The world is living through unprecedented times, shaped by a combination of converging crises. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sparked a domino effect causing global fuel prices to skyrocket, commodity prices and inflation to reach record highs, and the very energy security of the EU bloc to be at stake.
As energy is embedded in every aspect of our lives, the way we tackle the current acute challenges will not only impact our short-term quality of life but also determine our chances of still reaching climate neutrality by 2050. Therefore, it is crucial that the EU response strategy integrates these multiple factors from a systemic perspective that addresses both short-term emergencies and long-term constraints.
In this context, the REPowerEU Plan was designed to support the difficult task of combining the short-term objectives of European strategic autonomy with the efforts to achieve the long-term goals of climate neutrality. Research must play a prominent role in this endeavour, but Europe needs to create the space and the adequate conditions for it to fulfil such a role in the current context.
While calling for out-of-the-box approaches, the EERA conference will aim to address some of the following urging questions: How can research contribute even more to short-term implementation challenges? How to increase the impact of research knowledge on the policymaking process? How can researchers, policymakers and industry empower each other to accelerate finding those lasting solutions that will make the EU more sustainable, energy secure and autonomous?
These will be, among others, the topics addressed at this unique event bringing together representatives from the "knowledge triangle" the research community, policymakers, and industry.
Join us in the EERA event, "REPowering Europe for a sustainable EU strategic autonomy", featuring high-level discussions and invited speakers from the EU institutions and Member States and Associated Countries, leading international organisations, industrial organisations, and prominent research institutions in Europe.
It is foreseen that the event will be conducted in person, if conditions allow. Broadcasting of the event will also be available to online participants.
Do not miss this opportunity and book one of the limited available spots to attend in person in Brussels.
* The event is organised with the support of the SUPEERA project ("Support to the coordination of national research and innovation programmes in areas of activity of the European Energy Research Alliance"). This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 949125.