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Date: Thursday, 9 May 2019
Time: 15:00 – 18:00 h
Location: Energy Academy Europe

Registration open to all!

New Energy Coalition, in collaboration with University of Groningen, is organising a Symposium on public participation in decision-making on energy transition. This Symposium takes place on Thursday 9 may, in the Energy Academy building on the Zernike campus.

To combat climate change and its negative impacts, a transition from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy sources is needed. Public acceptability is key for a successful energy transition. However, proposed sustainable energy projects, such as wind parks, can trigger public resistance, which is often fuelled by top-down decision making and low engagement of the public. The Dutch Environmental Law emphasizes the importance and urgency of engaging the public in decision-making, but it gives little guidance for how to do that. This Symposium will address the question how to effectively engage the public in decision-making, aiming for a better and more socially acceptable energy transition.

Experts in Environmental Psychology, Law, Sociology and Political Sciences will present their perspective on public participation in decision-making. A recent large-scale survey in the province of Groningen will be presented, which reveals how people wish to be involved in decision- making on energy transition.

Speakers: dr. Goda Perlaviciute, dr. Lorenzo Squintani, dr. Sanne Akkerboom, dr. Christian Zuidema, and prof. dr. Frans Stokman.

It is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. Students are invited to attend as many Energy Learning Activities as they want, at all stages of their education.
Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Europe Certificate. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and also complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or the University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the EAE Certificate.

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