BRIGHT Students' Conference

The BRIGHT Students’ Conference is the annual gathering of students from member universities of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). The conference aims to provide an environment in which excellent students, as field specialists and stakeholders of the Europe of tomorrow, can focus on themes crucial to their education and cultural development.

While LERU was founded to enhance the cooperation between Europe’s top research universities, the purpose of the BRIGHT Conference is to develop a strong network between Europe’s brightest students and to offer them a platform on which they can discuss politically, socially and intellectually challenging topics that are shaping our present and future. The BRIGHT Conference is organised by students, for students. Two hundred students from 21 universities, all members of the LERU, can participate in this four-day forum.

Each year the BRIGHT Conference is hosted by another member university of LERU. Previous conferences were held at Amsterdam (2012), Lund (2011) Münich (2010), Milan (2009), Helsinki (2008), the Karolinska (2007), Heidelberg (2006), Leuven (2005) and Leiden (2004).

BRIGHT 2013 

Energy Transition in the 21st Century
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (in cooperation with the Université de Strasbourg)
12-16 August 2013

In many European countries, the energy sector is shifting from an emphasis on oil, coal and nuclear energy towards wind, solar, water and bio-fuel technologies. Among the reasons are the necessary reduction of CO2-emmisions and the wish for energy independence, especially from foreign oil. In some countries, the topic of energy transition has gained considerable momentum after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. The Federal Republic of Germany plans to have 80% of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2050. This calls for the active participation of Germany’s states and cities. Freiburg is one of the country’s leading cities in implementing a sustainable and eco-friendly strategy in all areas of life.

The various available renewable energy sources provide different possibilities for separate geographical regions: offshore wind parks along coastlines, solar energy in the south, or water-generated energy in the mountains. The infrastructure needed to connect these decentralized energy sources to the electricity networks is still under construction, thus great efforts by the European nations will be necessary to efficiently coordinate the energy transition.

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Students who want to participate in the next Bright Conference should contact the Bright Director at their university. If you would like to receive more information about the Bright Conference, please do not hesitate to contact the LERU Office.