Petition To Pope Francis
On occasion the 2014 board meetings of the WCRE and EUROSOLAR and the presentation of the European Solar Prize 2014 in Rome on November 23rd, 24th and 25 respectively, EUROSOLAR President and WCRE General Chairman Professor Peter Droege, together with a delegation of EUROSOLAR and WCRE representatives, attended the General Papal Audience on November 26th and submitted a petition to Pope Francis to embrace a 100 % Renewable Church.
For the petition to Pope Francis submitted by a delegation of EUROSOLAR and WCRE representatives on occasion of the General Audience in Rome on November 26, 2014:
Petition to Pope Francis (pdf)
Renewable City World Congress
Energy Transitions and the Rise of the Ecological City: Innovations in Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Versailles, France, July 10 + 11, 2014
The WCRE is proud to be patron of the Renewable City World Congress, staged by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, the Atelier International du Grand Paris, Veolia Environnement and Vedecom. Opening speech: Peter Droege, General Chairman World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), EUROSOLAR President, Professor of Sustainable Spatial Development, University of Liechtenstein.
Renewable City World Congress: The 21st century sets unprecedented challenges to human inventiveness and creativity. The sustainable development concept and its potential strategies appeal to all disciplines, professions, arts and crafts. They are asked to invent the methods and tools of tomorrow helping mankind to live better, with respect to nature and its resources for the sake of future generations Planning, architecture and landscape design are amongst those disciplines asked to innovate in terms of construction methods, forms and the subsequent modes of life. Sustainable resource management, especially renewable energy autonomy based on ubiquitous regenerative energy production and consumption, is the top priority in all government, NGO, and industry agendas. Innovations in Architecture, Planning and Landscape is being held to address the stakes, innovation procedures, solutions and new horizons of this collective world project. It stages the research groups of the IMR research program to discuss the results of their research with key personalities of the City and Energy sector, city and region stakeholders, the academic community and civil society.
Read more on the program of the Renewable City World Congress, Versailles, France, July 10 + 11, 2014: Energy Transitions and the Rise of the Ecological City: Innovations in Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Sponsors: Ignis Mutat Res® Institutional Partners the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, the Atelier International du Grand Paris, Veolia Environnement and Vedecom
Organizers: The congress is set up under the auspices of the Versailles Architecture School and Solar Decathlon Europe 2014.
Patron: The World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE)
6th International Conference Sustainable Agriculture for Food, Energy and Industry in Regional and Global Context (ICSA 2014)
September 3-6, 2014, Hurup Thy, Denmark
Energy for the Agriculture; Energy from the Agriculture -Poverty and Energy poverty is the trigger for hunger and not vice versa.
Organized by Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy and the International Council for Sustainable Architecture in collaboration with EUROSOLAR Denmark, IFEED, Hokkaido University, York University and others.
Agriculture is the foundation of all cultures, economic advancement and human dignity. Global food production has increased manifolds, mainly from the increased yields resulting from new crop varieties, greater inputs of fertilizer, water and pesticides, and other technologies. Lack of sufficient energy supply always leads to lack of development. In countries and regions with shortage of energy the population suffers most. As the fossil - fuel era is coming to its end; all future initiatives for the improvement of the supply of energy must be based on renewable energy source. As the rural areas are especially rich in renewable energy resources agriculture will have an important role to play with diversification of income, new employment, rural revitalization, security of supply.
In addition the humanity is facing immense challenges: Climate change, natural disasters, globalization, finance and political crises, improper economic policies, and speculations. The organizing committee cordially invites you and your colleagues to participate in this event and communicate your research findings, thoughts and strategies towards a future without hunger and poverty in peace and dignity for all. Your participation will surely enrich the discussion and emerging recommendations for personal, regional and global context. We will be glad to meet you in the Thisted Municipality that is unique as its 46.000 inhabitants get their electricity 100% from the wind, the sun and biomass at the very beautiful campus, Folkecenter, and enjoy the natural vegetation, fresh air, hospitality and meeting of the friendly people of Denmark.
For more information on the 6th International Conference Sustainable Agriculture for Food, Energy and Industry in Regional and Global Context (ICSA 2014), the conference program, registration and venue, please click here.
DOKONARA 2014 - PhD Student Seminar On The Regenerative Region
September 14 -16, 2014, University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz
Organized by Professor Peter Droege Chair of Sustainable Spatial Development
The "International Doctoral Consortium of Sustainable Spatial Development", held annually since 2007, is organized by the Universities of Liechtenstein, Innsbruck, Kassel and the HafenCity University Hamburg.
Open invitation: The aim of the three-day PhD seminar is to provide scientific debates and interdisciplinary dialogue on ongoing dissertations, including their research questions, theoretical backgrounds and empirical designs. Submissions from PhD candidates working in sustainability dimensions of Regional Development and Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape Planning, Soil Science and Ecology, Regional Science, Geography, Sociology, Social and Cultural Anthropology and related fields are very welcome.
Regenerative Region: renewable, resource-efficient and resilient: While the participants are free to choose their own topics for submission, this year's DOKONARA focuses on regions, cross-border territories and urban-rural relations in times of resilient urban and regional planning: the role of renewable energies, renewable resources autonomy, regions as carbon sinks and reduction of the ecological footprint. Topical examples are renewable energy systems and related urban/regional infrastructure aspects, water sensitive urban design, and autonomous or 'active' architecture.
What are the benefits of participation in the DOKONARA Program?
• Presentation of own PhD projekt
• Discussion on methodological and content based issues with experts during the workshops
• Publication offer of an article in conference volume
• Possibility of awarding 5.0 ECTS for PhD Programs
47th Session of the International Seminars on Planetary Emergencies
47th Session of the International Seminars on Planetary Emergencies Energy, Cities, and the Control of Complex Systems at Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture, May 11-15, 2014, Erice, Italy
EUROSOLAR President and WCRE Chair Professor Droege is one of 24 international scientists that have been invited to an international event on THE ENERGY PLANETARY EMERGENCY in the context of Energy, Cities, and the Control of Complex Systems. On 13 May 2014 Peter Droege gave his introductory presentation on Renewable Energy and Cities - drivers, technology, governance and practice. The 47th Session of the International Seminars on Planetary Emergencies is held in the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture in Erice, from Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th May 2014, in collaboration with the World Federation of Scientists and the ICSC – World Laboratory. The topic of this session is to explore the applications of complex network theory to infrastructure and social systems, especially as applied to cities and energy, and to identify limitations and priorities for research.