International Solar Energy Society January Newsletter – The Global Voice for Renewable Energy

Jay Owen Green Prosperity, Greentech

ISES January 2020 Newsletter

The global voice for renewable energy
100% Renewable Energy for all used wisely and efficiently

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President’s Column

A column by Prof. Klaus Vajen, ISES President


Do we really need a catastrophe for global change?


Things are playing out the way scientists predicted years ago: The ambient temperatures increase and extreme weather events occur more frequently, also particularly rainfall. Now exactly this is happening: Australia is experiencing the warmest and driest summer on record. 170,000 km2 of forest, an area as big as Florida, or Austria and Hungary combined, have already burned. More than 1 billion mammals, birds and reptiles have been victims of the fires, likewise 33 people, including many voluntary firefighters. Apparently, such catastrophes are needed for people, and often only subsequently, for politicians, to wake up. Chernobyl und Fukushima brought the discussion about nuclear power safety on to the agenda, with many countries deciding to phase out.

Are the fires in Australia the, or at least one of the turning points for the global climate discussion? (…)

Read the full column here

Society NewsNew ISES Executive Committee and Board of Directors start term

This month, the new ISES Executive Committee as well as the new ISES Board of Directors began their term for 2020-21. The new Executive Committee was elected through the then current Board of Directors and the new Board of Directors was elected through the global ISES membership. We welcome you to learn more about our new and renewing members of both the Executive Committee as well as the Board here.


Newly elected ISES President Prof. Klaus Vajen (University of Kassel, Germany) thanks the outgoing ISES Board Members for their many years of hard work and support of ISES and looks forward to the new term starting: “Based on engaged support of the Board of Directors, the Headquarters and the ISES members, the Executive Committee will be working hard to bring the ISES vision of 100% renewable energy for all even closer to its realization.”

ISES Events 2020The International Solar Energy Society is happy to announce two exciting events for 2020: Our regional conference EuroSun 2020 and a special event to celebrate 50 years of ISES Solar World Congresses – SWC50 in Melbourne, Australia.EuroSun 2020 – 13th International Conference on Solar for Buildings and Industry

From 1 – 4 September 2020, ISES is pleased to present EuroSun 2020 – the 13th International Conference on Solar Energy for Buildings and Industry taking place in Athens, Greece.

EuroSun 2020 will offer a platform to discuss the latest developments with leading solar energy experts as well as policy makers and industry representatives.

The programme will include distinguished keynote speakers in plenary sessions, specialists meetings in breakout sessions and poster exhibitions as well as social events where you will have the opportunity to network, meet old friends and to make new ones.

The call for abstracts and participation will be released next week. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 31 March 2020.


Learn more about the event here.

Special Event: SWC50 – The Century of Solar

In 1970 solar research pioneers met at the first International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Conference in Melbourne, Australia. ISES is commemorating this anniversary with a special event called the Solar World Congress at 50 (SWC50), to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 2 – 4 December 2020.


The SWC50 highlights the transformation in the global energy sector that has taken place since the first international ISES Solar World Congress in 1970 and looks forward to the next 50 years when renewable energy will be the major cornerstone of the global energy system.


This special event will be about the people: researchers, industry players, policy makers, and leaders from NGOs and non-profits who have all contributed to make renewable energy the fastest growing contributor to our global energy supply.

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