Horizon2020 | Smart-BEEjS | Innovative Training Network MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS

Promoting The Local Fight Against Global Climate Change

Who We Are

Smart-BEEjS is a consortium of 8 universities and research centres, supported by 16 non-academic entities, in the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. Each of the 15 PhD researchers will be working towards a unique PhD degree, supported by a carefully chosen supervisory team that maximises both scientific excellence as well as interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration. Involving 24 organisations across the EU, seven other universities and 16 private and third sector partners. It will provide funding for multiple research activities with the partner organisations, built around funding and co-supervising 15 full-time PhD students.

Our Mission

To train the 15 students using an innovative doctoral training programme that incorporates deep individual training in their individual subjects, with the ability to understand and engage with the needs of citizens and communities, the needs and opportunities available from scientists in different disciplines, including those who produce the technologies necessary for PEDs, and work with the policymakers who can facilitate these new and exciting opportunitiesfunding and co-supervising 15 full-time PhD students.

What We Do

The project will promote the development of Positive Energy Districts (PEDs). PEDs are local developments and networks of homes, workplaces and traffic systems which, together, generate more energy than is consumed. This is achieved through a combination of lower energy usage and the local generation of renewable energy. Individual buildings can both generate and share energy, with design and materials ensuring less energy is needed. Any spare energy can then be supplied back into the grid, for others to benefit from.

Smart-BEEjS Beneficiaries

Nottingham Trent University

We are internationally known as one of UK’s top business focused schools providing education and research in business, management and economics that combines academic excellence with impact on business and society.

Technische Universität Wien

TU Wien is one of the major universities in Vienna. The university has received extensive international and domestic recognition in teaching as well as in research, and it is a highly esteemed partner of innovation-oriented enterprises.

Eurac Research

Eurac Research is a private research centre. The Institute for Renewable Energy conducts applied research on advanced energy systems, mostly based on sustainable energy sources.

Research with Impact

RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (formerly Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung) is a leading centre for economic research and evidence-based policy advice in Germany.


SCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) is a public university established in 1972. Pursuing teaching, research and community service activities.

Universität Basel

The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching.

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research is a research institution that focuses on the domain ‘healthy food and living conditions’. We do not just develop top-quality expertise; we also help translate our knowledge into practice worldwide.


The Technological Institute of the Canary Islands or ITC is a public company created by the Government of the Canary Islands to carry out activities related to Research, Development and Innovation, service of Canary companies.