IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) - Europe 2011

The event was held 5-7 December 2011 in Manchester, UK and hosted by The University of Manchester.

The 2nd Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT) in Europe was an IEEE Power and Energy Society conference. The main theme of the event was "Developing Solutions Today for the Sustainable Grids of Tomorrow". The overall scope of ISGT Europe is to help specialists from the electric power industry and academia improve their understanding of the concept of a "smart grid" and how existing power systems will evolve with the continuous developments of technology and increasing integration of renewable energy resources into the future-grids.

The Conference was an ideal forum for power system experts, T&D engineers, plant designers, consultants, researchers and more recent participants to discuss state-of-the-art innovations in the increasingly important smart grid sector.

The interest in the subject was demonstrated by the fact that the program included more than 230 high quality papers from all parts of the world, as well as the participation of keynote speakers, panelists, exhibitors, and sponsors, who all contributed to the success of the conference.

The speakers included a wide range of professionals: strategic planners, managers, decisions makers, technical experts, regulators, politicians, researchers and "next generation" researchers and engineers.

The conference achieved an almost perfect mix of technical papers and presentations from manufacturers, users and academia and attracted a large numbers of sponsors and exhibitors. This balance of expertise and skills made the conference an excellent forum for informed discussions about the main theme of the conference.

The conference started with four tutorials, covering different aspects of the smart grid and delivered by experts renowned for their teaching and communications skills.

The program included six keynote sessions with presentations by top industry and academia representatives from around the world.

Most of the papers were delivered in paper, panel and poster sessions.

The program also included an IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) and PES Student Event.

The social program included the Welcome reception held at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), and the Conference dinner at the historic Midland Hotel.

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