Leading figures from across the global sustainability community will meet in Dublin next week to discuss how Europe can transition to using smarter energy systems. The event, Smart Energy Systems in Cities and Regions, hosted by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) takes place on 10-12 April 2018 in DIT Kevin Street and Aungier Street. The gathering is part of the bi-annual European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (eseia) conference series convening top innovators from academia, business, and the public sector to discuss the transformation of the European energy and resource system.

Commenting on ESEIA 2018, Conference Chair and President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton said, “This event is an important European meeting gathering together industry, universities and research laboratories concerned with achieving a coherent understanding of our fast-changing energy systems. Over 30 papers will be presented dealing with diverse topics such as Bio-Energy, Urban Sustainability, Photovoltaics and Energy Storage. Also, an impressive panel of distinguished speakers will bring a wide range of global perspectives to these issues.”

eseia is an association of cross-sector organisations leading the field of sustainable energy systems, from energy provision to energy consumption in research, teaching and innovation with its members dedicated to advancing implementation of renewables and sustainable technologies in Europe. This year’s event is dedicated to Smart Energy Systems and will focus on four topical themes: smart energy systems; smart mobility; bio-resources and urban regeneration.

Over three days attendees will hear from a number of eminent keynote speakers, which includes Deirdre Clune, MEP and Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport & Tourism, Dr Marlene Kienberger, Biorefinery Engineering expert at the Graz University of Technology, Austria. Also speaking at the summit is Silvia Tomasi and Adriano Bisello of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, and Ali Grehan, City Architect in Dublin City Council who is a leading expert in urban regeneration. DIT expertise is also well represented on the panel with keynote addresses from Professor Michael Conlon, Dublin Energy Lab and Dr Lorraine D’Arcy, Lecturer, School of Civil and Structural Engineering.

More information about the conference, including fees and registration is available at

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Saputo, DIT Public Affairs – 086 701 5268 –

Notes to editor:

European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance

eseia, the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance, is an association of leading membership organisations spanning a number of European countries operating in the field of sustainable energy systems, from energy provision to energy consumption in research, teaching and innovation. The cross-sector membership of scientific, business and political partners is dedicated to advancing innovation to implement renewables and sustainable technologies in Europe as well as on a global scale.

The members hold wide-spread knowledge and experience which is brought together in eseia providing a valuable knowledge pool for almost any sustainable energy innovation challenge from renewable resources to consumption and implementation.

eseia is active in several fields:

  • management of sustainable energy innovation programmes;
  • the organisation of expert panels;
  • design of entrepreneurial education programmes;
  • dialogue with the public;
  • lobbying for sustainable energy solutions on various levels;
  • fostering international cooperation.

The legal status of eseia is a non-profit association under Austrian law. The eseia-Secretariat is located at Graz University of Technology, with a desk in Brussels.  eseia is governed by a supreme body, the General Assembly, where all eseia members are represented.

Dublin Institute of Technology

At Dublin Institute of Technology, innovation is our tradition, and we have produced generations of leaders in a range of fields from science and health; business; law; tourism & hospitality; the creative & visual arts to engineering & the built environment. Our lively City-Centre campuses, including our new research and innovation hub at Grangegorman, are home to more than 20,000 students from Ireland and abroad, creating a culturally diverse and stimulating learning and research environment.

DIT will soon join forces with IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown to form a Technological University catering for the Greater Dublin Region and beyond. Three physical campuses and a fourth digital campus will create an incomparable institution of higher learning offering wide-ranging opportunities to many more generations of leaders in the years to come.

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