So here we are! Two years have passed since I left for the US and now I am “celebrating” the completion of the project, which formally ends today. Well, time flies!
As anticipated in the last post, in these days I quickly revised the SDG paper (which will still need some work in the future) and assembled Deliverable 3.1, which – similarly to D2.1 – is essentially the union of the abovementioned paper with the article concerning climate participation, simply with the addition of a brief introduction.
This is the last post of my blog, but the website will remain alive. In fact, in the Output section, that I will create soon, I will progressively report the scientific outcome of the project. In particular, you will find:
- the newsletter, that I will circulate in the next weeks and that will contain a new cartoon-video, similar to the one that you appreciated at the beginning of the project 🙂
- the deliverables
- the papers, that I will further elaborate in the coming months, obviously starting from the draft version reported in the deliverables.
Concerning the last point, along with the papers directly related to the project, I will also report two papers from PATHWAYS, a EU-FP7 project to which I collaborated before MERCURY (http://www.pathways-project.eu/). PATHWAYS explored transition routes for mitigation towards sustainable, low-carbon Europe, coupling three approaches: Integrated Assessment Modeling, socio-technical transition studies, and Initiative-Based Learning. The research activities of this project ended in November 2016, while 2017 and 2018 were dedicated to drafting the relevant papers, which will appear in a Special Issue to be published in 2019 on Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Similarly to what I did for the solar PV research within ADVANCE, I decided to include this activity within the MERCURY project because the two projects share common objectives, especially with regard to the analysis of low-carbon energy scenarios in Europe. I never talked about these papers because they did not directly regard my project, but since I dedicated some time to them in these two years and they report the MERCURY acknowledgement, I think it is correct to explicitly report them as well.
OK, what else to say? It would be impossible to summarize in few lines the experience that I gained in these two years, from a personal and professional point of view. Maybe I will write a book on this 🙂
In the meantime, I have to get ready for the next step in my career. What is it about? Well, I will let you check it out in the coming cartoon-video 🙂