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

Policies and Targets
Technology and Standards
Behaviours and Social
Urban Areas
Transport and Mobility
Energy Generation and Distribution


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 JRC Disaster Risk Management Unit E.1, Lancaster University (UK) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Institute for Geosciences and Environmental Research (FR) and University of Padova (IT) and 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 send your CV and motivation letter to and

Application deadline: 09 June, 2019 (extended to 20 June, 2019)

Deadline for selection of participants: 30 June, 2019 (extended to 5 July, 2019)

Maximum number of selected participants: 15

Selected participants will receive a formal invitation letter from the JRC. Travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed according to the rules indicated in this letter. These costs include costs for travel (in economy class) to and from the JRC and hotel costs. Lunches will be offered by the JRC. No other cost will be reimbursed. Flights and hotel can be booked only upon reception of the formal invitation letter. This letter will include other practical information concerning hotels that can be considered for accommodation and how to arrive at the JRC Ispra site where the event will take place.
This site is in beta version - some features may be unstable. Please report issues to the E3P Webmaster using the contact form.