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LAST DAYS TO REGISTER: EERA 10-year Anniversary Conference - Brussels, 26-27 June 2018

26/06/2018

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The EERA 10-year anniversary conference (26-27 June, Brussels) is approaching. Check out the final programme and register by June 22

What are the present and the future of the European energy community? How can stakeholders in energy research & innovation cooperate to contribute to the implementation of the SET-Plan and make the Energy Union happen? What are the big trends in energy transition and what technology developments will disrupt our way of thinking, producing and consuming energy in the future?

Join EERA for a two-day event to discuss this and more with key representatives from EU institutions, Member States, international organisations, research, industry, citizens organisations and other stakeholders.

Our speakers are lined up and include: Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General, DG Research & Innovation (EC); Dominique Ristori, Director General, DG Energy (EC); Henna Virkkunen, Member of the European Parliament, ITRE Committee; Patrick Child, Deputy Director General, DG Research & Innovation (EC); Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Adviser to the Director General, DG Energy (EC); Isabella Plimon, Head of Department for Energy Technology and Innovation for the Austrian Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism; Peter Vis, Adviser at the European Commission’s European Political Strategy Centre; Stéphane Nicolas, Director of Cabinet Government of Brussels Capital; Nils Røkke, EERA Chairman.

Jeremy Leggett – Founder and Director of Solarcentury – will provide his perspective on visions for a sustainable energy future.

Registration & practical information

 

Venue: The SQUARE – Brussels Convention Centre

Coudenberg 3, B-1000 – Brussels

 

26 June, 9:00 – 18:00 (registration & welcome coffee 8:00 – 9:00)

27 June, 9:00 – 12:00

 

For additional information: secretariat@eera-set.eu

 

 

Click here to register

Registration deadline: 22 June 2018

We look forward to welcoming you at the EERA 10-year Anniversary Conference!

 

 

Programme

For the programme of each individual session, please go to “Sessions”

DAY 1 – 26 June

DAY 2 – 27 June

 

08:00 – 09:00 Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome address by Nils Røkke, Chairman of EERA

09:20 – 11:05 SESSION I
Research & Innovation at the  core of the Energy Union

11:05 – 11:40 Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:15 SESSION II
Stakeholder collaboration in R&I for EU Energy Transition

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch Break

14:20 – 15:50 SESSION III
EERA catalysing European alignment:  driving bottom-up alignment, fostering top-down convergence

15:50 – 16:20 Coffee Break

16:25 – 18:00 SESSION IV
Megatrends in energy transition

 

08:30 – 09:00 Welcome coffee

09:00 – 10:30 SESSION V
The systemic nature of energy transition

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:45 SESSION VI
Visions for a sustainable energy future

11:45 – 12:00 Concluding remarks

 

Sessions

Session I

Session I

Research & Innovation at the core of the Energy Union

Research and innovation in low carbon energy technologies is a crucial element of the EU’s energy strategy, and constitutes the fifth dimension of the Energy Union. Since 2007 the SET-Plan has been the research and innovation pillar of the EU’s energy and climate policy.

EERA, as backbone of the SET-Plan, has over the past decade delivered on its objectives by supporting the coordination of energy research for a low carbon Europe. After achieving game-changing progress in the competitiveness of several low carbon technologies, the focus will increasingly be on addressing the systemic nature of the energy system as a whole – for example:

  • How can high penetration of intermittent and distributed energy sources be integrated in the overall system?
  • How will gas play a role as feedstock, energy vector and energy storage?

The panel will discuss key contributions from the European energy research community to accelerating transition to a clean energy system.

 

The panel

 

WELCOME SPEECH

Nils Røkke EERA Chairman

 

MODERATOR

Jacki Davis Managing Director, Meade Davis Communications

 

KEYNOTE SPEECHES

Maroš Šefčovič European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union (Video)

Henna Virkkunen Member of the European Parliament – Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Isabella Plimon Head of Department for Energy Technology and Innovation for the Austrian Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism

Dominique Ristori  Director General, DG Energy, European Commission

Peter Vis Adviser, European Commission’s Political Strategy Centre

 

Session II

Session II

Stakeholder collaboration in R&I for EU Energy Transition

Coordinating over 250 research organisations and representing about 50.000 researchers across 30 European countries, EERA is the largest organisation representing the energy research community in Europe.

With European funding representing less than 10% of the total public research funding available across Europe, the execution of the SET-Plan Implementation Plans relies essentially on transnational collaboration and in particular on the mobilisation of funding from Member States (MS) and Associated Countries (AC).

In addition to public funding, it is crucial to secure to the contribution of the private sector to ensure research results are properly transformed into competitive energy products and services.

Finally, no transition can occur without a continuous involvement of the civil society to ensure a sustainable appropriation of the transition by the citizens.

The panel will discuss the importance of European alignment in meeting the SET-Plan objectives and the complementary roles played by the research community, governments, industry and civil society as a whole, in contributing to coordinate priorities and resources.

 

The panel

 

MODERATOR

Jacki Davis Managing Director, Meade Davis Communications

 

KEYNOTE SPEECH

Jean-Eric Paquet Director General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
SPEAKERS

Piotr Swiatek German National Contact Point for Energy in H2020 and SET-Plan Steering Group Representative Member for Germany

Fabrice Stassin Managing Director, Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative

Alessandro Provaggi Head of the DHC+ Technology Platform c/o Euroheat & Power and Chairman of the Cross-cutting panel for the ETIP on Renewable Heating and Cooling

Josh Roberts Advocacy Officer on Clean Energy for All Europeans at the European federation of groups and cooperatives of citizens for renewable energy, REScoop.eu

Peter Hauge Madsen EERA Joint Program Coordinator for Wind Energy and SET-Plan Temporary Working Group Member on Off-shore Wind

 

Session III

Session III

EERA catalysing European alignment: driving bottom-up alignment, fostering top-down convergence

Structuring a “bottom-up” institutional alignment has been the primary and original focus of EERA, resulting in the strong and unique convergence of efforts towards sharing research agendas across organizations within and across EU Member States (MS) and Associated Countries (AC).

At the outset of the critical execution phase of the SET-Plan, increasing the convergence of SET-Plan countries’ priorities – representing more than 90% of the research funds that can be mobilised – is a key challenge on which much of the SET-Plan success will depend.

Notwithstanding the political autonomy of MS and AC in research funding allocation, EERA – through its wide European coverage and the close connections that its members have with national stakeholders – constitutes a unique platform to support higher convergence of SET-Plan countries’ priorities towards the SET-Plan objectives.

Acknowledging the complexity of the challenge, EERA has launched a unique initiative gathering stakeholders from a reference group of SET-Plan countries, in an effort to identify best strategies to accelerate the execution of the SET-Plan Implementation Plans.

The panel, that includes key members of this reference group, will highlight the considerable benefits that better European alignment could deliver and will propose recommendations on how best to achieve this objective.

 

The panel

 

MODERATOR

Jacki Davis Managing Director, Meade Davis Communications

 

KEYNOTE SPEECH

Patrick Child Deputy Director General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

 

SPEAKERS

Adel El Gammal Secretary General, European Energy Research Alliance

Ane Torvanger Brunvoll Special Advisor, Department of Energy, Research Council of Norway

Sophie van Eck Senior Policy Advisor, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Pascal Newton Project Manager Energy Europe at the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation

Alicia Mignone Chair Committee on Energy Research and Technology at the International Energy Agency

 

Session IV

Session IV

Megatrends in energy transition

While accelerating the energy transition has become one of the greatest needs for our society, it becomes increasingly evident how deeply intertwined energy is with all aspects of our modern societies and lifestyles.

Therefore, driving the energy transition requires to both fully embrace and anticipate the impacts of the megatrends shaping our technological and societal development.

This session will address three selected megatrends considered as central to the energy transition: the digitalisation of energy, the power of citizens’ choice on shaping the demand, and circular economy.

 

The panel

MODERATOR

Jacki Davis Managing Director, Meade Davis Communications

 

KEYNOTE SPEECH

Tudor Constantinescu Principal Adviser to Director General, DG Energy, European Commission

 

SPEAKERS

Damien Ernst Full Professor at University of Liège (ULG), Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Ray Pinto Policy and Member Relations Director, DIGITALEUROPE

Brooke Flanagan Project coordinator at EUROCITIES

Lidia Borrell-Damian Director for Research and Innovation (R&I), European University Association (EUA)

 

Session V

Session V

The systemic nature of energy transition

The Integrated SET-Plan, launched in 2015, highlighted the systemic nature of energy and the need to approach transition from a multi-disciplinary and cross-sectorial approach.

Capitalising on the improvements achieved in many of the SET-Plan energy technologies, it is now essential to bridge the technological silos through a better understanding of the implications of a rapidly changing energy mix, of an expected fast electrification of energy and of the effects of large-scale power-to-gas conversion on the power, gas and carbon sectors and their interactions.

This fundamental re-thinking is also reflected in the ongoing discussions about Horizon Europe, the next EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation. EERA covers the full range of pre-commercial low carbon technologies and captures the systemic and multi-disciplinary nature of the transition through horizontal system programmes. It is therefore ideally positioned to contribute in defining the future systemic R&D&I challenges that will pave the way to a competitive, fair and prosperous low carbon energy regime in Europe.

The panel will give the opportunity to discuss systemic interactions across technologies and how they underpin the overarching grand societal challenges, notably in the context of Horizon Europe.

 

The panel

 

CHAIR

Adel El Gammal Secretary General, European Energy Research Alliance

 

KEYNOTE SPEECH

Stéphane Nicolas Director of Cabinet of Céline Fremault, Minister of Housing, Quality of Life, Environment, Energy, Assistance to People and Persons with Disabilities – Government of Brussels Capital

 

SPEAKERS

Daniele Agostini Head of Low Carbon and European Energy Policies, Enel

Daniela Velte Programme Coordinator of EERA Joint Programme on economic, environmental and social impacts of energy policies and technologies

Lorenzo Malerba Programme Coordinator of EERA Joint Programme on Nuclear Materials

Edel Sheridan Coordinator of subprogramme for Electrochemical Energy Storage in EERA Joint Programme Energy Storage

Annemie Wyckmans Programme Coordinator of EERA Joint Programme on Smart Cities

 

Session VI

Session VI

Visions for a sustainable energy future

Jeremy Leggett Founder and Chair, SolarAid; Founder and Director, Solarcentury

Jeremy Leggett is an award-winning social entrepreneur and critically-acclaimed author whose books include The Carbon War, Half Gone, The Energy of Nations, and The Winning Of The Carbon War. He is founder and a director of Solarcentury, the UK’s fastest growing renewable energy company active on four continents, winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation and many other awards. He is also founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity itself parent to a non-profit social venture, SunnyMoney, that has sold almost 2 million solar lights in Africa and won a BITC Unilever Global Development Award.

With its understanding of energy economy and geopolitics, Jeremy Leggett will share, beyond technology, its visions on what profound political, market and societal transformations are required to address some of the severest, yet vastly unaddressed challenges for human civilization.

 

Keynote Speakers

 

Nils A. Røkke

EERA Chairman

Nils A. Røkke is Executive Vice President Sustainability at SINTEF, Scandinavia’s largest R&D Institute. Member of the management board of SINTEF. He holds a PhD in combustion from NTH (NTNU). Since May 2017 he is Chairman of EERA. He was Gas Turbine Design and Development Manager in Rolls Royce Marine before returning to SINTEF in 2002 as Vice President Gas Technologies and Director of the Gas Technology Centre NTNU-SINTEF. He is member of the European ZEP (Zero Emission Power) Advisory Council, co-chair of the Executive Committee of ZEP and member of the Divisional Board (Energy, Resources and Environment) of the Norwegian Research Council (RCN). Nils is Board member of the Norwegian Climate Foundation and Chair of ECCSEL (European CCS Labs), an energy ESFRI lab.

 

Maroš Šefčovič

European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union

Maroš Šefčovič is a Slovak career diplomat and since 1 November 2014 Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union. In this capacity, he leads the “Energy Union” Project Team within the Commission which comprises of 14 cmissioners.     In 2014 he was elected as the Member of the European Parliament.  From 2010 – 2014 he was Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration. In 2009-2010, he was European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth. From 2004 -2009, he was the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the European Union. As diplomat by profession he served between 1992 and 2004 in Zimbabwe and Canada and as Ambassador to Israel.  He graduated from the University of Economy in Bratislava and the Moscow State Institute for Foreign Relations. He holds a degree as Doctor of Law and a PhD of European Law from the Comenius University, Faculty of Law, Bratislava. He also studied at Stanford University, USA.  He has recently published a book on his first mandate as Vice-President entitled “Driving the EU forward – straight talks with Maroš Šefčovič” (John Harper Publishing, London 2014

 

Jean-Eric Paquet

Director-General of DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Jean-Eric Paquet is Director-General of the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission from 1 April 2018. He began his career in the European Commission in 1993 in the Directorate-General for Transport. In 1999 he joined the office of G. Verheugen,  former Commissioner for Enlargement. In 2002 he became the Deputy Head of Cabinet of P. Busquin, former Commissioner for Research. Mr Paquet was EU Ambassador in Mauritania between 2004 and 2007. He returned to transport in 2007 where he led the development of the Trans-European Transport Network policy. As Director for the “European Mobility Network” he was responsible for Europe’s transport infrastructure policy and investment strategies, the single European rail area, inland waterways and port policy. He joined DG Enlargement in November 2013. In November 2015 he was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the European Commission in charge of Policy Coordination and Better Regulation, dealing among others with the European Semester for economic policy coordination, energy and climate-related policies, as well as social and employment policies.

 

 

Patrick Child

Deputy Director General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Patrick Child has been Deputy Director General of DG Research and Innovation since April 2016. In his function he has specific responsibility for the Commission’s research and innovation policy on clean energy technologies as well as in the environmental and climate sector. He is the Commission representative and elected chair of the steering committee of Mission Innovation (a coalition of 23 countries committed to doubling research in clean energy by 2020). He is also responsible for the overall co-ordination of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation budget (EUR 77 billion for 2014-2020). A mathematician by training, Patrick Child joined the European Commission in 1994, where he held several leading positions, such as Managing Directorthe European External Service.

 

 

Tudor Constantinescu

Principal Adviser to Director-General, DG Energy, European Commission

Dr Tudor Constantinescu is Principal Adviser to the Director General for Energy in the European Commission since March 2011. He is engineer and economist by education. Before joining the Commission, he set up as Executive Director the Buildings Performance Institute Europe. He was the president of the Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation and for the period 2008-2009, he ensured the presidency of the EnR network of European Energy Agencies. Between 1996-2007, he coordinated the energy efficiency and related environmental activities of the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels.

 

 

 

Peter Vis

Adviser at the European Commission’s European Political Strategy Centre

Peter is an Adviser at the European Commission’s European Political Strategy Centre since 1 April 2018. For the academic year 2014-2015 Peter was the EU Visiting Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, UK. He has worked for the European Commission for 28 years, mostly in the areas of climate change, renewable energy and transport. From 2010-2014 he was Head of Cabinet to the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard. He also worked in the Cabinet of Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Energy from 2007-2010.

Peter was previously an Adviser in DG MOVE (Transport & Mobility) where he specialised in the decarbonisation of transport.

 

 

Henna Virkkunen

Member of the European Parliament

Henna Virkkunen has been a member of the European Parliament since 2014 and is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP). Her primary committee is the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and she is a substitute member of the committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN).  Before Ms Virkkunen was elected to the European Parliament, she served as a Minister of Transport and Local Government in Finland. She has also been a Minister of Public Administration and Local Government and a Minister of Education, during her two terms as a Member of the Parliament of Finland.

 

 

Isabella Plimon

Director for Energy Technology and Innovation, Austrian Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism

Isabella Plimon is the Director for Energy Technology and Innovation at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism. She also represents Austria in the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the Horizon 2020 Energy Program Committee. Before joining the department Isabella worked as an Advisor for international energy and environmental affairs to the Vice-Chancellor of Austria. Isabella has also represented Austrian businesses on a national, EU and international level focusing on energy and climate policy for several years. Isabella holds degrees from Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien and Technische Universität Berlin.

 

 

Stéphane Nicolas

Director of Cabinet of Céline Fremault, Minister of Housing, Quality of Life, Environment, Energy, Assistance to People and Persons with Disabilities – Government of Brussels Capital

Lawyer with a Master’s degree in European and International Environmental Law from the University of London (Master in International and European Environmental Law, University of London, QMW College, UK) Stéphane Nicolas was the Government Delegate in the framework of international climate negotiations (UNFCCC) between 2009 and 2013. He was also an expert in charge of energy, environment and climate in several Walloon ministerial cabinets. Since 2014, Stéphane Nicolas is the Director of Cabinet of Céline Fremault, Minister in charge of Housing, Quality of Life, Environment, Energy, Assistance to People and Persons with Disabilities within the Government of Brussels Capital.

 

Jeremy Leggett

Founder and Chair, SolarAid; Founder and Director, Solarcentury

Jeremy Leggett is an award-winning social entrepreneur and critically-acclaimed author whose books include The Carbon War, Half Gone, The Energy of Nations, and The Winning Of The Carbon War. He is founder and a director of Solarcentury, the UK’s fastest growing renewable energy company active on four continents, winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation and many other awards. He is also founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity itself parent to a non-profit social venture, SunnyMoney, that has sold almost 2 million solar lights in Africa and won a BITC Unilever Global Development Award.

With its understanding of energy economy and geopolitics, Jeremy Leggett will share, beyond technology, its visions on what profound political, market and societal transformations are required to address some of the severest, yet vastly unaddressed challenges for human civilization.

 

 

Speakers

Adel El Gammal

EERA Secretary General 

Adel El Gammal is a recognized expert and a senior EU Affairs professional in the fields of low carbon technologies, energy transition, and climate change. Before joining EERA as Secretary General, Adel was active for the last 10 years in the EU climate energy debate, notably as Director of the Becquerel Institute, a consultancy providing advanced research and intelligence on the energy transition, and Secretary General of the EU PV Industry Association (EPIA, now SolarPower Europe), where he launched the SET-Plan Solar Europe Industry Initiative (SEII). Adel is a civil engineer from Ecole Polytechnique of Brussels, holds degrees in Business Administration from Solvay Business School (Belgium) and Insead (France) and later specialized in Environment Management (IGEAT, Belgium).

 

 

Daniele Agostini

Head of Low Carbon and European Energy Policies, Enel

As the head of Low Carbon and European Energy Policies within the European Affairs Department of Enel Holding, Daniele Agostini is responsible for policy analysis and corporate position development on Low Carbon Policies across the over 30 countries in which Enel operates.  Prior to joining Enel, Mr. Agostini led the environmental advisory group of a global management consulting company in Italy. Mr. Agostini holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering with a minor in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA), a Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (USA) and a Master of Science in Environmental and Resources Economics from University College London (UCL, UK).

 

 

Marcel Bial

Secretary General, European Solar Thermal Electricity Association

As former head of System Development at the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) following his position as Secretary General of the Union for the Coordination of Transmission of  Electricity (UCTE) in Brussels from 2002 to 2009, Marcel Bial has an in-depth experience of both the international activities of European Transmission System Operators and the management of European associations and stakeholders engagement also across EU and non- EU countries. He also used this background in the last years as consultant to EU-funded projects. Since 2013, he is Secretary General at the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association promoting solar thermal electricity not only in Europe, but also in MENA region and worldwide.

 

Lidia Borrell-Damian

Director for Research and Innovation (R&I), European University Association (EUA)

Dr. Lidia Borrell-Damian is Director for Research and Innovation (R&I) at EUA since 2014. She is responsible for the overall portfolio of EUA’s R&I activities, coordinating EU R&I policy development based on the evidence provided by EUA universities and National Rectors’ Conferences. Her areas of work include the EU Funds for R&I; the European Research Area priorities; the EU Digital Agenda; Open Science and Doctoral Education. She coordinates scientific policy input through the EUA-Energy and Environment Platform (EUA-EPUE) and manages relations with major energy EU stakeholders in the SET-Plan, such as the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and InnoEnergy. Lidia Borrell-Damian holds a Doctorate in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Specialty (photovoltaics), from the University of Barcelona (1987).

 

Damien Ernst

Full Professor at University of Liège (ULG) · Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Damien Ernst received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of Liège, Belgium, in 1998 and 2003, respectively. He is currently Full Professor at the University of Liège, where he is affiliated with the Montefiore Research Unit. His research interests include  reinforcement learning, a subfield of artificial intelligence, and electrical energy system. Damien Ernst has particularly focused these last four years on the study of circular economy models for electricity exchanges.   He has co-authored more than 300 research papers and two books. He has also won numerous awards for his research.

 

Brooke Flanagan

Project coordinator at EUROCITIES

Brooke Flanagan is project coordinator at EUROCITIES. Brooke has over 20 years’ experience working in the energy, environment and local government sectors in Europe, the UK and Australia, for government, industry and NGOs. Brooke has undertaken research and campaigned on a range of issues including energy efficiency and climate change, and various environmental protection projects. Prior to joining EUROCITIES, she advised the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of London on climate and energy policy, established a not-for-profit policy and research consultancy – Future Climate – and headed up the policy and research activities of the Energy Saving Trust. Brooke has a degree in Environmental Assessment and Management from Newcastle University and a Master of

 

 

 

Edel Sheridan

Coordinator of subprogramme for Electrochemical Energy Storage in EERA JP Energy Storage 

Dr. Edel Sheridan is a research scientist at SINTEF, one of Scandinavia’s largest research organisations. She is part of the New Energy Solutions team at SINTEF Industry, who perform research in the fields of fuel cells, electrolysers, supercapacitors and batteries. Her own research experience is varied conducting polymer sensors during her PhD at Maynooth University, Ireland, to gas separation membrane technology at NTNU and materials development for supercapacitors, Li ion, Mg ion and Zinc-air batteries at SINTEF, Norway. Edel coordinates the subprogram for Electrochemical Energy Storage in the European Energy Research Alliance for Energy Storage and is familiar with industries engaged in battery technology.

 

 

Peter Hauge Madsen

DTU/EERA Joint Programme Coordinator for Wind Energy

Peter Hauge Madsen is head of the department, DTU Wind Energy, at the Technical University of Denmark. PHM has been involved with energy research and research management for more than 30 years, primarily in the field of wind energy, working also in industry (Siemens Wind Power and Det Norske Veritas). PHM is active in international standardization and cooperation and chairs the Danish national committee for wind turbine standardization, the European Energy Research Alliance’s Joint Program for Wind Energy, the Accident Investigation Board for offshore installations. He is member of the Board of the Danish Wind Industry Association and of various steering committees, including ETIPWind and UNI-SET. He holds a MSc and a PhD from the Technical University of Denmark.

 

Lorenzo Malerba

SCK•CEN/Programme Coordinator of EERA Joint Programme on Nuclear Materials

Lorenzo Malerba, Italian, nuclear engineer, received his PhD in industrial engineering at the Technical University of Madrid. In 2000 he joined the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, SCK•CEN. His research focused on modelling nuclear materials behaviour in operation, with responsibilities in most relevant European projects. He authored more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and about 50 proceedings papers. In 2010 he joined the then starting EERA JPNM as responsible for the subprogramme on structural materials modelling, becoming coordinator in 2014. This experience enlarged his interests to GenIV & fusion reactor systems, nuclear energy sustainability and energy policy in Europe.

 

 

Alicia Mignone

Chair of the Committee on Energy Research and Technology of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Alicia Mignone is Chair of the Committee on Energy Research and Technology of the IEA since 2014 Ministry and Alternate Governing Board representative. She is Senior Energy Expert at the Italian of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. She has managed research activities in Argentina and Italy, represented Italy in numerous international bodies and participated in the G8/G7 Energy process. Other previous assignments include: team leader of EC Development Cooperation projects; participant in informal experts’ discussions for the EU External Energy Policy and in the consultation process for Research Infrastructures; Italian Delegate for International Cooperation in FP7 and Scientific Attaché and Energy Advisor to the Permanent Delegation of Italy to OECD – IEA. She was Senior Scientist at ENEA in Italy (1978-1996). She graduated in Chemistry at the National Buenos Aires University.

 

Pascal Newton

Project Manager Energy Europe at the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation

Chemist and physicist by training, Dr Pascal Newton is currently the Sherpa of representative of the French Ministry of higher education, research and innovation in the SET Plan steering group since 2013. For Horizon 2020, the European R&I framework programme, Pascal is also the French representative in the Horizon 2020 Energy Programme Committee and one of the French Energy NCPs. He works also on the issue of synergies of funds, mainly of ERDF with Horizon 2020. Before that he worked during seven years in a research organism and dealt with regional authorities for the purpose of implementing territorial research projects.

 

 

 

Diego Pavía

Chief Executive Officer, InnoEnergy

Diego Pavía graduated as electrical engineer, specialising in electronics and automation from the Polytechnical University of Madrid. His first professional experience, in 1988, was as co-founder and CEO of a start-up, Knowledge Engineering, dealing with industrial controls systems using artificial intelligence and neural networks. Three years later he joined Sema Group, and started a long career with private companies.In SchlumbergerSema, Diego headed multicultural working groups all over the world in the field of energy, with revenues of 650M$. Between 2002 and 2010, Diego was the CEO of Atos Origin, a leading international IT service provider, where he was responsible for Spain and South America, about 9.000 employees, and an annual turnover of EUR 450 million.Since 2010, Diego has been CEO of InnoEnergy. Diego, as a serial entrepreneur, has created 7 companies in his lifetime.

 

 

Ray Pinto 

Policy and Member Relations Director, DIGITALEUROPE

Ray joins DIGITALEUROPE with over 20 years of government affairs and communications experience in Brussels and across the EMEA region. Previously, he worked at Microsoft being part of the team responsible for the strategies to improve relations with governments and position the company on socio-economic issues. Ray leads the digital transformation strategy to leverage DIGITALEUROPE’s expertise in key policy areas such as data protection, media, platform and consumer issues. Ray leads several Policy and Working Groups helping our members advance important work in areas which includes artificial intelligence, skills development and the free flow of data. Ray holds citizenship with both Canada and France and is a graduate of McGill University in Political Science.

 

 

Alessandro Provaggi

Head of the DHC+ Technology Platform c/o Euroheat & Power and Chairman of the Cross-cutting panel for the ETIP on Renewable Heating and Cooling

Alessandro Provaggi leads the DHC+ Technology Platform – the European hub for R&D in District Heating and Cooling – at Euroheat & Power and he has been actively involved in the ETIP on Renewable Heating and Cooling since several years. Passionate about getting to a 100% sustainable energy model as soon as possible, Alessandro has more than 10 years of experience in EU policy, project management and communications. Before joining Euroheat & Power, he worked for EUREC, the association of European renewable energy research centres and previously for the European Commission (EuropeAid) and the European Parliament. He is a former Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and he studied at Bologna University, Madrid Complutense, Solvay Brussels School and Boston University.

 

Josh Roberts

Advocacy Officer, REScoop.eu

Since January 2017, Josh has served as Advocacy Officer of REScoop.eu, a federation that represents citizen cooperative and energy initiatives around Europe that work on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other clean energy technologies. Josh coordinates REScoop.eu’s input into the negotiations on the EU’s clean energy package legislation. A qualified lawyer in California since 2010, Josh has been actively involved in the European energy policy since 2012. As climate and energy lawyer for ClientEarth, he has focused on internal energy market, renewables, infrastructure, and community/citizen participation issues. Josh earned his Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of law, and he has an LL.M. in Environmental Law & Policy at University College London. He is also a member of the World Commission on Environmental Law.

 

 

Fabrice Stassin

Managing Director, Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative (EMIRI)

Fabrice Stassin is Managing Director of the Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative (EMIRI)Association. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry & Materials Science and a Master in Management & Entrepreneurship. In the past he worked as Managing Director of an RTO in white biotech and as Strategy Consultant at Accenture. In 2008 he joined Umicore as innovation manager and, since 2012, he has been part of Umicore Government Affairs, focusing on energy materials. Fabrice Stassin was instrumental in the development of EMIRI, which he has managed since 2014. EMIRI represents more than 50 organizations active in advanced materials for clean energy & clean mobility technologies. The association contributes to the industrial leadership of the field by advocating for an appropriate innovation, industrial and energy policy framework in Europe.

 

Piotr Swiatek

German National Contact Point for Energy in Horizon2020 and SET-Plan Steering Group Representative Member for Germany

Piotr Swiatek is a German physicist Polish origin. He got his PhD in Solid State Physics from University of Cologne. 1986-2001 he worked as physicist in Research Centre Juelich, Germany.

He was Project Manager of “Fit for Europe” run by European Liaison Office of German Research Organisations KoWi untill 2003. 2004-2008 Piotr Swiatek was a Senior Science Officer at COST in Brussels. Currently he works for the Programme Management Agency PtJ in Juelich as a H2020 National Contact Point Energy. Besides, he carries many educational activities on R&D cooperation and  management.

 

 

 

Sophie van Eck

Senior Policy Adviser, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Sophie van Eck works as a senior policy advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic  Affairs and Climate Policy.  She coordinates the input of the Dutch government to international energy-innovation collaboration frameworks, such as the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) – Plan, Mission Innovation and the Technology Collaboration Programs of the International Energy Agency. Furthermore, she works on national and European energy-efficiency policies.

 

Ane Torvanger Brunvoll

Special Advisor, Department of Energy, Research Council of Norway

Ane Torvanger Brunvoll is a recognized expert within research and innovation of sustainable energy and climate solutions and has more than 20 year of experience as a leader and manager in public and private sector.

Currently she is head of the largest thematic program (ENERGIX) in The Research Council of Norway. The program provides funding for research on renewable energy, energy efficient, energy systems and energy policy. The program holds an annual budget of approx 50 million Euro.

 

 

Daniela Velte

TECNALIA/ Programme Coordinator of EERA Joint Programme on economic, environmental and social impacts of energy policies and technologies

Daniela Velte is a member of POINT, Tecnalia´s expert group for Innovation and Technology Policies. She works with the Office of Technology Evaluation of the European Parliament (STOA) on energy technologies and is the coordinator of the EERA Joint Programme e3s “Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts of Energy Policies and Technologies.”  Her recent studies include the H2020 project “ECHOES Energy CHOices supporting the Energy Union and the Set-Plan”, as well as an analysis of options for reindustrialization of the European PV industry and the evaluation of business opportunities related to Smart Grid Technologies for EASME.

 

Annemie Wyckmans

NTNU/Programme Coordinator of EERA Joint Programme on Smart Cities

Professor Annemie Wyckmans is head of NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities at the NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Design. She has an MSc in Architectural Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, a PhD in Building Technology and a postdoctoral degree on education for environment-friendly architecture from NTNU. She is project coordinator of the URBAN-EU-CHINA Innovation Platform of Sustainable Urbanisation, programme coordinator of the EERA Joint Programme Smart Cities, project leader of SiNoPSE Sino-Norwegian Partnership in Sustainable Energy, and of PI-SEC Planning Instruments for Smart Energy Communities. Her main goal is to promote smart sustainable cities, through research, innovation and education. She leads several cooperation projects with public and private sector in Norway, EU and China.

 

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Jacki Davis

Managing Director, Meade Davis Communications

Jacki Davis is a leading commentator and analyst on European Union affairs. She is a very experienced journalist, speaker and moderator of high-level events both in Brussels and in EU national capitals, the editor of many publications, a regular broadcaster on television and radio news programmes and documentaries commenting on EU issues, and both a Senior Adviser and member of the Governing Board at the Brussels-based think tank, the European Policy Centre. She has been based in Brussels for more than 25 years, and was previously Communications Director of the European Policy Centre; launch editor and editor-in-chief of E!Sharp, a monthly magazine on EU affairs launched in 2001; the launch editor of European Voice, a Brussels-based weekly newspaper on EU affairs owned by The Economist Group, from 1995-2000 (which has now become Politico); and the Brussels correspondent of a British national newspaper.

 

 

 

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