July 1 - 7, 2012, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
SPECIAL SESSION: Special opening session dedicated to the 25th anniversary of
"Our Common Future" report
Draft schedule:
Tuesday, July 3 @11:00 (HALL A)

Session resume:

The eighties of the previous century mark a point in the history when awareness was growing about the risk for overstepping limits in the world, the need to adapt the use of natural resources to the long-term carrying capacity of the planet, as well as about the fact that unequal opportunity and unequal distribution of resources were at the heart of the problem. The predominant thinking at that time was: It is either the environment you can protect or it is the economy you can develop, but not both ways.

 The Brundtland Commission faced this setting with a new political idea: A sustainable development is how it is recommended to face the challenge of meeting the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This political concept includes equity and justice, within and between generations, and clear idea of developing a shared understanding of the long-term goals for human life on earth, new governance instruments and collective action.

Prof. Natasa Markovska
Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Skopje, Macedonia
Natasa Markovska holds DSc degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Skopje, with thesis on solar energy technologies. At present she is a Professor and Senior Researcher at the Research Center for Energy, Informatics and Materials of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ICEIM-MANU). She is leading/participating in several research projects related to energy strategies, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, as well as the environmental impacts of various energy technologies, including greenhouse gases emissions and climate change mitigation options. She is the Chair of the National Committee on Climate Change and National Focal Point of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Prof. Markovska participated in the preparation of the Macedonian National Strategy for Sustainable Development, leading the working group on Energy.
Draft schedule:
Tuesday, July 3 @14:30 (HALL A)

Session resume:

The power systems have been evolving for more than a century, becoming complex systems that provide a number of services to the modern society. In the last decades, substantial changes occurred due to the liberalization of the electricity markets, the integration of renewable energy sources and the general commitment to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. Apart from these aspects, which are still in the focus of the electricity sector stakeholders, the future electricity grids will have to address new, additional requirements regarding security and quality of supply, network accessibility for various actors, including distributed generators using renewable energy sources, flexibility in fulfilling the needs of the customers and integration of emerging technologies, especially effective low cost technologies with low carbon emissions. In this context, Smart Grids have become the platform for developing different solutions that will enable the future electricity grids to fulfill these requirements. In other words, the Smart Grids have become an integral part of the vision for development of the future electricity systems. Becoming “smart” actually signifies that the future electricity grids will incorporate solutions that will increase the role of the customers by enabling market opportunities, value added services, and providing access to the network for customer owned small scale (micro) generation units. From the aspect of grid operation and control, the Smart Grids will include new, effective solutions for demand side management, local energy management, losses reduction and integration of distributed generation and storage. The Smart Grids will help achieving sustainable development by using efficient, environmentally-friendly and cost effective energy sources. This will impact emissions reduction and allow higher share of renewable energy sources in the electricity systems.

The actual deployment of Smart Grids is still in early stage, with numerous pilot projects addressing different aspects of the future Smart Grids. At present, coordinated research actions, intensive communication between stakeholders and adequate, harmonized policy development are needed in order to harvest the benefits of large scale Smart Grids deployment in future. In this context, the aim of the proposed session is to discuss different aspects of Smart Grids, with emphasis on current research and pilot project experiences. The impacts of Smart Grids on sustainable development and environment protection will be also addressed.

Ms. Aleksandra Krkoleva
Skopje, Macedonia
Ms. Krkoleva was born in Skopje. She has received BSc and MSc degrees in engineering from “Ss Cyril and Methodius” University in Skopje, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies (FEIT) in 2003 and 2007 respectively and currently she is working towards her PhD degree. Since 2007, she is teaching and research assistant at FEIT. Her research interests include distributed energy resources integration, Microgrids, electricity markets and computer applications in power systems. She has published more than 30 scientific papers and has been a member of the research teams in the EC financed research projects: RISE (2004-2007, FP6), More Microgrids (2007-2009, FP6) and SEETSOC (2010-2012, FP7). She is member of IEEE-PES and Mako CIGRE
Prof. Vesna Borozan
University Ss. Cyril & Methodius
Skopje, Macedonia
Vesna Borozan received her doctoral degree in 1996, from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the North Carolina State University, NC, USA in 1997 and a Visiting Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile, in 1999. Presently she is an Associate Professor in Power Systems at the Faculty of Electri¬cal En¬gineering and Information Technologies, Uni¬versity "Sts. Cyril and Methodi¬us", Skopje, Macedonia and a Honorary Professor on Power Systems at the Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria. Her subjects of inte¬rest include electricity market and regulation, power and distribution sys¬tem operation and planning, as well as, integration of dispersed generation into the grid and smart grids. She is an author or coauthor of many scientific publications. In the period 2002 – 2006, being a member of a number of governmental commissions and working groups and an energy adviser of the Prime Minister, she gave an important contribution to the initial restructuring of the electricity sector in Macedonia and market liberalization. She is senior member of IEEE, member of CIGRE and a cofounder of the European Center for Environmental Economy (ECEE).
SPECIAL SESSION: Energy and water efficiency for sustainable future
Draft schedule:
Wednesday, July 4 @09:00 (HALL A)
Wednesday, July 4 @11:30 (HALL A)
Thursday, July 5 @10:30 (HALL A)
Thursday, July 5 @13:30 (HALL A)

Session resume:

In 2011 this session received a considerable attention, which materialised in the number of invited lectures and number of attendees, as well as in the number of authors invited to publish the extended manuscripts in dedicated Special Issues of journals with a high Impact Factor.

 Due to the high demand it has been decided to organise this session again in 2012.

Dr. Petar Varbanov
University of Pannonia
Veszprém, Hungary
Dr Varbanov worked for the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, where he still acts as a Consultant. After a spell in the industry in Bulgaria he got a scholarship at a prestigious British University – UMIST, Manchester. He got PhD in Process Integration from UMIST with distinction and won another prestigious EC Marie Curie grant for 2-year research at Technische Universität Berlin, followed by another EC grant for coming to the University of Pannonia - Hungary, where he is a Deputy Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification CPI2.

His experience covers energy saving, water and waste water minimization, optimization of energy supply networks, Systems Modelling, Process Synthesis and Process Operation. His research has been successfully implemented in collaboration with industrial partners: BP-Coryton, BP-Grangemouth, MOL Százhalombatta. Presently he has been contributing to 7 EC co-funded research projects. He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a co-author of two books and several chapters in books. Dr Varbanov acts as a scientific secretary of the PRES series of conferences and editor of the related Special Issues in respected journals such as Applied Thermal Engineering, Journal of Cleaner Production, Cleaner Technologies and Environmental Policy, Theoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering.
Prof. Jiří Jaromír Klemeš
University of Pannonia
Veszprém, Hungary
Prof Dr Jiří Jaromír Klemeš,DSc - Pólya Professor, the Head of Centre for Process Integration and Intensification CPI2 at the University of Pannonia, Research Institute of Chemical and Process Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology, Veszprém, Hungary. Previously the Project Director and Hon Reader at Dpt of Process Integration at UMIST and The University of Manchester, UK. Research in neural network applications at University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Comprehensive industrial experience, process integration, sustainable technologies and renewable energy. Successful industrial applications. Track record of managing 73 major European and UK Know-How projects and consulted on energy saving and pollution reduction. Overall research funding attracted over 10 M€. Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Engineering Transactions, Subject Editor of ENERGY and Journal of Cleaner Production, Regional Editor for Europe of Applied Thermal Engineering. Editor of Cleaner Technologies and Environmental Policies; Resources, Conservation and Recycling; Theoretical Foundation of Chemical Engineering and several other journals. In 1998 founded and is the President of International Conference Process Integration, Mathematical Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution reduction - PRES (www.conferencepres.com). An Acting Chair of CAPE WP (Computer Aided Process Engineering) of European Federation of Chemical Engineering.