Regions of Tomorrow addressed the following topics from four different angles:

1. Policy angle: EU energy policy for local and regional actors;Untitled.png
2. Socio-economic angle: New business and financial models for hybrid systems and the role of social diversity in cities of the future;
3. Design angle: How to transcend the concept of sustainability in architectural design;
4. Technological angle: Environmentally friendly electricity supply and production, heating, climate control and waste (water) treatment of the metropolitan regions of tomorrow.

"Lecturing at the Summer School in the university of Transylvania-Brasov was for me a rewarding experience. The interest and active involvement from the students, the diversity of worldwide experiences and the working environment very casual yet rigorous, as well as the achievements and identification for future research work made this participation an unique experience to be replicated in the future. I cannot help saying that the friendliness from our hostess completed this picture."
Teresa Ponce de Leão, LNEG, eseia Vice-President

"The eseia summer school in Brasov was a great experience. Not only, that I was able to teach my most favourite subject on bioresources to very interested and dedicated students. I also learnt a lot - from the attended sustainable innovation course and from the discussions with students, teachers and hosts. Especially impressed I was from the perfect organisation and from the warm welcome I recived from our Romanian colleaques."
Ina Körner, Hamburg University of Technology, eseia expert

"The summer school was a good opportunity for gathering new and interesting information about several fields related to renewable energy systems and their implementation in real life conditions." 
Bogdan Gabriel Burduhos, UTBv, Romania, Summer School Participant

"The summer school was a good background of engineering knowledge about the innovative sustainable systems that was really useful for me as an architect. I liked the interdisciplinary discussions and various approaches of international lecturers all integrated into one working group."
Tomas Skripkiunas, VGTU, Lithuania, Summer School Participant

Planning Workshop 1 (in cooperation with eseia)


This workshop drew lessons from past experience for future education and training events. The current thematic focus areas, namely bio-energy and smart cities and regions have been discussed to design the content and identify potential lecturers for the eseia education and training programme 2013. Likewise, the workshop discussed methodological and didactic challenges arising with integrating the three sides of the knowledge triangle. Finally, the workshop discussed tailor-made training products, in particular for postgraduate students, and professionals from the business and public sectors.

eseia experts at RIC BRP Powertrain, Gunskirchen
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