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Changing Behaviour is a project that aims to support change in energy use and energy services. We do so by applying social research on technological change to practical use. Our focus is on the interaction between energy experts and energy users: How can these different groups learn to understand each other better?

Changing Behaviour is an action research project. Researchers and practitioners work together to develop, test and refine tools for improved interaction that are sensitive to context, timing and the needs of different users and stakeholders.

Changing Behaviour is a European project that is funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme Energy theme (contract number: 213217). The project partners are from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and the UK.
Athens workshop
Thursday, 30 April 2009 17:43
Energy for a Change
Energy Use & Behavioural Change

A workshop for practitioners

Athens, Greece, June 16th, 2009

On June 16th the CHANGING BEHAVIOUR project team comes to Athens, Greece for an event hosted by the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES). The workshop aims, in particular, to engage energy efficiency practitioners from Southern Europe.

The CHANGING BEHAVIOUR project aims to support the shift towards end-user services, promoted by the European energy policy. We do so by investigating the barriers, challenges and success factors of projects that aim to influence energy use.

The workshop will be interactive, encouraging the mutual learning and exchange of knowledge. Our team seeks your experience to test our early findings and to help improve guidance for colleagues throughout the European Union and elsewhere. Through this interactive process you will also have the opportunity to learn what the rest of Europe thinks about this issue.

If you wish, you can also take the opportunity to present your own work or organisation in a poster display session.

What will the event be about?

  • brief presentations on the CHANGING BEHAVIOUR project and up-to-date research findings
  • group work sessions to reflect upon the findings of the project and to explore and share success stories, common pitfalls and remaining challenges
  • interactive challenging debate involving experts
Who will be there?
We seek to engage local energy agencies, energy efficiency practitioners, policy makers and intermediary organisations working in the field of energy from Greece and south Europe together with EU colleagues from the CHANGING BEHAVIOUR project. We expect a total of 30-40 participants.

How can participants benefit from the event?

  • acquire up-to-date, applicable knowledge on how to reduce energy consumption
  • new skills for interacting with target groups
  • new ideas for innovative programmes
  • strengthen links and co-operation with UK and Dutch colleagues
How can you join us?

Please fill out and send in the registration form on this site. The workshop is free of charge, including light lunch and refreshments.

The registration deadline is June 5th, 2009. Some reimbursement of travel expenses for practitioners and experts from south Europe may be provided on a 'first in first served' basis.

Venue: The workshop will take place at the TITANIA hotel in the centre of Athens.

Accommodation: Special prices for the workshop attendants are provided by the TITANIA hotel. A range of accommodation alternatives are available in Athens, within short distance from the venue. Due to the summer season, we highly recommend your early booking.

Language: The workshop will be held in English


Preliminary programme


Contact the Athens Workshop Organisers


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