WELCOME MESSAGE from the ERA-Chair Holder

Dear reader,

Welcome to the RE-SIZED ERA-Chair unit web site.

According to a statement in 2013 by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner then for Research, Innovation and Science: ‘Many regions in Europe are underperforming on research, both in terms of their overall output and in terms of their participation in EU funded research. I want to make sure that no one is left behind, not out of charity, but because it makes good research sense and economic sense to have wide participation in our programmes. This is the reason why we are launching the ERA Chairs initiative.’ The purpose of this initiative is to help close the research and innovation divide in Europe and widen participation in the European Research Area. The ERA Chairs programme will support universities and other eligible organizations in achieving the level of research excellence required to be competitive at international level on a sustainable basis.

And according to the above this is the reason of creating a cutting-edge research unit (Figure below with some of the members) as part of the Research Institute for Energy (RIE) at UMONS, Belgium leaded by the ERA-Chair Holder. In the following web pages you will find all the required information you need for our research that takes place in four major research areas that fullfil the prerequisites of the RE-SIZED project and that of the Smart District/City concept:

  1. Innovative Design of Cyber Physical System of Systems
  2. Sustainable Urban Planning
  3. Energy and Transport Systems Modeling
  4. Energy and Transport Systems Integration


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