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European Energy Conference - Joint ESF-EMRS-EUCHEMS-EPS Conference

The European Energy Conference (E2C) aims to promote cooperation and thereby stimulate communication and synergy in the fields of Physics,
Chemistry and Material Sciences, to support technology and engineering in responding to the urgent requirement of secure, ecologically acceptable and sustainable energy systems.

19 April 2010 - 23 April 2010

The world community, and not least Europe, is confronted with converging crises, economic, environmental, employment and social. Energy – its availability at acceptable economic and environmental cost, and with the prospect of sustainability – is a key factor in confronting these crises. Given these circumstances, four leading European scientific organisations are committed to a synergetic engagement to evaluate and promote European research and technology competence in the energy field. Fundamental research of course must be structured for application, so that through engineering practice it can fulfil the requirements of society. The first European Energy Conference will not be an isolated event; it launches an ongoing forum of Communication and cooperation promoting energy-related research.

The European Science Foundation, the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences, the European Materials Research Society and the European Physical Society share the conviction that fundamental scientific aspects of energy research and development will be substantially more efficient, with faster progress and a promotion of understanding through an interaction of their specialist disciplines, chemistry, material sciences and physics. The European scientific community has the potential to optimise interdisciplinary cooperation and communication in energy research. Therefore this newly launched European Energy Conference series will promote, consolidate and communicate this vitally necessary synergy. Although focused on energy research and technology, this conference series fully recognises the political, economic, social and environmental aspects of energy supply and consumption. Sustainable development is ultimately a social and community imperative, which can only be accomplished within this larger context.

The Conference will cover chemistry, physics and material sciences related to energy technologies. In addition to plenary keynote presentations on diverse energy themes, parallel sessions will deal with energy sources, storage and conversion of energy and end-use including energy conservation.

The European Energy Conference (E2C) aims to promote cooperation and thereby stimulate communication and synergy in the fields of Physics,
Chemistry and Material Sciences, to support technology and engineering in responding to the urgent requirement of secure, ecologically acceptable
and sustainable energy systems. This series is a joint venture between the following prominent organizations:
- European Science Foundation (ESF)
- European Materials Research Society (E-MRS)
- European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS)
- European Physical Society (EPS)
with local support from IREC (Catalonia Institute for Energy Research)

Preliminary programme

Invited Speakers will include (list to be completed):
- Carlos Alejandre, Directorate, ITER, ES - ITER: promise and problems
- Nicola Armaroli, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, IT - The ultimate in lighting: LEDs and others
- Vincenzo Balzani, University of Bologna, IT - Artificial photosynthesis
- Ronnie Belmans, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE - Smart Grids: efficient electricity generation and distribution
- Harald Bolt, FZJ, DE - Materials for extreme conditions
- Jean-François Dallemand, JRC, Ispra, IT - Sustainable biofuels
- Gia Destouni, Stockholm University, SE - Water & energy/environmental limitations
- Waclaw Gudowski, International Science & Technology Centre, RU - Next generation fission reactors
- Stuart Haszeldine, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - Scientific and technical basis for carbon capture
- Gerhard Hörpel, Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität, DE - Putting traction batteries on the road
- David King, Oxford University, UK - High level challenges
- Rolf Linkohr, Centre for European Energy Strategy, BE - Evaluation of the Conference
- Martha Lux Steiner, Helmholtz Centre, Berlin, DE - Advanced compound semiconductors
- Ravindranathan Thampi, University College Dublin, IE - Catalysis for fuel processing

Afternoon sessions will cover the following topics:
SESSION A - Primary Energy Sources ? Solar and environmental: photovoltaics and photo-chemistry, wind, tide and wave, geothermal, hydro, biofuels ? Fuels from earth and ocean: fossil (including non-conventional - clathrates, shales, tar sands), marine technology, geophysics, corrosion ? Fission and fusion: materials, instrumentation and control, associated technologies including cryogenics, modeling
SESSION B - Energy Conversion and Storage ? Electrochemistry for energy: batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, electrolysis, electrolytes catalysts and materials for electrochemistry ? Thermodynamics and thermalprocesses, thermal energy storage, thermoelectrics, high temperature materials, catalysts & refractories, petrochemistryfor electrochemistry ? Supporting technologies: energy vectors - electrical and chemical, materials and systems for energy distribution, super-conductors, sensors, smart grids
SESSION C - End Use of Energy ? The efficient home: archi-tecture, comfort control, heating and cooling, energy management, domestic cogeneration ? Transport: "car of the future", "flight of the future", marine (including nuclear), public transport - rail/innovative ? Demand & environmental management/disposal of wastes-radioactive, toxic, CO2, energy-intensive industries - metallurgy, ceramics, glass, cement

Opening ceremony by Spanish EU Presidency, Tuesday 20 April, 9.00 am.

Full conference programme available from

Call for Abstracts
The scientific committee welcomes original contributions on the following topics:
- Primary Energy - sources: solar and environmental, fuels and earth and ocean, fission and fusion
- Energy Conversion and Storage - electrochemistry for energy, thermodynamics and thermal processes, supporting
- End Use of Energy - the efficient home, transport, demand and environmental management
- Emerging Topics - for highly-relevant topics not covered by the sessions above
Abstracts must be submitted online using the E2C submission form by 15 November 2009. Any submissions made after this date or in any other format will not be processed. Authors may submit up to 3 abstracts; a new form must be filled for each abstract.Information and registration:


Primary energy sources; Energy Conversion and Storage; End Use of Energy; chemistry, physics and material sciences related to energy technologies