ISREE-14 Forum: Renewable Energy Transformation Essential Education
Tuesday, 26. October 2021
7:00 to 8:30pm (CET)
The Forum duration is 1:30 hours.

ISREE-14 Forum: Renewable Energy Transformation Essential Education

ISREE-14 explores the latest developments and new initiatives in renewable energy education worldwide and discusses the best ways to educate the general public on pathways toward a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly and just world. In this forum, ISREE-14 participants focus on these three non-technical, fundamental educational areas essential for achieving a successful renewable energy transformation:

  1. Interpersonal skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking);
  2. JEDI principles (justice, equity, diversity, inclusion); and
  3. Sustainability guidelines (efficiency, wise use, circular economy).

How are, or how can these fundamental skills, principles and guidelines be included in renewable energy educational programs in schools, universities and other training organizations?

The forum will open with a brief overview by the moderator of the importance of these areas to the energy transformation. This will be followed by a wide range of perspectives from the panel on the question provided in short (5 minute) summary statements. Questions from the Forum attendees will be addressed by the panel. These forum discussions will provide the basis for ongoing dialogue within the ISREE community on these key topics moving forward.   

More information on the speakers of this forum will be provided soon.


Paulette Middleton - Moderator

Paulette is a strong advocate for the rapid transformation of the global energy system to renewable energy for all, used wisely and efficiently. Working closely with ISES is an excellent way to contribute to the transformation.  During her 40-year career as an atmospheric chemist specializing in assessments that bring science to support appropriate decision-making related to energy and the environment, Paulette has come to deeply appreciate the need for this transformation. Paulette strives to effectively use my expertise in research/analyses, program development, and communications/marketing, along with my commitment to collaborative problem-solving, to advance ISES’ work. Her professional experience includes leadership positions at University of Texas (PhD Chemistry 1973), National Center for Atmospheric Research, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the State University of New York at Albany, Science & Policy Associates, Inc., and RAND.  Ongoing activities include Global Emissions IniAtive (GEIA) coordinator since 1991 and science-based environment/energy advisor to a wide variety of public and private, and stakeholder consortium clients since 2002 through her company Panorama Pathways.  In addition to being ISES Board Member, Paulette also is past Co-Chair of the American Solar Energy Society Board of Directors (the USA Section of ISES).

Monica Oliphant

Monica Oliphant worked 18 years for electricity utility ETSA as a Research Scientist, prior to privatisation. She was President of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) 2008/09 and currently is on the IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) Coalition for Action Steering Committee and represents ISES on the World Wind Energy Association Board. She is Patron of crowd funding initiative CORENA – Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia. Monica received an Order of Australia (AO) in 2015 and was 2016 Senior South Australian of the Year. In 2018 she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia.

Geoff Stapleton

Geoff specialised in solar (PV) energy in the final year of his electrical engineering degree in 1981.. He joined BP Solar Australia on 1987. In 1989 he started his own company on the south coast of NSW where he designed, installed and maintained off grid power systems. In 1998 he was one of the co-founders of Global Sustainable Energy Solutions Pty Ltd (GSES) and is the managing director. GSES is a multi-disciplinary organisation specialising in professional engineering and training services across the solar energy sectors. Geoff has undertaken projects in Australia, Africa, Asia and the Pacific islands and travels extensively. Geoff has specialised over the years in capacity building at multiple levels and in particular with promotion and establishment of quality training programs for solar technicians and utility staff. He was a part-time senior lecturer at the UNSW School of PV and RE Engineering from 2003 to 2015. He was member of IEA PVPS Task 9 Deployment of Photovoltaic Technologies: Co-operation. With Developing Countries from 1999 to 2017. Geoff is Member of relevant Standards Australia Working Groups and IEC TC82 JWG1; Board Member and Treasurer of International Solar Energy Society (ISES) ; and Secretary of the Sustainable Energy Industry Association of Pacific Islands (SEIAPI).

D. Yogi Goswami

Dr. D. Yogi Goswami is a Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Clean Energy Research Center at the University of South Florida. He is also a Co-Founder and Chief Science and technology Advisor of Molekule, Inc. Dr. Goswami is the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Solar Energy journal. He has published as an author or editor 22 books and more than 400 scientific papers. He also holds 32 patents and has been inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Dr. Goswami is a recipient of the Farrington Daniels Award from ISES, the Charles Greely Abbott award and Hoyt Clark Hottel award from ASES, the Karl Boer award and medal from ISES, the Frank Kreith Energy award and medal and John Yellott Award from ASME and the Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal for engineering achievements for environmental conservation from AAES. Dr. Goswami is a Fellow of AAAS, ASME, ASHRAE, ASES, ISES and the National Academy of Inventors. He is an Honorary Member of ASME. Prof. Goswami has served as President of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), a Governor and Senior Vice President of ASME-International, and President of the International Association for Solar Energy Education (IASEE).

Marcus Bockhold

As the Global Community Manager, Marcus leads Student Energy’s Chapters Program, a global network of over 40 student-led, post-secondary clubs that allow students to leverage Student Energy’s organizational knowledge and brand to take action on energy in their local communities. In his previous role with Student Energy, Marcus was the Coordinator of the first ever Leaders Fellowship Cohort, supporting a global cohort of youth as they progressed through the 10-month, energy education and skill building program. Marcus is currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to joining Student Energy, he completed his Bachelors of International Economics from the University of British Columbia, where he conducted his undergraduate research on the impact of entertainment media, specifically of Brazilian soap operas, on gender equality in Brazil.

Arabella Liehr

Arabella Liehr is the ISES Conferences, Communications and Outreach. Having graduated from Goldsmiths College at the University of London, Arabella brings her background in political science to the realm of solar and renewable energy, following her research focus on democratic and sustainable societal processes. Arabella has joined the ISES team in 2018, working on the ISES webinars, outreach and publications, congresses and the ISES monthly newsletter.

Lars Broman

Lars Broman holds a PhD at the University of Göteborg and is DrSc in Physics. He is Professor Emeritus from Dalarna University and Professor of Physics at Strömstad Academy. In 1984, he initiated Solar Energy Research Center SERC and in 1999 European Solar Engineering School ESES. At SERC, Broman first studied non-imaging concentrators. Broman started in 1979 with colleagues International Association for Solar Energy Education IASEE and was its first President. In 1990 IASEE was made ISES Working Group on Education. Broman initiated the series of International Symposium of Renewable Energy Education ISREE in 1991 – ISREE-14 is part of SWC 2021.