ERICA is a council of university research institutes.

Terms of Reference


Collectively ERICA aims to provide:


  • National capacity across a broad spectrum of cutting-edge energy research, in both specialised and inter-disciplinary fields;

  • High-level, evidence-based, energy policy advice to government;

  • An over-the-horizon perspective on future energy opportunities and challenges that can only be informed by cutting-edge research;

  • A research touch point for industry and government on energy issues of national and international significance; and

  • A research-led education network for students and young researchers.

As active members of ERICA, participants agree to:

  • Meet at least once per year in person;

  • Attend teleconference meetings to discuss intervening and time-dependent issues requiring a collective response;

  • Provide sufficient resources to enable part-time administrative support for ERICA, including a website and organisation for an annual Energy Research conference;

  • Contribute to specific projects on an ‘as needs’ basis.


Membership of ERICA by any organisation is by invitation through the agreement of existing members, and membership can be requested at any time.


The membership is non-binding, and the consensus views represented by the Council are those of the ERICA representatives and not of their parent universities.

The ERICA secretariat will move from one member institute to the other, each year. The Australian National University will host the secretariat for the current year (2018-19).