International Colloquium on Lightning and Power Systems


CIGRE SC C4 on System Technical Performance is pleased to announce an international colloquium on ‘Lightning and Power Systems’ in Lyon, France

The colloquium is organized by the French National Committee of CIGRE with cooperation from SCs A3 (HV Equipment), B1 (Insulated Cables), B2 (Overhead Lines) and B3 (Substations). The three-day event will include two days of report/paper presentation followed by a technical visit.

The colloquium will take place at the INSA of Lyon, an engineering school located in close vicinity of Lyon city centre.

Colloquium information (pdf, 265kB)

Background and scope:

Lyon is considered as one of the most beautiful cities in France, combining harmoniously modernity and tradition, history and European ambitions. Lyon has an international airport and can easily be reached from other countries.

The colloquium is aimed at bringing together CIGRE experts from around the world joined by  regional engineers, managers and researchers to facilitate exchange of knowledge, experience and information towards further understanding phenomena associated with lightning and implementation of protective measures against its effect on electric power systems.

Engineering fraternities such as the CIGRE Study Committee C4 has an important role to play in expanding the knowledge on lightning and in identifying cost-effective solutions to minimize the impacts of lightning on power systems and thus the customers. We firmly believe that this colloquium will benefit the power industry in general and therefore would like to encourage participants to share their knowledge and experience in lightning and lightning protection related to electric power systems.

Main Topics:

The concept of the colloquium is to be a place of knowledge exchange for engineers involved in the study of lightning and protection against its effects. In this new session we would focus more specifically on:

1)       The exploitation of data provided by lightning detection systems (LDS), corrections applied to measurements;

2)       Principles of lightning detection, limitations and performance of existing systems;

3)       Direct measurement of lightning currents using instrumented tall structures;

4)       Numerical simulations in lightning-related studies, overvoltage protection;

5)       Electrical tower grounding;

6)       Improvement of the protection of overhead lines and substation equipment against lightning and other transient phenomena;

7)       The protection of underground or submarine cables against lightning;

8)       Arresters monitoring, field experience and possible conclusions about arrester condition.

Other topics related to lightning and protection systems against lightning will also be welcome.

The colloquium will start with keynote lectures providing the audience with the basics of lightning and enabling the participants to fully understand the articles which are to be presented.

Provisional General Program:


Sunday 11 May 2014

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Cocktail reception

Monday 12 May 2014

8.00 am - 9.00 am

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm



Opening and Colloquium


Tuesday 13 May 2014

9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Wednesday 14 May 2014

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Technical Visit

Company presentations

WG meetings

Dates, Venue & Accomodation:

Dates: May 12 - 14, 2014
Venue: Campus INSA Lyon.
Département de Génie Electrique.
20 avenue Albert Einstein. 69100 Villeurbanne, FRANCE.
Access: Tramway Line T1. Stationt: La Doua-Gaston Berger.

Registration and hotel information:

Participation Fees: 420 Euros
For Student: special fee:  250 Euros.

New deadline for abstracts: October 26, 2013.