Plenary speakers, in alphabetical order, are:



BĂDESCU Viorel
Viorel Bădescu is affiliated with Candida Oancea Institute at Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. Main fields of research are physics of radiation, solar radiation availability, photovoltaic and photothermal conversion of solar energy, optimal control of thermal engineering processes, passive buildings, macroengineering, statistical physics and thermodynamics, physics of semiconductors, with results reported in more than 250 papers and 30 books.
Also, he has theorized on present-day Mars meteorology and Mars terraforming and on several macro-engineering projects. Together with Richard Cathcart he defined and analyzed the concept of the "stellar engine" – a hypothetical device able to manage a large amount of a star's energy to generate exergy (thrust and work).
He is corresponding member of the Romanian Academy.
Title of plenary lecture:
Research directions in photovoltaic conversion


DUIC Neven
Neven Duic is a Professor in Energy Planning, Policy and Economics since 2001, Power Engineering and Energy Management Chair, Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Croatia.
He is vice-chair of International Scientific Committee of Dubrovnik Conference on Energy, Water and Environment Systems since 2003 and chair of its Local Organising Committee since 2007.
He is co-Editor of Energy Conversion and Management, subject Editor of Energy, Editorial Board member of Applied Energy, Clean Technologies and Environmental Protection, member of regional editorial board of Thermal Science Journal and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems.
His research covers areas of energy planning of energy systems with high penetration of renewables, sustainable communities, energy policy, energy economics, mitigation of climate change, energy efficiency and combustion engineering.
Title of plenary lecture:
100% Renewables energy system for Southeastern Europe, how to make it and how to profit locally from the transition

 
KALOGIROU Soteris
Professor Soteris Kalogirou is at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences and Engineering of the Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus. He received his HTI Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1982, his M.Phil. in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Wales in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glamorgan in 1995. In June 2011 he received from the University of Glamorgan the title of D.Sc. He is Visiting Professor at Brunel University, UK and Adjunct Professor at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Ireland.
For more than 30 years, he is actively involved in research in the area of solar energy and particularly in flat plate and concentrating collectors, solar water heating, solar steam generating systems, desalination and absorption cooling. Additionally, since 1995 he is involved in a pioneering research dealing with the use of artificial intelligence methods, like artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms and fuzzy logic, for the modelling and performance prediction of energy and solar energy systems.
He has 44 books and book contributions and published 278 papers; 118 in international scientific journals and 160 in refereed conference proceedings. Until now, he received more than 5500 citations on this work and his h-index is 41. He is Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy, and Editorial Board Member of another eleven journals. He is the editor of the book Artificial Intelligence in Energy and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Nova Science Inc., co-editor of the book Soft Computing in Green and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Springer and author of the book Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems, published by Academic Press of Elsevier.
He currently chairs COST Action TU1205 on Building Integrated Solar Thermal Systems (BISTS), with 22 countries participating mainly from Europe.
He has been a member of World Renewable Energy Network (WREN) since 1992 and is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and International Solar Energy Society (ISES).
Title of plenary lecture:
Renewable energy systems: Current status and prospects


 ZAHARESCU Maria
Dr. Maria Zaharescu, is member of the Romanian Academy, senior researcher at the Oxide Compounds and Materials Science Department at the Ilie Murgulescu Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania.
Her main research areas are physical chemistry of oxides systems and sol-gel science, research field initiated in Romania by her activity. The results of her work were published in more than 400 scientific papers from which 272 in internationally recognized ISI journals, one book and 8 book chapters edited by the Romanian Academy and international publishers (Wiley, Springer, Nova, INTECH).
She got several national awards granted by the Romanian Academy and Romanian Government, as well as by American Chemical Society, Romanian Chapter. She leaded several Romanian teams in international collaborations with National Science Foundation (USA), European Union projects (FP5, FP6, COST Actions), inter-governmental cooperations (with France, Greece, Slovenia, India) and inter-academic collaborations.
She is a member of the International Society of Sol-Gel Science and of the American Ceramic Society – Basic Research Division. She is also member of the Editorial Board or the Journal of the Sol-Gel Science and Technology.
Title of plenary lecture:
Nanostructured oxide photocatalysts and sensors for waste water treatement

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