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"Then I say the Earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its right no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its existence"

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)

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The role of offshore wind for the energy transition: prospectives and challenges from key industrial and academic players

Moderator: Prof. Davide Astiaso Garcia

Offshore wind (OW) will play a crucial role in the energy transition of our society in the following years, increasing at the same time the energy independence of many countries by the use of their renewable energy sources. In particular, it represents a strategic asset for achieving the European Union's decarbonization and energy transition objectives, as well as a great growth opportunity for the implementation of a European industrial supply chain.

The panel will discuss what are the potentialities of this sector considering the prospectives of the floating OW that is opening new interesting potentialities that were not feasible for bottom fixed technologies, as in many Mediterranean areas, analyzing, on the other hand, the main challenges and barriers that need to be overcome for a successful development of this industrial sector.

The panel includes both academics and key industrial players in the OW sector  in order to provide a real and detailed overview of technological, regulatory and economic aspects that affect the development of OW energy at short and long term.



Powering Progress for All: Bridging the Gender Gap in the Energy Field

Moderator: Prof. Carla Montagud Montalvá

The global energy sector faces immense challenges in achieving sustainable and equitable energy access.  

The European Green New Deal and the European Gender Equality Strategy are clear messages that both environmental protection and gender equality are priorities for the European Commission. Nevertheless, these strategies lack coordination, and in most cases, the objectives are not addressed together. Policies must address the complexities of gender roles and identities and the root causes of inequality in the climate change context if they aim to be effective and redistributive. Gender studies have highlighted how policies and actions not drafted and planned with a gender perspective tend to produce a gender bias.

The root causes to why women are under-represented in the energy sector must be seen from different perspectives and the reasons for the under-representation are not solely individual preferences. Overall, there are rather social, institutional, and structural barriers related to this. Social barriers for women limit their access to some types of education, training, and employment. Institutional and structural barriers relate to both social constructions including different perceptions about what women should or should not work with, and structures such as hinderance in participation in decision making bodies etc. 

Despite the crucial role women can play in developing and implementing innovative energy solutions, gender bias persists also in the energy research field. Women bring unique perspectives to energy challenges. They often have a strong focus on social equity and the needs of vulnerable communities, which are crucial considerations when developing sustainable energy solutions.

While transitioning away from fossil fuels to clean energy sources is crucial to combat climate change, it is not enough. We must also ensure that this transition is just and equitable, leaving no one behind and addressing the specific needs of marginalized communities. This includes gender equality, as women are disproportionately affected by energy poverty and lack of access to clean energy.

This panel discussion will explore the current landscape of gender representation and bias in the Energy field. It will also discuss how to overcome structural barriers to women inclusión in the sector.

Panelists will discuss:

  • The specific ways in which gender bias manifests in research funding, project design, and dissemination of findings.
  • The impact of gender bias on the effectiveness of energy solutions for diverse communities.
  • Strategies for promoting gender equity in energy research, including fostering mentorship programs, diversifying research teams, and developing research agendas that address the energy needs of women and girls.
  • Strategies for overcoming structural barriers.

By fostering a more inclusive research environment, we can tap into the full potential of talent and innovation to achieve a more just and sustainable energy future for all.



Dr. Monica Garcia-Melon
Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
I am a senior researcher at the INGENIO research institute (CSIC-UPV). My main line of research focuses on the application of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Analytic Network Process (ANP) methodologies to create indicators that help evaluation and decision-making in participatory processes. Within this field of research, my two main lines of work are: (i) Participatory Decision Making, (ii) Application of Multi-Criteria Models to assess social responsibility and environmental sustainability of policies and organisations. I lead a research group, I have promoted a consolidated line of work that has generated an important scientific production in high quality journals, obtained several research and knowledge transfer projects with public and private funding and consolidated the scientific career of several researchers. I have been the Principal Investigator of 4 R&D projects funded by the Ministry of Science, 1 European project (PI of the Spanish group), 2 projects of the Generalitat Valenciana (GV) and 3 of the UPV. 3 of them dedicated to obtaining indicators to monitor science policies from the socio-environmental (RRI) perspective at European level (Super-MoRRI, 2018-2022), at national level (INPERRI, 2016-2020) and at regional level (RRICVAL, 2017-2019), and the fourth (INVISIBLES 2021-2024) dedicated to obtaining indicators to analyse the visibility of women in scientific events. Others have been used to help decision-makers at different levels of public administrations to make strategic decisions involving multiple stakeholders: planning of activities for the development of a city (4), for the development of tourism in a region (3), for the shipbuilding industry (1), for the food industry (1), for the strategic planning of a university (3) and very closely related to this project for the analysis of capital-risk investors’ preferences on biomass power plants projects. As a result of the research carried out, I have published more than 50 scientific publications in indexed journals to date. Four of them occupy the first, third, fifth and fifth position in their field respectively, with a total of 710 accumulated citations (WoS). I have an H=18 index.
Prof. Caroline Hachem-Vermette
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Dr. Eva Schito
University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
Dr. Pia Ulvenblad
Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden


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