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Pablo Montero-Manso

University of Sydney - PhD

Pablo Montero-Manso is a Lecturer in the Discipline of Business Analytics, University of Sydney.
His research interests focus on Machine Learning and Statistics for Time Series Analysis: clustering, classification and forecasting.
Pablo has developed several successful methodologies for automatic forecasting on large datasets.

In 2018, he co-developed an award-winning forecasting methodology and during 2020 and 2021 his research was applied to the forecasting of the COVID-19 pandemic in both Australia and Spain.

He has authored and maintains multiple open source data analysis tools. His research and software tools are being used in academia, industry, and the public sector.
Pablo received his PhD from the University of A Coruna, Spain. Before joining the University of Sydney, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Monash University.

Martin Baumann

Austrian Energy Agency - PhD

Dipl.Ing. Dr. Martin Baumann received his PhD in Technical Sciences and his diploma in Technical Physics from the Graz University of Technology in 2008,and did a Post-Graduate Course in Nuclear Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. From 2003 to 2006 he was a visiting researcher at the UKAEA Culham Science Centre and the Max-Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching.

He joined the Austrian Energy Agency in 2008 and is responsible for the development of the Austrian TIMES energy system model, which has since then been used for the development of comprehensive and sectoral scenarios of the Austrian energy system, and the evaluation of policy measures on the national level. From 2010 to 2013 he was leading Working group 7 – Biogas networks in the first phase of the Concerted Action on the Renewable Energy Directive.

He has broad expertise in the technological, environmental and economic aspects of conventional, renewable and nuclear energy technologies. His working areas and research interests focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency, and the development of comprehensive energy scenarios on the international, national and regional level.

Grzegorz Sierpiński

Silesian University of Technology - PhD

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Transport and Aviation Engineering of the Silesian University of Technology. Head of Department of Transport Systems, Traffic Engineering and Logistics and Coordinator for the Priority Research Area: Smart Cities and Future Mobility.
Author and co-author of over 230 publications, including articles in scientific journals and chapters in monographs at home and abroad. Scientific editor of several monographs. He has conducted many Research&Development works, local manager of two international projects under the ERANET program. In his scientific interests, he combines the problems of road traffic engineering (including traffic analysis and forecasting, environmental friendly solutions, modeling of transport systems and optimization of transport networks) with shaping travel behaviors in cities.

Pilar De Arriba Segurado

IDAE Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía

Responsible for the phases 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 (ongoing) of the ODYSSEE-MURE project.
Responsible for Data Bases updating on: socio economic and energy data, indicators and energy efficiency measures.
Collaboration in the drafting of the 2008-2019 annual reports “La Energía en España (Energy in Spain)” of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition: Elaboration of the chapters related to energy normative, combined heat power status and energy efficiency trends.
Participation in the monitoring of energy poverty indicators in the frame of the National Strategy against Energy Poverty.
Responsible for the drafting of the 2008-2019 IDAE Annual Reports.
Responsible for an IDAE study on energy prices trends (2019).
Responsible for IDAE electronic bulletins on final energy consumption by sectors, energy efficiency indicators and energy prices.
Participation in the Annual Statistics on CHP and the energy sectorial balance of Spain developed in collaboration with the Ministry for the Ecological Transition.
Responsible for the SPAHOUSEC II project on statistics in the household sector in Spain, (2016-2018).
Collaboration in the annual monitoring of the Spanish NEEAPs according to the ESD requirements.
Collaboration in the drafting of: the Spanish 2nd, 3rd and 4th NEEAPs and the Plan on Renewable Energies 2011-2020 (PER 2011-2020).
Institutional support to analyses of information on efficient and clean technologies in the field of energy prospective.
Responsible for the Citizen information service on energy efficiency and renewable energies (SICER) at IDAE.

Patricia Isabel Bañón Serrano

IDAE Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía

Energy planning and energy prospective. Project manager of the technical assistance that supported the development of the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan and the Long-Term Strategy. Experience in modelling of energy system with the TIMES model designed by the International Energy Agency.

Development of energy audits and diagnoses in buildings in various sectors: health, education, offices, military, industrial, prison, etc.

Experience in analysis and exploitation of data, as well as visualization and presentation of data for reports, software design and development during technical assistances for the implementation of the new remuneration regime for renewable energies (RD 413/2014) and the National Energy Efficiency Fund.

Studies, guides or public presentations and energy strategies and action plans: Project manager for the Energy Master Plan for the Rota Naval Base for the Spanish Navy and co-author in the Energy Management Guide for National Ports.

Experience in public aid programs as a technician and as coordinator of the Strategic Projects Certification Unit, a project in which the monitoring and verification of actions of energy efficiency carried out by private was carried out. of aid to energy efficiency.


Tania Ouariachi

Hanza University of Applied Sciences in Groningen - PhD

Dr. Tania Ouariachi is a professor and researcher at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen (The Netherlands). She belongs to the School of Communication, Media & IT, and to the research group "Communication, Behavior & the Sustainable Society", where she focuses on the role of innovative communication and education strategies, such as serious games and escape rooms, to engage citizens and especially young people with sustainability issues. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences at Universidad de Granada (Spain) and she is a former Fulbright Scholar at George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication (United States). In the past she also worked as a communication specialist for intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and as a journalist for Spanish news agency EFE.

Manfred Tragner

University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien - PhD

Program director of the master and bachelor degree programs “Renewable Energies", lecturer and researcher at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien in the field of energy communities, smart cities, integration of renewables, use of flexibilities and digitalisation of the energy system (since 2017).

  • CEO of T innovation e.U. – Electrical Engineering (since 2014)
  • CEO of 4ward Energy Research GmbH (2010 - 2017)
  • Vice Head of degree programme Energy-, Transport and Environmental Management Lecturer and Research at the University of Applied Sciences JOANNEUM (2005 - 2014)
  • Chief Curator – head of the department collections at the Technisches Museum Wien (1998 – 2005)
  • Researcher at the Institute of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology (1997 – 1998)

José Carlos Romero Mora

Institute for Research in Technology - Pontifical University of Madrid - PhD

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Organization of ICAI and a researcher at the Institute of Technological Research. In addition to my research activity, I carry out teaching work in the Mechanical Engineering Department of ICAI. I graduated as an Industrial Engineer from the University of Malaga and defended my doctoral thesis on sustainable energy system models at Comillas. Throughout my career I have participated in research and consultancy projects related to indicators of energy sustainability at an urban, regional and national level; with the adaptation of the energy system to climate change; with the technical-economic analysis of energy poverty and with the development of future energy scenarios. I have been a visiting researcher at the Institute for Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University in Chicago. In addition to the research activities related to the Institute of Technological Research, I coordinate the Chair of Energy and Poverty and I am a collaborator of the BP Chair of Energy and Sustainability.

Christian A. Klöckner

Norwegian University of Science and Technology - PhD

Prof. Dr. Christian A. Klöckner – is a professor in social psychology and quantatitve methods at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He leads the research group for “Citizen, Environment, and Safety” which is focusing on researching individual, social and contextual drivers of environmental decisions (including food, energy, mobility, housing).

His personal research interest are modelling of environmentally relevant decisions and behaviour in the social and structural context, innovative environmental communication methods, societal disruption and transition, and psychologiocal trade-offs in sustainability issues. He is engaged in many national and international research projects, coordinating several of them, among them the H2020 projects ECHOES, SMARTEES, and ENCHANT. He is author of more than 100 academic papers

Alvaro Sánchez Miralles

CEO of Stemy Energy and professor at COMILLAS university in Madrid - PhD

Alvaro has dedicated his career to research and development in the energy sector with a business development focus taking projects to market. He is driven to promote energy transition by empowering energy citizens towards a sustainable and just energy model. To this end, he is promoting a Fourth Sector business that is driven by a purpose to combine social innovation, alleviate energy poverty and drive decarbonisation of the sector.

This visionary drive is grounded by his expertise in high-performance intelligent systems, energy trading and consumer engagement. He is the founder and CEO of Stemy Energy and professor at COMILLAS university in Madrid. He is a member of the MIT “Utility of the Future” and honorary member of the Spanish Industry 4.0 Observatory, has run more than 70 projects and delivered 25 high impact papers.

Roberto Schaeffer

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro . PhD

Full Professor of Energy Economics at the Energy Planning Program, Graduate School of Engineering (COPPE), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), with more than 140 master's dissertations and doctoral theses oriented. Holds a PhD in Energy Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a MSc in Energy Planning and Nuclear Engineering from UFRJ. Works in the field of Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) for climate mitigation. Collaborates with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1998. Since 2013 regularly participates as Lead Author of UNEP Gap Reports and since 2019 participates as Lead Author of UNEP Production Gap Report. Since 2012 has been a member of the Editorial Board of the CRC Press Sustainable Energy Development book series. Associate-editor of ENERGY-The Internacional Journal since 1999.

Member of the Science Advisory Committee (SAC) of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in 2012-20, and member of the Science Advisory Council (SAC) of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden, since 2014. Member of the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC) since 2015. Member of the Advisory Board for the Routledge Series in Energy Transitions since November 2016. Expert on the "EU High-Level Panel on Decarbonisation" since February 2018. Awarded the Chair of Visiting Researcher in Brazilian Studies, lecturing in five Canadian universities (University of Calgary, University of Western Ontario, Saint Mary´s University, York University and the Université du Québec à Montreal (UQAM)), with support from the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and Canada's Department of International Relations and Foreign Trade in 2008.

Received the Greenvana Greenbest 2012 award in the Personality of the Year category, and the COPPE’s Giulio Massarani Academic Merit Award 2011. Co-recipient, along with other scientists, of the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 for the research contributions of the IPCC. "Kleinman Center for Energy Policy Visiting Scholar" at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Has over 250 scientific publications, of which 140 articles in international scientific journals, including high-impact journals like Nature, Nature Climate Change, Nature Communications, Nature Energy and Science. Full member of the Brazilian Academy of Science and recipient of the "IAMC Award for extraordinary contribution to the field of IAM" in 2020.

Gregor Taljan

Senior specialist for Smart Grids - PhD

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Gregor Taljan received his Electrical engineer diploma and PhD degree from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2005 and 2009, respectively. In 2007, Gregor was a visiting scholar at the University of Waterloo, Canada and a visiting researcher at the Institute of Electrical Power Systems at the Graz University of Technology in Austria. He is currently with Energienetze Steiermark GmbH, the main Distribution System Operator of the Styria region, Austria, where he is responsible for Asset Management, medium voltage grid planning and connection of renewables to the Grid.

Since 2014, Gregor is a senior specialist for Smart Grids and manages in this position several Smart Grid projects. He is an active member of Technology platform Smart Grids Austria and EDSO. His research interests are in power system operation, control and economics, reliability evaluation of power system, Smart Grids, Local Energy Communities including the storage systems.

Sarah Lumbreras

Universidad Pontificia Comillas - PhD

Sara Lumbreras holds a PhD and a MSc Eng from Universidad Pontificia Comillas. She is a professor at the Institute for Research in Technology and teaches at the Industrial Management Department at the ICAI School of Engineering and the Financial department at the ICADE School of Business and Law. She is currently Deputy Director of Research Results at the Institute of Research in Technology. Her research focuses on the development and application of decision support techniques for complex problems, mainly in the energy sector and in particular in grid design, but also in finance and the health sector.

Sara Lumbreras works with classical optimization techniques (such as Benders’ decomposition), metaheuristics and Artificial Intelligence. She has five years of experience in the private sector (JPMorgan London). In addition to her main activities, she develops a secondary line of research in philosophy of technology and the implications of artificial intelligence in anthropology. She is a part of the board of the Chair of Science, Technology and Religion. She is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and a Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Marcin Staniek

Silesian University of Technology - PhD

DSc. PhD. Eng. Marcin Staniek, prof. SUT. is Associate Professor as well as Vice Dean of Cooperation and Development at the Faculty of Transport and Aviation Engineering of Silesian University of Technology. He is author and co-author of more than 100 articles, including articles in scientific journals and chapters in monographs.

He has conducted many scientific and research works, manager of international project within the scope: Sustainable logistic and supply chains in ERA-NET Transport Programme. His research interests include modelling and optimization of transport systems, signal processing and applying of neural network in the area of transport infrastructure monitoring, as well as in the field of travelling comfort.

Johannes Thema

Wuppertal Institute - PhD

Johannes Thema is a researcher at the Wuppertal Institute. Since 2010, he has been working in the Department of Energy, Transport and Climate Policy, as a staff member and project coordinator in national and international projects on energy efficiency and sufficiency policies. In his doctorate in the EnSu project, he is working on quantifying and modelling the effects of sufficiency policy. The goal is to build an open-source module that makes sufficiency effects mappable in energy system models.

Johannes Thema studied economics and political science at the University of Cologne with a focus on methods of empirical social research.

Frauke Wiese

European University of Flensburg - PhD

Frauke Wiese heads the junior research group together with Benjamin Best. Since 2020, she has been a junior professor in the field of "Transformation of Energy Systems" in the Department of Energy and Environmental Management at the European University of Flensburg on the role of sufficiency in the transformation of energy systems.

After completing her studies in industrial engineering (energy and management) at the University of Flensburg, Frauke Wiese worked as a project manager at Deutsche Umwelthilfe and did her doctorate on on open source in energy system modelling. Afterwards she did research at the Technical University of Denmark in the department of energy system analysis and was and was also involved in teaching.