EU Policy Forum for Educators – Master Teacher Workshop

2021 EU Policy Forum for Educators


Europe Goes Green? Energy, Environment, Politics, and Security in the EU

The 2021 EU Policy Forum took place on August 17, 2021. Please find resources and teaching curricula from the event below.

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies welcomed middle school, high school, and community college educators to participate in the 2021 Summer EU Policy Forum, co-sponsored by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme, and focused on contemporary issues in the European Union including the European Commission’s European Green Deal to be the first climate neutral continent.

The 2021 workshop featured the following speakers, with select lectures available as podcasts on Soundcloud and iTunes:

  • Dr. Max Lemke – Europe’s Twin Transitions: Climate Neutrality and Digital Transformation
  • Dr. Sarah Lohmann – Balancing Green Energy, Energy Security, and Geopolitical Security
  • Dr. Niko Switek – The Rise of Green Parties in European and EU Politics (Especially in Germany)
  • Geoscientist Scott Montgomery – Tricky Tradeoffs between Sustainability, Energy, and Economics in the EU

2021 Workshop Agenda:

Workshop Agenda

2021 Curriculum Resource Guide:

The Curriculum Guide is available as a single document and also as individual Modules. Please refer to the Guide Introduction for general resources on the EU, the Bibliography, and the Table of Contents for each Module.

Complete Curriculum Guide

Guide Introduction

Module One: Europe’s Twin Transitions: Climate Neutrality and Digital Transformation

Module Two: Balancing Green Energy, Energy Security, and Geopolitical Security

Module Three: The Rise of Green Parties in European and EU Politics

Module Four: Tricky Tradeoffs between Sustainability, Energy, and Economics in the EU

 

Information about the Euro Challenge High School Competition:

Euro Challenge

Related Reading:

Europe Rolls Out Ambitious Climate Change Plan, But Obstacles Loom – The New York Times (pdf)

EU Unveils Sweeping Climate Change Plan – BBC News (pdf)

How Green-Party Success is Reshaping Global Politics – Council on Foreign Relations (pdf)

The Geopolitics of Energy Security in Europe – Carnegie Europe (pdf)


Speaker Information:

 

Dr. Max LemkeEurope’s Twin Transitions: Climate Neutrality and Digital Transformation

Dr. Max Lemke is the Head of Internet of Things (IoT) unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. He is responsible for Horizon 2020 programmes on the digital transformation of key industrial sectors, including in particular in agri-food, smart energy and mobility. In the new Horizon Europe and DIGITAL programmes, he coordinates the developments on the next generation IoT as well as on data spaces and digital industrial platforms for the above sectors.

In his previous roles at the Commission, Max Lemke had a leading role in developing and coordinating the Digitising European Industry strategy, and was involved in the development of the European Strategy for Artificial Intelligence. He was responsible for embedded and cyber-physical systems, advanced computing, and ICT for manufacturing (Industry 4.0). He was co-responsible for the joint technology initiative ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership) and the public-private partnership Factories of the Future. In the latter context, he has gradually built the I4MS (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs) initiative.

Max has a scientific background in numerical mathematics, high-performance computing, and software engineering. He holds diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science, as well as a Doctorate in Natural Sciences. In 2020, he conducted a study on “The digital industrial ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest” and taught a course on “Geopolitics of innovation: The US, the EU and China” as a European Union Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Find Module One of the Curriculum Guide here.
Please refer to the Complete Curriculum Guide for the Intro and Bibliography sections.

 

Dr. Sarah Lohmann – Balancing Green Energy, Energy Security, and Geopolitical Security

Dr. Sarah Lohmann is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies and a Visiting Professor at the U.S. Army War College. Her current teaching and research focus is on cyber and energy security and NATO policy, and she is currently a co-lead for a NATO project on “Energy Security in an Era of Hybrid Warfare”. She joins the Jackson School from UW’s Communications Leadership faculty, where she teaches on emerging technology, big data and disinformation. Previously, she served as the Senior Cyber Fellow with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University, where she managed projects which aimed to increase agreement between Germany and the United States on improving cybersecurity and creating cybernorms.

Find Module Two of the Curriculum Guide here.
Please refer to the Complete Curriculum Guide for the Intro and Bibliography sections.

This workshop segment was recorded and is available as a podcast here, and the visual Presentation Slides accompanying the lecture can be viewed here.

A complete transcript of the podcast is available here.

 

Dr. Niko Switek – The Rise of Green Parties in European and EU Politics (Especially in Germany)

Niko Switek is DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor for German Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. His research interests focus on political parties and party systems as well as on coalition politics. He wrote extensively about the green party family in Western Europe and he worked on parties on European level (‘Europarties’).

Find Module Three of the Curriculum Guide here.
Please refer to the Complete Curriculum Guide for the Intro and Bibliography sections.

This workshop segment was recorded and is available as a podcast here.

 

Geoscientist Scott Montgomery – Tricky Tradeoffs between Sustainability, Energy, and Economics in the EU

Scott L. Montgomery is an author, geoscientist, and affiliate faculty member in the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. He writes and lectures on a wide variety of topics related to energy (geopolitics, technology, resources, climate change), American politics, intellectual history, language and communication, and the history of science. He is a frequent contributor to online journals such as The Conversation, Forbes, and Fortune, and his articles and op-eds are regularly featured in many outlets, including Newsweek, Marketwatch, The Huffington Post, and UPI. He also gives public talks and serves on panels related to issues in global energy and their relation to political and economic trends and ideas of sustainability. For more than two decades, Montgomery worked as a geoscientist in the energy industry, writing over 100 scientific papers and 70 monographs on topics related to oil and gas, energy technology, and industry trends. Montgomery is the author of 12 books and is currently pursuing several areas of research, including the role of Enlightenment ideas in present-day American politics, as well as the future of petroleum and its role in geopolitics and climate change.

Find Module Four of the Curriculum Guide here.
Please refer to the Complete Curriculum Guide for the Intro and Bibliography sections.

This workshop segment was recorded and is available as a podcast here, and the visual Presentation Slides accompanying the lecture can be viewed here.

 


  

For questions about the workshop, please contact cweseuc@uw.edu

The 2021 EU Policy Forum for Educators is sponsored by the Center for West European Studies & EU Center, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, the World Affairs Council and the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme. The workshop is hosted by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: (206) 543-6450/V, (206) 543-6452/TTY, (206) 685-7264 (FAX), or dso@u.washington.edu