Bilateral research cooperation in the field of Energy Transition will be stimulated, but also viewed in the wider context of (trans)national or regional initiatives, such as Topsector Energy (NL), New Energy Coalition (NL), Energie-Forschungszentrum Niedersachsen – EFZN (D) as well as Zukunftslabor Digitalisierung Energie, part of Zentrum für digitale Innovationen Niedersachsen – ZDIN (D). At UG, the coordination for an interdisciplinary approach is located at the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute (ESRIG). At UOL, energy research has a systemic focus – on the economic and social interdependencies in large-scale energy systems (Department of Economics, Institute for Social Sciences), on intersectoral coupling and digitalization (OFFIS, DLR), on sustainability assessment (COAST), and on the integration of wind power to provide system-wide grid stabilizing services (ForWind).
The Waddenzee is a UNESCO cultural heritage and an important asset for the attractiveness of the Northern Dutch-German region. UG and UOL enjoy an excellent reputation in the field of Coastal Zone Management and Ecology. They closely cooperate with other stakeholders, research institutes and higher education institutes in the Waddenzee region. In the coming years, existing relations and networks will be consolidated and strengthened by organising academic workshops and seminars as well as joint supervisions of PhD candidates.