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Date: Tuesday, 28 January – Friday, 31 January
Location: Brussels & Paris
Participation fee: €150,- (to cover travel expenses / transportation & accommodation)

Who determines the overall shape and direction of the climate and energy policy of the European Union? What role does the European Union play in the transition to a sustainable energy system? How can we reach our 2050 goals? Join the discussion during our Energy Excursion to Paris & Brussels!

  • Unique opportunity to visit OECD, IEA, European Parliament and several lobby parties
  • Learn more about their vision on the energy transition and different topics from innovation and modelling of energy systems to governmental policies and lobbying processes
  • Get to know the ins and outs of the energy lobbying in Brussels
  • Reflect on the World Energy Outlook 2019
  • Expand your knowledge and understanding of developments within the European and international energy landscape
  • Engage in discussions with the speakers, ask questions, and put forward pressing issues
  • Discuss European climate policies with fellow students

International Energy Agency (IEA) – Founded in 1974, the IEA was initially designed to help countries co-ordinate a collective response to major disruptions in the supply of oil, such as the crisis of 1973/74. While this remains a key aspect of its work, the IEA has evolved and expanded significantly. The IEA examines the full spectrum of energy issues including oil, gas and coal supply and demand, renewable energy technologies, electricity markets, energy efficiency, access to energy, demand side management and much more. Through its work, the IEA advocates policies that will enhance the reliability, affordability and sustainability of energy in its 29 member countries and beyond. Today, the IEA is at the heart of global dialogue on energy, providing authoritative analysis of the above-mentioned issues.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – The mission of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. The OECD measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment. They analyze and compare data to predict future trends, and set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

European Union – is an economic and political union between 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent. The EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. The first steps were to foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries that trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict. What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organization spanning policy areas, from energy, climate, environment and health to external relations and security, justice and migration.

Netherlands house for Education and Research (Neth-ER) – represents the Dutch knowledge community in Brussels. The aim of Neth-ER is to influence the European policymaking process in an adequate way in order for the Dutch knowledge community to optimally use European policy and instruments that Europe has to offer to the Netherlands. To achieve this, Dutch organizations working in the field of education, research and innovation, founded this international non-profit association in Brussels in 2006.

Please note that the number of seats available is limited; When you fill out the registration form, you have to submit a brief motivation letter (± 250 words), plus three Energy questions you would like to ask during our visit.

Keep in mind that our programme is about the interdisciplinary character of the energy transition! What is your role in this transition, when you consider your own study discipline and interests? We want to bring a diverse group of students with us, so what can you add to the group?

REMEMBER: that we do ask a participation fee of €150,- to cover travel expenses (transportation & accommodation)!

This event is a public event organized by the Energy Academy and is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the University of Groningen. The Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Programme. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the Energy Academy Certificate.