Plenary speakers

Jessica Bian
Past President of IEEE Power & Energy Society

Regulatory Aspects of Implementing Advanced Technology 

Would deploying energy storage and/or other innovative technology alter business models and the utility of the future? We are experiencing significant changes in energy supply due to a number of factors, including the increased availability of renewables, demand-side and storage technologies; and new environmental requirements. This lecture provides an overview of US federal regulation of public utilities, including rate revision, challenge process, and the landmark orders that shaped energy industries we have today. In addition, the lecture offers insights of why energy industries moved from traditional cost-based regulation to competitive markets in an open access environment, and how regulators encourage the use of advanced technology in new transmission projects. Advanced transmission technologies increase the capacity, efficiency, or reliability of an existing or new transmission facility while continuing to ensure that consumers have access to sustainable energy at a reasonable cost. 

Bill Kent
Executive Director of Association of Energy Engineers

A Complex Route to Decarbonization

Decarbonization is both a method of climate change mitigation and the process of significantly reducing or eliminating carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the atmosphere. To put it in plain terms - this will occur when we stop using fossil fuels. It seems easy enough, replace carbon-based energy with renewable and clean energy sources. This is where it gets complex. Even though the rate of global renewable capacity additions increased by almost 50% in 2023, the fastest growth rate in the past two decades, over 60% of our global energy still comes from fossil fuels – primarily oil, gas and coal. How do we ensure a smooth path to decarbonization and a reliable clean energy transition? What will be the base load in future clean energy systems? Will tripling the rate of renewable investments and implementation and doubling the rate of energy efficiency ensure we meet 50% carbon reduction targets by 2030 and net zero by 2050? Working together, we will address the complex route to decarbonization - where policy, funding and implementation come together. Learn how you can participate in this once in a generation opportunity.

Andy Knight
President of IEEE Industry Applications Society

Power Converters in Future Smart Grid Systems


Miguel Brito

Smart2B: Unlocking the smartness of existing buildings

Smart2B is a project funded by the European Commission under Horizon Europe 2020. Smart2B will address the existing barriers of smartness upgrades for existing buildings through the development of new software and hardware solutions to manage and control legacy equipment and smart appliances in an automated manner. The project will develop and demonstrate solutions that, independently of the building type, can provide Internet-of-Things (IoT) capabilities to legacy devices that can then be integrated with existing smart building devices and energy management platforms. The main developments of the projects will be presented, consisting in a whole smart ecosystem, comprising:

Finally, results from the real-life pilot demonstrators will be shown, showcasing the strengths of the Smart2B innovations and ecosystem.

Schedule (preliminary)


Dr. Ing. Péter Magyar
IEEE Life Members Committee R8 Coordinator

IEEE Life members and S & YP local groups – a fruitful cooperation opportunity

Although students and young professionals as well as life members are in opposite time periods in relation to their IEEE activities, the experiments have shown that there are a lot of cooperation opportunities for both specific membership groups for the benefit of their membership. They have different levels of experience and skills which might be exchanged at collaboration. To do that, it is essential to learn about the possible partners, their needs and human as well as other kinds of sources. The workshop gives an overview of the LM structure and the R8 Life Member Affinity Group (LMAG) network. Currently, there are existing 30+ LMAGs in all three subregions of R8. The aim of the workshop is to demonstrate how to get-together the Sections’ LMAGs and the Student and Young Professional Committees. Not only some cooperation examples will be demonstrated but also practical advice will be provided about contact partners, financial grant sources and approval processes.

Bill Kent
Executive Director of Association of Energy Engineers 

Zoltán Czinege
Director of Student Chapters International at AEE

The power of professional association membership - AEE Student Chapters around the World 

The aim of the presentation is to show the opportunities for a student to join an AEE Student Chapter and work in the Association. Why it is worth joining a professional organisation that offers professional development, training opportunities, social networking and even lifelong friendships and professional contacts. Good practice from around the world will be presented along with briefly reviewing the steps to setting up and running an AEE Student Chapter. 

Social events

Social tour

The city of Colmar is famous for its charming streets, picturesque timber-framed houses, romantic canals and delicious food, so we will take advantage of the opportunity IYCE gives us and we will show you this gem during a social evening! You won't have to miss any of the professional events as we will give you the chance to discover the city together. We will make sure that you get to see the most famous sights, such as the Little Venice, the Maison Pfister house, the St. Martin’s Church and the Koifhus.