Research Cooperation


EU GCC Research Cooperation is one of operational Network directions aiming at:

  • Facilitating and promoting joint publications.
  • Promoting and facilitating researchers exchange programmes and laboratory twinning-like initiatives.
  • Promoting and disseminating information on research funding opportunities (H2020 and other research funding frameworks).
  • Assisting in development and submission of joint project proposals.
  • Organising research “match-making” initiatives including information days, workshops, etc.

Since the beginning of Network’s operation several joint activities of important added value have been elaborated and are presented indicatively in this page.



For more information and for facilitation of EU GCC research collaboration you may contact the

Network Research Collaboration Specialist:

Dr Haris Doukas, Assist. Prof. NTUA, 

Email: h_doukas at


Joint Publications

  • “Green Hydrogen for a European Green Deal A 2x40 GW Initiative", See more
  • “Using clean cars as power plants: it can be done in the UAE”, See more
  • “Localizing clean energy targets in the GCC: A challenging opportunity”, See more
  • “Analysis of Key Areas for EU and GCC Cooperation in the Field of Clean Energy and the Linked Sectors of Climate and Water”, Geopolitics of Energy, See more
  • “Coordinated Frequency Control Strategy for an Islanded Microgrid with Demand Side Management Capability”, IEEE Transaction on Energy Conversion Paper, See more
  • Exploring the Development of ICT Solutions for Energy Efficiency & End-Users’ Engagement”, Book of Abstracts of the 6th International Symposium and 28th National Conference on Operational Research – OR in the digital era – ICT challenges, See more
  • “From Data Analytics to Energy Management Action Plans: An Application for the Built Environment”, The first UAE GCC-Cigre - EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network event in Abu Dhabi, UAE, See more
  • “Background Paper on Areas of Potential EU GCC Clean Energy Cooperation”, See more
  • “Setting a Clean Energy Co-operation Framework between EU & GCC Stakeholders with links to the Water Sector”, 11th SDEWES, See more
  • “ICT for Energy Efficiency in Smart Cities: An EU-GCC Cooperation Opportunity”, INCONET-GCC2 International Conference, See more
  • Identifying Opportunities for EU-GCC Clean Energy Cooperation, within the “Smart Energy City” Concept, WREC 17, See more
  • “An Advanced IoT-based System for Intelligent Energy Management in Buildings”, Sensors, See more
  • “Tracking the performance of photovoltaic systems: A tool for minimizing the risk of malfunctions and deterioration”, IET Renewable Power Generation, See more
  • “Digitizing energy savings in sustainable smart cities: Introducing a virtual energy-currency approach”, IEEE PerCom 2018 - International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications, See more
  • “From big data to smart energy services: An application for intelligent energy management”, FGCS, See more
  • “The end of Coal?”, REVOLVE magazine, See more
  • "Intelligent Energy Management Within the Smart Cities: An EU-GCC Cooperation Opportunity", Smart Cities in the Gulf-Current State, Opportunities, and Challenges, See more
  • AI and IoT on Online Marine Management: The case of smart routing", Envirocities eMagazine, See more
  • Smart Grids: Opportunities and challenges", Envirocities eMagazine, See more
  • “A Control Strategy for Voltage Unbalance Mitigation in an Islanded Microgrid Considering Demand Side Management Capability", IEEE Transactions on Smart Grids, See more
  • “Optimal Design of an Islanded Microgrid with Load Shifting Mechanism Between Electrical and Thermal Energy Storage Systems", IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, See more
  • “Bridging the Gap Between Information and Communication Technologies and Citizens towards Low Carbon Cities", Envirocities eMagazine, See more
  • “From Intelligent Energy Management to Value Economy through a Digital Energy Currency: Bahrain City Case Study", Sensors, See more



Summer Schools in Europe on clean energy, sustainability and climate change

Learn more about Clean Energy and Climate Change this Summer in Europe

There are a number of summer schools programmes in Europe that are related to clean energy and climate change topics. It is an opportunity for researchers, students and young professionals in the GCC to be informed about European clean energy policies, technologies and best practices, to expand their research and academic network as well as to learn more about the European culture and cities. We have identified some of the summer schools and we present them herebelow.

Summer School on Gender in Research Scientific fields of Climate, Energy and Mobility Invitation

5 - 9 July 2020, Madrid Spain

General Description

  • This Summer School will focus on gender research in cities and planning processes. It will look at the gender dimensions of urban and transportation research, considering in particular gendered-relevant aspects of important crosscutting issues such as climate, energy and ICT at the urban scale.

Who is it for?

  • Researchers in the concerned scientific groups

Learning objectives

  • Gender influences who does research, how and which research questions are identified as important. Which methodologies are chosen, the case studies and data sets used, and the analysis undertaken. For an increasing number of researchers, these considerations are explicit, but for others they remain implicit, or even unconscious.
  • Provide participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to explore how gender affects their existing or proposed research and to understand what it means to integrate a gender perspective into research and what it implies.
  • Regulatory arrangements, tools and methodologies will be built from introducing the concept of gender and developing its complexity, in general, to work on the gender dimensions of urban planning, urban public space, housing, mobility and transport.
  • It will also consider the interrelations of gender, energy and climate change at the urban scale. The aim is that participants can understand how they can incorporate sophisticated gender analysis into their research project.

Selection criteria

  • Proven training specific skills on at least one of the following fields: gender/equality studies, urban/regional planning, transport and mobility, climate change, urban waste management or energy.
  • Currently affiliated to a research or higher-education institution (Phd Students, Post-Doc, Senior Researchers or any kind showing a professional researching career)
  • Proven High Level of English (minimum C1)

Bonus criteria

  • Research experience and/or publications on one of the following fields: urban/regional planning, transport and mobility, urban waste management, climate change and energy.
  • Commitment to gender inclusion in sustainable development


Complete the following application form by 13 April 2020 (17.00 Brussels time).

Past Summer Schools

6th International DHC+ Summer School for students, researchers and young professionals

26 August - 1 September 2018, Ljubliana Slovenia

Organised by DHC+ [European District Heating and Cooling Technology Platform}

The DHC+ Summer School is a week full of intensive training with key re-known experts and academics in the field of District Energy. The teaching method of the DHC+ Summer School is based on the perfect combination of theory, practical exercises and site visits. This year's programme will focus on the future of district energy, paying special attention to key innovative trends such as digitalization and the enhancement of partnerships between participants and industry stakeholders.
About DHC+: Set up under the umbrella of Euroheat & Power, DHC+ Technology Platform is the European hub for research & innovation in district heating and cooling. It is today a strong group of stakeholders from academia, research, business and industry committed to move to a sustainable energy system.

Summer School Brochure

International Summer School Ostrava - Energy Programme

16 July 2018 - 20 July 2018, Ostrava-Poruba, Czech Republic

The summer course will be oriented on the use and future implementation of renewable and alternate energy sources for a sustainable future of family homes and small communities. The academic programme offers you interdisciplinary knowledge in the fields of energy sources, accumulation techniques, electromobility for independence and sustainability. The programme is based on lectures and site visits together with a workshop on a selected topic and presentations of course participants.

The summer school offers an intensive 5 days course for all of those who are interested in sustainable development, permaculture, sustainable energetics, particularly photovoltaic and geothermal systems, hydrogen technologies and energy accumulation techniques and future independence from non-renewable energy sources. Lectures will consist of theoretical fundamentals followed by practical exercises that will demonstrate methods and tools for development, planning, measuring and evaluation renewable and alternate systems. The laboratory experiments will be based on equipment of Buildings control laboratory, Laboratory of photovoltaic solar systems, Fuel cells laboratory, Heat pump laboratory and Prototype laboratory.

Summer School Programme


 Climate and Energy

2 July 2018 - 20 July 2018, London, UK

What is the evidence for anthropogenic climate change? How can we generate low-carbon electricity from nuclear and renewable sources, and how can we make our transport infrastructure greener? If we fail to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently rapidly, will we need to intervene directly in the climate system through so-called “geoengineering”? This module will cover all of these topics, with a strong emphasis on the underlying physical principles and deriving simple estimates of the potential contribution of various low-carbon energy sources. In addition to attending lectures, students research one particular aspect of climate & energy in depth and present their findings in an essay and associated short presentation.

Summer School Brochure



Green Building Solutions

21 July 2018 - 12 August 2018, Vienna, Austria

GBS takes place in Vienna, the capital of energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. It provides a unique opportunity for professionals and students alike to strengthen their knowledge and gain a career advantage in the field of sustainability – an area of increasing global significance. GBS has been conceived as a summer university course with 10 international partner universities offering seven ECTS points awarded after successful completion.

The three-week programme’s lectures and all associated social activities are carried out in English and the course is of appeal to - but not limited to - those working in and studying architecture, construction management, project management, building and energy engineering and surveying.

This unique programme combines theory and practice with hands-on experience, and concludes with a collaborative project, where participants work together to bring their learning and experiences from the course to design a ‘green’ building.

The summer university forms a platform for like-minded international participants to exchange their passions for sustainable design and it also gives a chance to participants to live in a passive house. In March 2015, the OeAD-Housing Office was awarded with the Environmental Award by the City of Vienna for its outstanding and overarching project, “Sustainable living and studying” and is honoured by the Austrian UNESCO Commission.



Smart Transformation in the Energy Sector

23-27 July 2018, Bucharest, Romania

The energy sector is undergoing deep changes. These days, maybe more than ever, young professionals that are studying, working or that are just being interested in the energy field for its interconnections with the economy, society and environment, need a broader grasp of the sector.

To this purpose, the global trends on the energy markets and in policy making have to be well understood, in their mutually influencing dynamics and against the background of the energy sector’s greatest externality: global warming.

A through discussion of the oil and gas sector, with its challenges and prospects, as well as of alternative fuels (electricity, biofuels, natural gas, and hydrogen) will take place in order to put the future of transportation in the right perspective. Then, the risks and opportunities of the nuclear sector will be highlighted, but also the transition elements to a clean and safe power generation system.

Special attention will be given to digitalization, smart technologies, energy efficiency and emerging products and services (demand-response and storage, just to name a few), while also considering requirements of sustainability and affordability.

The EPG 2018 Energy Summer School will strive to draw a balance between interactive seminars or debate sessions, led by reputed international and Romanian experts, and field trips to a variety of energy sector assets and facilities.



Joint European Summer School on Fuel Cell, Electrolyser and Battery Technologies

10-14 and 17-21 September 2018, Athens, Greece

This Summer School will provide highly condensed high-level courses on selected topics.

During the first week of Summer School (Week 1), the main focus will be on the scientific and technological aspects. Starting from the fundamental principles of electrochemistry and thermodynamics, the entire spectrum of materials, design and balance of plant will be covered both from a scientific and an engineering point of view.

The following week (Week 2) will offer the Modelling Master Class, and modules on Fuel Cell Vehicles, Business Development and Innovation, and Hydrogen Safety for more advanced students (please refer to the separate programme). The two weeks are conducted independently of each other and students can choose the courses most appropriate to their studies.

More information on Registration fees and programme is available here.



20-31 August 2018, Stockholm, Sweden

The yearly 2-week Energy PhD school will take place at KTH in Stockholm and TU Eindhoven between 20 and 31 August. The theme of the PhD school this year is “Energy Storage and Flexibility”. Students will have a schedule with lectures, excursions and project work in an international working environment where students will come from European Universities as well as Chinese Universities.

Selected high level lectures will be given by expert Professors from Shanghai Sjao Tong University, Zheijang University, KTH The Royal Institute of Technology and TU Eindhoven on topics encompassing energy production and consumption, renewable energy technology, sustainability,  energy storage technology and energy grids and flexibility.


Energy Community Summer School 2018

25 August – 1 September 2018, Split, Croatia

Building on the 2016 and 2017 syllabus, the 2018 Summer School focuses on energy sectors in transition, in particular in South Eastern and Eastern Europe. The program will also take into account the broader geographical context in Europe and possibly beyond and will go beyond a mere training programme for energy-related topics. It will allow participants to understand the energy sectors in their full complexity and provide them a platform for exchange and contribution to shaping the sectors’ future.

The 2018 Summer School will cover

  • scientific,
  • legal,
  • economic,
  • cultural,
  • political as well as,
  • technical aspects

of the energy supply chain. It will include both theoretical elements and practical training through case studies and mock cases. The best student and best group work will receive an award.

The Energy Community Summer School programme offers a combination of course work, guest lectures and social / cultural activities. During the training, participants will attend lectures taught by high-level scholars from academia as well as experts and practitioners from leading energy companies etc.


Important note:

Note that the above events are not organised by the Network, nor are they affiliated with the Network. Thus interested participants should request more information directly from the organisers, regarding content, eligibility participation rules, fees, programme, etc.

The above is not an exhaustive list of the summer schools organised in Europe in relevant fields. We do not intend to exclude other summer schools. In fact we welcome information on other such initiatives so that we can include them in our list.

In this page you may find information on funding mechanisms/ programmes/ instruments that can be considered by the Network Stakeholders for financing clean energy projects of industrial, policy or research scope.


Horizon 2020 is the new EU funding programme for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020 with a €80 billion budget. H2020 supports SMEs with a new instrument that runs throughout various funded research and innovation fields,enhances EU international research and Third Country participation, attaches high importance to integrate social sciences and humanities encourages to develop a gender dimension in project.

In this respect, Horizon 2020 programme is an opportunity for EU and GCC stakeholders to work together on topics of joint interest, as well as for the GCC stakeholders to be part and engage in the EU research agenda, the practices followed and exchange experiences and know-how.

More information about the HORIZON 2020 program can be found here.

Funding focuses on numerous societal challenges:

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.

as described in detail here.

The most related challenge with the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network scope and objectives is the challenge on Secure, clean and efficient energy.

The current Workprogramme 2018-2020 for the “Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy” can be found here.

Manuals, detailed information and the calls for proposals are available here.

For the status of the current related calls – forthcoming, open as well as closed calls – , please see below:



H2020 Call for proposals (period 2018-2020) for which the countries of the Gulf region may be eligible are the following:

HORIZON EUROPE – The next research and innovation framework programme

The Commission has announced its proposal for Horizon Europe, an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme that will succeed Horizon 2020.

The proposal was implemented as part of the EU's proposal for the next EU long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF).

Several building blocks were taken into consideration including the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Lab-Fab-App report (informally the Lamy report), foresight studies and various other reports.

The adoption timeline of the HORIZON Europe is the following:

  • 2 May 2018 the Commission adopts its proposal for the next EU long-term budget (MFF)
  • 7 June 2018 the Commission adopts its proposal for Horizon Europe
  • the Council and European Parliament negotiate and subsequently adopt the programme
  • Horizon Europe is launched on 1 January 2021

More information about the HORIZON EUROPE program can be found here.