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CIGRE UK NGN Young Member Showcase Competition 2021 – Call for Abstracts

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The CIGRE Paris Session is a leading international event in the power industry, gathering worldwide experts to discuss and learn about the industry’s future. The CIGRE Centennial Paris Session, celebrating 100 years of collaboration, will be held in August 2021 (click here for details). It will provide delegates with the chance to showcase the latest solutions across the whole value chain, from generation to distribution.

As part of the CIGRE Session, the Young Member (YM) showcase is a unique opportunity for young professionals to present their work to leading experts from all around the world. The successful UK representatives will be selected through a presentation competition. Successful candidates will have the chance to receive free conference tickets to the CIGRE Centennial Paris Session 2021 and a bursary for transport and accommodation. 2020’s YM Showcase Competition saw three UK competition winners receive free conference tickets for 2020’s e-sessions and presented to various panels.

The NGN Committee of CIGRE UK National Committee are delighted to invite NGN members to prepare and submit their abstracts of proposed presentations for the upcoming 2021 Session to the Technical Team Lead, Max McFarlane (, by 14th December 2020.

Topics for abstracts/presentations need to align with one of the 16 CIGRE Study Committees. Abstracts will be scored on technical content, relevance to the selected Study Committee, and presentation of the material (structure, figures, etc.).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give a 10-min virtual presentation to a panel of senior CIGRE-UK members and an audience of NGN members at the presentation competition event. The presentation competition will be in late January or early February. Please check the CIGRE monthly newsletters for updates on the competition date.


The Abstract must: 

  1. Be in English
  2. Use the template available from:
  3. Summarise the contents of the presentation
  4. Be a maximum of two pages, but a minimum of 500 words.
  5. it is important to note the candidates do not need to submit a full paper for this event: this is for a showcase of presentations only
  6. You must be a CIGRE UK NGN member to apply. To join CIGRE UK NGN, click here

*Note: the final decision over whether a presenter can have a slot at the Paris Session will remain with the respective Study Committee chair.

Offshore wind - Denmark

Joint webinar on “Offshore Wind Energy” with Young Cigre Denmark

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Our webinar about “Offshore Wind Energy” jointly organized with Young Cigre Denmark was held successfully with over 170 attendees on Friday 2nd October. We hope you had a good time to this first webinar in collaboration with Denmark National Committee!

Our guest speakers, Lorenzo Zeni and Troels Stybe Sørensen from Ørsted gave us an overview about HVDC connected offshore wind farms and a perspective on the development of offshore wind in Ørsted respectively.
Steven Blair from Synaptec demonstrated integrated protection and condition monitoring for offshore wind using passive distributed sensing. Furthermore, GEN LI from Cardiff University School of Engineering presented the state-of-the-art of HVDC and offshore wind technologies in EU countries.


Behind the scene,

CIGRE UK NGN: Jingyi Wan, Ying Xue, Max McFarlane, Jianing Li

CIGRE DK NGN: Syed Hamza Kazmi, Qian Wang, Daniela Pagnani

You can find the slides in the link below:

Update on Paris Session

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CIGRE announces a reorganisation of its 2020 signature Paris event into a digital e-session in 2020. Our planned in person August 2020 event offering ‘the leading global event for sharing power system expertise’ is now scheduled for August 2021 as a special Centennial Session, with similar format as previous Sessions (e.g., plenaries, tutorials, poster sessions, technical exhibition).

CIGRE, formed in 1921, will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2021 with this Centennial celebration held at our Palais des Congrès venue in Paris, France and will run from Friday 20th August to Wednesday 25th August 2021.

For our e-session 2020, in late August and early September, CIGRE will offer critical content from the 2020 Session digitally as part of our CIGRE Academy. At a time when professionals need access to the latest thinking from our worldwide community, we consider this e-session vital. We will use our successful CIGRE Academy webinar technology to deliver this timely event in digital format.

From an historical perspective, our great family of CIGRE endured a Session in 1939 whereby “heavy storm clouds already threatened the world.” [Quotes from 1946 Opening Session by Ernest Mercier, the President of CIGRE from 1933 to 1948]. “They burst with the implacable fury of a world-wide cataclysm.”  For CIGRE’s 25th Anniversary, delegates called for a great Paris Session in 1946. President Mercier continued…

“you have eloquently answered by easily beating all your previous records, for today there are 950 (delegates) registered, thus showing your impatience to resume those trusting and warm contacts of which you had established the tradition, like the members of a single great family dispersed all over the globe.”

With current storm clouds from pandemic beginning to clear in 2021, it is in this tradition we will mark our Centennial with a once in a lifetime event. We mourn those who have been impacted by this deadly Covid-19 pandemic, but CIGRE must endure as the foundation for power systems world-wide. We call on all of our community and the wider industry to join us for this seminal event.
In May, we will be releasing more details on the 2020 e-session and the 2021 Centennial Session. Then ultimately, full programme details will follow.  The detail will include an overview of content, options for those who have registered for 2020, and special offers for registering for both the 2020 and 2021 Sessions. We will also outline the plans and background thinking for future Sessions.

Our great family of CIGRE offers our good wishes for everyone in these troubled times.