About this online course


How increasing the representation of women in the clean energy sector can be a catalyst for innovation and ultimately lead to a more effective energy transition.

Females are significantly underrepresented in the energy sector: gain a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities for women in the Clean Energy Transition (CET), through the experiences and contributions of researchers and professionals in the field.

Total workload of the course: 25 hours

The MOOC is provided by Politecnico di Milano and is the result of a proficient collaboration among FemPower partners:

  • Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis / Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • Centar za Promociju Nauke / Center for the Promotion of Science – CPN (Serbia)
  • Diotima Centre for Gender Rights & Equality (Greece)
  • Technische Universiteit Delft / Delft University of Technology - TU Delft (the Netherlands)
  • Technologiko Panepistimio Kyprou / Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus)
  • Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Spain)

This is a self-paced MOOC: you can progress through the course at your own speed; you can complete course material and you can post on the forum at any time before the course end date.

The course adopts an approach that draws upon the combination of experience sharing with supporting data and context policies. Content is broken down into bite-sized chunks to allow flexible learning, so that you can take it wherever you are.

This MOOC is especially for university students in energy-related subjects, but also for academics, decision - and policy-makers and for anybody interested in the intersection of gender and Clean Energy.

What You'll Learn

By actively participating in this MOOC, you will achieve different Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs):

  • you will be able to define what the Clean Energy Transition is
  • you will be able to explain why gender mainstreaming is important to policy making in the Clean Energy Transition
  • you will be able to outline the state of the art of EU policies and strategies related to Clean Energy Transition and gender equality
  • you will be able to recognize the different types of gender-related barriers, gaps and inequalities in the clean energy sector
  • you will be able to identify the main transversal skills and leadership attitudes that are conducive to succeed in the clean energy sector
  • you will be able to recognize the main strategies and practices in academia and business to tackle the underrepresentation of women in the clean energy sector
  • you will be able to outline the ways in which women can act as catalysts for innovation in the clean energy sector
  • you will be able to define the concepts of prosumerism, energy communities and energy cooperatives and the basic connections among them


Course Syllabus

Week 0 - Course introduction

Week 1 - Where gender and clean energy meet

This week focuses on what the CET is and why the gender issue is relevant to it

Week 2 - Experiences of women in the Clean Energy Transition

This week introduces hands-on practice in academia and in business, challenges and possible solutions

Week 3 - Increasing the role of women in the Clean Energy Transition

Week 3 tackles the underrepresentation of women, tackling the underrepresentation of women, making education in the clean energy field attractive to them

Week 4 - Women and innovation in the Clean Energy Transition

This week deals with female representation as a lever for innovation, with a focus on prosumerism and energy cooperatives

Final Quiz

Webinar Quiz

Additional resources


This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).


No prerequisite knowledge is required for this course.

  • Starts: Anytime (Self-Paced)
  • Free
  • Length: Self-Paced
  • Effort: 5 - 6 hours per week / 5 weeks

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