Energy innovation and integration for a clean environment

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 L. Cifarelli, F. Romanelli    26-02-2021     Leggi in PDF
Glass painting by Fritz Wagner, "Komposition HG 1/15", 2015.

The 6th Course of the EPS-SIF International School on Energy on "Energy Innovation and Integration for a Clean Environment", jointly organized by the European and Italian Physical Societies, will be held in the beautiful venue of Villa Monastero, Varenna, Italy, from 19 to 24 July 2021.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set up in 2015 as part of the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, aim at eradicating poverty and promote an inclusive development. Among the 17 SDGs the goal of Affordable and Clean Energy aims at ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services and substantially increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030. Europe has set very ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the share of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency. As most of the world greenhouse emissions are produced by the energy sector, the impact of these goals on climate change could be expected to be significant. Therefore, research in energy technologies is playing a major role to support this transition and provides a number of opportunities for young researchers in physics and other scientific disciplines.

The primary goal of the School is to provide an overview of the technologies of energy production, conversion, transmission and savings, with a specific attention to the specific needs in research and development. The School will also be a forum for discussion among experts in different technology fields.

The organization of the Course on "Energy Innovation and Integration for a Clean Environment" represents an ideal continuation of a series of biennial Courses: in 2012 ("New strategies for energy generation, conversion and storage"), in 2014 ("Energy: basic concepts and forefront ideas"), in 2016 ("Materials for Energy and Sustainability V"), in 2017 ("Advances in Basic Energy Issues") and in 2019 ("Energy: Where we stand and where we go").

The following fields will be covered by lectures or seminars: solar photovoltaic, wind, hydrogen, biomass, fossils, fission, fusion, energy saving technology, materials for energy and environment and climate issues. The School will also address the energy perspectives after the COVID-19 emergency. Specific sessions are foreseen for student talks with prizes awarded for the best presentations.


Luisa Cifarelli – Professor of experimental physics at the University of Bologna. She has carried out research in subnuclear physics and astroparticle physics at the major European laboratories. Member of the Academia Europaea and the Academy of Sciences of Bologna, honorary president of the Italian Physical Society, she has been president of the European Physical Society and of the "Enrico Fermi" Historical Museum of Physics and Research and Study Center in Italy.

Francesco Romanelli – Research director at ENEA and professor of physics of nuclear energy at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". He has been the leader of the JET experiment, the largest magnetic confinement fusion facility in operation, from 2006 to 2014 and of the European Fusion Development Agreement. He is author and coauthor of more than 500 papers on refereed journals.