Solar Energy for Science Symposium, Hamburg

Solar panels

As the symposium on solar energy at the DESY research center approaches, participants are eagerly anticipating the wealth of knowledge and insights that will be shared during this event. The program encompasses a wide range of topics, including renewable energy, climate change, and the societal impact of solar power. From discussions on the role of renewable energy in mitigating climate change to exploring the current and future solar energy technologies in Europe and MENA, attendees will gain valuable insights into the advancements and trends in this field. The symposium not only focuses on large-scale solar projects but also acknowledges the importance of solar power at the individual level, making it relevant for homeowners interested in implementing solar energy systems. For those considering the switch to solar, tools like a solar roi calculator can provide a useful assessment of the financial benefits and return on investment associated with installing solar panels. With the knowledge and inspiration gained from this symposium, participants will be better equipped to contribute to the widespread adoption of solar power, whether on a personal or a larger scale.

EUSJA study trip to Hamburg organized by TELI, to International symposium on solar energy at DESY research center from 18 to 20 of May 2011.

The organizers will cover 3 nights of accomodation and meals, participants have to take care about their flights.

Applications (name, position in media, e-mail) should be sent via national association no later than April 29th. The number of participants: 15.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

  • 17:00 Registration opens (venue: DESY)
  • 19:00 Public Podium discussion (in German) – in cooperation with DESERTEC foundation, University Hamburg (location UHH)
  • 20:30 Welcome Reception venue: DESY

Thursday, 19 May 2011

  • 09:00 signing of DESY-SESAME MoU – in Seminar room
  • 09:30 Opening Remarks: Helmut Dosch, Director General DESY and Ulrich Wagner, DLR, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (tbc), Maged Al-Sherbiny, President of Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology and Khaled Toukan, Director General SESAME,
  • 10:00 Panel of Government Representatives: Chairperson: Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director IASS, Potsdam; Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy, European Commission (video message); NN, Ministry for Higher Education and Scientific Research, Egypt;Georg Schütte, Secretary of State, German Ministry for Education and Research;Gretchen Kalonji, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences UNESCOM; Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director IEA (tbc)
  • 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11:30 Panel on Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Societal Challenges. Key questions: What is the role of renewable energy for climate change mitigation, for energy security, to remove energy poverty and for socio-economic growth?Chairperson: Eberhard Umbach, President Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (tbc); Walter Kohn, University of California, Santa Barbara, Nobel Laureate 1998; Odeh Al-Jayyousi, Regional Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Jordan; Mojib Latif, IFM-GEOMAR Kiel;Ottmar Edenhofer, Chief Economist, PIK Potsdam; Carlo Rubbia, Scientific Director IASS, former Director-General CERN, Nobel Laureate 1984
  • 12:45 Lunch
  • Press Conference in Seminar room
  • 14:00 Science, Sustainability and Global Responsibility. Key question: How can science and technology contribute more effectively to achieve the goals of a sustainable development in the world? Chair: Gretchen Kalonji, UNESCO; Keynote Speaker: Ahmed Zewail, Caltech, US Science Envoy for MENA, Nobel Laureate 1999 (tbc); Panelists: Hartmut Grassl, Former Director Max-Planck-Institute; Khaled Toukan, Director General SESAME; Herwig Schopper, Chair of Scientific Board of UNESCO International Basic Science Programme IBSP, former Director-General CERN, former President SESAME Council; Amin Mobarak, Cairo University; NN, DG Research, European Commission;
  • 15:45 Coffee Break
  • 16:15 Solar Energy Projects in Europe and MENA. Key question: What are the current and future solar energy technologies, innovations and trends, market and projects in Europe and MENA? Chair: Jamila Matar, Energy Secretary, Arab League (tbc); Keynote Speaker: Robert Pitz-Paal, DLR; Panelists: Luis Crespo, Protermo Solar, Spain;  Fabrizio Fabrizi, ENEA Italy; Costas Papanicolas, Cyprus Institute of Technology
    Yehiam Prior, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel; Hafid Aourag or Tahar Sahraoui, Algeria, “The Algerian Solar Tower Project”;
  • Ca. 18:15 End
  • 18:45 Departure/Transfer to Restaurant
  • 20:00 Banquet Dinner (Location tbd) – After-Dinner Speech: Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsäcker
  • Ca 23:00 Back at hotels

Friday, 20 May 2011

  • 09:00 Bridging Solar Energy from MENA to Europe. Key question: What policy and regulatory frameworks (EU policy, directives, national plans in EU and MENA, certificate/emission trading etc) are needed to promote the transfer of solar energy from MENA to Europe. What financial structures/instruments can mobilize investments? What grid infrastructure has to be in place? Chair: NN, MENA;
    Keynote: Claudia Kemfert, German Institute of Economic Research and Hertie School of Governance; Panelists: Rainer Aringhoff, Dii GmbH; Marc Strauss, Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean;
    Mohamed Mousa Omran, First Understate Secretary for Research, Planning and Authorities Follow-up, Ministry of Electricity and Energy, Egypt; Suhail Kiwan, Jordan University of Science and Technology
    Georges de Montravel, MEDGRID – Grid infrastructure (tbc);
  • 10:45 Coffee Break
  • 11:15 Solar Energy Projects around the world. Chairperson: Seethapathy Chander, Asian Development Bank; Chandra Govindarajalu, World Bank; Yutaka Tamaura, Tokio Institute of Technology – “A perspective from Asia”; Zifeng Wang, Chinese Academy of Science; NN, USA (or India)
  • 12:15 Lunch
  • 13:15 Scientific and Educational Projects in MENA as anchor points for collaboration and for capacity building. Key question: What scientific institutes/projects/ideas in MENA could serve as anchor points to engage into a science/energy partnership? What academic/educational initiatives/networks exist to promote renewable energies? Chair: Herman Winick, Stanford University; Keynote: Maged Al-Sherbiny, President of Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology; Science Projects in MENA – Panel: Zehra Sayers, Sabanci University, Turkey – SESAME; Zahid Hussain, LBL Berkeley, Photon Science for Renewable Energy; Mostapha Bousmina, General Director Inanotech, Nanomaterials R&D in MENA (tbc); Educational/Academic Aspect – Panel: Mouldi Miled, Executive Director Desertec University Network
    Louy Qoaider, DLR, enerMENA
  • 15:00 Round Table Discussion: Contributions towards a joint Science/Energy Partnership: What can Europe contribute in terms of education, science and technology towards forging a European/MENA science/energy partnership? What are the specific demands/needs in MENA? Round Table Moderator: Proposed Participants: NN, DLR; Eicke Weber, Fraunhofer Association; Maximilian Metzger, German Ministry for Education and Research (tbc); Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director-General, DG Research, European Commission; Sir Chris Llewellyn-Smith, President SESAME Council, former Director- General of CERN and Chair of the ITER Council; Gerhard Knies, DESERTEC Foundation; Adnan Badran, President of Petra University, Jordan, former Deputy Director General of UNESCO
  • 16:00 Preliminary Conclusions – Helmut Dosch, DESY
  • 16:20 End of Conference