The University of Mons (UMONS) is located in the Walloon Region of Belgium, and by the intermediate of its Research Institute for Energy (RIE), has proposed to build an ERA-Chair Team headed by the ERA-Chair Holder for building a strong, sustainable and highly-performing Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) platform in the field of Energy Efficiency in City Districts according to the concept of ‘Net Zero Energy City Districts (NZED)’. The FP7 EU proposal was presented among a great number and was selected as one of the final eleven funded projects in 2014 with UMONS hosting the ERA-Chair Holder and its unit in collaboraiton with different departments for creating the best environment and conditions for achieving an ambitious R&D&I program aligned with the smart specialization priorities already initiated by the regional authorities for its socio-economic successful growth and with the European priorities within the European Research Area (ERA). The principal objectives of this project are:

  • to reinforce Excellence in Research at UMONS in the field of NZED through the successful achievement of an ambitious Research & Development & Implementation program;
  • to enhance the Innovation potential in the field;
  • to improve a network around the theme to the benefit of UMONS as well as the main regional, national and European stakeholders;
  • to assess the performance of the ERA-Chair Team model as well as its replication potential, within the Research Institute for Energy and other UMONS Research Institutes.


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