Official language: English. No simultaneous translation available.
Don Pedro Street, 10, 28005 Madrid, Spain
|10:00 - 12:00||CAETS Executive Committee meeting|
|12:30 - 14:00||Lunch|
|14:30 - 15:30||CAETS Board of Directors meeting|
|15:30 - 16:00||Coffee break|
|16:00 - 17:00||CAETS Board of Directors meeting|
CONFERENCE DAY 1
José Gutiérrez Abascal Street, 2, 28006 Madrid, Spain
|08:30 - 09:00||Registration|
|09:00 - 10:00||
Reinhard F. Hüttl, Chairman of the Board and Scientific Executive Director, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany. Engineering and the Bio economy.
|10:00 - 11:30||
Bioeconomy: Food Security
Moderator: Ignacio Romagosa, Professor of the University of Lleida, Department of Plant Production and Forestry Science, Spain.
Louise O. Fresco, President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands. The future of food.
R. Anthony Fischer, Honorary Research Fellow, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - CSIRO, Australia. Will there be enough food?
Marion Guillou, President of the Board of Directors, Agreenium - French Agricultural, Veterinary and Forestry Institute, France. Why we need to think about the food systems?
|11:30 - 12:00||Morning break|
|12:00 - 13:30||
The New Genetic Engineering
Moderator: Enrique Cerdá, Professor Emeritus of the University of Seville, Spain.
Peter Beyer, What the new genetic engineering can do for the planet.
Sagrario Ortega, Of mice and men and in-between.
Paul Christou, Re-wiring plant genetic circuits - a paradigm shift from metabolic engineering to synthetic biology in plants.
|13:30 - 14:30||Lunch|
|14:30 - 16:00||
The Blue Bioeconomy
Moderator: Jaime Domínguez, Director of the Superior Technical School of Engineering of Seville, Spain.
Karl Andreas Almås, Special Adviser, SINTEF Ocean. Vice President, Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences. Introduction to the Blue Bioeconomy Session.
Marta Coll, Researcher, Institute of Marine Sciences - ICM, Spain. Potentials and limitations of marine exploited resources for seafood security.
Sadasivam J. Kaushik, European Research Area Chair, Eco Aqua Institute, ULPGC (Honorary Director of Research, INRA, France). Global aquaculture. Potentials and limitations.
Arne Fredheim, Research Director of SINTEF Ocean, The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research - SINTEF, Norway. Global aquaculture growth through technological development.
|16:00 - 17:00||Intergenerational debate: young professionals will debate with speakers of the first two sessions (Food Security and Genetic Engineering).|
CAETS 2017 dinner
Alcalá Street, 13, 28014 Madrid, Spain
|20:30||CAETS 2017 dinner|
Conference Day 2
José Gutiérrez Abascal Street, 2, 28006 Madrid, Spain
|08:30 - 09:00||Registration|
|09:00 - 10:30||
Energy: Transition to a Renewable Energy World
Moderator: José Domínguez, Professor of the University of Seville, Spain.
Ana Raquel Díaz, Director C - Energy, Climate and Transport, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, CE. Presentation of the European Comission Global Energy and Climate Outlook, GECO 2017. How climate policies improve air quality.
Gonzalo Escribano, Head of the Energy and Climate Change Program, Elcano Royal Institute, Spain. The geopolitics of renewable energies: a strategic perspective.
Hermann-Josef Wagner, Chair for Energy Systems and Energy Management, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. Renewable energy use – Experience in Germany.
|10:30 - 11:00||Morning break|
|11:00 - 13:00||
Broadening the vision I
Key Note I
Sanjay Sarma, Vice President for Open Learning, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, U.S.
Key Note II
Charles W. Wessner, Professor, Global Innovation Policy, Georgetown University, U.S.
Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC): new models to boost innovation
Moderator: Juan Antonio Zufiria, General Director of IBM Europe, Spain.
José-Luis Muñoz, Managing Director of EIT Climate KIC Spain & EIT Cross-KIC Spain Lead, Spain.
Jesús Contreras, EIT Digital Spain Director, IMDEA Software Institute, Spain.
Begoña Pérez Villareal, Director of EIT Food CLC South, Spain.
Marco Pugliese, EIT Health Spain Managing Director, Parc Científic de Barcelona, Spain.
Mikel Lasa, Iberia Managing Director InnoEnergy, Spain.
|13:00 - 14:00||Closing ceremony|
|CAETS Presidents Speeches|
Closing address by CAETS President
Elías Fereres, CAETS President / RAI, Spain.
|14:00 - 15:00||Lunch|
Don Pedro Street, 10, 28005 Madrid, Spain
|09:00 - 11:00||CAETS Council meeting|
|11:00 - 11:30||Coffee break|
|11:30 - 13:30||
Broadening the vision II
Ethics in Engineering
Moderator: Pere Brunet, Professor of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.
Dawn Bonfield, RAEng Visiting Professor of Inclusive Engineering, Aston University Towards Vision, University of Bath, Stevenage, UK.
Carme Torras, Professor of Research of the Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC), Spain.
Hideaki Koizumi, Honorary Fellow, Hitachi, Ltd., Japan.
|Diversity in Engineering|
|13:30||End of the convocation|
|09:00 - 19:00||
Technical/Tourist visit to Airbus’ Advanced Composites Centre and the city of Toledo.
Departure from hotels
Chairman of the Board and Scientific Executive Director, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany.
BIO: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reinhard Hüttl is Scientific Executive Director and Chairman of the Board at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and President of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (ACATECH). Reinhard Hüttl studied Forest and Soil Sciences at the Albert-Ludwigs-University (ALU), Freiburg, Germany and at the Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA and holds the Chair of Soil Protection and Recultivation at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus-Senftenberg since 1993. Before joining the BTU, Reinhard Hüttl was Assistant Professor in Geobotany at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, USA and, prior to that, Head of the International Research Department at the mining company “Kali und Salz AG” in the BASF Group in Kassel (1986 to 1992).
Reinhard Hüttl also held several advisory positions. From 1995 to 2000 he was member of the German Government’s Council of Experts for Environmental Questions, and from 2000 to 2006 both member and chairman of the German Government’s Scientific Commission of the Science Council. He was also member of the German Government’s Ethics Commission on the Safe and Secure Provision of Energy which was established in March 2011 and presented its final conclusions in July 2011. He is currently member of the Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the German Science Academies’ project “Energy Systems of the Future”. Reinhard F. Hüttl is also Chairman of Euro-CASE since May 2013, following his previous position as Vice-Chairman.
ABSTRACT: Engineering and the Bio economy
President of the Board of Directors, Agreenium - French Agricultural, Veterinary and Forestry Institute, France.
BIO: Marion Guillou has chaired the Agreenium Board of Directors since her election on 25 November 2015.
She also has a variety of national and international responsibilities within public bodies, especially in relation to food security, research and skills training in the agricultural and food sectors: member of the Boards of Directors of the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) and BIOVERSITY, member of the Strategic Research Council, the Board of the Legion of Honour, the Consultative Board of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and member of the Academy of Technologies.
She is also an administrator in private companies (BNP Paribas, Véolia, Imerys, Apave) and NGO (CARE-France). Previously, her career as an engineer and researcher led her to the post of Chairperson and Director General of Inra between 2004 and 2012, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Ecole polytechnique between 2008 and 2013, Director General of Inra between 2000 and 2004 and Director General of Food between 1996 and 2000. Her most recent publications have covered: technologies and climate change (Academy of Technologies, 2016, with A. Pavé); proposals for the food safety policy (2014, with C. Babusiaux); the agro-ecology project, towards double efficient agricultures (2013); feeding 9 billion people (Ed. Quae, 2012, with G. Matheron).
Marion Guillou is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (X73) and of the National and the Ecole nationale du génie rural, des eaux et forêts (78). She also holds a PhD in food sciences.
ABSTRACT: Why we need to think about the food systems?
President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands.
BIO: July 2014 Professor Louise O. Fresco is President of Wageningen University & Research, in The Netherlands. She combines a long academic career as professor in Wageningen and Amsterdam, with various visiting professorships, with an extensive involvement in policy and development. She is a member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and of four foreign Academies, as well as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Academy of Sciences of South Africa. She served for nearly ten years as Assistant-Director General at the a Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, spent extensive periods in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She is also a member of the Trilateral Commission. In 2014 the EU Commission asked her to chair the Evaluation of the Seventh Framework Program for Research. She received two national prizes – Comenius and Groeneveld – for her work.
Professor Fresco serves as a non-executive director of Unilever, was a member of the supervisory Board of Rabobank and of the Socio-Economic Council, the highest advisory body in the Netherlands. She is a member of the Council of Advisors of the World Food Prize. She is also involved in many philanthropic and cultural foundations, serves as a board member of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, previously a member of the Erasmus Prize Foundation and member of the editorial board of the Dutch literary magazine De Gids.
She has twelve non-scientific books published in Dutch. In 2013, the six-part documentary Frescos Paradise was broadcasted on Dutch TV. The series is based on her book Hamburgers in Paradise. Food in Times of Scarcity and Abundance. In 2013, Louise O. Fresco published a thought provoking op-Ed in Science magazine The GMO Stalemate in Europe. In 2009 she gave a TED talk in Palm Springs and participated in the Nobel Prize Dialogues in Stockholm and Tokyo.
ABSTRACT: The future of food
Honorary Research Fellow, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - CSIRO, Australia.
BIO: Dr Tony Fischer has both a Bachelor and Masters degrees in Agricultural Science from Melbourne University with a PhD from the University of California Davis. He has spent two stints working for the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in Mexico, as a wheat physiologist/agronomist in the 1970s and from 1988-1995 as Director of the Centre’s Wheat Program. Between these two appointments Dr Fischer has worked as a Principal and Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Plant Industry. He was a Director of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and is a member of a variety of organisations and institutes. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science, the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Dr Fischer received an Australia Day achievement Medallion in 2003. Currently Dr Fischer is an Honorary Research Fellow with CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra. Dr Fischer was a member of the Board of Trustees of ICARDA (1981-87) and is currently a member of the Board of IRRI (International Rice Research Institute). Dr Fischer was recently honoured as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia and Farrer Memorial Medal for service to agricultural science in Australia and developing countries.
ABSTRACT: Will there be enough food?
BIO: Peter Beyer is a (now retired) Professor in Cell Biology at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany, and a foreign member of the Real Academia de Ingeniería. He heads a research team doing research on the biochemistry, molecular biology and regulation of plant prenyllipid metabolism with an emphasis on the biosynthesis of carotenoids. Besides basic-science oriented work, there is a strong focus on the application of the findings in plant pathway engineering to improve the nutritional value of crop plants. P. B. is, jointly with Prof. I. Potrykus, co-inventor of Golden Rice and shares the mission to make the technology freely available to resource-poor farmers world-wide.
ABSTRACT: What the new genetic engineering can do for the planet.
The unprecedented velocity of socio-economic and ecological change threatens our food security. Classical plant and animal breeding is insufficient to cope appropriately and timely with this challenge. Targeted genome engineering offers new improvements in environmental adaptation, higher yields, increased nutritional value and resistance to diseases. However, new products meet severe regulatory hurdles, ethical concerns, particular interests and political refusal of new technologies, despite their evident safety. The question whether science can save us again in the way it did during the “green revolution” remains to be answered on social and political, rather than on scientific grounds.
BIO: 1980, PhD University of London (Organic Chemistry); 1980-1982, Postdoc University College London (Plant Biochemistry); 1982-1994, Agracetus Inc. USA, Senior Scientist Molecular and Cellular Plant Biology. Led a team that developed the first transgenic staple crop, soybean, currently being sold by Monsanto Inc; 1994-2001, John Innes Centre, UK, Head, Molecular Biotechnology Unit and Director Tropical Maize and Rice Biotechnology Training laboratory funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, USA; 2001-2004, Fraunhofer Institute of Molecular Biotechnology and Applied Ecology Schmallenberg-Aachen, Germany, Full Professor; 2004-present, ICREA Professor Universidad de Lleida, Spain; 2012-2015, Director Agrotecnio Center, Lleida, Spain.
ABSTRACT: Re-wiring plant genetic circuits – a paradigm shift from metabolic engineering to synthetic biology in plants
Agriculture has always been driven by technology. Its efficiency reflects game-changing discoveries in biology and new developments in chemistry and engineering. In the future, we seek to increase food, feed and fiber production while minimizing agriculture’s environmental footprint, and also to develop new products that branch into the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, including the production of valuable small molecules and recombinant proteins. A key driver in this transition will be our ability to control plant metabolism, development, biochemistry and physiology holistically, with more precision and predictability, by applying the principles of engineering to plant cells. One strategy is to reduce plant cells to engineering components through abstraction, decoupling and standardization in the context of synthetic biology. We will discuss the latest genome editing technologies in the context of plant synthetic biology focusing on the potential of such advances to deliver the vision of technology-driven agriculture over the next century.
BIO: Sagrario Ortega was born in Toledo (Spain). She obtained her PhD in 1987 at the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (CSIC, Madrid) under the supervision of Ramón Díaz Orejas. From 1987 to 1990 she was a Fulbright scholar at Merck Sharp and Dohme Research Laboratories (Rahway, NJ, USA) working in the therapeutical applications of Fibroblast Growth Factors (FGF). In 1992 she joined the NYU Medical Center (New York, NY, USA) as a research associate in the laboratory of Claudio Basilico where she studied the in vivo function of members of the FGF family through the generation of knockout mice. Soon after she established the Gene Targeting and Embryonic Stem Cell Culture Facility at NYU Medical Center. In 1998 she returned to Spain and joined the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (CNIO) in Madrid as a staff scientist and head of the Transgenic Mice Unit.
ABSTRACT: Of mice and men and in-between
The experimental genetic manipulation of the animal germ line, transgenesis, has been regarded as one of the most significant milestones in the history of science. First established in mice, genetic engineering of the animal germ line has been crucial to elucidate how genes work to control every process in our body and how altered gene function leads to disease. The recent development of new genome editing tools based on the bacterial-adaptive-immunity system, CRISPR/Cas, has revolutionized genome editing in every species, opening new venues for animal research, biotechnology and also for human therapy. We are entering the “génome à la carte” era and the possibilities ahead of us are somehow still unpredictable. New regulations on animal experimentation and clinical applications of these new tools will need to be issued as this field progresses in the coming years.
Special Adviser, SINTEF Ocean. Vice President, Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.
BIO: Karl A. Almås is a special advisor to SINTEF Ocean, a new research institute in the SINTEF Group in Trondheim, Norway. Karl has 35 years of experience in fisheries and aquaculture technology research, and industrial experience in “startup” and development of companies in the blue biotech sector in Norway and abroad. He has unique experience in developing a contract research institute in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, SINTEF Fisheries and aquaculture from 25 to 125 employees and has a very strong network within governmental and private organisations and industries in Norway and in Europe.
Karl A. Almås holds a PhD in marine biochemical engineering from Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has been involved in blue biotech industry in Tromsø, Norway and University of Wisconsin Madison, and has been the CEO of SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture for 16 years. He has published approx. 35 scientific papers and 5 textbooks.
At the present time, Karl A. Almås holds trusted positions as Board Chairman of The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises, Trøndelag, the SINTEF strategic program Biobased products and the SINTEF subsidiaries SINTEF Nord and SINTEF Ålesund. He is also the Board Chairman of The Norwegian Center of Expertise in Aquaculture Technology. He is the Vice President of The Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA) , Board member of the Arctic Biodiscovery Center, Tromsø , the Steering committee of OECD project, “Future of the Ocean Economy” and the The European Aquaculture and Technology and Innovation Platform(EATIP). He is also board member of various start up companies in the biomarine sector.
ABSTRACT: Introduction to the Blue Bioeconomy Session
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), food from marine resources has to contribute more to the total food demand in the future, when the global population is increasing above 10 billion.
The terrestrial and the marine biological production in the sea counts for approximately 50 % each. However, our food consumption based on calories, is 97 % from land based sources and just 3 % from the sea which indicates that there is a potential for a large increase in food production from the sea. Compared to terrestrial production, sea based food production has advantages like surplus of water, a positive buoyancy effect on the organisms living there and the cold-blooded metabolism of marine organisms.
To keep the consumption of fish on the level we have today, the World Resource Institute has estimated that aquaculture production has to contribute with the double amount of the production to day to cover the global demand. At the same time, a slight decrease in the catch of wild fish is expected. However, what we know that for every step we go down in the ocean food web, the amount of biomass is increasing ten times. The question is whether an increase in aquaculture production in combination with a wild harvest on lower levels in the marine food web can bring enough seafood to our tables in 2050?
Starting out with our vision, “Engineering a better world” the session will look into the potentials and the challenges that we will face to obtain these goals. What are the limits for taking more food out of our oceans, and what are the biological and engineering limits for aquaculture growth?
Researcher, Institute of Marine Sciences - ICM, Spain.
BIO: I am a researcher at the Institute of Marine Science (ICM–CSIC) (Barcelona, Spain). I am interested at advancing our knowledge about marine ecosystems, mainly tring to understand patterns and processes that characterize marine ecosystems and, in particular, changes of, and threats to, marine biodiversity and ecosystem services. I study community and food-web dynamics linked with human activities (such as fisheries, climate change, eutrophication, and invasive species), and how these translate into changes in ecosystem structure and functioning, and services that humans obtain from the ocean. I develop and apply a variety of ecological analyses based on ecosystem modelling techniques and statistical tools, and I use historical data, fisheries statistics, experimental results and field data sets.
ABSTRACT: Potentials and limitations of marine exploited resources for seafood security
The ocean represents 70% of the Earth’s surface and is fundamental to life through the regulation of atmospheric gases, stabilization of planetary heat and the supply of food and resources to more than 3 billion people. However, just like the terrestrial domain, the marine environment is affected by global change phenomena, as human activities have high impacts on marine ecosystems. Impacts include among others disproportionate fishing exploitation, intensive aquaculture, pollution, rising water temperature and acidification, invasion of non-indigenous species, eutrophication and anoxia of coastal waters, and the loss of habitats. The degradation of the marine environment causes significant changes in the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems, with ultimate consequences for the ecosystem services that humans can obtain from the ocean such as food supply. Marine species establish complex interactions through dynamic nonlinear ecological networks, which are directly and indirectly disrupted by human activities and changing environmental conditions. For example, trophic cascades (the effect of eliminating a predator that creates a cascade of ecological consequences that change ecosystem functioning) have been documented in all types of marine ecosystems, both coastal and offshore. Global change can also modify the production, abundance and distribution of the foundation of marine food chains – primary producers and planktonic organisms. In order to advance our capacity to understand, predict and if necessary avoid ecological changes, we need an integrated vision to consider not only the dynamics of change of some commercial or sensitive species, but also the structure of networks of ecological interactions and their functioning. Only through understanding the status and future trends of marine resources within an ecosystem context can we properly design sustainable marine activities to fulfill future human seafood demands.
European Research Area Chair, Eco Aqua Institute, ULPGC (Honorary Director of Research, INRA, France).
BIO: Dr Sadasivam (Sachi) Kaushik, was Director of Research in INRA, France. Has been involved in Fish Nutrition research since more than three decades and is the founder-director of Fish Nutrition Laboratory of INRA, joint-research units and also the Hydrobiology station of INRA. He is currently coordinating an EU FP7 project ARRAINA, dedicated towards the development of sustainable alternative aquaculture feeds tailored to the nutritional requirements of European farmed fish species, over their respective full life cycles, with reduced levels of fish meal (FM) and fish oil (FO) and to assess the long term physiological consequences by applying targeted predictive tools applicable to multiple species of European farmed fish. Deeply committed to aquaculture nutrition and involved in a large number of research projects, has a very strong publication record and extensive knowledge of aquaculture issues around the world. He has also been closely involved with the aquaculture industry and is the current President of the European Aquaculture Society. Sachi Kaushik holds the ERA Chair position within the Ecoaqua project hosted by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
ABSTRACT: Aquaculture deals with the production of all kinds of aquatic organisms through human intervention. Aquaculture’s contribution in the provision of food for the humans is becoming more and more important. It is predicted that by 2050, the continued growth of aquaculture will make the total volume of fishery production above that of any individual terrestrial animal production: beef, poultry or pork. Currently, at the global level, still half of world aquaculture production is represented by seaweeds and microalgae (27 %) and filter-feeding fish (23 %) accomplished with little supply of additional nutrients / feeds into the system. The sector is also extremely diversified in terms of the kind and number of species, types of environments or modes of rearing systems. It follows naturally that the technologies involved in the production of such organisms in diverse conditions are also very variable where both indigenous simple empirical techniques as well as sophisticated tools are used. Although aquaculture is recognized as an efficient animal production system, there is room for improvement in terms of resource efficiency. Notwithstanding the diversity of species or methods of production, there is a clear need to have an ecosystem approach taking full advantage of the biological potential of the organisms with adequate consideration to environmental and societal factors.
Research Director of SINTEF Ocean, The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research - SINTEF, Norway.
BIO: Arne Fredheim is employed at SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture, Trondheim, Norway, as Research Director for Department of Aquaculture Technology and Director for “CREATE – center for aquaculture technology”. CREATE is a multi-disciplinary center for research-based innovation established among twelve partners, research and industry, with the aim to develop technology, products and solutions for the marine fish farming of tomorrow. Arne Fredheim holds a PhD in marine hydrodynamics from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and present research is on topics related to technology for marine aquaculture, offshore aquaculture, structural and hydrodynamic analysis and assessment of floating fish farms and design criteria to prevent escape of fish from floating aquaculture installations. He is conveyor for the work group on aquaculture technology under the ISO/TC 234 Fisheries and Aquaculture Standards, past board member of the European Aquaculture Society (2010 – 2014), Board member of the French Norwegian Foundation (Research), lead expert for the Future Prospects of Marine Aquaculture under the OECD project The Future of the OCEAN Economy and was member of the Norwegian Aquaculture Escape Commission.
ABSTRACT: Global demand for seafood is expected to continue to rise over the next decades, because of increased world population, growing purchasing power and more people entering the middle class. It is expected that most of the future growth in seafood production will be through aquaculture and that expansion in aquaculture production capacity will occur in the ocean, with some of it moving increasingly offshore to escape the constraints in coastal waters. The list of technical and non-technical challenges for further growth of the marine aquaculture sectors is diverse, including development of technology and operational practices for open ocean farming technology of both fed and non-fed species, technology for less labour-intensive farming operations for industrialisation of non-fed aquaculture, new omega 3 rich feed resources for fin fish farming, and development of international legal framework for ocean and marine activities.
Chair for Energy Systems and Energy Management, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.
BIO: H.-J. Wagner is Professor for Energy Systems and Energy Economics at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany. He holds a Diploma degree and a Doctorate in Energy Engineering from Technical University in Aachen, Germany. He works as a scientist for the Research Centre Juelich, for the German Parliament and as Professor for the Technical University Berlin and the Universities Duisburg and Essen. His relevant experiences are on the fields on energy systems analysis, renewable energies like solar and wind energy and life cycle analysis. He published about 260 articles in international and national journals and books. He is editor of the book series “Energy and Sustainability”.He is member in the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and in the German Association of Engineers (VDI) where he held the chairmanship of the division of Energy and Environment (GEU) with about 23.000 members until last summer. He was also admitted as member by the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and worked as an academy consulter for energy politics.The German President decorated him for his engagement with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in the year 2010.
ABSTRACT: Renewable energy use – Experience in Germany
One worldwide objective is to reduce CO2-emissions. Connected to that, many investments were taken to primarily build plants for renewable energy generation, especially for wind and photovoltaic applications.
The German government started the renewable energy act which released targets for CO2-reduction of 80 % until 2050 related to the values of 1990. Additionally, the goals for implementing renewables into electricity generation were defined: 50 % until 2030 and 80 % until 2050.At the beginning of the year 2017 a rated capacity of 50 GW wind (46 onshore and 4 offshore) and 42 GW photovoltaic has been into operation in Germany. Wind energy plays a decisive role beside photovoltaic and biomass. All renewable energy sources together accounted for 32 % in total for the electricity generation. The high fluctuating in storages and power generation by wind energy and photovoltaic cell result in essential additional installations in the electricity grid especially in north to south direction. The presentation is presenting facts, problems and expectations of the enforcement of renewable energies and the results of ecobalance of the offshore wind park alpha ventus in the North Sea.
Head of the Energy and Climate Change Program, Elcano Royal Institute, Spain.
BIO: Gonzalo Escribano is the Director of the Energy Programme at the Elcano Royal Institute for International Studies, and professor of applied economics at the Spanish Open University (UNED). He holds a degree and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has been visiting fellow at Florida State University and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and researcher for the Centro Español de Relaciones Internacionales at the Fundación Ortega y Gasset, having participated in the EU’s VIIth Framework and H2020 Programmes and awarded the 2007 Spanish Economic and Social Council research prize. Among his most recent publications are Energy Security for the EU in the 21st Century: Markets, Geopolitics and Corridors (Routledge, New York/Oxon, 2012), and several book chapters and articles in journals like Energy Policy, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, European Journal of Political Economy, Environmental Science & Policy, Global Governance, Geopolitics, Global Policy, Turkish Studies or Mediterranean Politics.
ABSTRACT: The geopolitics of renewable energies: a strategic perpective
The presentation will analyse the geopolitics of renewable energies, trying to derive their geo-strategic implications. The objective is to provide elements to enrich future strategic exercises on the subject and offer a broader strategic reflection than that provided by current energy security strategies, very reductionist in their conceptualisation of energy security as the mere reduction of energy dependence. To this end, the presentation will review the academic literature on the geopolitics of renewables, identifying the most relevant contributions and illustrating some of their applications to the European Union. The article concludes that the simplification of presenting renewables as clean energies also in geopolitical terms can be counterproductive. It also warns of the need to avoid the securitisation of renewables, to maintain an objective and weighted criterion to elaborate a consistent and attractive narrative, as well as a more proactive and less defensive external action that allows a better management of renewables’ risks and capitalising on its strategic advantages
Director C - Energy, Climate and Transport, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, CE.
BIO: Dr. Ana Díaz Vázquez holds an industrial engineering degree from the University of Dresden, Germany and a PhD in energy engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy. Her thesis research was undertaken in collaboration with ENEL (Italian Energy Agency). She has also completed a Management Development Program (PDD) from IESE Business School. She has conducted research activities at the University of Madison (Wisconsin, USA) and at the Institute for Energetic Economy Studies and Rational Use of Energies (IER, Stuttgart, Germany).Dr. Diaz has co-authored the book “Opportunities and perspectives on innovation for the energy production systems”, for the Ministry of Industry in Germany and is the author of several technical papers in international journal about energy production systems. She has been the technology director at Abengoa and a member of the OMI –Polo Español-Portugal board. In august 2016, she began working at JRC Seville, carrying out research on Energy Policies and Technologies at the Economics of Climate Change Unit.
ABSTRACT: Presentation of the European Comission Global Energy and Climate Outlook, GECO 2017. How climate policies improve air quality
Presentation of the Global Energy and Climate Outlook, GECO 2017. This report produced by the European Commission examines the effects on greenhouse gases emissions and international energy markets of a Reference scenario where current trends continue beyond 2020, of two scenarios where the UNFCCC Intended Nationally Determined Contributions have been included, and of a scenario in line with keeping global warming below a temperature increase of 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The analysis uses the JRC-POLES and JRC-GEM- E3 models in a framework where economic welfare is maximised while tackling climate change.
Vice President for Open Learning, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, U.S.
BIO: Sanjay Sarma is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and Vice President for Open Learning at the Institute. He overseas OpenCourseWare, MITx, MicroMasters, the new MIT Integrated Learning Initiative and the Jameel World Education Lab at MIT. As a researcher, he co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He several on the boards of GS1, EPCglobal and several startup companies including Top Flight Technologies. Dr. Sarma received his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Sarma also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in Berkeley, California. His current research interests are Internet of Things, street scanning, sensing, RFID, Internet of Things, logistics and manufacturing.
Professor, Global Innovation Policy, Georgetown University, U.S.
BIO: Dr. Charles Wessner currently teaches Global Innovation Policy at Georgetown University and is a powerful advocate of effective innovation policies. Previously, he served for two decades as a National Academies scholar where he founded and directed of the National Academy of Sciences Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise on innovation policy, including public-private partnerships, entrepreneurship, early-stage financing for new firms, 21st century manufacturing, cybersecurity, and the special needs and benefits of hightechonoly industry. As an outgrowth of his work with the U.S. government, he advises technology agencies, universities, and government ministries, including the Prime Ministers of countries in Europe and Asia. In addition, he cooperates closely with international organizations and lectures at major universities in the U.S. and abroad. The overarching goal of his work is to develop a better understanding of how we can bring new technologies forward to address global challenges in health, climate, energy, water, infrastructure, and security. Reflecting his commitment to international cooperation, he was recently named an Officer of the Order of Merit by the President of France.
Managing Director of EIT Climate KIC Spain & EIT Cross-KIC Spain Lead, Spain.
BIO: Director General of EIT Climate KIC Spain, and member of the Executive Team of Climate KIC Europe. Master Degree in Industrial Engineering, and DEA in Innovation Projects. Certified Project Manager for Complex Projects by IPMA. With more than 25 years of professional experience in environment management, water & energy management, innovation and international cooperation, he has had executive responsibilities in companies such as IBM, Wang Computers, Manufacturers’ services, Innove Verda SA, and public bodies such as the FCVRE based in Brussels. He has been European Lead of the Programme “Pioneers into Practice (PiP)” for Climate action (Climate KIC) with more than 1000 climate experts overall Europe and Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) Manager of Portugal in Climate KIC. During 8 years was the Chairman of the “National Commission of Environment” of the Spanish ICT sector (SEDISI) and the Spanish representative in the “Environmental Policy Group of EICTA” in Brussels (European Association of Electronics, Information, Communication & Technology).
He was Head of European Territorial Innovation in the Valencian Regional Government of Spain, Director of the Regional Framework Operation “Strategic Partnership for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development. PERSPECTIVE 2007-2013 ” (Interreg – European Commission), chair of several strategic working groups within the framework of EU projects, and expert in several reports, opinions and amendments proposed by European institutions and in particular for the Commission of Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE) of the Committee of Regions of Europe, (Water scarcity and droughts, water management, and energy).
He has been member of several committees and working groups, lecturer and expert at international forums, universities, organizations and institutions of the European Union – Committee of European Regions – CoR, the Assembly of European Regions – AER, Commission Mediterranee, and other International forums.
EIT Digital Spain Director, IMDEA Software Institute, Spain.
BIO: Jesus Contreras, PhD Computer Science (2004) at the Technical University of Madrid and MBA degree (2008) at CEREM. He works as Business Developer Accelerator for the EIT ICT Labs (www.eitdigital.eu) at IMDEA Software Institute (software.imdea.org). He has experience of more than 15 years as Director of Operations, R&D and Business Development in several technology companies: playence, Denodo Technologies, Intelligent Software Components and Software A.G.. In 1996 he started as an assistant researcher in the Intelligence Systems Research Group. During his career he published articles and books about innovation, semantic web, natural language processing and human-computer interaction.
EIT Health Spain Managing Director, Parc Científic de Barcelona, Spain.
BIO: Born in Latina (Italy) in 1968. Bachelor in Veterinary in 1994 from the University of Perugia (Italy). PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Barcelona in 2005 with a research based on the characterization of cognitive dysfunction in companion dog and its usefulness as an alternative model of Alzheimer’s disease. In 2005, he won a research prize of the Royal Spanish Academy of Veterinary Science with a study based on the selective neurodegeneration in dog’s central nervous system (CNS). In 2006, he co-founded Neurotec Pharma with the aim to develop new treatments for CNS diseases mainly related with inflammation and neurodegeneration. From 2008 to 2014, he was CEO of the company. From July 2014 to September 2015 he has worked as Manager of Innovation and Technology Transfer at the Research Institute of Vall d’Hebron (VHIR). He is currently Director of the Spanish node of EIT Health. Dr Pugliese is co-inventor of 7 patents related to the development of treatment for CNS diseases and he is author of 22 international publications in the field of Neuroscience.
Iberia Managing Director InnoEnergy, Spain.
BIO: Mikel has an extensive experience in bridging research, business and education within the renewable energy sector.
Before joining InnoEnergy, Mikel was head of the wind turbine technology division of the Spanish engineering company Apia XXI, and head of analysis and design of wind turbines at the Spanish National Centre for Renewable Energy. Prior to that, he worked in Germany and France as research engineer at Robert Bosch and as quality engineer at Valeo.
Between 2007 and 2009, Mikel was also a part-time Associate Professor at Public University of Navarra´s Mechanical Engineering Department where he lectured on Wind Turbine Dynamics and Machine Elements and Vibrations. Mikel was also involved in different wind turbine technology innovations that led to the filing of six patents.
Since 2010, Mikel has been CEO of InnoEnergy Iberia and a member of the executive Board.
Mikel holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Navarra, Spain, a PhD from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Otto-von-Guericke University in Germany and an MBA from University of Deusto.
Director of EIT Food CLC South, Spain.
BIO: Since 1987 she has been involved in R&D&I activities and technology transfer to the food industry, particularly in the SME area, concerning quality issues and product development. Her research interest the last years has been focused on authentication, traceability and sustainability of the food chain. She has been a management team member of 15 European projects and external evaluator in the Food, Nutrition & Health area for DG Research-European Commission and Coordinator of two European projects of the 7FP.
She is the chair of the Executive Board of the European Association for Food Safety formed by 14 research organisations (www.safeconsortium.org), and member of several EU Technological Platforms: European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATIP); European Fisheries Technology Platform (EFTP).
She has been responsible for 100 research projects, has published 75 articles dealing with research in food and fisheries and is co-author of 5 new food products patents. She collaborates with different organizations and governments departments on strategic plans for R&D for the food industry and is member of different scientific committees: Spanish Society of Microbiology, European Sensory Science Society.
Don Pedro Street, 10, 28005 Madrid, Spain
CAETS Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Council Meetings
The Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain, RAI, aims at promoting the quality and the development of Engineering worldwide. It was created on 1994 as an independent corporation under public law. In June, 2005, the Spanish Government granted the Royal Academy of Engineering the Palace of Marqués de Villafranca (XVIII century, part of Spain’s Historic Patrimony) as its headquarters, where the corporation initiated its services and the performance of its activities.
José Gutiérrez Abascal Street, 2, 28006 Madrid, Spain
CAETS 2017 Conference
The Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineers hosts CAETS 2017 Conference. This public institution is considered as a national and international reference in the education of engineering in Spain. It is part of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, one of the leading technological universities in the world and declared “Campus of International Excellence”.
Alcalá Street, 13, 28014 Madrid, Spain
CAETS 2017 dinner
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando is the art institution with greater experience and cultural validity in Spain that “promotes artistic creativity, as well as the study, dissemination and protection of the arts and cultural heritage, in particular painting, sculpture, architecture, music and the “new image Arts”. Since 1773 the Royal Academy of fine arts of San Fernando is headquartered in the Palace of Goyeneche in Madrid.
Don Pedro Street, 10, 28005 Madrid, Spain
José Gutiérrez Abascal Street, 2, 28006 Madrid, Spain
Alcalá Street, 13, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Paseo de la Castellana, 57, Madrid, Spain
Miguel Ángel Street, 29-31, Madrid, Spain
Zurbano Street, 79-81, 28003 Madrid, Spain
Príncipe de Vergara Street, 92, Madrid, Spain
Núñez de Balboa Street, 112, Madrid, Spain