• SP2018
  • 2018-06-27   08:00h
  • hosted by: INES (National Institute of Solar Energy) in Aix-Les-Bains, France

Sustainable Places 2018 (SP2018)

Sustainable Places (SP) annual international conference gathers stakeholders from leading organizations around the world to advance the state of art and play in one of the greatest challenges that our societies and their urban planners have ever faced: The need to enhance the sustainability of places ensuring long-term environmental security. Specifically, the event is focused on the commercial, technological and scientific intersections between Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) and the collaborating smart grids, policies, construction actors, and forward-thinking communities. Participants of SP learn about innovative initiatives, access up-to-date information, discuss market trends and envision possible synergies. SP fosters lasting market impacts, and has become a reference European platform where theory meets practice, unlocking new linkages between data formulation and the underpinning theories, cases, observations, and validated hypotheses arising from the analysis of that data. Knowledge transfer and research valorization are the main intentions of SP, and SP2018 is the sixth iteration of the series.

SP2018: registration

  SP2018 Registration Fees & Online Payment: The fees for attending SP2018 are determined by a “no-profit, no-loss” model, and…

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Full program HERE. Queries can be sent via email to the SP conference chair (Zia.Lennard[@]R2Msolution.com). Detailed SP2018 Symposium Agenda – Day…

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Site Visits

The signup form contained in this page is MANDATORY for any registered delegates interested in joining one or all of…

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SP2018 Program & Publishers

The 3-day program consists of keynotes, workshops, sessions, site visits, and social events. There are 6 open access publications that will be accepting submissions for special journal editions, enabling all delegate authors to benefit from a DOI resultant from their contributions.

  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Delegate registration

  • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Opening keynote ceremony at USMB Auditorium

  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

    Guided walk from USMB to HELIOS & coffee

  • 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

    Workshops and sessions

  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Workshops and sessions

  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Coffee break

  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Workshops and sessions

  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

    Site visit of INES large-scale facilities

  • 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

    Free time

  • 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

    Gala dinner (Aix-Les-Bains, “La Rotunde”)

  • 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

    Delegate registration

  • 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Workshops and sessions

  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    Coffee break

  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Workshops and sessions

  • 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Workshops and sessions

  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Coffee & guided walk from HELIOS to USMB

  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

    Closing keynote ceremony at USMB Auditorium

  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Farewell reception at HELIOS Atrium

  • 10:00 AM
    Schneider Electric visit in Grenoble (45 minutes by bus)
  • 8:30 AM
    Energy Pool site visit in Bourget Du Lac

Highlighted Keynote Speakers for Sustainable Places 2018:

The following are 4 of the 8 keynotes speakers for Sustainable Places 2018 (SP2018) in Aix-Les-Bains, France

Anis Jouini, CEO of INES Research & Development

Anis is most recently focusing his research on crystalline silicon for advanced high efficiency solar cell processes and advanced modules assembly technology in close collaboration with industrial partners. He has published more than 50 scientific papers and holds more than 20 patents. He is a committee member for a number of international conferences and workshops in the fields of photovoltaics.

“Introduction to INES R&D and welcome to SP2018 delegates”

Margot Pinault, Policy Officer with European Commission

Margot holds a Masters in Economics and a Masters in European and International Business Law. Margot now has 5 years of experience at the European Commission, in the DG Energy, and is the Policy Officer in charge of H2020 funding for Energy Efficiency (Societal Challenge 3) in the Buildings and Finance team, and is in charge of the Work Programmes scoping and drafting process as well as providing feedback from funded projects to policy.

“R&I priorities for energy under H2020 and their policy context”

Stefan Nowak, CEO of NET Nowak Energy & Technology

Stefan serves as Managing Director of NET Nowak Energy & Technology Ltd. Dr. Nowak serves as a Manager of the Swiss photovoltaic program for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. He is the Chairman of the photovoltaic program of the International Energy Agency (IEA-PVPS) and Vice-Chairman of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Airlight Energy Holding SA

“Solar energy beyond power, an industry in transition – opportunities in the urban landscape”

Florian Kraus, CEO of GREENPASS® GmbH

Florian possesses a wide range of expert knowledge in microclimate simulation modelling and the field of climate resilience and adaptation, among others through the leading authorship of the actual Viennese guideline for façade greenery. GREENPASS® is a planning and software tool set for climate-adaptive urban architecture and planning - Florian aims to enable livable and green cities worldwide.

“Enabling climate-resilient cities with the GREENPASS® technology and Nature-Based Solutions implementations”

Highlighted SP2018 supporters

Aside from the journal and media partnerships, the below six collaborators are a few of the many valued supporters of SP2018.


University Savoie Mont Blanc


R2M Solution

Schneider Electric

Energy Pool