Sustainable Urban Energy Systems conference

Technological prospects, citizen involvement and governance arrangements

8 - 9 November 2018    TU Delft Science Centre

Urban energy systems are going through fundamental technological and societal changes in the transition to sustainable energy systems. Ambitious climate change targets can only be realized by transforming urban energy systems into smart low carbon energy systems. From being passive agglomerations of energy consumption and environmental pollution, the future energy provision of cities is deemed to be cleaner, smarter, more self-reliant, resilient, and closer to the needs of citizens. Technological innovation is an important driver, allowing for decentralized and sustainable energy provision beyond the traditional boundaries of electricity, gas, and heat infrastructures.

Many cities are taking up this challenge, ranging from big cities like London, Amsterdam, and Paris, to well-known medium-sized cities like Freiburg, Milton Keynes, Delft and Breda, to small ones like Lochem and Saerbeck. In this process, citizens are not only influential by making lifestyle changes. More importantly, they increasingly take part in the provision and (self-)governance of urban energy. For instance, by actively participating in grassroots initiatives for renewable energy. Social innovations like these are potential game changers. At the same time, they challenge the prevailing institutional setting of centralized energy systems. For a successful transition towards sustainable urban energy systems, technological and social innovations need to be aligned with the underlying societal values and guided by the wider institutional and governance context.

This conference takes a multi-disciplinary approach and explores the technological, economic, ethical, behavioral, governance and public policy aspects of (analyzing and designing) urban energy systems. It does so from a comprehensive engineering perspective, and aims at highlighting current trends and issues affecting urban energy systems. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Governance, policy and regulation of urban energy systems;
  • Social innovations and local energy initiatives;
  • Responsible innovation in energy systems;
  • Energy justice and poverty;
  • Energy demand: energy demand side management, energy efficiency, energy consumption and conservation;
  • Public engagement, controversies, and conflicts in changing energy systems, participatory methods, consumer empowerment;
  • Digitalization: smart grid, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology;
  • Integration of energy systems: electricity, gas and heating;

Organizing Committee at Delft University of Technology
Rolf Künneke
Thomas Hoppe
Laurens de Vries
Mark de Bruijne
Daniel Scholten
Amineh Ghorbani
Ellen van Bueren
Tristan de Wildt
Christine Milchram


Panel Session

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In addition to parallel sessions, the conference will feature four keynote speeches by leading academics and practitioners in the field of urban energy systems.
Confirmed key note speakers:


Guidelines for Submissions
We invite submissions for paper presentations, poster presentations as well as proposals for panels organized by participants. The abstracts will be reviewed by members of the organizing committee.

Abstract submission for papers and poster presentations until 15 June 2018:

  • Title
  • 4-6 keywords
  • name and contact details of (corresponding) authors
  • abstract of 300 words including aim and methodology
  • expected or obtained results
  • MS Word documen

An updated program of panel sessions can be found here. Some of these sessions are open for submission. If you want to submit your abstract to one of these sessions, please indicate it in the submission document!

Panel proposal submission until 15 May 2018:

  • Title
  • 4-6 keywords
  • name and contact details of session organizer
  • abstract of 300 words
  • panel sessions can contain three to four presentations of 20 to 30 minutes

Authors can present one paper as lead-author. Please send abstracts and proposals to We strive for publication of selected papers in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

Important dates

Deadline for panel submission: 15 May 2018;
Notification of panel acceptance: 30 May 2018;
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 June 2018;
Notification of abstract acceptance: 30 June 2018:
Deadline for full paper submission: 15 October 2018




Conference Location:
TU Delft Science Centre
Mekelzalen (1st floor)
Mijnbouwstraat 120, Delft

Registration Fees
PhD researchers: 75 Euro
All other participants: 150 Euro
Conference Dinner on 8 Nov , 19.30h: 60 Euro

A limited number of fee waivers is available.
Please contact for further information. 

Contact for further information:

  • The form to register for this conference will follow within a few weeks