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Rosa Santibanes Gruber

Vice-Rector for Research and Transfer at the University of Deusto, Spain

Professor and Principal Researcher of the INTERVENTION: Quality of Life and Social Inclusion research team.

Rosa Santibañez holds a PhD in Pedagogy from the University of Deusto and a Diploma with specialisation in Criminology from the University of the Basque Country. She is currently Vice-Rector for Research and Transfer at the University of Deusto. She is main researcher of the INTERVENTION: Quality of Life and Social Inclusion research team. Her publications and research lines mainly focus on socio-educational strategies enabling social inclusion of disadvantaged groups or those facing exclusion (people with addictions, deprived of liberty, vulnerable adults or youth at risk,...). Research is understood as a tool for identifying intervention and action strategies that improve people's quality of life and well-being as well as the level of social cohesion. Participatory and collaborative methodologies are used in all research and intervention projects.


Chris Merveille

Moderator - European Research and Innovation Projects, GoiEner, Spain

Chris Merveille (M.Eng. from Vrije Universiteit Brussels and PhD Physics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK) has worked as researcher and project leader at various high-tech SMEs and Research Organisations, in Belgium, Germany, the UK, Norway and Spain. He has over 20 years of experience participating in European research projects, evaluation committees and interest groups. He has been an active proponent, both privately and professionally, of Sustainable Development and Responsible Research and Innovation, in particular when related to energy and mobility.

He had been active for 7 years as a volunteer in Goiener, a citizen renewable-energy cooperative, before joining this organisation full-time in 2020, as coordinator of the  European R&D projects team.   


Nives della Valle

Keynote Speaker - European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy and Transport - Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit

Nives Della Valle is a Scientific Project Officer at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, where she conducts policy analysis and applies behavioural insights to energy-relevant issues, ranging from energy efficiency to energy poverty.

Prior to joining the JRC, she was a Senior Researcher at Eurac Research, and a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods. She also worked in a team tasked by the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas and Water to provide laboratory evidence on the effectiveness of different types of feedback on energy consumption behaviour.

She holds a PhD in Economics and Management from the University of Trento, specializing in Behavioural and Experimental Economics with a thesis on the interplay between social context and decision-making, with visiting experiences at the University of Copenhagen and Durham Business School.

She will elaborate on how insights from behavioural sciences can be used to detect and leverage the behavioural aspects of energy efficiency to promote better environmental and societal outcomes.

Thomas Nacht

Researcher and specialist in energy economics at 4ward Energy Research, Austria

PhD in electrical engineering with a specialisation in energy economics at the Graz University of Technology. He is currently employed at 4ward Energy Research as authorised signatory and senior researcher, working in the field of energy research. He currently is involved in more than 10 different research projects whose topics range from the development of new simulation models, implementing and analysing new market roles up to the installation and monitoring of microgrids in rural regions.

His scientific interests are currently focused on the integration of new market roles (energy communities, active consumer, self suppliers, etc.) from a regulatory, organisational and economic perspective. 

The WHY-project has the ambitious target to enhance consumption consideration in Energy System Models by residential consumers decision on investments and daily activities on basis of a Causal model. You might ask yourself how we are going to combine behavioural aspects with an Energy System models. Thomas will shed some light on what our overall modelling approach looks like and what relevant requirements of our toolkit were identified during our stakeholder involvement actions.

Cruz E. Borges

Researcher at DeustoTech, University of Deusto, Spain

Cruz E. Borges holds a PhD. in Mathematics from the University of Cantabria. He is currently a researcher at DeustoTech where he is developing projects related to energy efficiency, the development of prediction algorithms in the energy sector and the design of decision support applications in the area of urban planning.

He has published more than 50 articles in relevant journals and conferences with an h-index of 14 and participated in more than 20 projects related to the energy sector and sustainability including 5 H2020 projects including one as coordinator, 5 projects with European labels and a Life+ project.

His scientific interests are focused on the development of experimental designs for the validation of energy efficiency actions and the application of artificial intelligence for the development of decision support tools.

Leire Astigarraga

Energy Engineer at GoiEner, Spain

Renewable energy engineer from the University of the Basque Country.

Leire is currently working at Goiener, a non-profit citizen cooperative whose main activities are the production and commercialization of 100% renewable origin electricity. She is working in the areas of energy markets and research.

Her scientific interests are focused on the integration of renewable energies into the electricity grid and on energy markets.

Panagiotis Fragkos

Project Manager, Global energy and environment analysis and modelling, Greece

Dr Panagiotis Fragkos is a member of the global energy, economy and climate team of E3-Modelling with over 9 years of experiences in the field of macroeconomics, applied econometrics, stochastic energy modelling. Throughout his career, he has been tackling he fields of quantitative analysis of the global “energy-economy-environment” domain and strategic planning of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Panagiotis has also experience in developing and operating large-scale mathematical models with a particular focus on the simulation of international energy markets and the formulation of energy prices for internationally traded commodities (gas, oil and coal), the economics of fuel production, transport and distribution and fuel taxation policies.

Francesco Dalla Longa

Senior researcher at TNO Energy Transition, The Netherlands

Dr. Francesco Dalla Longa is senior researcher at TNO Energy Transition. His work encompasses various aspects of the energy transition, among which climate change, technological innovation, energy access and energy poverty. He researches these topics at different spatial and temporal scales, using a wide range of quantitative techniques, such as energy-system optimization modelling, big-data analytics and machine learning.

Before joining TNO in 2018, Francesco worked for 8 years at ECN Policy Studies, where he contributed to the development and application of several energy models, e.g. the global integrated assessment model TIAM-ECN and the national model of the Dutch energy system OPERA. Prior to that he worked for three years at Shell, developing novel technologies for the oil and gas industry. Francesco holds a  MSc in Physics from the University of Padova (Italy) and a PhD in Applied Physics from the Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands). He is the author of several articles in leading international scientific journals.

Carlos Quesada

Researcher at DeustoTech, Spain

PhD in Engineering from the University of Zaragoza with a specialization in dimensionality reduction techniques. He is currently a research associate at DeustoTech, where he works in the development of projects in the energy sector. He has participated in more than ten R&D projects in several universities and research centers in Spain and France.

His work has focused on the development and implementation of mathematical models and Machine Learning algorithms applied to problems in different areas of engineering. His scientific interests revolve around Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Information Technologies.