13 October 2013 - 17 October 2013
Daegu, Korea

22nd World Energy Congress

IIASA Deputy Director Nebojsa Nakicenovic will participate in the 22nd World Energy Congress taking place on October 13-17, 2013 in Daegu, Korea.

WEC Daegu 2013

WEC Daegu 2013

World Energy Congress (WEC) is the world’s largest and most influential energy event covering all aspects of the energy agenda. Staged every three years, the Congress provides a platform for energy leaders and experts in all aspects of the sector to address the challenges and opportunities facing suppliers and consumers of energy.

Aimed at stimulating debate and finding solutions to the world’s energy challenges, this year’s Congress has adopted the “Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today” theme. An extensive four-day program will feature 272 expert speakers from 72 countries, and the sessions will cover a broad range of energy issues and topics facing the international community, from the impact of global shale gas, to the true potential of renewables and, most crucially, an examination of how policymakers, industry and key decision makers must work together to form a more sustainable platform for future energy development.

IIASA Deputy Director Nebojsa Nakicenovic will be one of the discussion leaders during the Vision and Scenarios for the Future “Tomorrow’s Energy: Connecting the Dots” session taking place on October 14, 2013. The session will take a look at various global issues from an energy perspective, such as the environment, climate change, depletion of natural resources and renewable energy, and discusses and proposes solutions.  

Please see the session details below, and go to WEC 2013 website for Congress program.

Fusion: Betting on a different future?

Fusion energy, simply, is the exact opposite of fission energy. It also offers tremendous advantages: unexhausted supply, no carbon emission and no air pollution. That’s why it can be such a dreamy source of energy. Yet why do we have fission power, but not fusion power? The technology requires temperatures of 150 million °C to take place and it is very complex to build fusion power plants.


  1. Is this the Apollo Project in an energy landscape?
  2. By when is it achievable to obtain electricity from commercial fusion power plants?
  3. How will fusion obtain the quantities of lithium needed from the sea, and at an affordable cost?

Discussion Leaders

Lee, Gyung-Su (Research Fellow, NFRI)
Jacques Besnainou (Director, General Fusion)
Osamu Motojima (Director General, ITER)
Nebojsa Nakicenovic (Deputy Director & Deputy CEO, IIASA)
Minh Quang Tran (Director General of Centre for Plasma Physics, EPFL)


Oskar Sigvaldason (Founder & President, SCMS Global)

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