Dear All,

TEKPOL SolarTwins Seminars welcomes you in the 2021 - 2022 Academic Year (Spring) with new seminars and panels in the new online format with the Theme of "Energy, European Research Area and Social Science and Humanities Aspects" in collaboration with "SolarTwins: Solar Twinning to Create Solar Research Twins (No: 856619) Project and ODAKTr Initiative.

Our next seminar on June 10, 2022, will be held at 12:00-13:00 (11:00-12:00 CET) on Zoom. The language will be English.

This seminar will be given by Dr. Christian Oltra (CISOT - Socio-Technical Research Centre / CIEMAT -The Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research / Spain) entitled as "Introducing SSH aspects of Energy Transitions (in English)" moderated by the Asst. Prof. Dr. Arsev Umur Aydinoglu (METU TEKPOL).

Registration is required.

Before Thursday (June 9, 2022 ) evening, you can register by the link:

https://forms.gle/g6QRkcovRBu7JbBTA

Seminar connection link will be shared with registered participants on June 10, 2022, before noon.

Hope you see you all.

Middle East Technical University Science and Technology Policies Research Center– METU TEKPOL

About the seminar:

The European Commission has supported a better integration of non-economic energy-Social Sciences and Humanities into the energy research and policy process in the last years. It is considered crucial that SSH topics and approaches are included in European funding strategies, and that the SSH community is included in selection processes. Energy transitions are not only technological and ecological challenges but also political and social ones. We need to draw on many kinds of knowledge – including evidence from the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). In this presentation, we explore the challenges in the integration of SSH approaches and methods in the energy domain and discuss several topics where energy SSH have produced more valuable results.

About the speaker:

Christian Oltra is PhD in Sociology. He works as a social researcher at the Socio-technical Research Centre at CIEMAT. His main research areas are the social reactions to technological and environmental issues, environmental risk perception, the social acceptance of new energy technologies, and energy behaviour. He is currently participating in various research projects dealing with the social acceptance of energy technologies and environmental risk. He has been involved in the EU Projects "New participation and communication strategies for neighbours of CO2 capture and storage operations- NEAR CO2", "Pachelbel-Policy Addressing Climate Change and Learning about Human Behaviour and Everyday Life, and "Hydrogen acceptance in the transition phase - HYACINTH Project". He has published research articles in journals such as Energy Policy, Energy Research and the Social Sciences, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment and the Journal of Risk Research.