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Birkbeck Researcher Joins European Project to Support Green Energy Solutions

Professor Hélyette Geman is part of an international team of researchers supporting the next generation of sustainable energy experts.

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Professor Hélyette Geman, Professor of Mathematical Finance at Birkbeck and Director of Birkbeck’s Commodities Finance Centre, is part of a prestigious team of researchers who have been selected for the Knowledge Alliances Erasmus+ Greening Energy Market and Finance (GrEnFin) project.

The main aim of the project is to create a pipeline of professional sustainable energy experts with the skills and knowledge to tackle the global climate crisis. This will be achieved by developing an innovative Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in green energy and finance which will feature teaching from across the consortium, alongside a professional module for organisational training. The new programmes will take an interdisciplinary approach, combining a knowledge of finance, law and the social sciences in order to find innovative climate solutions.

Developing sustainable energy solutions will be key for upholding the Paris Agreement and meeting the European Union’s 2030 climate and energy targets. The GrEnFin project aims to support the transition to renewable energy by equipping individuals with the knowledge of financial risk, returns and impacts required to facilitate this change.

GrEnFin will be hosting its second Summer School in Katowice, Poland, this year. The Summer Schools introduce postgraduate students from across Europe to the discipline of Green Energy Finance. There are six places for Birkbeck students in the June 2021 Summer School and students can express their interest by emailing Professor Geman.

Professor Hélyette Geman said: “I am delighted to be collaborating with colleagues across Europe in the GrEnFin project. Despite Brexit, Birkbeck has retained close ties with European institutions such as the University of Bologna, University of Munich and University of Vienna, among others.

“Empowering individuals with the skills to address our global climate concerns is essential if we are to meet ambitious global targets to reduce emissions. The Summer Schools and subsequent training programmes are a fantastic opportunity for students across Europe to equip themselves to tackle these global challenges.”

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