User-centred Smart Energy Systems in real life communities

The session aims at shaping the transition to a low carbon ecosystem with new and improved technologies combining societal innovation processes. Following the challenges of the European Green Deal (EGD), experts will discuss the role of Living Labs (LLs) for the integration of technical and societal solutions - not the least in the light of EC’s COVID-19 recovery instrument, presented on 27 May 2020 by President Ursula von der Leyen.

The event will be moderated by the Joint Programming Platform ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems (JPP ERA-Net SES) and was co-designed with DG ENER. Panellists are additionally the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), CLIC Innovation Ltd. and projects funded by JPP ERA-Net SES.

The JPP ERA-Net SES has proven that involving partners from governance, economy and academia in transnational funding actions is key to accelerate and enrich RDI programs for clean energy transition. LLs are user-centred, open innovation ecosystems based on systematic user co-creation approach, integrating research and innovation processes in real life communities and settings.  As such, LLs can help preparing our digital societies for a post-COVID future and at the same time take a role in experiencing new technical and societal approaches in energy transition. Leveraging on experiences of ENoLL’s Living Labs, other initiatives may evolve and reuse existing structures for cooperation and knowledge management (e.g. expera knowledge platform).


As a participant, you'll benefit from discussions on:

  • How can LLs speed up the energy transition, contributing to SET-Plan and the goals of the EGD?
  • How can LLs help preparing society for sustainable post-COVID times with respect to green recovery?
  • How can ongoing and future projects liaise with existing LLs?
  • Which political and organizational actions are required to implement more LLs to support the EGD and green recovery?

The organisers have been actively involved in SET-Plan activities, enabling a comprehensive discussion. They'll discuss with high-level speakers and audience from research, industry associations, policy institutions and funding agencies. The audience will be actively involved in parallel breakout sessions.

You want to join the event? Please register here.



CEO B.A.U.M. Consult, JPP ERA-Net SES Knowledge Community Manager
Joint Programming Platform ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems & B.A.U.M. Consult
Vice Chair of ETIP SNET Governing Board and Chair of NSCG
Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria (bmvit); ETIP SNET
University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland
Project Manager
Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation
CEO CLIC Innovation Ltd
CLIC Innovation Ltd
Deputy Head of Unit C2, Innovation, clean technologies and competitiveness, Directorate General for Energy
DG Energy C2