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COMETS Mid-Term Conference + EERA e3s Joint Programme event

20 May 2021


Engaging and Empowering Citizens in the Energy Transition through Social Innovation

Join us! The conference is jointly organized by the COMETS project and the EERA e3s Joint Programme with the aim of discussing approaches, methodologies and evidence to address the challenge of fostering the role of citizens in the energy transition process.
Contributions to the discussion will come from H2020 projects, experts and researchers on the following topics:
  • social empowerment,
  • social impacts,
  • social and stakeholders engagement,
  • social, cultural and historical context,
  • technology,
  • decision making,
  • regulatory framework,
  • financial and innovative business models.
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Kick-off meeting of the Italian National Research Team

19 January 2021


Seventeen people participated in the Kick-off Meeting of the Italian National Research Team (Gruppo di Ricerca Partecipata) in representation of 11 initiatives, associations and institutions. The meeting was introduced and facilitated by Osman Arrobbio, Anna Novaresio and Alessandro Sciullo from the University of Turin. Chiara Candelise (Bocconi University) presented a summary of the main results of the Survey (publicly available soon here). Participants were then divided into three groups where they could discuss about what they consider the most important aspects facing Energy Collective Action Initiatives in the Italian context.

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What makes Energy Communities the future of the energy system?

28 January 2021

Local Energy Communities can play a crucial role in the energy transition by providing flexibility services and orchestrating decentralised energy resources to provide a cost-efficient and secure electricity supply and guarantee a stable grid, while at the same time promoting the consumption of energy produced at km0 and empowering local actors, thus increasing the social impact and cohesion of the communities.

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The 1st COMETS National Workshop

16 - 19 June 2020

6 workshops will be held in the 6 countries involved in COMETS’ namely Spain, Belgium, Holland on the 16th of june and Italy, Poland and Estonia on the 19th of june. 
If you are interested in exploring the potential of community-based initiatives in the energy transition, this workshop will be an excellent opportunity to acquire updated information on the current and future challenges facing the CAI.
It is an excellent opportunity to become part of the COMETS community and get in touch with experts and stakeholders to start the construction of new networks which, hopefully, we could soon feed by meeting in person.

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SSH project Clustering Event at INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency)

27 September 2019

Alessandro Sciullo, from University of Torino, presented COMETS in the clustering event in Brussels. A nice opportunity to connect COMETS with other ongoing sister projects with the final objective to bridging activities, objectives and communication & dissemination strategies

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Energy and Society in Transition: 2nd International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science

28-31 May 2019
Arizona State University, Tempe (AZ)

The conference was the very first opportunity to present COMETS, that had been launched the week before in Torino, where the Kick Off Meeting took place on 20-21 may.

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Fifth Energy and Society Conference

10-12 February 2021

The theme of the conference calls into question how discourses about energy transition have been put into practice. As the “world’s hunger for energy” still appears to be increasing, the transition to clean sources of energy will need to be “revolutionary”, requiring the transformation of forms of social organization (Davidson and Gross, 2018). And yet, what is actually changing? And what impacts is the pandemic and its economic effects having on energy transition?

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The European Week of Regions and Cities

5-22 October 2020

The conference is spread over three consecutive weeks (Oct 5-22). Each week is dedicated to one timely topic: Empowering Citizens, Cohesion & Cooperation, Green Europe. Register today!

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Symposium ‘Paradigms, Models, Scenarios and Practices for strong sustainability’

4-6 December 2019
ERASME, Clermont-Ferrand (FR)

The symposium, organised by the Jean Monnet Excellence Centre on Sustainability and Platform 21, is aimed at emancipating the notion of sustainability from being associated with the mere concept of sustainable development in order to address the multidimensional challenges of the moment. COMETS consortium will present 2 contributions on quantitative and qualitative aspects on the relevance and perspectives of Collective Action Initiatives in the energy field

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ASSET Roadshows: 1st Event

18 November 2019
Milan (IT)

The first Roadshow event of ASSET, a H2020 sister project, will take place in Milan (Italy) on 18 November 2019. The next Roadshow events will take place in Madrid (Spain) and Brussels (Belgium).

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The first COMETS results presented at the XII Italian Conference of Environmental Sociologists

26-27 September 2019
University of Salerno (IT)

The conference ‘Politics, Ecology and Society in the Anthropocene’, focused on the ways political, social and ecological relations are being rearranged in the era known as Anthropocene. Osman Arrobbio, from University of Turin presented the main findings of the first COMETS' scientific deliverable D2.1 ‘Collective Action Initiatives’

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3rd International Conference on Energy Research & Social Science

Abstracts due April 30, 2021

Event: 13 - 16 September 2021

University of Manchester, UK

The 3rd International Conference on Energy Research & Social Science opened the abstract submission for Energy and Climate Transformations. 

The conference will highlight and explore the grand societal challenges arising at the interface of global energy transformations on the one hand, and ongoing climate mitigation and adaptation efforts on the other. It will offer a vibrant and innovative forum for presenting and discussing cutting edge research on the movement towards a low carbon future as it relates to reconfigurations in energy policies, infrastructural landscapes, socio-technical systems, and social practices. 

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Sustainable Places event 2020

27-30 October 2020

Exciting presentations and discussions on topics related to Local Energy Communities, Circular Economy, Digital Twins, BIPV, Sustainable Digital Infrastructure.

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2019 Energy Trend Congress in Poland

8-9 October 2019
Krakow  (PL)

Wit Hubert (Jagiellonian University, Poland) was present at the second ‘Energy trend’ (Trendy energetyczne) Congress, held in Krakow on 8-9 October 2019 . The Congress focused on the most relevant processes that are taking place and on their consequences for the Polish energy sector in the next five to twenty years.

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International Conference on New Pathways for Community Energy and Storage

6-7 June 2019
University of Groningen (NL)

The conference was aimed at exploring new and innovative socio-technological energy configurations at local and regional level including energy storage.  Alessandro Sciullo, from University of Torino, took the opportunity to present the just started COMETS to the scientific community

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