Grand Challenges Scholars Program (EU Chapter)

22nd of March 2021 – GC-Europe Conference

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Dear Friends, special thanks by Technical Solidarity and  the Grand Challenges students that with Micro Grid Academy , and their US colleagues, worked enthusiastically for the GC-EU 2021 conference and the numbers really rewarded them:

 582 Participants (from Zoom certificate)

6311 Views (from Linkedin certificate)

154 Research Departments (from Application Forms)

85 Acts ready for publication

49 countries represented by EU, Africa, South Asia and the Americas

12 hours of scientific talks on models, algorithms and technologies in the field

We would like to sincerely thank those who, like you, confidently supported the initiative, the quality was also guaranteed and acknowledged by the Professors of 154 bodies between Research Centres, Italian and American Universities, by our Pro-rector Sapienza Livio De Santoli, by the Rector of Uni BS Maurizio Tira, Head of International Relations Conference of Italian University Rectors, the 15 AIMSEA Professors’ Association of Italian Professors of Energy Systems, the 9 US Faculty Deans for their Grand Challenges Scholars Program, the Senator dedicated to the new Energy Communities, and the various internationally renowned Managers, EngineersResearchers and PhD students from 49 countries around the world.

This was only possible thanks to the organisational efforts of the new “Grand Challenges ALUMNI” of the Universities of Rome, and the International Research Group Field Studies for Mini Grid Optimisation (FS4MGO), which presented the latest papers produced on Energy Communities in Italy.

Special thanks go to all the speakers, it was an intense day of academic work full of projects and ideas on optimisation methods for the technical, environmental and socio-economic sustainability of Mini Grids and Renewable Energy Communities, with results that were truly unexpected, and certainly deserved.

The next meeting will be on 24 May at 17.30 for one hour with the same International Universities, with whom we will discuss the organisation of our presence at COP 26 and of course the IV Grand Challenges EU conference in 2022...

See you soon,

The Technical Scientific Committee

P.S. We don’t want to bore you, so if you are interested in the Proceedings or the next short operational GC meeting in May, please write to me or better still to the guys: (copying me just in case).

GCSP-EU, GCSP Network – US, CNR, ASME-Engineering for Change, AIMSEA, Micro Grid Academy

Dear Colleagues, dear Professors, Doctors, Students, Friends, as decided during the 1st of February GCSP meeting we are now proposing an academic moment for sharing research, projects, and ideas.

A Pitch Marathon aimed at sharing ideas, models, and good practices, this conference is based on a few minutes’ talks and 3 thematic “break-out rooms”, permanently open for informal discussions.

1. How to register? > Just sign up on this Form  (within the 12th of March).

2. Target audience? > International Scholars from Europe, Africa, and US.

3. Theme of the conference?  > Mini-Grids, Sustainability and Zero Emission Mobility.

4. Expectations from the speakers? > A Pitch of 5’ or 10’ of presentation on Studies, Projects, Results.

5. Expected conference outcomes? > New, small, and large  thematic networks, and 2 Special Issues.

6. How much does it cost? > It is free, thanks to the sponsors.

7. Deadline for the papers? > Papers for the Special Issues can be sent after the conference.

8. Deadline for slides and abstracts? > Deadline for the slides is the 17th of March.


Innovations in Mini-Grid Models  (Technology and Management)

Parthenope University (Naples), Sapienza-DIAEE Department, Comillas University (Madrid), University of Cagliari, Kenyatta University, Ray-Now, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University, Teesside University, Equatorial Power, Friem

Optimization methods for Technical, Environmental,

and Socio-Economical Sustainability

Sapienza-DIMA Department, State University of New York, University of Perugia,

University of Pisa, University of Cape Town, Federico II University (Naples),

Italian Government, RESET, Engineering Without Borders, Universidad Comillas,

Hawaiian Pacific University, Municipality of Latina, Lega Naval Ventotene

Sustainability in energy services (Field Studies)

Engineering for Change, University of Dschang (UDs), Drop Access

University of Michigan, Tuscia University, Campus Bio-Medico di Roma.

Zero emission mobility  (Innovation and Cases of Study)

Guglielmo Marconi University, University of Salerno, CNR, Ventotene Municipality, Strathmore SERC, RES4Africa Associates,  Energia Futura, Movenda, ENEA, Italia Solare, Association for Electric Mobility & Development in Africa,

Students Engagement and the 5 GCSP competencies

GC FS ALUMNI – Sapienza, Sapienza Engineering Faculty, Duke University GCSP ALUMNI, Engineering for Change, BayWa r.e. renewable energy, Micro Grid Academy RA, LUMSA University, University Southern California

Articles/presentations  will be accepted and evaluated for the proceedings,

Scientific papers will be peer-reviewed and evaluated for 2 special issues on Energies and Sustainability.