On the 20th and 21st May 2015, University College Cork (UCC) hosted the kick-off meeting of ENTRUST: Energy System Transition Through Stakeholder Activation, Education and Skills Development. The ENTRUST project, led by UCC, aims to develop an in-depth understanding of energy-related human behaviour and practices, including consideration of socio-demographic factors such as gender, age and social status..
Central to the project is an in-depth engagement with five different communities across Europe, who will be invited to be co-designers of their own energy transition. The consortium brings a diverse array of expertise (combining science / engineering and social science perspectives) to bear in assisting and monitoring these communities as they work to transform their energy behaviours, generating innovative transitions and business approaches capable of being replicated elsewhere in Europe.
The kick-off meeting held in Cork brought together the seven project partners to discuss and plan the work to be undertaken. Throughout the first day, participants discussed the status of the research area, project goals, and expectations of the different stakeholders with respect to project outcomes. The second day was dedicated to project planning with detailed discussions on each work package and on overall scientific coordination. The ENTRUST project is due to run until mid-2018, progress of the research can be tracked via twitter @entrusth2020 and the project website http://www.entrust-h2020.eu