Project

Goals

The main project goal is to improve the quality of teaching in high education institutions by integrating interdisciplinary skills and competences, contributing to enhancing the socio-technical perspective in the current education of engineers.

Ultimately, TEACHENER will design an “Edu-Kit”, a complex and flexible set of teaching modules covering various topics associated with social aspects of energy, and test it at partner technical institutions and during two Student Winter Schools. Thus, the primary target groups of TEACHENER are the teaching staff from technical high education institutes and MA and Ph.D. students.

Secondary goals

Cooperation and networks at all levels

Inter-regional and cross-border cooperation is promoted between Old and new EU Member States, as well as between academic (between various faculties) and non-academic institutions (SMEs, private companies). At the national level, partnerships are created between organisations working in social sciences and humanities and technical higher education institutions.

Support to teachers and students

Teachers and students improve their competences and skills both in technical and social sciences and humanities to better respond to the energy challenges.

Teaching tools and materials

Eight interdisciplinary topics will be addressed by the national teams as examples for bridging the gap between scientific challenges and societal needs:

  1. Energy and the public: governance, participation, communication
  2. Ethics and philosophy of energy development
  3. Technology assessment (including the question of “acceptance”)
  4. Conflict management
  5. Energy prosumption
  6. ‘Smart grids’
  7. Energy consumption models
  8. Energy awareness