04 May 2015 - 07 May 2015
Stockholm, Sweden

The Biennial International Workshop Series "Advances in Energy Studies"

The 9th edition of the workshop brings together scientists at the interface of energy related environmental and economic issues. The theme this year is on energy and urban systems.

Brian Fath's work on Network Analysis and Urban Metabolism will be highlighted in a keynote presentation titled: "Energy network science to assess social and ecological resilience and systemic health: Focus on ecosystems, economic systems, and urban metabolism." 

Workshop Format

More than a traditional Conference, the Workshop is intended as a broad discussion and collaboration venue among natural and social scientists, policy makers, entrepreneurs, environmentally and socially concerned stakeholders and their organizations. 

The number of participants is purposefully kept below 100 units, in order to promote and develop very interactive and productive working sessions, towards agreed upon conclusions and recommendations for urban energy policy. 

The goal is to leave enough time for the presentation of innovative points of view, accompanied by opportunities for exhaustive discussion and integration by participants. Plenary sessions will be integrated by discussion, thematic panels, working groups, interactive posters sessions. Special attention is placed to the possibility for young researchers to contribute and interact. 

In so doing, the event is at the same time a high level symposium aimed at reaching an updated understanding of the present energy situation and future perspectives in urban systems and a productive exchange of methods, knowledge and information among researchers, policy makers, managers, and stakeholders. 

In the past editions this participatory structure translated into increased networking among experienced and young scientists, implementation of new collaborative links, submission of projects to Institutions and agencies for funding, increased mobility of young scientists towards prestigious universities and research centers.

As always, the Workshop will be concluded by the approval of a “state of the art and priorities” document, to address the hottest topics and suggest pathways for future research and energy policies.


About the Workshop

The BIWAES series started in 1998. The 8th edition was held in Mumbai, India, in the year 2012, in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research. Since 1998, the Workshop was organized in Italy (4 times), Brazil, Austria, Spain, India. 

This series of Workshops aims at sharpening scientific focus and building a critical mass and collaborative network among scientists researching energy and energy related environmental and economic issues. The goal is gaining new momentum in these years as societal attention once again shifts toward policy debates concerning sustainable use of resources, in particular energy and its relationship to the economies of humanity, development, climate. 

The Workshop will bring together the world's best intellectual skills and talents with the aim to perform a critical assessment of the difficult problems of environmental security and development of energy technologies suitable to meet the increasing world energy demand in the next decades, with special focus on urban systems.  In addition, this Workshop will address the technological, financial, legal and institutional barriers to a transition to an economy characterized by energy efficiency, increased use of renewable energies, increased matching of supply with use quality, globalization of energy market, higher security of energy supply as well as increased safety of energy generation facilities, transportation devices, energy use.

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Advanced Systems Analysis

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Biennial International Workshop Advances in Energy Studies 2015

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