Workshop: Extreme Events and Energy Transitions – Tackling the Challenges of Climate Change by Integrating Social and Complex Systems Science


Human activities are causing a general trend of increased interdependence among social-ecological systems of our planet. This situation exposes them to ever more frequent and geographically distributed extreme events (power black-outs, droughts, extended floods, etc.) and poses fundamental energy sustainability challenges to any endeavour aiming to tackle climate change through renewable energies. To increase the current understanding of the phenomena involved and the scope for intervention, it is necessary to consider physical and social processes in combination.

The workshop on extremes and energy transitions aims at exploring how the integration of complex system approaches with elements of social organisation and adaptation can enable important advancements in this area.

The event is organised by Energy Efficiency and Renewables Unit C2 of the Joint Research Centre with speakers from the JRC Disaster Risk Management Unit E.1Lancaster University (UK) and Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyInstitute for Geosciences and Environmental Research (FR) and University of Padova (IT)Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ES).

Questions explored in the workshop

How can the proposed ideas generate enlightened approaches to research and policy that are necessary to deal with extreme events and energy transition sustainability?

Which strategies and forms of investigation might be necessary to improve the current understanding of how social and physical dimensions of socio-ecological systems interact?

What concrete actions can result from these strategies and investigations, how can they generate advancements in this area and help benefit from a more active contribution of involved communities?


The first main objective of the workshop is to engage researchers and practitioners working in the above mentioned area under a complex systems or social science perspective. This is done to show the added value of the integration of these perspectives and of new interdisciplinary ways to address the problems at stake.

The second main objective involves stimulating cross-fertilization between the academy and policy area and establishing a network of organisations and research institutes that can continue developing the proposed integration strategies.

The workshop on extremes and energy transitions will address these questions by gathering practitioners, PhD students and postdoc/advanced researchers working in the area from both a social and a physical/engineering perspective.

How to Apply and Practical Information

The workshop WORKPROGRAMME can be downloaded from this webpage. If you are interested in participating in the event and

1) you are a practitioner, or a PhD student or a postdoc/advanced researcher working in the addressed areas either from a social or a physical/engineering perspective and

2) you come from the European Union

Please apply via the instructions in:

Application deadline: 09 June, 2019.

Selection of participants: 30 June, 2019

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