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.
Anita Schneider holds a master’s degree in linguistics, communication and political sciences. She joined EERA in July 2018 as a Communications Manager. Her main tasks include implementing dissemination and communication activities for EERA as well as for EU-funded research projects and managing events for EERA and its Joint Programmes.
Prior to her current position, she worked at the Bavarian Research Alliance for seven years, a German publicly funded organisation that supports scientists from academia and industry to get EU funding and manage EU projects. As Deputy Head of Public Relations, a big part of her job consisted in reaching out to the scientific community, industry, policy makers and civil society to promote EU-funded research projects and in organising information events and workshops at regional, national and international levels.