5th AIEE Energy Symposium
Current and Future Challenges to Energy Security

– energy perspectives beyond COVID19 –

15-17 December, 2020

5th AIEE Energy Symposium
Current and Future Challenges to Energy Security

– energy perspectives beyond COVID19 –

15-17 December, 2020

We are pleased to announce the
Call for Papers for the 5th AIEE Energy Symposium on Current and Future Challenges to Energy Security,
Virtual conference – 15-17 December 2020

Conference objectives

A recent survey conducted in the European Union has confirmed a general consensus of all countries to support the efforts to strengthen  energy security. Nine out of 10 Europeans agree the EU’s energy policy priorities should be to ensure secure, clean, and affordable energy, to combat climate change, decreasing energy consumption across the EU and facilitating more competitive prices for consumers. For the coming 10 years the main priority is investing and developing clean energy technologies, ensuring that costs are as low as possible and stepping up international efforts to reduce climate change.

After the crisis of COVID-19, energy security will remain an important issue of the world energy policy and the key for a more resilient society. The pandemic has set in motion the largest drop in global energy investment in history, with spending expected to plunge in every major sector this year – from electricity to renewables and energy efficiency. The overall share of global energy spending that goes to clean energy technologies – including renewables, efficiency, carbon capture, utilization and storage – has been stuck at around one-third in recent years. Power sector spending is on course to decrease with worrying signals for the development of more secure and sustainable power systems. Energy efficiency, a central pillar of clean energy transitions, is suffering too. Estimated investment in efficiency and end-use applications is set to fall. The slowdown in spending on key clean energy technologies also risks undermining the much-needed transition to more sustainable energy systems.

The AIEE Symposium will be a forum to discuss all these problems, continuing the dialogue of the past editions analyzing the transformations of the concept of energy security in this context.

A comprehensive program, with Plenary sessions and keynote presentations, and several concurrent sessions will give the attendees from all over the world the occasion to participate in an interactive, collaborative networking and information-sharing event, in the prestigious context of the SDA Bocconi School of Management (that was ranked 3rd in the 2019 Financial Times’ European Business School Ranking and 8th in the world for business and management studies).

Conference structure

In this uncertain times regarding travelling around the world, social distancing and possibility to attend the event physically, hosting a virtual event is an excellent alternative and therefore we decided to hold the 5th AIEE Symposium on energy Security 2020, online.


Our conference will have the same structure as the previous editions because we want it to feel as much like an in-person event as possible, with plenary sessions and keynote presentations and several concurrent sessions which include traditional presentations, lightning talks, discussions, and interacting.
Live chat questions and answers with the presenters during their sessions and real-time conversations among participants. The speakers can present their slides and attendees can ask questions about the topic.
Virtual conferences might lack the intimacy of a physical gathering, but they democratize access offering the attendees the possibility to connect with each other providing an interactive, collaborative networking, information-sharing and manly the same benefits as on-site events with less cost and less risk. The shift to online gatherings is part of a larger trend in reimagining experiences centered on human interaction at a time when large gatherings are mostly banned.

We solicit presentation through a Call for abstracts, just as in-person previous conferences.
We offer reduced group registrations for institutions who wanted to sign up 3-5 or more attendees.

Conference programme
(UTC +1 – Central European Time (CET) – ITALY)

Tuesday – December 15, 2020

15:30-17:00 Opening Welcome Address

Wednesday – December 16, 2020

09.00 -10.30 1st cycle of concurrent sessions – 4 virtual parallel sessions n. 1-4 of 1h.30′ each

10.30 -11.30 Dual Plenary Sessions (2 virtual plenary sessions of 1h each)
EU towards 2030 and  the energy security concerns
Regulation of energy markets

11.30 -13.00 2nd cycle of concurrent sessions – 4 virtual parallel sessions n. 5-8 of 1h.30′ each

13.00 -14.00 Break

14.00 -15.30 Dual Plenary Sessions (2 virtual plenary sessions of 1h.30 each)
Energy industry challenges to a low-carbon economy, the gas role in the transition
Sustainable mobility challenges for the transition targets

15.30 -17.00 3rd cycle of concurrent session – 4 virtual parallel sessions n. 9-12 of 1h.30′ each

Thursday – December 17, 2020

09.00 -10.30 4th cycle of concurrent sessions – 4 virtual parallel sessions 13-16 of 1h.30′ each

10.30 -11.30 Dual Plenary Sessions (2 virtual plenary sessions of 1h each)
Grid security and new technologies
The energy efficiency and the future strategies of the energy industry

11.30 -13.00 5th cycle of concurrent sessions – 4 virtual parallel sessions 17-20 of 1h.30′ each

13.00 -14.00 Break

14.00 -15.30 6th cycle of concurrent session – 4 virtual parallel sessions 21-24 of 1h.30′ each

 Conference Closing

 Call for Abstracts
Abstract submission deadline extended to October 15, 2020

Download the Call for Abstracts brochure >>

Concurrent sessions

Concurrent sessions will be organized from accepted abstracts. Authors may be encouraged by the Programme Committee to organize specific sessions. Submitted abstracts should be of one or two pages in length, comprising (1) overview, (2) methods, (3) results and (4) conclusions.

Authors who have submitted within the deadline of September 10, will be notified about of their admission status by September 25. The result of the submissions within the deadline of October 15 will be notified by October 30, 2020.

While multiple submissions by individual or groups of authors are welcome, the abstract selection process will seek to ensure as broad participation as possible: each speaker is to deliver only one presentation in the conference.

The range of topics proposed for submission is not limited, the authors may be encouraged by the Programme Committee to organize also specific sessions on topics different from the ones indicated below, for which you are cordially invited to send us your proposals.

To organize a special session, the number of the speakers should be at least 4 and no more than 5.

The abstracts proposed for the special session should be submitted, following the general submission rules.

Proposed topics
Access to energy
Biogas and biomethane and hydrogen
Behavioral energy economics
Carbon border adjustment measures
Climate policy and emission trading
Europe energy road map to 2050
Energy supply and security
Energy performance in buildings
Energy efficiency and end-use applications
Energy security for a more resilient society
Energy revolution: green energy solutions
Energy vulnerability in developed countries
Energy transition funds
Energy transition funds
Extending the scope of European energy regulation
Industrial energy and material efficiency
Energy and Industrial Competitiveness
Market instruments for energy efficiency North-South cooperation on renewable energy
Promoting energy efficiency
Regulation and taxation of energy markets
Real-time tariffs
Smart meters
Smart cities
Sustainable energy systems
The changing geopolitics of energy and global governance
The future energy demand
The utility of the future
Breakthroughs in energy technology
Smart grids and energy security
The gas market: new perspectives?
The perspective of LNG
The impact of oil price fluctuation
The future of transportation
Strategic contribution of energy storage to energy security
Energy storage – effects on the market
Sectorial approach to energy efficiency in industry
Security risks in the electricity sector
Reducing industrial energy use and CO2 emissions
European perspectives of energy security in the global context

The submission of the full paper is not obligatory unless the author is interested to propose it for publication.

Conference proceedings
AIEE will publish the conference proceedings on-line on the conference website, in one volume with open access. The proceedings will contain the abstracts, it is not obligatory to submit the full paper, unless the author is interested to publish it.

CURRENT AND FUTURE CHALLENGES TO ENERGY SECURITY
5th AIEE Energy Symposium – Conference Proceedings
ISBN: 978-88-942781-9-4 – publication date: December 31st, 2020

The AIEE does not copyright conference abstracts, papers and presentations. The author retains the copyright of their presented paper and gives permission to AIEE to post their abstract and presentation in the online proceedings
Contact us

Conference Secretariat:

Phone: +39.06.3227367; Fax: +39 06 8070751
e-mail: assaiee@aiee.it