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11 Jul 2017

12th IEEE PES Powertech Conference – PowerTech Manchester 2017, 18-22 June 2017

The 12th IEEE PES Powertech Conference, the IEEE PES anchor conference in Europe,  PowerTech Manchester 2017  “Towards and beyond sustainable energy systems”, was held at The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom between 18-22 June 2017.

The conference was the largest gathering of international researchers and practitioners working in the general area of electrical power engineering outside the USA in 2017 and possibly the largest such conference ever held in the UK and certainly the largest to be held in the UK for a generation. It attracted over 670 delegates from 54 countries from around the world. The conference was formally opened by Prof Martin Schröder, Vice-President of the University of Manchester and the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The conference featured 3 tutorials, a Women in Power special session with 5 panel presentations attracting 45 delegates, 10 key note speeches, 18 special sessions with 90 presentations by industrialists and academics, and 252 oral and 245 poster presentations of latest research results. In total there were 602 presentations during the conference. 

The key note speakers at the conference included Dr Damir Novosel, Prof. Dame Nacy J. Rothwell, Prof Nikos Hatziargyriou, Dr Bruno Meyer, Prof Vladimiro Miranda, Ms Sonya Twohig, Ms Wanda Reder, Prof Malden Kezunović, Mr Mark McGranaghan and Prof Ronnie Belmans. 

The PowerTech conference was preceded by annual meeting and training session for PES Chapter Chairs from Region 8 (Europe, Middle east and Africa) which took place on Sunday 18 June 2017. The  meeting and training session was attended by 23 out of 44 Chapter Chairs from the Region 8  and representatives of IEEE PES Governing Board including Damir Novosel, President of IEEE PES, Patrick Ryan , PES Executive Director, Frank Lambert, PES VP for Chapters, Danijel Topić, PES Student Branch Coordinator, Meliha Selak, Past  PES VP  Chapters and Member of the PES Long Range Planning Committee, Carlo Alberto Nucci, PES Region 8  Careers and Scholarship Plus Coordinator and Jovica V Milanović, PES Regional Representative for Region 8.