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66  Summer 2017 European Energy Innovation


Spreading and exchanging
excellence in Wind Energy
Research – the European
Academy of Wind Energy

By Elke Seidel, Branch Manager of European Academy of Wind Energy

The European Academy of                   activities like the exchange of PhD         one of the world’s leading scientific
            Wind Energy (EAWE) is a       students and senior scientists and the      wind energy conferences. Experts from
            registered body of around     utilization of each other’s research        academia and industry are discussing
            40 European universities and  infrastructures.                            latest results and developments in
research institutes, which joined their                                               fundamental as well as applied wind
forces in wind energy research and        Current main activities within the          energy research.
development. EAWE is aiming to be a       academy are inter alia the publishing
world-leading wind energy academia        of the long-term research agenda to         At the sixth edition (TORQUE 2016,
and research community, supporting        spur an intensive discussion worldwide      October 5 - 7) – organized by the
Europe with world fore-front pre-         within the wind energy community and        current Vice-President of the EAWE
competitive innovations.                  the implementation of its own scientific    Prof. Dr. Carlo Bottasso – at the
                                          journal: Wind Energy Science (www.          Technical University of Munich, more
The academy aims to enhance wind                   than 530 attendees participated in
energy research by integrating and                                                    a high-level technical and scientific
connecting the activities of the highest  PHD SEMINARS                                programme, including ten sessions,
level academic and research institutes    EAWE organizes annual PhD seminars          featuring 142 oral presentations and
in Europe working on Wind Energy.         providing opportunities for PhD             167 posters. Being one of the largest
While wind energy continues its path      students and supervisors from all           conferences in wind energy in 2016,
in becoming Europe’s most important       over Europe to exchange information         it offered countless opportunities for
future source of clean energy, more       and experiences on research in wind         networking and also hosted the plenary
and more countries are focusing on the    energy. Participants, especially PhD        roundtable “The Future Needs of Wind
accompanying research as well.            students, from non-member institutions      Energy Scientific Research”, which is
                                          are welcome.                                available on youtube, too (https://
Therefore, the European Academy                                              The 2018
of Wind Energy is encouraging             Mainly organized by PhD students            edition of “The Science of Making
universities and institutes engaged in    of the hosting institution the event        Torque from Wind” will be hosted by
wind energy research to join the EAWE     is composed of topical sessions, in         the Politecnico di Milano in Italy, on
community. Combining untapped             which PhD students present their latest     June 20-22, 2018.
wind energy R&D potentials – e.g. in      activities and findings in talks and
the Eastern European countries – with     within a poster exhibition. The scientific  WIND ENERGY SCIENCE
those from the cradle of wind energy      committee is composed of young              CONFERENCE
will foster Europe’s position as the      scientists from EAWE institutions.          The “Wind Energy Science Conference
leading wind energy innovation hub.                                                   2017” (WESC-2017), taking place at
                                          The next PhD seminar will be organized      the Technical University of Denmark
A main part within the activities of      and hosted by Cranfield University,         (DTU) in Lyngby, is the first of a series
the academy is co-operation, which        United Kingdom in September 19 – 22,        of bi-annual conferences launched by
leads to spreading of excellence          2017 (           the European Academy of Wind Energy
and the dissemination of knowledge        events-2017/eawe-2017).                     (
by supporting the development
of international training courses,        THE “SCIENCE OF MAKING TORQUE               The board of EAWE has decided to run
organizing annual PhD seminars and        FROM WIND“ CONFERENCE                       a scientific conference every year, with
high-class scientific conferences.        Since 2004 the biennial high-class          the Torque conference taking place in
                                          scientific conference “The Science of       even years and the WESC in odd years.
EAWE also encourages integration          Making Torque from Wind” has become         A main difference between the two

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