Networking for Excellence in Solar Thermal Energy Research

International Conference

The Decarbonisation of the Energy Sector in the Mediterranean Region and Middle East

The Role of CSP


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29th NOV - DEC 1st 2018

The Cyprus Insitute, NTL Building


The Mediterranean and Middle East face potentially alarming consequences from climate change, as all relevant scientific studies show. Given the geopolitics of the area, the repercussions could be of global significance unless anticipatory actions are taken. Having been recognised as a "hotspot" in terms of climate impacts, the need for mitigation and especially adaptation measures is urgent.
Because of its vast solar potential, the region can benefit greatly from the significant opportunities arising from the necessary transition to a low-carbon economy. The challenges, but also the opportunities, of decarbonisation of the Energy Sector in the Mediterranean and Middle East are immense. 

The planned conference is intended to provide a stimulating dialog among leading Policy Makers, Scientists, Industry Leaders and other Stakeholders from around the world on the role of Concentrated Solar Thermal technologies in contributing to addressing these challenges in the Mediterranean and Middle East.

‘The Decarbonisation of the Energy Sector in the Mediterranean and Middle East – The Role of CSP’ Conference will be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 29th November to 1st December 2018.  We invite you to participate and contribute to this important conference.

International Scientific Committee


Costas N.Papanicolas (Chair)
President of the Cyprus Institute and Professor at the Energy Division
The Cyprus Institute (CYI), Cyprus
Rabia Ferroukhi
Deputy Director at Knowledge, Policy and Finance
International Renewable Energy Agency (IERENA)
Manuel Blanco (Co-Chair)
ERA Chair in Solar Thermal Technologies for the Eastern Mediterranean, Energy Division
The Cyprus Institute (CYI), Cyprus
Daniel Feuermann
Professor at the Department of Solar and Environmental Physics
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel
K. A. Antonopoulos
Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) Greece
Gilles Flamant
Scientific Director of SOLSTICE Laboratory of Excellence, Processes, Materials and Solar Energy
National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS-PROMES), France
Derek Baker
Co-Director of ODAK, Professor at Mechanical Engineering Department, Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GUNAM)
Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey
Suhil Kiwan
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Energy Center
Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Jordan
Julian Blanco
Director at Plataforma Solar de Almeria,
Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT-PSA), Spain
Chuck Kutscher
Fellow at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), USA
Nicolas Calvet
Assistant Professor, Chair of the Masdar Institute Solar Platform of the Concentrated Solar Power and Thermal Energy Storage Unit
Khalifa University (United Arab Emirates)
Alexander Mitsos
Director at IEK-10 Systems Energy Engineering, Laboratory for Process Systems Engineering (AVT.SVT)
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Manuel Collares
Renewable Energies Chair at the Institute for Advanced Studies and Research
University of Évora (UEvora), Portugal
Fabio Maria Montagnino
Director and Coordinator of Research at the Solar Living Lab (SoLL)
Consortium for the Application of Research and the Creation of Innovative Enterprises (ARCA), Italy
Luis Crespo
President of the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA)
Cédric Philibert
Senior Analyst at the Renewable Energy Division
International Energy Agency (IEA)
Simona De Luliis
Researcher at the Department of Energy Technologies
Energia Nucleare ed Energie Alternative (ENEA), Italy
Robert Pitz-Paal
Director of the Institute of Solar Research
German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Germany
  Wesley Stein
Solar Research Leader at the Solar GroupCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia


Local Organising Committee


Manuel Blanco (Co-Chair)
ERA Chair in Solar Thermal Technologies for the Eastern Mediterranean, Energy Division
The Cyprus Institute (CYI), Cyprus
Nicolas Jarraud
Assistant Vice President for Institute Affairs
The Cyprus Institute (CYI), Cyprus
Aristides Bonanos
Assistant Professor, Energy Division
The Cyprus Institute (CYI), Cyprus
Georgios Kirkos
Scientific Coordinator, Energy Division
The Cyprus Institute (CYI), Cyprus
Nestor Fylaktos
Associate Research Scientist
The Cyprus Institute (CYI), Cyprus
Pavlos Tsiartas
Head of Communications
The Cyprus Institute (CYI), Cyprus
Chariklia Hephaestou
Executive Assistant
The Cyprus Institute (CYI), Cyprus


Conference Topics

  • General overview of the climate change challenges and strategies to address them
  • The role of energy transition in mitigating and adapting climate change in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle-East (EMME)
  • The Technological Frontier as it applies to the EMME Region
  • Hydrocarbon’s and Renewables: Conflicts and Opportunities
  • Regional and International Approaches 

Contact Information

For more information contact Mr. George Kirkos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at +357 22 208 744


Download the conference brochure.

The conference is organised under the ‘CyI Solar Thermal Energy Chair for the Eastern Mediterranean (CySTEM - Chair)’ and the ‘Networking for Excellence in Solar Thermal Energy Research (NESTER)’ projects that have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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