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Improving Energy Security through Swiss-Ukranian-Estonian Institutional Partnership

English title Improving Energy Security through Swiss-Ukranian-Estonian Institutional Partnership
Applicant Wüstenhagen Rolf
Number 160564
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Institut für Wirtschaft und Ökologie Universität St.Gallen
Institution of higher education University of St.Gallen - SG
Main discipline Economics
Start/End 01.04.2015 - 30.09.2017
Approved amount 194'923.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Economics
Science of management

Keywords (5)

green economy; renewable energy; ecological and environmental management; sustainable development; energy security

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Die Energiesicherheit ist ein vordringliches Thema in Osteuropa. Die überwiegende Nutzung nicht-erneuerbarer Energien führt für viele Länder der Region zu einer hohen Auslandsabhängigkeit. Die Herausforderung besteht nun darin, diesen Status Quo zu überwinden. Wie kann man die Energiezukunft in Osteuropa nachhaltig gestalten und so ökonomische und ökologische Risiken vermeiden? In einer grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit dreier Universitäten werden Erfahrungen in Forschung, Lehre und Wissenstransfer ausgetauscht, um der Diskussion um Osteuropas Energiesicherheit neue Impulse zu geben und künftige Entscheidungsträger auszubilden.
Lay summary

Das Institut für Wirtschaft und Ökologie der Universität St.Gallen kooperiert in diesem Projekt mit der Fakultät für Ökonomie und Betriebswirtschaftslehre der Universität Tartu, Estland, sowie mit der Fakultät für Wirtschaft und Management an der Staatlichen Sumy Universität, Ukraine, um Wege zu einer höheren Energiesicherheit durch Reduktion der Abhängigkeit von nicht-erneuerbaren Energieträgern zu identifizieren. Die trilaterale Zusammenarbeit wird aus verschiedenen Aktivitäten bestehen, die den Erfahrungsaustausch und das Lernen von Best Practices unterstützen. Das Ziel der Kooperation ist die Verbesserung von Forschung und Lehre im Bereich nachhaltiger Energiewirtschaft, sowie die Unterstützung von Studierenden und jungen Forschenden.

In der Lehre wird ein Curriculum für das Studium erneuerbarer Energien entwickelt, wobei auch innovative Elemente wie neue Lernformen und ein Preis für herausragende Masterarbeiten zum Einsatz kommen. Zudem soll die Forschungsinfrastruktur verbessert werden und es werden gemeinsame Kompetenzzentren für Studierende aufgebaut sowie Vernetzungsmöglichkeiten für junge Forschende geschaffen. Schliesslich soll auch das Unternehmertum im Energiebereich gefördert werden durch die Unterstützung von Start-Ups auf dem Campus.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 02.04.2015

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
Active Teaching Methods in Education for Sustainability as Applied in Good Practices of Local Communities
Kostyuchenko Nadiya, Smolennikov Denys (2016), Active Teaching Methods in Education for Sustainability as Applied in Good Practices of Local Communities, in Studia Periegetica, 1(15), 145-158.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Urmas Varblane, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu Estonia (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Erling Holden/Faculty of Engineering and Sciences/Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Norway (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Kristin Linnerud/Energy and sustainable development /CICERO Norway (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Tatyana Vasilieva, Faculty of Economics and Management, Sumy State University Ukraine (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Radovan Kopecek/International Cooperation/ISC Konstanz Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Raimo Lovio/Department of Management Studies/Aalto University Finland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER-CREST) annual conference Talk given at a conference Local Acceptance of Wind Power in Switzerland, Estonia, and Ukraine 12.09.2017 St.Gallen, Switzerland Prokopenko Olha; Ebers Anna; Varblane Urmas; Wüstenhagen Rolf;
International Association for Energy Economics (poster) Poster Local acceptance of wind energy in Switzerland, Estonia, and Ukraine: a cross-country analysis based on choice experiments 03.09.2017 Vienna, Austria Varblane Urmas; Prokopenko Olha; Wüstenhagen Rolf; Ebers Anna;
International Association for Energy Economics (talk) Talk given at a conference Local acceptance of wind energy in Switzerland, Estonia, and Ukraine: a cross-country analysis based on choice experiments. 03.09.2017 Vienna, Austria Wüstenhagen Rolf; Prokopenko Olha; Varblane Urmas; Ebers Anna;
10th International workshop on empirical methods in energy economics Talk given at a conference Local acceptance of wind energy in Switzerland, Estonia, and Ukraine: a cross-country analysis based on choice experiments. 24.06.2017 Los Angeles, United States of America Wüstenhagen Rolf; Ebers Anna; Varblane Urmas; Prokopenko Olha;
Researcher Connect October 2016 Talk given at a conference Case study on "Zones of Greenery" by N.Kostychenko 26.10.2016 Lviv, Ukraine Prokopenko Olha;
Researcher Connect March 2016 Talk given at a conference On effective academic writing by Smolennikov 11.03.2016 Poltava, Ukraine Prokopenko Olha;
Public lecture and discussion at Estonian Business School Individual talk Giving wind the green light: permitting, inspection, and interconnection of large renewable energy projects in Switzerland. Delivered by Dr.Anna Ebers 09.11.2015 Tallinn, Estonia Wüstenhagen Rolf;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Capacity-building visit to International Solar Center Konstanz 13.05.2017 Konstanz, Germany
Research Talk "Acceptance of wind energy in Estonia, Ukraine, and Switzerland: a cross-country comparison based on choice experiments" by A.Ebers 11.05.2017 St.Gallen, Switzerland
Academic networking event in conjunction with REM Forum 2017 11.05.2017 St.Gallen, Switzerland
Capacity-building visit to Center for Entrepreneurship at University of St.Gallen 11.05.2017 St.Gallen, Switzerland
Capacity-building visit to Behavioral Lab at University of St.Gallen 10.05.2017 St.Gallen, Switzerland
Educational movie screenings at Sumy IdeaLab: Home, Thank you for smoking, 99 franks 09.05.2017 Sumy, Ukraine
Second Idea Jam student startup pitching competition in Sumy 12.04.2017 Sumy, Ukraine
Board games competition at Sumy IdeaLab 05.04.2017 Sumy, Ukraine
First Idea Jam student startup pitching competition in Sumy 23.12.2016 Sumy, Ukraine
Training 'From idea to a project' 13.12.2016 Sumy, Ukraine
Trilateral webinar on Publishing in International Journals 30.10.2016 Online, Switzerland
Green debates at Sumy IdeaLab 28.04.2016 Sumy, Ukraine
Ecoinnovation course at the University of Tartu 16.02.2016 Tartu, Estonia
Trilateral webinar on Innovative Teaching and Learning (Sumy, Tartu, St.Gallen) 11.02.2016 St.Gallen, Switzerland
First Idea Jam student startup pitching competition in Tartu 11.12.2015 Tartu, Estonia
Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Environment, and Innovations Research Bootcamp 06.11.2015 Tartu, Estonia
Networking Event in Conjunction with St.Gallen Forum 22.05.2015 St.Gallen, Switzerland

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved


Self-organised

Title Date Place

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Pitching of Ideas of Sustanable Development at Sumy State University Sumy State University website International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) IdeaLab as a Place for Creativity in Sumy State University, Ukraine The Learning Teacher Magazine International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Innovative Educational Space The Baltic University Programme Newsletter International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Õpilaste ja tudengite äri- ja projektiideede konkurs KALEIDOSKOOP 19.05.2017 Tartu University website International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Summer is for upgrades in teaching and research! Sumy State University website International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) В Сумах состоялся «Питчинг идей по устойчивому развитию» Local Sumy media International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) ВЕЧІР НАСТІЛЬНИХ ІГОР В ІНСТИТУТІ ФЕМ ІМЕНІ ОЛЕГА БАЛАЦЬКОГО Sumy University website International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) ЛОГОТИП IES Sumy University website International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) СТУДЕНТИ ННІ ІЕМ ІМЕНІ ОЛЕГА БАЛАЦЬКОГО ВЧИЛИСЬ ГЕНЕРУВАТИ ІДЕЇ Sumy University website International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) «Pithicng of studen Ideas was carried out at the IdeaLab of Sumy State University Sumy State University website International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) A young scientist representing Institute of FEM named after Oleh Balatsky took part in the training News on the Sumy State University Website International 2016
Media relations: print media, online media Annual Report 2016 of the Institute for Economy and the Environment Annual Report International Western Switzerland 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Äriideede võistlus „KALEIDOSKOOP“ 27.05.2016 Tartu University website International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Ecoinnovation @UT Facebook Facebook community International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Ecoinnovation @UT Twitter Twitter feed International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Ecoinnovation @UT website Website International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) IdeaLab Sumdu Facebook Facebook page International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Idealab Sumdu Twitter Twitter feed International 2016
Media relations: radio, television Interview about IdeaLab in Sumy Local Sumy TV International 2016
Video/Film Problem Based Learning Part 1: What is PBL? International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) sTARTUp Day TÜ ideelabor 09.12.2016 Tartu University website International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Techers of SSU adopted innovations of the world’s teaching practice Sumy State University website International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) The international webinar ‘Innovative teaching and learning’ was held at SSU News article on Sumy State University Website International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Training ‘From idea to project’ was held at SSU within implementation of grant SCOPES Sumy State University website International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Värvikas äri- ja projektiideede võistlus KALEIDOSKOOP 11.12.2015 Tartu University website International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Video from opening ceremony - IdeaLab in Sumy Youtube video International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Викладачі СумДУ перейняли новації світової педагогічної практики Local Sumy media International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Преподаватели СумГУ переняли новации мировой педагогической практики Local Sumy media International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) У СумДУ відбувся «Пітчинг студентських ідей» Local media in Sumy International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) У СумДУ відкрито Лабораторію ідей Sumy State University website International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Успішне завершення програм підвищення кваліфікації викладачів Sumy University website International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Collective monograph “Methodological bases and practice of sustainable development implementation” News on the Sumy State University Website International 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Annual Report 2015 of the Institute for Economy and the Environment Annual report International German-speaking Switzerland 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) FEM Dean – Honorary Professor of Mother Teresa of Calcutta School News on the Sumy State University Website International 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) FEM develop cooperation with University of Tartu within Switzerland National Scientific Fund Grant News on the Sumy State University Website International 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Trilateral meeting as part of the project of Swiss National Fund News article on Sumy State University Website International 2015

Awards

Title Year
Certificate from Sumy city council for contribution to scientific work and training to Nadiya Kostyuchenko 2017
Sumy student Idea Connector Aleksandr Ivanov was named a representative of Student Government at Sumy State University 2017
Award for achievements in scientific and methodological work and contribution to students' training, on behalf of the Day of Science in Ukraine, awarded to Nadiya Kostyuchenko and Denys Smolennikov 2016
Best Undergraduate Program manager award at Tartu Department of Economics awarded to Dr. Helen Poltimäe 2015
Prof.Dr.Olha Prokopenko named Honorary Professor of Mother Teresa of Calcutta School 2015
Voldemar Jaanberg Scholarship awarded to Liina Joller for excellent research and contribution to the societal benefits: http://sihtasutus.ut.ee/en/grant/the-2015-voldemar-jaanberg-scholarship/ 2015

Abstract

In order to adequately address energy supply and security challenges in Eastern Europe, it is necessary to start from the institutions that provide education for future leaders: universities. Having explored mutual strengths and weaknesses, project partners from Switzerland, Estonia, and Ukraine identified three areas of cooperation for the next 2 years: modernization of infrastructure and teaching methodologies, capacity building and academic career development for young scientists, and empowerment of student initiatives. The project introduces a balanced mix of traditional (e.g. mutual visits) and cutting-edge (e.g. webinars and virtual workshops) knowledge transfer approaches. In order to reach our goals, we planned various activities focusing on energy transition in Eastern Europe. These activities include development of green curriculum, improvement of teaching and research infrastructures, establishment of collaborative working spaces for students, and networking and training events for young researchers. The project facilitates restructuring and modernisation of Eastern European partner universities by establishing new institutional traditions, which range from introducing student course evaluations to best thesis awards and encouraging start-up culture on campus.
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