Intensive course on energy planning: Activities and results
The E-RESPLAN intensive course on energy planning took place in Rome, in the premises of the University of Roma Tre, from the 13th to the 17th of June 2016. The course included a 2-days' workshop and an international conference.
The workshop, led by Roma Tre, aimed to introduce the project partners’ staff members to the concept mapping method and to collect their works in order to create a sound basis for the construction of the Cmap_00. After a preliminary presentation of the concept mapping methodology and its application as a “meaningful learning” technique, followed by an explanation of the basic features of the Cmap software, the participants have been invited to divide into working groups and describe some of their case studies through concept maps. The proposed steps for the creation of the concept maps were: a) listing of meaningful and relevant concepts (“parking lot”); b) creation of meaningful linking phrases connecting the concepts; c) creation of nested nodes identifying “domains of knowledge” and/or helping to define a hierarchy in the map; d) creation of cross links between different sectors or nested nodes of the map. Each working group was invited to present its work and start a discussion. The workshop moderators’ remarks, together with comments by the other participants, helped improving the maps and refining the shared method.
The working groups have been then invited to exchange their maps and try to improve their colleagues’ works, triggering further group discussions. The maps made during the workshop, together with the maps of the other case studies that project partners will be asked to prepare, will be the basis for the development of the Cmap_00. This map will be the starting point for the teaching activities that each partner will have to carry out involving the local higher education students.
The international conference on energy planning took place on Wednesday, the 15th. During the conference, partner Universities and Energy Agencies presented their research and innovation practices. The lectures presented examples of energy plans at various scales (including municipal Sustainable Energy Action Plans) and focused on diverse issues connected to energy planning, such as spatial planning, climate change adaptation, green architecture, and landscape impact of RES installations.
Finally, on the last day, a Steering Committee meeting was held, followed by the joint scheduling of the next E-RESPLAN activities.
It is possible to find some pictures of the event at the following link.
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