22. February 2012 17:31

E2C: Shaping the European Energy Agenda

For the second time, the European Energy Conference provides a unique platform for discussion on the latest energy developments. The event will take place in Maastricht, on 17th-20th April 2012, with the aim of shaping the future role of energy in Europe. Registration is now open.

For the second time, the European Science Foundation (ESF), the European Materials Research Society (EMRS) and the European Physical Society (EPS) pool their expertise to organise the European Energy Conference (E2C). The three convenors believe that, through the interaction of policy makers, industry professionals and researchers, energy research and development will become significantly more efficient. Registrations from diverse experts based in Europe and in countries such as Taiwan, Russia, India and Iran prove how energy is considered as a crucial topic worldwide.

This high-level European event will be held under the auspices of Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy. Chair of the conference is Harald Bolt, from the Jülich Research Centre, member of the Advisory Group Energy for the EU Directorates-General “Research and Innovation” and member of the Supervisory Board of the European agency "Fusion for Energy". He is supported by a Scientific Committee of European experts (

The aim of E2C is to illustrate that energy is a global issue with many levels of complexity and which ranges topically from natural science and engineering to social sciences. Hence E2C represents a great chance for the key players to strengthen their own approach to the matter and to enhance the interdisciplinary cooperation and communication in energy research and industrial innovation.

The speakers include the former Secretary General of NATO Javier Solana, Steven Koonin from the Science and Technology Policy Institute – USA, the CEA Chairman Bernard Bigot and James Barber from the Imperial College London.  The structure of the conference is highly interactive and includes plenary sessions, thematic break-outs, round table discussions and policy outlooks.

With outstanding speakers, 5 stimulating break-out sessions and more than 250 contributions received from 43 countries, the 2nd European Energy Conference is still accepting registrations.

For more information and to register, visit