KU Leuven presidency 2022-2024

Starting the 1st of July, KU Leuven officially takes on the presidency of the CLUSTER network. Jos Vander Sloten, vice dean for international affairs at KU Leuven’s Faculty of Engineering Science, now also secretary-general for CLUSTER:

“CLUSTER is one of our longest running memberships. We strongly believe in the importance of this network. The value lies within its capacity for project based collaborations. We want to capitalize on that by focusing on 4 distinct priorities from which well-defined projects can emerge.

The first priority is virtual and blended mobility. These flexible exchanges offer many opportunities for partners, to learn from each other. We can create a lot of added value within a relatively short time frame with virtual and blended mobility.

Our second priority is establishing the position of CLUSTER within the ocean of other university initiatives. Collaborations between these different organizations is the future. How and in what form CLUSTER intends to do this, is something we wish to define during our presidency.

We also want to focus on expanding the CLUSTER network beyond Europe. One element here is look for new associated members, another element is to develop a learning network with partners in Africa. Our first priority can also be implemented to facilitate this partnership.

Collaborating is an essential skill for all students. Therefore we are taking actions regarding entrepreneurship. By looking at hybrid tools and constructing an inventory of good practices, we can facilitate this learning process.

We are grateful for what has already been established in the CLUSTER network, honoured to take on the presidency and we look forward to working together with our CLUSTER partners for the next two years.”

Jules Vanpée will be your contact person for administrative support and communication. Any questions or news? Keep him posted!

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SEEEP PhD Summer School 2022 Hybrid School on Energy Transition: Resilient Energy Systems 15-26 August 2022

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The yearly 2week Energy PhD school organized by KTH Stockholm and TU Eindhoven will take place
between 15 and 26 August 2022. The theme of the PhD school this year is Resilient Energy Systems”.

Students will have a schedule with lectures and project work in an international working
environment where students from European Universities as well as Chinese Universities will participate. Selected lectures will be given by expert Professors from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Zhejiang University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and TU Eindhoven on topics encompassing
resilient production and storage, renewable energy technology, sustainability, energy demand flexibility and energy grids and conversion. This year, the course will be both online and oncampus (CLUSTER students oncampus). The work load is 3 ECTS. CLUSTER students are eligible to apply to the Summer School with a CV and a motivation letter. Students will be selected based on their application. For oncampus students, housing is provided, but you have to arrange your own travel and meals.

Please upload your application no later than July 15, 2022 to this web forum: https://www.energy.kth.se/seeepphdsummerschool1.1171885


Outcome of the selection is due July 20, 2022
Hope to see you oncampus or online this year!

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

SEEEP PhD Summer School 2021 16th-27th August

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The yearly 2-week Energy PhD school organized by KTH Stockholm and TU Eindhoven will take place between 16 and 27 August.

The theme of the PhD school this year is “Energy Transition: Pathways towards net zero”.

Students will have a schedule with lectures and project work in an international working environment where students from European Universities as well as Chinese Universities will participate. Selected high level lectures will be given by expert Professors from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Zhejiang University, KTH 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 conversion. This year, the course will be on-line. The work load is 4 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, 2021 to this web forum: https://axacoair.se/go?rIhj1LMT

Outcome of the selection is due July 3.

You can find the programme of the Summer School here

Hope to see you on-line this year!

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

CLUSTER Steering Committee II 2020 virtual at Polito

The second 2020 Steering Committee of CLUSTER was held virtually at Politecnico di Torino from 29th to 30th of October.

Prior to this Steering Committee additional working group meetings were organised, such as a meeting of the students’ representatives and a meeting of the communication working group for the 30th anniversary celebration.

The main focus of discussion was the relationship between the CLUSTER network and the 6 European university alliances in which all members of CLUSTER are involved and their relative positioning. Moreover, the creation of a new working group on sustainable development in engineering programs was decided.

Current and upcoming activities of the Consortium were intensively discussed during the Steering Committee such as a virtual 30th anniversary, the students’ implication in the network, the future agreement for the SEEEP doctoral training program with China or the role & admission of associate members.

The next Steering Committee and the annual General Assembly will be held at KTH in Stockholm from 17th to 19th of March 2021.

 

Postdoc Career Programme at TU Darmstadt – Calls are open

As one of the leading universities of technology, located in Rhine-Main-Area in the heart of Germany, Technical University of Darmstadt offers a stimulating and cooperative research environment for young researchers. Our Postdoc Career Programmes are directed at international doctoral students in the final stage of doctorate and international postdocs looking for a second postdoc.

TU Darmstadt ongoing calls Career Bridging Grants and ´Future Talent´ Guest Stay Grants are open until closing date 15th of November, 2020.

Learn more: Announcements for Postdocs at TU Darmstadt.

CLUSTER Universities’ Initiatives to cope with the Covid-19 situation

In view of the current corona situation, CLUSTER universities are making great efforts to deal with this situation, always driven by the paradigm of safeguarding the health and well-being of their students, staff and faculties and fulfilling their social responsibility. Immediate measures include adapting their training and research activities to this new situation, the development and implementation of e-learning courses and hackathons, virtual team building measures and psychological hotlines. In addition, the CLUSTER universities are using their technological know-how to contribute to the successful fight against Covid-19, e.g. by providing temporary hospitals or respiratory equipment. An overview of the measures taken can be found here:

TU Darmstadt:

UPC Barcelona:

Politecnico di Torino

Aalto

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TU Eindhoven

Trinity College Dublin

UC Louvain

IST Lisbon

EPF Lausanne

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

KTH Stockholm

INP Grenoble

KU Leuven

CLUSTER associated members:

Tomsk Polytechnic University

Universidade de Sao Paulo

Creating Multidimensional Experiences, 3 to 21 August at Aalto University

The Aalto University and Aalto Ventures Program would like to warmly invite students to participate in the virtual summer course ‘Creating Multidimensional Experiences’ which will be held from 3rd to 21st August 2020 at Aalto University, Otaniemi Campus, Espoo, Finland

About the course

During the virtual summer course, participants will work in international and multidisciplinary teams from an SDG-based problem to a solution. Teams will develop their concepts using iterative, user centric, entrepreneurial process including design thinking, business modeling, prototyping, testing, and eventually pitching their validated business concepts. Students will get immersed to the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Aalto University (as well as in Finland in general) and have an opportunity to network with passionate, inspiring and dynamic people within the ecosystem!
For more information you can download the course flyer, schedule and brochureIn addition, latest information can always be found on the website of the summer course.

Registration

Individual registrations for the course can be done through the websiteInstitutional pricing is available for groups of 5 or more participants.

Application Deadline

Application Deadline: June 30th, 2020*
*Application done and submitted before the date

Coronavirus update & Cancellation policy

We have recently decided that our summer course will be organized online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will follow the most up-to-date guidance from both sources during the summer. In the unfortunate event that we need to cancel summer course due to ongoing regulations, we will fully refund the payment of the course.

For related questions, please feel free to contact Ms. My Nguyen (my.2.nguyen@aalto.fi) at Aalto Ventures Program.

CLUSTER 2020 General Assembly Goes Virtual!

In light of the recent COVID-19 developments, CLUSTER will host its annual General Assembly on April 3, 2020 from 10-12am CET as a virtual meeting. Among the most important items on our agenda are the election of the next CLUSTER president, the inauguration of the CLUSTER Student Organisation (CSO), and the report on the current CLUSTER presidency by TU Darmstadt. While we regret the cancelation of the CLUSTER 30th Anniversary Symposium and all other in-person events scheduled to take place in Darmstadt between April 1 and 3, the health and safety of our colleagues, staff, and students are naturally our highest priority.

Cluster Steering Committee II and 10th SEEEP Workshop 2019

The second 2019 Steering Committee of CLUSTER and was held at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven from 24th to 25th October.

Prior to the CLUSTER Steering Committee, addional working group meetings were organized, like the Student Representative Meeting on the 24th October, the InComm Project Meeting from 22th to 23th October and the Task Force Mobility Meeting on the 24th October.

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Professor Dr. Tanja Brühl

The Consortium was hosting students from all member universities at an CLUSTER Students’ meeting, to hear student views, exchange ideas about new CLUSTER initiatives and discuss the future organisational structure of a CLUSTER Students’ organization.

Moreover, the 10th Workshop of Sino-European Engineering Education Platform (SEEEP) was held held at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven as well from 22th to 23th October. The topics of the Workshop were: “Engineering Education: best practices and lessons learned”, “Entrepreneurship & Innovation within the Sino-EU context” and “SEEEP experience sharing and education internationalization”.

Other topics on the agenda were the initiation of a new joint research proposal in the field of artificial intelligence and the planning of the CLUSTER Symposium on 2nd April 2020, which is aimed to celebrate the 30-years anniversary of the network.

With the change of TUDa’s President Hans Jürgen Prömel to Tanja Brühl, the Presidency of CLUSTER will be now led by TUDa’s new President Tanja Brühl. We sincerely congratulate and welcome our new President on her new position as CLUSTER’s President and believe that she will contribute a lot to CLUSTER’s development and improvement. We would like to express our thanks to TUDa’s and CLUSTER’s former President Hans Jürgen Prömel for his valuable input over the past year and wish him all the best for the future.

 

International Week 2019, 9-11 December, Tomsk

Tomsk Polytechnic University is delighted to invite you to our International Week in Tomsk, Russia on December 9-11, 2019! The aim of this event is to deepen insights, expand fruitful networking and make new acquaintances for everyone involved. “Discover Russia” is the theme of the International Week. Another aim of the Week is to meet with representatives of international offices of universities of Asia, Europe and Russia to introduce the system of Russian higher education and the universities of Tomsk for improving effectiveness of international cooperation.

Based on this we would like to give you the possibility to

  • present your home university and institution at an international mini-fair during the Week
  • listen to key note speakers within the international Week´s subject areas
  • take part in interesting work-shops
  • give a lecture to Russian students

Please let us know which subject you are lecturing about. We encourage interdisciplinary lectures within the subject areas or in some other area of expertise that you would like to introduce.

Please see the Invitation and Preliminary Program for the International Week in Tomsk.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tomsk Polytechnic University directly.
For more information you can also go to the official website of TPU International week 2019.
We are looking forward to your registration before November 10, 2019