Last week a couple of team members attended the CESC annual retreat, which this year was held at Näsby slott, north of Stockholm. The CESC retreat is an intensive 24 hour meeting with researchers and partners of the centre. This retreat started off with some presentations. First was Elisabeth Ekener Petersen, giving a short presentation of her PhD thesis, and then Louise Köning presented Coop’s work on sustainable practices in food consumption. This was followed by an ICT-based quiz, ingeniously preparing us for the next day.
The second (full-day), we covered ”Success stories” and ”Internationalization” in group work, as well as views on how CESC should engage in research on Smart Sustainable Cities and the Smart Grid. We also had the pleasure to listen to two presentations by Chris Preist, from the University of Bristol.
For those who did not know, CESC is a VINNOVA Excellence Centre, a kind of research hub, connecting researchers, the private and public sector. It is funded by VINNOVA with possible grants until 2017. Some of the team members are in different ways connected to CESC, doing research, or member of the management team.