Science for Energy Policy: Quadruple Helix Eco-innovation
5.6.2019, 10:00-18:00, Brno Fair Grounds, Pavilion G2

under the initiative of Science Meets Regions.

The Brno conference is based on the initiative of the European Parliament - Science Meets Regions. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to ensure that policy development is informed by the best scientific advice possible, not only at the European level, but also at the national, regional and local levels.

Regions and cities are key partners in the implementation of European legislation, policies and financial instruments. In 2018, the European Parliament decided to fund the pilot project "Science meets Parliaments/Science meets Regions" (SmP/SmR") to expand the scope of the initiative to more European countries and regions.

The goals of the initiative "Science Meets Regions" are to:

  1. bring scientists and policymakers together
  2. encourage mutual understanding
  3. discuss a locally relevant policy issue using scientific evidence (i.e., renewable energy)
  4. bring science closer to citizens
  5. increase people's trust in science by showing its key contributions to society

Focus of Science Meets Regions conference in Brno, 5 June 2019:
Science for Energy Policy: Quadruple Helix Eco-innovation

Words from the conference developer:
“In line with the goals set out in the Paris Agreement, cities are looking for ways to achieve zero-carbon economies that presuppose major changes in their energy systems by 2030, by shifting to renewable resources, and by introducing new energy management systems and increasingly more mobile and more distributed grids. In countries of the European Union, the underlying priorities are to preserve domestic energy resources, to reduce pollution, and to achieve synergy between energy efficiency and resource efficiency—with a long view of improving the quality of life for all citizens.

The need for environmentally sound, resource-efficient infrastructure development, and long-term energy and water policies in line with clean energy goals and reduced levels of air, water, and soil pollution (VOC, PMs, ozone) have been widely recognized. And even though cities face similar challenges, they are equipped to deal with them in different ways based on specific local contexts. In this regard, the conference will bring together experiences from different European cities, discuss emerging energy technologies and energy management strategies, as well as lessons learnt. The focused panels will elaborate on local contexts and provide a knowledge platform for (and made out of) multiple stakeholders who are also encouraged to participate in the panel discussions (scientists, policymakers, business/industry representatives, citizens-prosumers). We hope many people will take advantage of this opportunity to interact and continue to build on this new platform in the future.” (Mag. Nora Hampl, PhD cand, 2050 Brno Energy Strategy)

The question this conference will try to answer is—In which ways could Brno benefit by taking specific action(s), and could it contribute to local/regional competitive advantage? Would these actions be aligned with broader strategic visions (i.e., Strategy #brno2050,, SET-Plan, Energy Union, Clean Energy for All Europeans, PCI, INEA)? Would it help solve local and extra-local challenges (e.g., EU industrial value chains, returns on the investment in infrastructure/equipment/training)? Since Brno concentrates much young talent around its universities and research centres, features state-of-the-art research infrastructures, and boasts a vibrant investment community, ideal conditions are in place. What are the pros and cons, and how can barriers be best overcome?

The event will fill the gap by contributing new knowledge across multiple scales (City of Brno, regional and national), and will provide a frame for the following interactions:

  • Innovative stakeholder engagement (quadruple helix: public, private, academia and members of the communities)
  • Potential clean energy infrastructures (residential, commercial, public spaces, transport)
  • Feasibility of investing in decentralized renewable energy sources (RES)
  • Possible coordination of investments in value chains
  • Engaging communities in the discussion, development and implementation of clean renewables

The following stakeholder groups with be represented:

  • Political representatives: evidence of state-of-the-art technologies ready to be developed or implemented; evidence of public support; evidence of business interest
  • Businesses: evidence of technological readiness; customer preferences
  • Academic sector: gauging interest in public utility & commercialization; identify possible sources of funding for future research
  • Citizens: evidence of new technologies with reduced negative impacts on human and environmental health; decentralized energy solutions bringing more control and incentives over individual behavior


10:00 – 10:15
Science beyond the laboratory: How does society benefit?, Markus Dettenhofer, PhD, Executive Director, Central European Institute of Technology, Brno

10:15 - 10:35
Technology Assessment in the Context of the Energy Transition, Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Michael Ornetzeder, Research Director, Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences


The European Union aims to be a global leader in the transition towards a decarbonized economy. By the middle of this century, greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced by 80-95 percent. This calls for a radical change in many areas of society and it is clear that the energy sector has a key role to play. In the long run the transition of the energy system will involve new technologies and infrastructures but also new institutions and social practices. Such a transition goes far beyond a shift in the fuel mix or the replacement of dominant technologies. In this presentation I will address the relevance of Technology Assessment (TA) in the context of the energy transition. I will argue that it is of vital importance to identify harmful side effects, possible risks and systemic inconsistencies from early on to inform decision-makers and consequently enhance the societal value of innovation in the energy system.

10:35 - 10:50
Meeting climate and energy targets: Transformation agendas for smart cities, DI (FH) Volker Schaffler, MSc, MA, Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology


11:00 - 12:45
Panel I: Science Meets Renewables

Local and extra-local researchers present scope of their research, accounting for challenges and successes in renewable energy research and/or deployment, while also forecasting their future impacts.


Themes for discussion: Which state-of-the-art technologies are ready to be deployed? What might be their potential application in specific sectoral/cross-sectoral niches? Which local/global energy challenges can emerging technologies solve? (e.g., Decarbonization: Increased share of renewables, heat recovery, storage and their integration into the energy system). What kind of [cross/multidisciplinary] collaborations are necessary to deliver the expected outcomes?

  • Ing. Tomáš Kazda, Ph.D., Department of Electrical and Electronic Technology, Brno University of Technology
    Topic: Batteries of the future
  • Cina Foroutan-Nejad, PhD, SoMoPro fellow, CEITEC-MU Brno
    Topic: Sustainable computation in 2040 and beyond
  • Ing. Radek Fujdiak, PhD, Department of Telecommunications, Brno University of Technology
    Topic: Energy systems of smart cities and ICT security considerations
  • MSc. Johannes Kathan, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
    Topic: Nation-wide projects on battery energy storage systems (Austria)
  • Mgr. Jakub Holovský, PhD, Associate Professor, Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrotechnology
    Topic: Future high-efficiency tandem photovoltaic technologies
  • RNDr. Vladislav Martínek, research scientist, PV Forecast team leader, University Centre of Energy Efficient Buildings Czech Technical University in Prague
    Topic: Precise Local Solar Irradiance Forecasting Using Sky Imager – A Hope for Stable Grid Integration of Photovoltaics

11:00 - 12:45
Panel II: Renewables Meet Policy

In line with the EU mitigation and adaptation goals that focus on improving energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions, as well as improving air quality, which energy system is best suited to meet these goals? Panelists will introduce and share experiences from their cities and regions.


Themes for discussion:Technology assessment: How to assess energy technologies for deployment in specific urban and rural contexts during ‘energy transition’? Which national, regional, and local policies need to be in place to ensure that this transition brings the anticipated outcomes? Are there measures in place to coordinate investments in value chains?

  • DI (FH) Volker Schaffler, MSc, MA, Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
    Topic: Mission-oriented development of national projects and research programmes
    (i) coordinating calls, applied research and national funding
    (ii) supportive programme management as a liaison between research, companies and administration
  • Javier Gómez Prieto, PhD, Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre, ISPRA
    Topic: Smart specialisation with implications on energy - promotion and discovery of innovation at the sub-national level
  • Todor Galev, PhD, Center for the Study of Democracy (Technology & Innovation)
    Topic: Governance barriers to energy transition in the EU: findings and conclusions from ENABLE.EU project
  • Ing. Jaroslav Klusák, PhD, Energy manager, City of Litoměřice; Sustainable Energy Board of the Office of the Government, and Chairman of Association of Local Energy Managers (Czech Republic).
    Topic: Energy management in cities: Making sustainable energy policy work
  • Martin Mikeska, Press & Communications Manager
    Czech Renewable Energy Chamber
    Topic: Climate and renewable energy policies in Czechia
  • Arch. Dipl.- Ing. Ernst Rainer, MSc, Head of URBA Research, Graz University of Technology
    Topic: The Challenges of Smart Urban Districts in the Focus of Sustainable Urban Development

14:15 - 16:00
Panel III: Renewables Meet Business

Business representatives and researchers who work with industry present their perspectives, and discuss new business models that enable a digital and decentralized energy system, as well as ways in which such a system has transformed the energy markets.


Themes for discussion: How can energy-intensive industrial users participate in the new markets, and what would eco-innovation potentially bring to them? Is there evidence of technological readiness? What do customer preferences suggest (urban/rural)?

  • Javier Gómez Prieto, PhD, Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre, ISPRA
    Topic: JRC flagship report “Cities with focus on innovation”
  • MSc. Johannes Kathan, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
    Topic: Battery energy storage: From ideas to implementation (Coordinating research projects in the field of electrical storage systems integration into the power system)
  • Dipl.-Ing. Robert Hinterberger, Managing Director, New Energy Capital Invest GmbH
    Topic: New business models and funding schemes for the realization of innovative energy and urban development projects: Informing the broader scope of stakeholders (incl. utilities, infrastructure operators, project developers) and public authorities (municipalities, national ministries)
  • Petr Chládek, Director, South Moravian Innovation Centre (JIC)
    Topic: Innovation potential of South Moravia and the energy challenge
  • DI Ghazal Etminan, DM.Sc., Business Developer, Research Engineer Business Unit of Sustainable Cities and Regions, AIT
    Topic: Low carbon action planning as a trans-disciplinary stakeholder process
  • Fady Al-kheir, Partner and Director for Strategy ENERGON Holding a.s.
    Topic: Technological innovation and the global energy revolution

14:30 - 16:15
Panel IV: Renewables Meet End-users

As decentralized energy solutions bring more control and incentives over individual behavior, the panelists will outline the challenges (social acceptance) and the benefits of renewables for a broader society. Empowering end-users to produce energy, while making them a key stakeholder and a participant in the energy system (prosumer), may appeal to some, but not others. How can the system work best for everyone?


Themes for discussion: How does the transition change consumer behavior, and which incentives (or subsidies) should be in place to induce such change? Are new opportunities created by the ‘energy transition’ – research fields, cross-border funding schemes, new career paths? Evidence of benefits on human and environmental health?

  • Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Michael Ornetzeder, Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences
    Topic: Transition of the energy system towards greater sustainability, and innovation-oriented forms of technology assessment.
  • DI Christoph Gollner, Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods for Sustainable Urban Development, European and International Programmes (EIP)
    Topic: Programme on Positive Energy Districts as a joint initiative of several European countries to support cities in the energy transition
  • Mgr. Oldřich Sklenář, Product & Project Manager, MOOG Brno
    Topic: Czech Republic and Renewables
  • Hans-Martin Neumann, Urban planner (Berlin Chamber of Architects) Deputy Coordinator, EERA Joint Program Smart Cities, AIT
    Topic: Smart cities and communities: Developing innovation partnerships
  • RNDr. Jan Hollan, PhD, researcher, author, Institute for the study of global change (AV ČR)
    Topic: Climate change adaptation and renewable energy


17:00 -18:00
Key Points: Connecting project ideas with strategic visions

The final presentation on the main stage will provide a summary of the most important points raised during the panel discussions, and emphasise the links (if any) between the regional eco-innovation approaches and (i) potential regional application, and (ii) potential extra-local application. An effort will be made to outline specific frameworks for action, and specify (to an extent possible), how would the city/region benefit by taking such an action.



Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Michael Ornetzeder

Institute of Technology Assessment
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Position: Research Director

Michael Ornetzeder is a Research Director at the Institute of Technology Assessment at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His main research interest is within science and technology studies, with a particular focus on innovation-oriented forms of technology assessment, user innovation, social learning, and innovation networks. His current research focuses on the transition of the energy system towards greater sustainability. Recent projects cover both emerging technologies as well as the energy system from a holistic socio-technical perspective. Since 2009, he has been a member of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) Energy Steering Panel where he had the opportunity to contribute to the energy and research policy recommendations for the German government following the accident at Fukushima. As a member of the Energy Steering Panel, he also served as a policy advisor to the European Parliament in 2015.

Javier Gómez Prieto, PhD

Scientific Officer
Smart Specialisation and Innovation-driven Regional Development
Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC ISPRA)
Position: Scientific Officer

Javier Gómez is Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. His main activities are focused on providing support and policy advice to EU member states and regions in territorial development driven by innovation, including energy. Javier is part of the Smart Specialisation Platform of the Joint Research Centre and has written several research articles addressing the promotion and discovery of innovation at sub-national levels. Prior to joining the European Commission, Javier Gómez worked as project evaluation and monitoring officer in the EU Cohesion policy instrument of European Territorial Cooperation.

Markus Dettenhofer, PhD

Executive Director
Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Brno

Markus is the Executive Director of the Central European Institute of Technology - a scientific consortium of 6 universities and research institutes in Brno, Czech Republic, with approximately 550 scientists working in the fields of life sciences, advanced materials and technologies. In Brno he also fulfills a role of Guarantor in the Brno 2050 strategy as a Central European Centre for Science, Research and Innovation. Markus received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. from UC Berkeley. His professional goal is to harness science as a common good for the engagement and development of societies.

DI Christoph Gollner

Programme Manager
Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods for Sustainable Urban Development
European and International Programmes (EIP)
Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
JPI Urban Europe

Programme Manager, SET Plan Action 3.2/Programme on Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods for Sustainable Urban Development for JPI Urban Europe at the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). The programme aims at large-scale European-wide implementation of 100 PED’s by 2025.

2013-2017 Head of office, the Vienna Urban Renewal Office for the 10th district of Vienna (Gebietsbetreuung Stadterneuerung GB*10). Main fields of activity: project coordination and management, local urban development, citizen involvement, stakeholder coordination, cultural projects, integration, PR.´

DI (FH) Volker Schaffler, MSc, MA

Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Section III - Innovation and Telecommunication
Coordinator of the national research programme “City of Tomorrow” at the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology

Mr. Schaffler works for the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology as main Coordinator of the national research programme City of Tomorrow and coordinator of the Austrian Smart City Network for Cities. His main work includes supporting cities with their transformation agenda and enabling smart and sustainable transformation to reach the climate and energy targets. In addition, his work includes digitalization of the Austrian planning and construction sector and the development of future Plus-Energy-Districts. Previously, he worked for the Austrian Institute of Technology as Smart City Expert in 2015 as a researcher and consultant for cities, public institutions and public utilities in the field of energy related city planning. Later he became a project manager for Smart City Wien, where he co-created the Viennese Smart City Agency and helped define the structures and processes for a Smart City Wien. He implemented both city-internal projects and national and EU research projects on Smart City Technologies and Services in Energy, Mobility, Healthcare and ICT.

About the program "City of Tomorrow"

The Austrian Research and Technology (RTD) program "City of Tomorrow" is focused on the research and development of new technologies, technological systems as well as urban services for future cities. In particular City of Tomorrow puts emphasis on the built infrastructure in connection with urban energy systems, both on a district-level and within the wider agglomeration (suburban areas). New technologies and innovations should pave the way for an altered understanding of future employment and living in combination with mobility and production within cities, making them an attractive place to live and energy efficient at the same time.

Arch. Dipl.- Ing. Ernst Rainer, MSc

Head of URBA Research
Institute of Urbanism
Graz University of Technology

Coordinator and Leader of Scientific Team URBA GRAZ at the Graz University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Institute of Urbanism

Mr. Rainer received his degree in Architecture at Graz University of technology (1999), and Diploma at VUT Praha and Brno (by Doz. Prof. Karel Havlis), Titel Diploma: CZooropa – Sustainable Urban Development Strategy of the City Region Zlín-Otrokovice. His key research areas are sustainable urban development & smart cities, sustainable urban multimodal mobility, open space & bike track´s and green urban infrastructure, and urban technologies.

Ing. Jaroslav Klusák, PhD

City of Litoměřice
Energy Manager
Chairman, Association of Local Energy Managers, Czech Republic

Mr. Klusák worked and published in the field of municipal energy management since 2004, and collaborated on national and international projects (MODEL, Sustainable local energy indicators, MARUEL, MAESTRO, READY 21, ProgRESsHEAT, POCACITO). He is a member of the Sustainable Energy Board of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, and Chairman of Association of Local Energy Managers of the Czech Republic.

MSc. Johannes Kathan

Electric Energy Systems
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Position: Research Engineer - Electric energy systems and renewable urban energy systems.

Johannes Kathan studied Energy and Environmental Management, specialising in electric energy systems, and received his master-degree in urban renewable energy systems from the University of Applied Sciences FH-Technikum in Vienna. He has worked as research engineer at the Business Unit for Electric Energy Systems at AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology). His activities include coordination of research projects in the field of the integration electrical storage systems into the power system and their applications. He worked on nation-wide projects on battery energy storage systems.

Ing. Tomáš Kazda, PhD

Assistant professor
Department of Electrical and Electronic Technology, Brno University of Technology

He finished his Ph.D. in 2015 in the field of electrodes for lithium-ion accumulators. He took part in international projects including internships abroad (University Vienna – Austria, Padova – Italy, Barcelona – Spain, La Plata – Argentina). He has gained knowledge and experience in fields of electrochemical measurements, synthesis of electrode materials for positive electrodes of Li-Ion batteries and post-lithium systems. Since 2017, he is member of the Committee for Sustainable Energy and the Committee for Sustainable Transport of the Government Council of the Czech Republic. Since 2015 is a member of organisation committee of the international conference Advanced Batteries, Accumulators and Fuel Cells. He is a member of the International Society of Electrochemistry and the Electrochemical Society. In 2014, he received the FEI and CSMS (Czechoslovak Microscopic Society) Grant for Young Scientists.

Cina Foroutan-Nejad, PhD

SoMoPro fellow

Dr. Cina Foroutan-Nejad received his PhD in physical chemistry in 2011 and joined CEITEC-MU in 2014 under SoMoPro fellowship. He has been an honorary member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and authored 47 publications in the fields of physics, chemistry, and material sciences. His current research focuses on designing novel materials for sustainable data storage and processing for the future of computation industry.

Ing. Radek Fujdiak, PhD

Department of Telecommunications
Brno University of Technology

Radek is an expert in the area of ICT, modern communication technologies, security, cryptography, lightweight cryptography, optimization and efficient solutions. His private sector experience includes applied ICT, cryptography and security, and academic career makes it possible for him to continue fundamental research. He has participated as the main investigator or as a team member in a number of national and international research projects related to ICT, security and cryptography. He completed an internship abroad, and in addition to his research, his role is to supervise international students at the Brno University of Technology.

Mag. Nora Hampl, PhD cand.

Conference concept developer, Ambassador for Active Citizens
Co-guarantor, Strategy #brno2050 (Energy)

Nora Hampl is a doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna, Department of Political Sciences, and a recipient of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften DOC Stipendium. Before then, she taught and studied at Harvard University. Her research focuses on renewable energy systems and energy innovation roadmaps, post-assessments, and strategic capacities to implement change. Broader research interests include mapping of Sustainable Development Goals with respect to energy, and EU’s global reach via Mission-oriented research. She is a co-guarantor of Strategy #brno2050 (Energy), and Ambassador for Active Citizens.

Robert Hinterberger

Managing director
New Energy Capital Invest GmbH, Vienna

Robert Hinterberger is managing director of NEW ENERGY Capital Invest GmbH, a Vienna based consulting and corporate finance company specialised in the energy sector. He supports industry stakeholders (utilities, infrastructure operators, project developers) and public authorities (municipalities, national ministries and funding agencies) regarding the realization of innovative energy and urban development projects and the set-up of new business models and funding schemes.

Before founding NEW ENERGY, he held various senior and management positions in the consulting and financial industry in Austria and CEE. He studied in Austria, France and Spain and holds a Master’s degree in Technical Physics from the Technical University in Vienna.

Todor Galev, PhD

Center for the Study of Democracy
Technology & Innovation

Dr. Todor Galev works on consultancy and policy-research projects in the field of socio-economic and sociological studies in the areas of energy governance and energy security, as well as innovation policy and competitiveness in Southeast Europe and the EU. He has over 15-year experience in managing and carrying out research and analytical tasks, and specializes in policy/program evaluation and impact assessment. Todor has participated in various projects, supported by the EC (DG Research, FP7, H2020), EBRD, the US German Marshal Fund, USAID, the U.S. State Department, national ministries, etc. While working for CSD - a leading European think tank, based in Bulgaria, Todor was endorsed and participated in 2011 International Visitors Leadership Programme of the U.S. State Department on “Energy and Climate Change”, as well as has implemented energy-related projects in Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Ukraine and Turkey.

Ing. Jana Zifčiaková, MSc., M.A.

Policy Analyst, Work Programme Unit
Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission

Jana Zifčiaková is Policy Analyst at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. She works for the Work Programme Unit and is based in Brussels (JRC Headquarters). Jana coordinates JRC's relations with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER). Her main activities are focused on the Energy Union. Jana oversees among others JRC's contribution to the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and JRC's support to the European Coal Regions in Transition Platform. She coordinates JRC's efforts in assisting the Upper Nitra region from Slovakia in preparing its transition to the post-coal period and the Jiu Valley region from Romania in elaborating a socio-economic development strategy.

Mgr. Oldřich Sklenář

Product & Project Manager

Oldřich Sklenář is a product & project manager at MOOG Brno, where he coordinates development and production of special servo and linear motors. He started his career in energy as a design engineer and continued his professional development while working for a number of companies and organizations, including NGOs, with a focus on renewables and energy management. He completed an internship at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and graduated from both Brno University of Technology and Masaryk University.

Mgr. Jakub Holovský, PhD

Associate Professor, Czech Technical University in Prague
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrotechnology

Associate professor at Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, and Researcher at Institute of Physics of the ASCR. His research in the field of photovoltaics focuses on optical characterization of new materials. He completed his studies in physics at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, and conducted research for two years in a group of prof. Christophe Ballif at EPFL PV-lab in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. His research is inspired by his motivation to fight climate change, by transforming today’s system of energy production and consumption towards sustainability.

RNDr. Vladislav Martínek

research scientist, PV Forecast team leader
University Centre of Energy Efficient Buildings
Czech Technical University in Prague

Vladislav studied software systems at faculty of Mathematics and Physics Charles University in Prague. His main field of research are predictive algorithms and overall system design. At present, he is also responsible for research and development of PV Forecast services at UCEEB CTU. The goal of his research is to gain the capacity to predict solar irradiance as a source of electric energy gained by PV modules. Reliable and precise prediction is vital for efficient energy management compensating volatility.

Martin Mikeska

Press & Communications Manager
Czech Renewable Energy Chamber 

Mr. Mikeska has been working in the field of renewable energy policy since 2005. Together with his team, he has been working for Friends of the Earth Czech Republic on different projects aimed to introduce progressive climate and renewable energy policies in Czechia. Since 2017 he has worked for Czech Renewable Energy Chamber, an association that incorporates all professional associations focused on different types of renewable energy.

Petr Chládek

Director, South Moravian Innovation Centre (JIC)

Petr Chládek is Director of the South Moravian Innovation Centre (JIC). In his previous work for the Regional Development Agency of South Moravia, he was instrumental in forming the regional innovative ecosystem, and continued in this mission as JIC’s Regional Innovation Strategy Manager. Three generations of his strategic management resulted in a number of successful projects, namely, VIDA! Science Centre, the fabrication laboratory FabLab Brno, as well as a number of collaborative programmes that foster regional cooperation between the academic and private spheres.

DI Ghazal Etminan M.Sc.

Business Developer, Research Engineer
Business Unit of Sustainable Cities and Regions, AIT

As AIT’s Business developer and Research Engineer, Ghazal Etminan has extensive know-how and implementation experience in governmental as well as private businesses science-based solutions and capacity building. Her work includes acquisition and execution of projects, as well as management of research networks and active engagement in international projects dealing with integrated Smart City development. She gained substantial knowledge in urban low carbon action planning and facilitation of the trans-disciplinary stakeholder processes through activities in a range of European and international research and implementation projects.

Hans-Martin Neumann

Urban planner (Berlin Chamber of Architects)
Deputy Coordinator, EERA Joint Program Smart Cities, AIT

Hans-Martin Neumann is AIT’s Deputy Coordinator of the EERA Joint Program Smart Cities where he leads a team of 15 researchers working in the research field of Urban Resilience and Transformation. He is involved in the Strategic Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC) and in the SET-Plan Temporary Working Group 3.2 (Smart Cities and Communities), which has drafted an implementation plan for plus energy districts. As a project manager and work package leader, Hans-Martin Neumann is involved in several Smart City projects in Austria, Europe and Asia.

Partner and Director for Strategy
ENERGON Holding a.s.

Member of The Association of Modern Energy - a strong supporter of innovative energy solutions and their growth opportunities for the Czech economy.

“Our country was already strong in the supply of technological units, including energy, in the First Republic. If we grasp the current potential correctly, we have a chance to build on this tradition and become one of the most energy-efficient countries in the world. In Energon Holding we want to support this development in cooperation with other similar-minded companies.”

RNDr. Jan Hollan, PhD

researcher, author, professor
Institute for the study of global change (AV ČR)

Dr. Hollan’s work and teaching focus on climate science, and mitigation and adaptation to climate change. For the last 30 years, he conducted research on the impacts of climate change, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. His research areas include energy systems and their environmental impacts, sustainable energy, zero carbon buildings and material engineering.

  1. Nora Hampl, Brno 2050 Energy Strategy, Ambassador for Active Citizens, Chair of the Steering Committee
  2. Jakub Rybář, Head of Cooperation and Development Dept., Brno City Municipality
  3. Jiří Marek, Smart City Events and Projects Manager, Cooperation and Development Dept., Brno City Municipality
  4. Filip Liška, Student, Energy Department, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology

Chair: Mag. Nora Hampl, PhD cand.

Antony Zegers (The Austrian Institute of Technology)
Arch. Dipl.- Ing. Ernst Rainer, MSc (Head of URBA Research, Graz University of Technology)