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Opening academic year 2019-2020

Thursday 5 September 2019, 4.00 pm
  • Date: Thursday 5 September 2019, 16:00 - 17:30 (welcome as of 15:30)
  • Location: Room 15 Kapteynborg, 5419.0015 (Landleven 12, Zernike Campus, Groningen). (Location in Google Maps)
  • Theme: Energy transition: huge challenges for business and governments
  • Chairman of the day: Machiel Mulder, professor of Regulation of Energy Markets and director of the Centre for Energy Economics Research (CEER) of FEB

We welcome speakers to address the highly relevant topic of energy transition, we present awards to best students and lecturers, and we raise a glass to the new academic year!

Energy Transition

The energy system has to change dramatically in order to strongly reduce the carbon emissions caused by the consumption of fossil fuels. This change is known as the energy transition: the movement of the fossil-energy dominated energy system to a system dominated by renewable energy sources such as wind turbines, solar panels and renewable gases. This is a highly complex process, technologically, economically and socially since everyone in society is affected: consumers, businesses and governments alike.

In this opening of the academic year 2019-2020, we want to throw light on two key players in the energy transition process: the incumbent energy industry and the European Union. The first speaker, Annie Krist, will discuss how the energy industry can contribute to the energy transition. It is clear that the existing energy industry needs to play a major role in the energy transition, but their scope for action strongly depends on the international energy markets. What is, for instance, the potential of renewable gas in the international gas markets? The second speaker, Bas Eickhout, will discuss how international energy transition policies can be designed in such a way that the transition towards a renewable energy system is realized efficiently and takes into account the different potentials within Europe. What can national and international governments like the EU do to stimulate firms and consumers to contribute to the energy transition? After the presentations by these two speakers, there will be an opportunity for debate, chaired by Machiel Mulder.

Annie Krist

Annie Krist, CEO of GasTerra

Annie Krist has a long history in the gas industry. As a RUG alumnus, she started her career at N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie in 1987 in the marketing department. After holding a number of management positions at Gasunie, she became member of the Executive Board. Since 1 April 2017, she is CEO of GasTerra, the incumbent Dutch gas wholesaler.

Bas Eickhout

Bas Eickhout, member of the European Parliament

Bas Eickhout is a member of the European Parliament on behalf of GroenLinks since 2009, after a career as environmental researcher. He is one of the vice chairs of the European Greens. During the European elections of May 2019, Eickhout was one of the two lead candidates of the party.

Machiel Mulder

Machiel Mulder, professor of Regulation of Energy Markets and director of the Centre for Energy Economics Research (CEER) of FEB

Machiel Mulder has worked in the field of energy economics since 2000 when he became head of the Energy department of the CPB. In 2007 he became chief economic advisor of the Dutch energy regulator (ACM) and in 2013 he was appointed as professor at the RUG.

Programme
15:30 Welcome with coffee and tea Kapteynborg, 5419.0015
16:00
  • Opening by Prof. Machiel Mulder, professor of Regulation of Energy Markets and director of the Centre for Energy Economics Research of the Faculty of Economics and Business
  • Welcome by FEB dean Prof. Peter Verhoef and EBF chairman Eileen Gevers
16:10 Guest lecture by Annie Krist
16:30

Presentation of awards by vice dean, Quest board members Ruben van Loon and Amina Abushaaban and by director of SOM, Prof. Gerben van der Vegt

  • FEB Freshman of the Year
  • Nominees MSc Thesis Prize
  • FEB Lecturer of the Year
  • FEB Newcomer of the Year
  • Outstanding Junior Researcher
  • Outstanding Senior Researcher
16:50 Guest lecture by Bas Eickhout
17:10 Debate with guest lecturers
17:30-18:30 Drinks, snacks and live music Duisenberg Plaza, 5411
Contact persons: Wilma Mellens-Wessels or Hilja Rozema-Haitsma, contact.feb@rug.nl, +31 50 363 3741
Contact persons: Wilma Mellens-Wessels or Hilja Rozema-Haitsma, contact.feb@rug.nl, +31 50 363 3741
Last modified:16 August 2019 1.44 p.m.