Capacity building in Smart and Innovative eNERGY management

Young Researchers Workshop, November 2021


This workshop was especially designed for the participation of young researchers from Serbia, Ireland, and Austria and with the prime objective to start the creation of a network for future collaborations between the three Sinergy institutions.

Hence, the agenda of the workshop consisted of an introduction phase and a group work phase.


      1. Introduction phase

Each of the 16 participants presented three slides within a maximum of 5 minutes, where one slide should provide personal information and two slides consisted of current research interests. A selection of the presentations can be seen in Figure below. The main objective was to provide base information of the participants as they have never met before in this constellation and further to provide an entry point experience to the presenting researchers as preparation for subsequent group work discussions.


  1. Group work phase

In this phase, the participants are divided into three groups and the process lasts for three steps. In the first step, the groups define a problem which needs to be solved and the stakeholder, which is interested in the solution. The problems are presented in the forum afterwards with the goal that all groups understand the problem statement. In a second step, the problem is handed over to another group (1 to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 1). Here, the groups are asked to think about a solution which would be a consequence of an incremental development of the existing system setup. This excludes all paradigm shifts. Afterwards, the solutions are presented to the forum again, kicking off the last group work. The objective in this step is to think about a radical innovation, which is (almost) excluding the current system setup and everything is allowed which solves the problem.



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