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MOU with Max Planck Society signed!

Recognizing that the study of energy transformations at different times and in different places will help us find tomorrow’s energy solutions, the University of Calgary has joined forces with the Max Planck Society, one of Germany’s most prestigious and successful research organizations, and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for research collaboration and exchange.

“We have incredible expertise in the humanities and social sciences focused on the transition to a low-carbon economy,” says Dr. Ed McCauley, vice-president (research) at the University of Calgary. “Our energy research strategy is built upon cross-disciplinary collaboration, and this partnership with the Max Planck Society presents an opportunity to participate in world-class international teamwork.”

The MOU is centred on research collaboration on the topic of Energy Transitions and scholarly exchange between Canada and Germany. The partnership emerged from a series of workshops and explorations between UCalgary’s Energy In Society research group and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin).

EIS, an interdisciplinary research group at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities (CIH), has spent the past two years developing a research agenda on the histories, politics and social life of energy and energy transitions. EISco-convenors Dolata (history), Dr. Sabrina Peric, PhD (anthropology and archaeology) and Dr. Roberta Rice, PhD (political science), have also participated in three workshops with colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, organized a lecture series on energy research at CIH and organized a multi-faculty workshop on Global Energy Transitions here at UCalgary.

“This prestigious international collaboration is an indication of the significance and the high quality of the interdisciplinary work being done by the EIS working group,” says Dr. Jim Ellis, PhD, director of the CIH.

For more, please see the UToday article here.

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Ed McCauley, vice-president (research) at the University of Calgary, left, shakes hands with Jürgen Renn, director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, on the occasion of a new research partnership between the two institutions.

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