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CIGRE Virtual Centennial Session 2021

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The Virtual Centennial Session will be a unique immersive digital experience, professionally broadcasted from the Palais des Congrès of Paris. Using this technology, the event will run over eight working days, from Wednesday 18th to Friday 27th August.

Registration fees have been lowered to reflect the virtual nature of the event. Delegates who registered for the 2021 full Session can carry their registration forward to 2022 and access this year’s virtual event for a special highly discounted rate. Similarly, those who now register for 2022 will access the same rate.

Delegates registered for free at the Hybrid 2021 Session will continue to benefit from the same free registration at the Virtual Centennial Session. No action is required.

Click here to find out more about the Virtual Session 2021

How it Works

Innovation, as usual

CIGRE has constantly evolved and innovated during the past century in response to, and in anticipation of, emerging trends and challenges in the global power system. In this vein, we have chosen an exciting, vibrant and stimulating new technology-enabled approach to the 48th Session of the Association. Given ongoing health uncertainty due to the pandemic, the 2021 Session will be entirely virtual.

Building on the 2020 e-session

Just as our traditional poster Session has formed a part of our normal wider Session format, the 2020 e-session, which focused on the presentation of papers, was effectively the poster Session for this 2021 Virtual Session.

Technical, incisive, immersive

Along with a new interactive industry exhibition, remote delegates of the Virtual Centennial Session will enjoy all the same in-depth, interactive, insightful presentations, discussions and debates that they are accustomed to from previous Paris Sessions. Better still, several factors will enable and actually enhance this:

CIGRE TV

Much work is underway to ready new CIGRE TV for the Centennial Session. This will allow us to complement our usual in-depth technical programme with interesting interviews, discussions and summaries of the day’s proceedings, broadcast before and after the technical programme via this new ‘CIGRE TV’ format. Stay ‘tuned’ for more on this.

The same great venue and content, but with a twist

The Virtual Session will be held again at the Palais des Congrès. This time though, the Group Discussion Meetings (GDM), which are the main components of a CIGRE Session, will be broadcast professionally from a suite of five new state-of-the-art broadcasting studios.

In the tradition of our thought leadership congress, the 16 Study Committee organising teams, including Chairs, Secretaries and Special Reporters, will be on hand in Paris to lead expert technical discussions. Remote but still immersive delegate input and engagement will be carefully facilitated, with findings made available on a daily basis.

At past CIGRE Sessions, the 16 GDMs were the main part of the event, in the form of conferences where delegates answered questions from the Special Reporters. These responses took the form of written contributions submitted in advance for validation by the Study Committee Chairs, and presented orally at the GDMs within a time limit. The Virtual Centennial Session will still follow this principle, and delegates who wish to do so can submit their contributions once registered. Register now.

The opening ceremony, the opening panel, the NGN and WiE forums, and the four workshops organised by some of the Study Committees will use the same TV studios over two days.

Enhanced technical focus

Just like previous Sessions, special reporters have reviewed the papers presented in 2020 and now call for contributions to a suite of technical issues, questions and discussion points. As delegates expect, the salient issues faced by our industry are covered, including renewables integration, storage, green hydrogen, the digitisation of the power system, cybersecurity and more.

In addition, 16 new tutorials will be broadcast parallel to the main event, using the GoToWebinar management platform.

Choose what’s important to you

Digital delivery of CIGRE’s end-to-end scope of work will make it even easier for delegates to select the meetings and events from the calendar most aligned with their needs. View the full programme

Recorded proceedings

All elements of the Virtual Session – GDMs, tutorials, workshops, panels, forums and the opening ceremony, will be recorded in full. Delegates will have access to the entire range of materials and recordings post-event.

Unique historical materials

As part of our Centennial celebrations, delegates can also digitally access a huge range of historical materials, including all previous Session proceedings since CIGRE’s inception.

Timed for delegate convenience

The Virtual Centennial Session will be held over 8 four-hour days, excluding Saturdays and Sundays, from 18 to 27 August. It has been configured to offer our global community greater flexibility, achieved by positioning the various events to conveniently span key global time zones.

Reduced rates

Enabled by the virtual nature of the 2021 event, registration fees have been reduced. Those who registered for the 2021 Hybrid Session can carry their registration forward to 2022 and also access this year’s virtual event for a highly discounted rate. Similarly, those who now register for 2022 will access the same rate.

Virtual Session only

Member rate

Non-member rate

Basic

395 € 595 €

Student

-50% -50%

Young professional

-20% -20%

Special rate*

195 € 295 €
* The special rate is for the delegates who will accept to transfer to the 2022 Session, their registrations to the 2021 hybrid Session paid in 2020 or 2021, and for the delegates who will register to the 2022 Session in 2021.

Unite virtually in Paris!

We are hopeful that 2022 will permit a return to face-to-face engagement, but as we know we must remain agile. This year’s Virtual Session is a considerable step up from 2020 and will inform the evolution of what are expected to be hybrid Sessions into the future.

We encourage our global community to continue the unique traditions of CIGRE in these challenging times. Unite with us at the Palais des Congrès de Paris this year and be part of the world’s leading virtual event for power system expertise. As usual, this is a must-attend event for the serious power system professional.

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Latest Update on Paris Session 2021

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 – Announcing a Virtual Centennial Session in 2021 now running from the 18th to the 27th of August –  

We have now been officially informed about how the CIGRE 2021 Centennial Session will be held. It is probably no surprise to the majority of you that it will be a virtual session only and not a hybrid as had originally been planned. The full details are in the email which I received from Philippe Adam, CIGRE Secretary-General, which I have copied below. Please give your support to make this virtual session a great success in our hundredth year.

“Dear Colleagues,
I am pleased today to bring you certainty regarding the 2021 Centennial Session. Following Steer Co discussions and recognition of the Covid situation across the globe, the decision has been formally reached to make the 2021 Centennial Session a virtual event.
 
Since our 2020 e-session, we have learnt a great deal and I am also pleased to bring you the exciting news that the Virtual Session will be a unique immersive digital experience. The Session will be professionally hosted at the Palais des Congrès in their five new studios. each offering broadcast standard support and resources.

Using this technology our experts (SC Chairs, experts and others) will gather physically in Paris to host our virtual Group Discussion meetings in a carefully facilitated way, to allow full community engagement. Additionally, there will be 16 new tutorials and we are exploring offering ‘CIGRE TV’ before and after the technical programme. This would bring you daily Session reports, interviews, CIGRE news and more.

The event will run over eight working days, from Wednesday 18 August to Friday 27 August. Following feedback, we have looked also closely at the events within the Session and have selected times that span the key time zones to reflect our global nature. We will shortly post a full programme to session.cigre.org, open registrations and contributions will be invited.

Registration fees have been lowered to reflect the virtual nature of the event. Those who registered for the 2021 full Session can carry their registration forward to 2022 and access this year’s virtual event for a special highly discounted rate*. Similarly, those who now register for 2022 will access the same rate.

The fee schedule follows:

 Virtual Session only Member rate Non-member rate
Basic 395 € 595 €
Student -50% -50%
Young professional -20% -20%
Special rate* 195 € 295 €

* The special rate is for the delegates who will accept to transfer to the 2022 Session, their registrations to the 2021 hybrid Session paid in 2020 or 2021, and for the delegates who will register to the 2022 Session in 2021.

I invite you our NCs, the lifeblood of our Association, to call your members to unite virtually in Paris this August and be a part of the world’s leading digital event for power system expertise. We are seeking to celebrate our centennial by continuing the unique fraternity that is the CIGRE Session and its tradition as the go-to place for professionals seeking the latest insights on the global power system.

Watch our key communications channels for more information shortly: session.cigre.org, LinkedIn and email”.

Philippe ADAM
CIGRE Secretary-General

Jicable HVDC'21

Jicable HVDC’21 International Symposium on HVDC Cable Systems

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Jicable HVDC’21 organizes a Young Researchers Contest

“NGN Members active in the UK B1 community who have an interest in HVDC cable systems should note that the Jicable HVDC 2021 Conference has just released a call for submissions to the Young Researcher Contest.

Historically, a value of Jicable is to motivate and promote research on HVDC cable systems. The Organization Committee of HVDC’21 has set up the Young Researchers Contest to encourage the participation of students and young researchers.

Full-time engineering and science university researchers and Ph.D. students are all invited to submit abstracts of their research work. The topic of the abstract must fall within one of the program categories listed below. Students and researchers whose abstracts are selected will be invited to present their papers and answer questions at HVDC’21
There are cash prizes for the best 3 submissions, see details below.  This is the third edition of the conference, and there have been UK prize winners in the past.

For more background information please follow the links below or reach out to our B1 Regular Member Dr James Pilgrim (japil@orsted.co.uk)”

Call for Papers Submit your papers

Topics for the Young Researchers Contest

1. New materials for HVDC cable systems and converter devices
2. Materials (cables and accessories) characterization (electric, physical and chemical)3. Physical phenomena associated with interfaces
4. Space charge measurements (interfaces and materials)
5. Ageing and reliability
6. Simulation and digital models
7. Transient overvoltage (TOV) studies and models
8. Static and dynamic mechanical studies on cable systems
9. Emerging HVDC fully insulated transmission systems.

 

Conference Website

 

 

Papers will be reviewed by a jury during the symposium.
The authors of the three best Papers / Posters will receive prizes respectively of:

First prize €1,500     Second prize €1,000     Third prize €500

 

Young Researchers Contest: Important dates

  • Submission for abstracts: May 1st
  • Notification of acceptance: June 1st
  • Submission for full papers: October 1st