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Climate and Energy

The Department of Climate and Energy (DKE) prepares and implements projects concerning the subject matter of climate change and environment and energy. To meet the guidelines of the European Union it commits to act both public bodies (including local government) and private entities. In addition, DKE works in development and promotion of issues related to energy efficiency and pro-climate education.

The Department of Climate and Energy conducts an active interregional and international cooperation- it coordinates programs of the European association called Climate-KIC.


Climate-KIC is an organization bringing together scientists, entrepreneurs, universities and authority representatives from Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Hungary, the UK, Spain and Poland. It combines private and public sectors to support innovative research projects and start-ups. Climate-KIC is funded by private and public partners, including the European Commission.

Climate-KIC cooperates with the EIT + Wrocław Research Centre thus creating the first regional centre in the Lower Silesia, which implements programs to support: education, innovative entrepreneurs and numerous projects related to the topic of climate change.

The president of the Climate-KIC is Mary Ritter, a professor of immunology at Imperial College London. For more information, please visit

Pioneers into Practice (PiP) is a European professional education program implemented by the Climate-KIC Association, operating under the auspices of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. PiP program gives a chance to exchange information, knowledge and technology among professionals – Pioneers, who will be able to develop, deploy and manage innovative projects of low-carbon and energy-efficient economy. PiP program is being implemented since 2010 in 6 European countries. In the last edition it was attended by over 180 specialists from Europe. PiP program participants can be both specialists – Pioneers, as well as organizations hosting Pioneers – Hosts.

The main objectives of the PIP include:

• developing interdisciplinary know-how in the cycle of domestic and foreign trips, and design workshops,

• education of Pioneers – a new generation of specialists, entrepreneurs, scientists, socio-political activists, shaping a new model of sustainable economic and social development.

The program is intended for:

• Small, medium and large enterprises.

• Universities,

• Local governments,

• Government,

• Research institutes,

• NGOs,

• Employees and owners of the above mentioned institutions,

• PhD students.

The subject matter of the program covers a very wide range associated with low-carbon economy, which is why Pioneers within the framework of this program will implement projects including, among others .:

• Renewable energy sources, low-carbon energy systems,

• Integrated transport systems in cities,

• Sustainable and energy-efficient construction and architecture, passive houses,

• Urban greenery, green roofs and walls,

• Water and sewage infrastructure, water and green resources in cities,

• Flood protection,

• Energy-efficient lighting technologies,

• Photovoltaics,

• Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), environmental law, green offices,

• Green Marketing,

and many others. What constitutes a key element of the program is for the projects to be accurately matched to the needs and abilities of its participants.


As a result, the PiP program participants have the opportunity to explore different perspectives and challenges related to the process of transformation to a low-carbon economy, as well as methods for their implementation.

The program is implemented in the following stages:

1. Recruitment for the program (January 26 – March 30 2015).

2. The three-day introductory workshop (April 2015).

3. Domestic month project internship (from April to June 2015. – total of 4 weeks)

4. The two-day national workshop summarizing the domestic internship (June 2015).

5. Foreign month project internship (from September to October 2015. – total of 4 weeks)

6. Foreign one-day thematic workshop and the two-day Festival of Innovation: (October 2015. – Festival of Innovation for the best Pioneers)

7. The one-day summary workshop (November 2015).

During the entire program until its completion, the Pioneers will work in groups led by the Regional Trainers. The aim of the collaboration will be finding a solution to the regional problem based on the Transition Thinking and Design Thinking methodology, which will be defined for each group individually, according to its specialization. The results of the work of all the groups will be presented at the last workshop in the form of a competition. The winning team, whose idea proves to be the most interesting for the Jury, will receive valuable prizes.

The most important benefits of participation in the PiP program include:

• Development and implementation of innovative low-carbon projects on the Polish and European market,

• Building a new market for products and services related to climate change mitigation,

• Transfer of knowledge and technology between science and business,

• Direct access to the best European companies or research and science institutes,

• The rich database of international relations,

• Developing knowledge and skills of workers through, among others, series of workshops related to the Transition Management and teamwork on projects,

• Access to expert training concerning creation of business models, negotiation, presentation and design thinking,

• Ability to participate in Climate-KIC international projects of commercial nature and obtaining financial support.

The benefits of participation in the program for a Pioneer:

• Participation in two month internships and a number of trainings and thematic workshops,

• Developing skills related to transition thinking and design thinking methodology,

• Acquisition of knowledge and experience in the field of “green technologies”,

• Transfer of acquired know-how to the company sending the Pioneer;

• Reimbursement of salaries, accommodation, travel and catering expenses up to EUR 8,000.

• Personal development,

• Interesting and unique experiences.

The benefits of participation in the program for the organization hosting the Pioneers:

• Monthly unpaid internships for specialists (national and/or international), selected by the host, in the field of climate and broadly understood low-carbon economy,

• Enlarging database of contacts,

• Acquisition of new knowledge, experiences and know-how,

• The possibility of obtaining financing for new projects

• No costs of participation in the program – the only cost is introducing the Pioneer in the internship program within the organization and to provide him a place to work.

You’re not sure if the program is right for you or your organization? We are pleased to dispel your doubts!

A detailed guide to the PiP program can be found here:

Or Apply now !

Emanuela Kubicka
Regional Program Coordinator PiP , tel . 727 663 301

The Journey program focuses on the themes of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, sustainable and low-carbon economy. Within the frame of the program students, doctoral students, young researchers and entrepreneurs will participate in a series of interactive lectures with academic professors and representatives of the business world, as well as take part in study visits and workshops, thereby gaining the necessary knowledge to run their own business related to the theme of pro-climate. The last stage of the Journey is to develop a business plan, its verification, proper presentation and undergoing evaluation. The best proposals will be awarded.

Under the program, participants are guaranteed almost 100% of expenditure financing, including: accommodation, meals, transfers between locations, training materials. The participant’s only expense is to get to the site of the first location, and return home after completing the course.

Applications will be evaluated under the following criteria:

Entrepreneurship of the applicator – studies, practice, work, investigated case study, self-employment, etc.,
Motivation to participate in the Climate -KIC ( – knowledge of the subject of Climate-KIC, its strategies, orientations, etc.
Additional activities – scientific clubs, associations, publications, competitions, etc.,
Interest in climate changes – resulting from the course of study and additional interests,
Belonging to a group of the best students (the top 25% of students),
Recommendation letters – from the university, from the employer, from the association or other entity,
Interview (motivation and level of English will be checked) – carried out in the EIT+ Wrocław Research Centre and at the University of Life Sciences (candidate will be individually informed of the date and place of the interview).
The required documents that shall be annexed to the application are: CV, scan confirming the results of the last two semesters, scan or any other document attesting to education, completed courses, experience gained, letters of recommendation.

For more information about the program enter the following website:
Registration will be open until 31 March

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Posted by Polski Ośrodek Rozwoju Technologii, Posted on 28.08.2015