Post Session & positive feedback
2012 is the edition where records were broken: 3200 participants attended the session and 3626 visitors attended the exhibition.
Many thanks for all the positive feedback we received for this Session.
2012 is the edition where records were broken: 3200 participants attended the session (3000 in 2010), 3626 visitors attended the exhibition (2385 in 2010). The exhibition, now on two levels , allowed an increase of 50% of the available surface, allowing for 198 exhibitors (i.e. +44%), and a more open, more comfortable general layout.
For the Opening Ceremony; we had the chance to hear Mr Liu Zenhya, the President of the State Grid Corporation of China. He presented us with a new intercontinental vision of the trade of electricity, suggesting exchanges from China to Europe through UHV DC links. No doubt this will concern a large amount of CIGRE activity in the future!
The Opening Ceremony was also the opportunity to present the winners of the CIGRE awards:
- The CIGRE medal was granted to both André Merlin, for his exceptional contribution to CIGRE during 40 years, and to Colin Ray for his great involvement in our activity for SC 37/C1, for the TC 10 year Strategic Plan, and for the UK NC.
- Honorary Membership was given to these well known members of our association:
Javier AMANTEGUI (Spain)
Franz BESOLD (Germany)
Chris JONES (United Kingdom)
José Henrique MACHADO FERNANDES (Brazil)
Antonio NEGRI (Italy)
Liliane NEY (France)
Carlo Alberto NUCCI (Italy)
Mark WALDRON (United Kingdom)
The Opening Panel dealt with a very topical subject: “The role of Electricity Systems in Reducing Energy’s Environmental Impact”. Led by Klaus Froehlich, it was a very comprehensive survey of the question, and the role CIGRE plays there. The afternoon Panel on large disturbances, provided us with a good overview of these events in the world during the last two years, including an intervention by our Indian colleagues concerning the two large blackouts they experienced at the end of July.
A press conference was held, where 20 journalists attended. It will be a good opportunity to have our event better known.
The governing bodies met during the Session, resulting in the elections of the three new officers for our Association:
- President: Klaus Froehlich (Switzerland),
- Treasurer: Richard Bevan (Australia),
- Chairman of the Technical Committee: Mark Waldron (United Kingdom)
The Steering Committee members were also appointed. Apart from the Officers, they are: VAREJAO de GODOY Antonio(Brazil), DJYAKOV Anatoly F. (Russia), GELLINGS Clark W. (United States), CHRISTENSEN Jorgen (Denmark), LI Ruomei, Dr. (Mrs) (China), AUGONNET Michel (France), WINSER Nick (United Kingdom), NIEHAGE Udo, Dr.-Ing. (Germany), NIZOVOY Jorge Alberto (Argentina), RASHWAN Mohamed, Dr. (Canada), STEPHEN Robert George (South Africa), TAI Ichiro, Dr. (Japan), YOUNES Hassan Ahmed, H.E Dr. (Egypt).
The two members of the Administrative Council that became members of the Technical Committee are KLING Will (Netherlands) and VELASCO Luis (Peru, Chairman of the Andean Committee).
The discussion meetings took place between the 28th and 31st of August. This year, all SCs held Poster Sessions, and they have been very successful. Let us also note that the increase of number of technical meetings during the Session was just under 50%, as compared to 2010.
Another modification we introduced this year was to hold the official reception under the Pyramide du Louvre which was a good success!
Even if the global feedback for this session has been positive, please send us any suggestion to improve it in 2014.