European Energy Research Alliance
The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA, www.eera-set.eu) is an association of European public research centres and universities active in low-carbon energy research. Since 2008, it has grown into Europe’s largest energy community, now bringing together more than 250 organisations and around 50,000 researchers from 30 countries. The Alliance is one of the cornerstones of the European Union’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). EERA’s mission is to coordinate and promote low-carbon energy research efforts, help streamline regional, national and European funding, and deliver research results from basic research to the demonstration phase. EERA’s members work together in currently 16 joint research programmes (including one on wind energy), which are aligned with the priorities defined in the SET-Plan. The EERA Joint Programmes cover research in the whole range of low-carbon technologies as well as cross-cutting topics and develop research activities based on shared priorities of the participating research centres and universities. Beyond that, they collaborate with industry stakeholders, aligning research and innovation priorities in order to foster world-class technology and innovation in Europe’s energy sector and reduce its time-to-market. At policy level, EERA supported the elaboration of the SET-Plan Implementation Plans and is now contributing to their execution. Furthermore, EERA provides strategic advice to policy makers on how to achieve the energy transition toward a low-carbon Europe.
Ivan Matejak, Project Manager at EERA since December 2018, manages several EU-funded projects (Batteries Europe, Energy-X), including the SET-4-22 project proposal phase. He holds a MA in International Relations and Diplomacy and a PhD in Geopolitics, Geostrategy and Geo-economics. Before joining EERA, he founded and managed a consultancy company based in Zagreb, Croatia, for H2020, ERDF, ESF and IPA funds. He dealt with different research and energy projects within the public and private sectors in Italy, Croatia, Serbia and Belgium.