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Unite! researchers gather with high school students to discuss the future of energy

29 September 2021

The Unite! Alliance, which involves PoliTO, organized a joint session on energy with high schools duringthe European Researchers’ Night, on September 24th.

During the event, the students discovered Unite! project – gathering several European universities - and its actions, discussing with Unite! researchers the future of energy.

Tine Delva, from the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, showed EC goals regarding European Universities: transnational alliances of future-oriented Universities, promoting European values and identity and renewing the quality and competitiveness of European higher education, enforcing students, researchers and staff mobility.

Andreas Winkler, Unite! Secretary General, illustrated how Unite! partners are deeply integrating their missions in teaching, learning, research and civic awareness and engagement, focusing in particular on the development of a shared research and innovation agenda in the fields of Energy, Artificial Intelligence and Industry 40.

The 5 speeches of Unite! researchers focused exactly on the future of energy: Samuele Meschini from Politecnico di TorinoBjörn Palm from KTH StockholmEduardo Prieto-Araujo from UPC BarcelonaCarla Silva from Universidade de LisboaVincent Debusschere from Grenoble INP, were introduced by Jorge Maia Alves from Universidade de Lisboa, who also moderated the dialogue with the students.

Students coming from six international classrooms actively joined the meeting, studying in advance and questioning the speakers on topics ranging from nuclear energy to heat pumps, from actions to reduce energy consumption to the hope of upholding more sustainable international air links. The students were from Finland (Haukilahti High School e Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Natural Sciences di Helsinki), France (Lycée Europole e Lycée Ferdinand Buisson di Grenoble), Portugal (Escola Secundária Sebastião di Lisbona) and Spain (Institut Terrassa di Barcellona).

The students shared numerous questions during the online session, by voice or via mail and chat. The unsolved questions were collected by the Unite! working group on citizens involvement in research and innovation activities, which will send them to the researchers in order to share the answers with all the participants that expressed the desired to be informed about Unite! projects.