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2019 // Nuremberg, Germany

iSEnEC Newsroom

Top-level speakers at iSEnEC 2018

iSEnEC (Integration of Sustainable Energy EXPO & CONFERENCE) is the platform for integrating sustainable energy technologies, created for decision-makers in the energy industry, general industry, research and policy fields. On 17-18 July 2018, they will join forces at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg to set the course for a future-oriented, sustainable and economical energy supply system. Keynote speakers who have confirmed their participation include Dr Yves Bock, Siemens AG, German MP Dr Toni Hofreiter and Professor Robert Schlögl, of the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society. Interested parties now have the opportunity to register to take part in the Conference. Information on the event programme is available at

Interdisciplinary approach: one topic, five formats

iSEnEC will adopt an interdisciplinary approach to examining all key areas of the renewable energy industry: in 2018, for the first time, it will include start-up workshops – after all, innovations have to find their way onto the market. Interested entrepreneurs will learn from innovation specialists how this process can be made faster. The Conference is where the future takes shape: in parallel sessions (renewable energy generation, solar, storage systems, integration, combined heat and power generation (CHP), urban development, Smart Grid, mobility, simulation & market design, and green production), the leading thinkers in the sector will discuss future-oriented pilot projects and new technologies, and will ensure that visitors are fully up to date on the latest scientific and industrial developments. Each session will be followed by “campfires”: small groups will “gather around the campfire” to discuss hot topics, either as a simple exchange of views or as a basis for future cooperative arrangements.

The Expo will present market-ready products and solutions using sustainable energy that show what is already possible in practice. Potential exhibitors can register online at

Poster sessions will also create the atmosphere of a development laboratory, as high potentials from the fields of research and science will present their latest research results and will want to discuss them with visitors.

Key focal points and programme highlights

The transition to a sustainable energy system still has a long way to go. The main challenge at the moment is to drive forward the energy transition in the areas of heat and mobility, which have previously been neglected – a task that can be achieved only by linking these two sectors, both with each other and with the electricity sector. Converting and storing the various energy types and the marketability of new business models will play an important part in this process. Interdisciplinary discussion between research and industry about technologies that can be implemented in the short and medium terms is a precondition for ensuring a sustainable, stable and economical energy supply system. Policy-makers will also play an essential part in the discussion as drivers and regulators. Top-level speakers from all relevant disciplines have confirmed their participation in iSEnEC 2018, including the following keynotes:

  • The shift of renewable energies from a legal perspective – contractual risk sharing in a dynamic legal and regulatory environment.

Dr Yves Bock

General Counsel Energy Management Legal and Compliance, Siemens AG

  • A Train to Nowhere-Land? Ethical Glosses on the ‘Energiewende’

Professor Peter Dabrock

Professor of Systematic Theology II, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

  • From a Sea-Change in the Electricity Supply to an Ecological Transformation. The Role of Legislation in Climate Protection and Innovation.

Dr Toni Hofreiter

Chair of Alliance 90/Greens parliamentary group in the German Bundestag

  • Energy Sector Coupling in Research: An Integrated Approach.

Professor Robert Schlögl

Director Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Department of Inorganic Chemistry

Nuremberg metropolitan region: leading location for the energy industry

The European metropolitan region of Nuremberg is a powerful location for the energy industry, with more than 14,000 companies representing more than 110,000 employees, and revenue in excess of €27 billion per year. About 5,500 students are registered in energy-relevant courses, and research is being performed at a total of nine universities, in addition to many other non-university facilities. iSEnEC brings all these skills together for two days in a single location, with the objective of raising the national and international visibility of these skills offered by the region.


In close cooperation with its partners Bayern Innovativ, ENERGIE CAMPUS NÜRNBERG, ENERGIEregion Nürnberg e.V., Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Green Factory Bavaria, HI ERN, City of Nürnberg, Georg-Simon-Ohm University, ZAE Bayern, and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, NürnbergMesse organises the iSEnEC dialogue forum under the patronage of the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology.