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Advances in Energy Studies

7th Biennial International Workshop


Advances in Energy Studies 2010

Can we break the addiction to fossil energy?


Barcelona, 19-21 October 2010


This is the seventh in an ongoing series of biennial meetings dedicated to advances, innovation and visions in energy and energy-related environmental and socio-economic issues. Addiction to fossil energy is one of the most obvious and least discussed sources of environmental destruction in present times.  With this conference the Advances in Energy Studies community puts the issue centre stage and challenges participants to come up with clear descriptions and practical solutions for the problem.

The seventh edition is chaired by Mario Giampietro, ICREA research professor at ICTA, Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona, and Sergio Ulgiati, professor at the Parthenope University of Naples, Italy.




The AES2010 Workshop will be held from 19 to 21 October 2010 at the Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona (campus Bellaterra) in the "Sala d'Actes" of the Faculty of Business and Economics (Facultat d'Economia i Empresa).

The Workshop is organized over a three day period, Tuesday to Thursday, October 19-21, 2010.

The main themes of the workshop are:

1.  Understanding the situation: Analysis of the metabolic patterns of societies

2.  Exploring the option space: Analysis of the viability of alternative energy sources

3.  Policy implications: Scenarios of energy transition away from fossil energy

Detailed information on the workshop program is available on this website.

    Follow-up Event


    Fossil Energy Dependence and Our Energy Future: A Public Conversation

    The AES2010 workshop will be followed up on Friday, 22 October, at Barcelona's  science museum Cosmocaixa by a one-day experiment of participatory discussion: “Fossil energy dependence and our energy future: A public conversation”.  Although this event is not officially part of the AES 2010 workshop, people are encouraged to participate in this public conversation.   For more information, see  Our energy future.

    Workshop Secretariat

    Sandra Bukkens


    Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA)

    Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona (UAB)

    Edifici Q (ETSE/ICTA), Campus de Bellaterra

    08193 Cerdanyola del VallŤs, Spain

    Phone: (+34) 93.581.3746 — Fax: (+34) 93.586.8008

Previous Conferences


The series of Advances in Energy Studies Workshops aims at sharpening scientific focus and building a critical mass and collaborative network among scientists researching energy issues. The work toward this goal is gaining new momentum in recent years, as societal attention once again shifts toward policy debates concerning sustainable use of energy and resources and their relationship to the economies of the world.

Four events were held in Porto Venere (Italy), one took place in Campinas (Brazil), with the most recent one having taken place in Graz (Austria). From each event a Proceedings has been generated, giving, up to today, six editions of the collected body of works on Advances in Energy Studies:

The first edition "Energy Flows in Ecology and Economy" (1998) was aimed at revitalizing the discussion over theoretical aspects of Energy Analysis, by improving definitions of the working scales and boundaries, methods of analysis, and policy initiatives and future research to generate a balanced pattern of humanity and environment.

The second edition "Exploring Supplies, Constraints, and Strategies" (2000) moved beyond a cross comparison among methodologies of analysis, and towards the presentation of original scientific results related to energy supplies, constraints, and strategies. The goal was still that of enhancing both systemic understanding of the theoretical basis of energy and resource use as well as the development of policy and management tools to deal with economy and environment from a system perspective.

The third edition “Reconsidering the importance of energy” (September 2002) questioned the validity of the claim of “unimportance” of energy analysis, in fashion in the 90s, focusing on energy-related issues within the framework of sustainability (ecologically sound production and consumption patterns associated to socially acceptable life styles).

The fourth edition “Energy and Ecology Issues in Latin America” (June 2004) was dedicated to exploring a more regional perspective on energy problems, by dealing with the uneven access to energy and material resources among countries as well as within countries, due to market mechanisms and unequal trade. Such a dynamics is at risk of generating social and political instability in several areas of the planet.

The fifth edition “Perspectives on Energy Future” (September 2006) addressed the role of renewable energy sources and new energy carriers. It also gave room for discussing about governance issues related to energy policy as well as to perspective of fossil fuels in the future and the use of different methods of analysis for societal metabolism.

Finally, the sixth edition “Towards an holistic approach based on science and humanity” (June-July 2008) enriched previous editions of the conference by stressing the importance of energy issues within a human perspective of economic and social development with environmental compatibility in mind.