Universities united for the best Horizon Europe, 15 June 2018

In the wake of the European Commission’s release of its outline for the Ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon Europe), 14 European associations representing universities united to respond to the proposal. For universities, creating the best Horizon Europe possible is paramount as the programme is a key enabler in achieving European ambitions and strengthening values. By reinforcing research and innovation, Horizon Europe will impact the daily life of European citizens, European society as a whole and the European economy.

See the statement Universities united for the best Horizon Europe June 2018 made by the fourteen university associations.

9th SEEEP Workshop, 25-27 September 2018

The 9th SEEEP Workshop will on Engineering Education will be held at China University of Petroleum (East China) – UPC, in Qingdao Shandong Province, P.R. China from 25 September to 27 September 2018. In 2018, UPC will also organize a series of activities of celebrating the 65th anniversary of the founding of China University of Petroleum. At this special occasion, we cordially invite you to the 9th SEEEP Workshop and witness her 65 years development course. Moreover representatives from some renowned Chinese and European government organizations, research institutions, industries and embassies and consulates are also invited to the event.

For more informations (programm, participants), please see the second round annoucement of the workshop.

Change of CLUSTER Presidency on 1 July 2018

Andreas Winkler
Dr. Andreas Winkler
Jana Freihöfer
Dr. Jana Freihöfer
Hans Jürgen Prömel
CLUSTER’s New President, Professor Dr. Hans Jürgen Prömel, President of TU Darmstadt.

The General Assembly 2018 of CLUSTER held in Darmstadt on 13 April 2018 elected TU Darmstadt (TUDa) to hold the next presidency of CLUSTER for 2018-2020. TUDa’s President Hans Jürgen Prömel will be the new CLUSTER President, Dr. Jana Freihöfer the new Secretary General and Dr. Andreas Winkler the new Coordinator. TUDa’s presidency will start on 1 July 2018 and end on 30 June 2020.

In the upcoming two years TUDa’s mission for CLUSTER is to elaborate and execute possibilities of contribution within the new Euro-political vision of European universities networks. This recent European initiative had been first addressed in September 2017 by French President Macron in his speech on European policy at the Sorbonne, suggesting the establishment of truly integrated European universities. Based on more than 27 years of extensive and successful collaboration in engineering education, research and staff training CLUSTER is ideally positioned for contributing to the development of this new initiative.

Jana Freihöfer

As the Head of the International Relations and Mobility Department of TUDa Dr. Jana Freihöfer is responsible for TU Darmstadt’s international partnerships, student exchange, double degree programs, memberships in international universities’ networks and the internationalisation strategy. She holds a Master from King’s College London and a Ph.D. from Heidelberg University. With her broad experience in international affairs and her aspiration to develop joint innovative and future-oriented objectives for the network she will act as CLUSTER Secretary General for the upcoming two years.

Andreas Winkler

Dr. Andreas Winkler, funding and policy advisor for internationalisation at TUDa, brings his experience in internationalisation strategies and in European funding projects. For the last three years he had been working on project development and grant writing, as well as managing and coordinating projects. He holds a Master in geography, political science and media studies as well as a Ph.D. from University of Bamberg. With this practical experience and passion for internationalisation he is the right choice for coordinating CLUSTER.

The Presidency of CLUSTER is personal and not attached to universities. The CLUSTER President must be a rector or president of one of the full members and is supported by a Secretary General to be appointed by the CLUSTER President among his/her staff members and a Coordinator. The Presidency rotates every 2 years and re-election is possible.

Technische Universität Darmstadt

A leading university of technology

Since its foundation in 1877, TU Darmstadt has played its part in addressing the urgent issues of the future with pioneering achievements and outstanding research and teaching.

TU Darmstadt focusses on selected, highly relevant problem areas. Technology is at the heart of all our disciplines at TU Darmstadt. The Natural Sciences as well as Social Sciences and Humanities cooperate closely with Engineering.

In order to expand its expertise strategically, TU Darmstadt maintains a variety of partnerships with companies and research institutions. It is a vital driving force in the economic and technological development of the Frankfurt-Rhein-Neckar metropolitan area.

Our excellent research has been recognised by multiple grants within the Excellence Initiative. Our graduates enjoy an excellent reputation in the business world. Our outstanding performance makes us one of the leading universities of technology in Germany and has earned us international visibility and renown.

Excellent opportunities

Students and academics at TU Darmstadt combine outstanding research with robust practical applicability. This is how we create excellent opportunities on all rungs of the career ladder.

We qualify our students for demanding jobs in science and business with courses that are research-oriented, but also prepare them for the requirements of working life. Our students evolve into creative, discriminating individuals. The international nature of our courses guarantees a formative experience and openness towards international students. A degree from TU Darmstadt bears a quality label that opens up the best career opportunities.

At TU Darmstadt, scientists will find a stimulating, highly supportive environment for both post-graduate work and further scientific careers. They work in international teams and in close cooperation with academic and corporate partners. TU Darmstadt’s culture of cooperation paves the way for outstanding achievements.

” TU Darmstadt is one of Germany’s leading universities of technology and member of the TU9 alliance of leading German Institutes of Technology. With 27.000 students TU Darmstadt is ranked No. 2 for third party funding in engineering among German universities and is the most attractive research university in Germany for visiting Humboldt scholars.”

SEEEP PhD Summer School 2018 Energy Storage and flexibility 20-31 August 2018

The yearly 2-week Energy PhD school will take place at KTH in Stockholm and TU Eindhoven between 20 and 31 August. The theme of the PhD school this year is “Energy Storage and Flexibility”. Students will have a schedule with lectures, excursions and project work in an international working environment where students will come from European Universities as well as Chinese Universities.

Selected high level lectures will be given by expert Professors from Shanghai Sjao Tong University, Zheijang University, KTH The Royal Institute of Technology and TU Eindhoven on topics encompassing energy production and consumption, renewable energy technology, sustainability,  energy storage technology and energy grids and flexibility.

Accommodation, breakfast and lunch is included for students. In Eindhoven the students are offered a complimentary bike arrangement. Travel to KTH and Eindhoven should be paid by the students or their home departments. The course renders 4.0 ECTS.

CLUSTER students are eligible to apply to the school with a CV and a motivation letter. Students will be selected based on their application. Please upload your application no later than June 30, 2018 to this web forum:


Outcome of the selection is due July 3. If you are selected, you need to confirm by July 5 so that we can make the necessary arrangements and reservations.

Hope to see you in Stockholm and Eindhoven this year,

See also the Announcement of the SEEEP PhD summer school 2018


On behalf of the organizing committee:

Prof. David Smeulders TU/e and Prof. Björn Laumert KTH

Summer School of the Sino-EU Doctoral School for Logistics, Information, Management, and Service Science, 2-11 Aug 2018

The summer school of Sino-EU Doctoral School for Logistics, Information, Management and Service Sciences (SEDSLISS) is one of work from SEDSLISS between Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcelona Tech (UPC) and Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU) to promote discipline integration and innovate doctoral training in engineering, with the advantages of both Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcelona Tech (UPC) and Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU) in fields of logistics and management science.

Time: 2-11 August 2018

Place: Canada

For more information, see the recruitment information.

CLUSTER Symposium, 27-29 November 2017, Espoo/Helsinki

CLUSTER organised  a series of unique, interesting and capturing CLUSTER and SEEEP events at Aalto University in Finland in November 2017 including the CLUSTER Symposium on 28-29 November 2017 on integrating entrepreneurship into engineering education and it was an inspiring opportunity to listen to leading experts in the field as well as getting involved with hands-on work.

The events were attended by more than 150 delegates from over 20 countries. Presentations, pictures and videos are available at the web site (please see below) for anybody to enjoy after the symposium.

We thank everybody who participated and hope to see you again!

Katrina Nordström, Professor
Cluster Secretary General

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