InnoEnergy PhD School Annual Conference

The PhD School Annual Conference gathers PhD candidates with experts from the InnoEnergy network, including researchers, business specialists and industry leaders.

When: 4-6 October 2017
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands  

The 2017 event is built around the Open Space Studio. This holistic, tailor-made approach will both inspire and provide the skills to co-create successful innovation projects related to key energy challenges. Participants will explore how to:

  1. Stimulate the behaviour of individuals for more efficient and sustainable resource usage
  2. Implement a widespread intelligent, sustainable and profitable building energy system
  3. Design and operate future decentralised energy markets connecting different actors
  4. Improve grid stability and provide operators with easier grid management
  5. Valorise waste towards higher energy sustainability
  6. Develop economically-viable solutions to face energy poverty and promote social development

The conference offers plenty of opportunities to:

  • Meet current InnoEnergy PhD school candidates, recent graduates and innovative energy experts to explore potential collaborations
  • Experience a working atmosphere tailor-made to inspire
  • Use new skills to co-create and drive successful innovation projects
  • Explore energy solutions in sub-units and as a consolidated group


Wednesday 4 October

9:00 Welcome
9:15 Keynote speaker: Milan van der Meulen
10:45 Break
11:00 IE Innovation Projects presentation (Lucienne Krosse, IE thematic leader)
12:00 Lunch
13:30 OSS
Active listening
Reflective walk
Body language presentation (Jan Jacko, communication trainer and professional pantomime actor)
Communication training
Communication training
18 :00 End of day one

Thursday 5 October

9:00 Welcome
9:30 Co-creation
10:30 Break
10:50 Co-creation
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Co-creation
16:00 Break
16:20 Preparing presentations
18:00 End of day two

Friday 6 October

9:00 Welcome
9:30 Presentations
10:30 Break
10:45 Presentations
12:30 Wrap-up
13:00 End of day three


Milan van der Meulen

Milan van der Meulen is a vision-oriented entrepreneur, passionate about worldwide transitions. He is co-founder of the Dutch solar energy supplier and currently serves as a Climate Reality Leader after being trained personally by the former US Vice President Al Gore. He has committed himself to a dynamic group of international world-changers that shape the debate on climate change and sustainability. In addition, Milan is officially part of Top 3 Best Young Entrepreneurs of the Netherlands.

Milan acknowledges his role within the new generation and therefore looks critically at current reality in order to define a new world. People are challenged to transform their conservative way of thinking and embrace change.