Energy Community of Young Researchers Groningen

The Energy Community of Young Researchers is a platform for enthusiastic researchers from various fields to share their energy-related knowledge and experiences. The Energy Community is open to PhD Candidates/young researchers of the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences and connecting universities.

Early January 2018 we saw the kick-off of the Energy Community of young researchers in Groningen. The new community has so far received about 60 registrars, including researchers from a broad variety of disciplines related to the common denominator ‘Energy’.

The growing awareness that there is much energy-related knowledge available within the universities of Groningen (University of Groningen & Hanze University of Applied Science) that could be used to everyone’s benefit. Goals: to get to know who the other young energy researchers are, meet up, and organize activities for professional development and shared benefit (and of course, share some good times along the way).

Peer review groups

One of the activities which proved to be of great interest is the formation of ‘peer review groups’. In peer review groups the members can help each other optimize manuscripts for publication, broaden horizons on the shared subject of energy and get support and feedback of fellow-researchers. Share and recieve constructive feedback to improve your work in a safe place!

Meet your fellow PhD Candidates

One of the aims of our newsletter is to connect the members of our vibrant community. Therefore, in each newsletter, we introduce a member of the community who answers to some general questions and tells about his/her research.



Studying energy security and energy transition problems seemed like a very logical choice for me because they are closely related to human and urban security, energy poverty in developing countries like Ukraine. First, it was Chernobyl….

Upcoming PhD-events

13 December | nergy Seminar: Changing Perspectives of the Energy Transition (Prof.Dr. André Faaij)> sign up

Upcoming energy events

December 2018

7 | 3rd Athens Conference on European Energy Law > Athens, Greece

7-9 | International Conference on Innovation in Renewable Energy and Power > Barcelona, Spain

10| Deadline call for abstracts: Energy and Society in Transition: 2nd International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science (28-31 May) > Tempe, USA

13 | Energy-based analysis and control of power networks and markets – PhD Defense Tjerk Stegink > Groningen, Academy Building, 12.45h.

13 | Conference: The Modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty > The Hague, Netherlands

January 2019

14 | Biomass or batteries, PhD Defense Jan Hessels Miedema > Groningen, Academy Building, 16.15 h

March 2019

7 | BTowards ecological governance in EU energy law, PhD defense Renske Giljam > Groningen, Academy Building, 14.30 h

April 2019

10-12 | Special Institute on International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

May 2019

15-17 | Regulating a World in Transition > Tilburg, The Netherlands

28-31 | Energy and Society in Transition: 2nd International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science > Tempe, USA

Committee of Representatives

This community is originally started in cooperation with PhD-candidates from all different faculties and schools of the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Science. We have a Committee of Representatives which is the organizing committee and the bridge between the community and the peers in their own discipline. We always look for extra members for our Committee, so feel free to contact us for more information!

Sandra Dijkstra

New Energy Coalition

Rafael Martínez Gordón

Faculty of Science and Engineering


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Rozanne Spijkerboer

Spatial sciences

Angela Greco

Centre for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Fryslân

Margarita Nieves Zárate

Energy law

Linda Flanderijn

New Energy Coalition

Leonie Vrieling

Environmental psychology

Jan Eise Fokkema

Faculty of Economics and Business