Conference Evening Events

Welcome Reception Le Méridien Hotel

Time: Sunday, 2020-06-21, 18:30 - 20:30 CEST

Where: Méridien Hotel
Price: Free, must be confirmed when registering

On the first conference day, our delegates are welcome to join the welcome reception at Le Meridien. The Hotel interior is inspired by mid-century modern design, with clean lines accentuated by sculptural forms and rich fabrics, that are unmistakably reflective of Paris.

Gala Dinner Hôtel de Ville

Time: Monday, 2020-06-22, 19:00 - 22:00 CEST

Conference`s Gala dinner will be hosted by the City of Paris at the Hôtel de Ville. This unique venue will open its doors only for our delegates to guarantee an exclusive experience of the French hospitality and cuisine.

Free Evening

La fête de la musique

Time: Tuesday, 2020-06-23, 21:00 - Wednesday, 2020-06-24, 02:00 CEST

For the last 35 years in France, the 21st June is not just the longest day of the year but also the day of the fête de la musique. This "festival of music" is no ordinary festival. Music takes over the city's streets, with live bands, singers, amateur musicians, drummers, DJs and so on scattered throughout the city.
In Paris, stages spring up all over the city, in particular on the capital's major squares and in its parks. The biggest and best-known are generally in the Jardin des Tuileries, the Petit Palais, the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Louvre, Jardin du Luxembourg, on Place Denfert Rochereau and along the banks of the Seine. For this special night, public transport offers discounted travel and some lines run all night.
In several places in the town, you will find animations and different music styles.


Student Events

IAEE Students and Young Professionals Gathering

Time: Sunday, 2020-06-21, 20:30 - 22:00 CEST

Where: Meeting place - Reception desk at the Meridien
Price: Participants are to cover their own food and beverages, must be confirmed when registering

Informal networking event for students and young professionals held after the IAEE 2020 Welcoming Reception. Our Student representatives are organizing this gathering in order to introduce our delegates to the Parisian night life.

IAEE Students and Young Professionals Party

Time: Tuesday, 2020-06-23, 19:00 - Wednesday, 2020-06-24, 00:00 CEST

Where: Café Oz
Price: Free, two drink coupons will be given to all the registered students. Must be confirmed when registering.

Informal networking event for students and young professionals organised by IAEE`s student representatives. 

Workshop - The Decarbonization Challenge

Time: Wednesday, 2020-06-24, 18:30 - 21:30 CEST

Who can participate? PhD candidates, post-doc researchers, or young professionals with less than five years’ experience.

Date: Wednesday 24 June 18:30 - 21:30

Venue: RTE Showroom in La Défense (15 min from Conference Venue – Palais des Congrès)

Registration: Please register in our regsitration portal and send your resume with a list of three challenges in order of preference to Please activate javascript to view email address (please activate javascript to view email address)
Workshop is limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

In a context of steadily rising greenhouse gas emissions, the French Transmission System Operator (Réseaux de Transport de l’Electricité) invites young professionals to work on different strategies and scenarios to deeply reduce man-made emissions by 2050, with a multi-dimensional approach. Five systemic challenges have been identified:

  • 1/ Energy systems: decarbonized energy vectors, grids and storage
  • 2/ Smart territories: urban planning, buildings and transportation
  • 3/ Energy use: consumer behavior, energy conservation and energy efficiency
  • 4/ Industry: circular economy, digitalization, and rare earths
  • 5/ Food-forests-fuel trilemma: land use, bioenergy, carbon sinks and forests, food

Participants will choose to address one in the above challenges in advance of the conference and teams will be formed upon registration of the participants – one team of about five young professionals per challenge. Teams will be encouraged to be in touch before the conference in order to start working on their proposal. In order to foster the debate, it is advised to provide a preliminary description of the group’s plan of action (up to four pages maximum) that would be free to evolve during the challenge. During the workshop, participants will be come up with their final proposal to address said challenge and share it with the rest of the group.

Original and creative proposals both in form and content are encouraged.
A cash prize will be awarded to the best proposal and a cocktail reception will follow the workshop.


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Technical Tours

EDF Lab Paris-Saclay

Price: €    25.00
Time: Thursday, 2020-06-25, 09:00 - 15:00 CEST

Where: 7 boulevard Gaspard Monge, 91120 Palaiseau
Meeting information: All participants are required to bring a valid ID
Price: 25€ including lunch at the end of the tour

About: EDF Lab Paris-Saclay is the largest research center of the EDF Group in the world. Created four years ago, it houses the work of a thousand researchers, who are developing solutions to enable the EDF Group to be ever more efficient and to prepare the future of the energy sector.During this technical tour our delegates will get the chance to visit the laboratory`s buildings and its showroom. The visit will end by a guided tour through the ConnexLab and the test hall. 

Meuse/Haute Marne underground facility for nuclear waste management

Price: €    25.00
Time: Thursday, 2020-06-25, 09:00 - 18:00 CEST

Where: Andra Facility – 1 hour drive from Paris
Meeting information: This is a high security facility which requires specific safety standards and physical conditions from our delegates. Please check the below documentation before registering for this tour. All the participants need to bring their passports with them.
Price: 25€
Important Documents: DOWNLOAD Schedule & DOWNLOAD Visting Conditions

Important note: The participants whom are not following the mandatory requirements regulated by ANDRA, won`t be admitted on this tour and the registration fee won`t be refunded.

About: The Meuse/Haute Marne Underground Research Laboratory is a laboratory located 500 metres underground in Bure in the Meuse département.
It allows study of the geological formation in order to evaluate its capacity for deep geological repository of high-level and long-lived medium-level radioactive waste. It is managed by the National Agency for the Management of Radioactive Waste or ANDRA.
Since radioactive waste needs to be safely stored for extreme lengths of time, the geology of the area is of utmost importance. Geologically, this site chiefly consists of Kimmeridgian claystone 500 metres underground in the Paris Basin. As of 2007, a 40 metre long tunnel had been completed at the 445 m underground level, while almost 500 m of tunnels have been excavated at the 490 m underground level. Further extensions were built between 2007 and 2009 and more are scheduled.

Enedis Show Room – L`Espace Grenelle

Time: Thursday, 2020-06-25, 10:00 - 11:00 CEST

Where: Espace Grenelle, 127 Boulevard de Grenelle, 75015 Paris
Meeting information: We`ll use public transportation to get to Espace Grenelle. More practical information will be posted closer to the conference start.
Price: Free, must be confirmed when registering.

Our Strategic and Knowledge Partner: Enedis invites our delegates to visit it`s show room. Here our delegates can learn more about the latest innovation in the French industrial sector as well as about how Enedis contributes to energy transition. In this PDF you`ll find more information about this tour.

Guided tour at the Cité de l`Economie – Citéco

€    12.00
Price for Full-Time Student (Non IAEE Member):
€     6.00
Price for Full-Time Student (IAEE Member):
€     6.00

Time: Thursday, 2020-06-25, 15:00 - 16:00 CEST

Where: 1, place du Général-Catroux 75017 Paris
Meeting information: Our student representative and guide will meet you directly at the museum`s reception at 14 :45.
Price: 6€ for students and 12€ for regular participants

Guided tour: A global approach to sustainable development

A guided tour by one of Citéco's mediators to discuss the notions of externality and the challenges of the economy in preserving the environment. What are the consequences of consumption, collective and personal choices? What avenues should be considered to reconcile economic development and preservation of the environment?

IAEE Training Program

10 Big Ideas in Energy – What Everyone Needs to Know

€   230.00
Price for Young Professional (Non IAEE Member):
€   140.00
Price for Full-Time Student (Non IAEE Member):
€   140.00
Price for Young Professional (IAEE Member):
€   140.00
Price for Full-Time Student (IAEE Member):
€   140.00

Time: Thursday, 2020-06-25, 09:00 - 17:00 CEST

Host: Adonis Yatchew
Venue: Amphi sc.071
            CentraleSupélec Batiment Bouygues
            Univers simulation Rez-de-chaussée
            91192 Gif Sur Yvette

Course material: See pdf
How to get to the venue: See pdf

We are in the midst of an historic energy transition with global consequences.  How does a layperson begin to develop an understanding of the decisions that continue to shape our economies, the environment and geopolitics?  Where does an instructor begin when teaching a basic course on energy? These tasks are even more daunting in today’s era of fake news and changing political norms.
This course assembles ‘10 Big Ideas’ that are foundational to appreciating the complexities of today’s energy issues. Drawing on economics, politics and geopolitics, history and the applied sciences, the course outlines a series of simple cross-disciplinary narratives which provide a basis for thinking about these energy challenges.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will consider and evaluate 10 big ideas on energy which form the core of this course. The ideas are useful in considering such questions as:

    • How do long-term political trends affect energy policy and regulation?
    • How does one think about the proper role of government in energy markets?
    • What kinds of incentives are effective in driving innovation?
    • How can history inform our understanding of energy transitions and their consequences?

Participants will also have the opportunity to propose and discuss other ideas which they consider to be critical.

Target Audience: The course should be of interest to young energy professionals, academics teaching courses in energy economics and related fields, individuals working in regulatory and policy environments, and those who want to refresh their understanding of key energy ideas. Members of the business community who would benefit from a ‘big picture’ approach might also wish to attend.


  1. Energy Basics (60 minutes)
    Where does energy come from? How has the ability to harness energy shaped major periods in history? How did energy-related innovations lead to globalization? Why are we so dependent on carbon-based energy? What critical energy innovations have led to the modern age? How can historic energy transitions inform our understanding of the present one.

  2. Energy Politics and Geopolitics (90 minutes)
    Historical and political contexts matter. How have political super-cycles shaped energy policies? How does one begin thinking about institutional design; what principles are fundamental? How should national security issues inform energy policy?

  3. Energy Economics (60 minutes)
    What are the main sources and uses of energy in a market economy? What determines the structure and regulation of energy industries? How can we deal with market failures? Is carbon pricing sufficient for overcoming the carbon externality?  Why/why not? Which sectors are more amenable to decarbonization, which ones are less so?

  4. Innovation and Transformation (90 minutes)
    What drives innovation? What principles should underlie innovation policy? How is scalability transforming hydrocarbon and electricity industries? Can ‘alternative energy’ sources revolutionize our global energy mix? Will they be affordable in the developing world? How do contemporary political trends (e.g., nationalism, populism and the retreat of democracy) affect efforts to deal with climate change?

  5. Ten Big Ideas (60 minutes)
    The closing session summarizes the ‘ten big ideas’ put forth over the course of the day. Throughout, participants are encouraged to ask questions and to engage in discussion.  During this session, participants will be asked for additional ‘big ideas’ that might belong on the list.