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Second International Conference on New Pathways for a Just and Inclusive Energy Transition: Connecting Multiple Stakeholders and Levels

20-21 June 2023, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
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You are cordially invited to the second international conference on New Pathways organised by the University of Groningen in collaboration with Hanze University of Applied Sciences. After the successful first international conference on New Pathways in 2019, we are organising this one with a focus on linking different stakeholders and levels. The theme of the conference is to explore new pathways for connecting actors, levels of governance, institutions, and technical domains, to achieve energy transition.

With a line-up of guest speakers from industry, academia, and policy, we offer an interesting opportunity for our attendees to listen to different perspectives on energy transition.

Benjamin Sovacool

Benjamin K. Sovacool is director of the Institute for Global Sustainability as well as Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University. He is also professor of energy policy at the University of Sussex, where he formerly directed the Center on Innovation and Energy Demand and the Sussex Energy Group. He has written on energy policy, environmental issues, and science and technology policy. Sovacool is also the editor-in-chief of Energy Research & Social Science.

Monica Maduekwe

Monica Maduekwe is a sustainable energy specialist with rich experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency, gender mainstreaming, resource mobilisation and project development. She is at the forefront of those influencing the design and development of the sustainable energy industry in West Africa.

Jerzy Jendrośka

Jerzy Jendrośka is the President of the Environmental Law Center. Mr. Jendrośka has represented the Government of Poland in various EU and international processes, including serving as a Vice-chair of the UNECE Aarhus Convention negotiations (1996-1998) and of the UNECE SEA Protocol negotiations (2000-2002) as well as a member (2000-2006) and the Chair (2002-2003) of the Aarhus Convention Bureau.

Marie Claire Brisbois

Marie Claire Brisbois is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Policy at SPRU, and Co-Director of the Sussex Energy Group. Her work examines questions of power, politics and influence in energy, water and climate governance contexts. She also works on broader issues of social change and public participation in low carbon transitions.

Although it is an academic conference we will explore fruitful interactions with practitioners and pay attention to the impact of political developments such as the 2 7th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Egypt and the energy crisis on the energy transition. We will hold a panel discussion on the second day with following discussants who represent different fields.

The participants and attendees will also get a chance to take part in excursions planned to:

  • Groningen North and South as part of the Making City project on the 21st of June
  • Eemshaven on the 22nd of June

That is not all, the participants travelling to Groningen can combine their trip with attending the New Energy Forum , which is being held in Groningen on the 22nd and 23rd of June.

We highly encourage early career researchers to participate in the conference as it will provide ample opportunity for feedback on their research.
Conference Theme

This is a multi-disciplinary conference with a special focus on socio-technical aspects of energy transition that aims for an energy system that is predominantly based on renewable sources. It imagines a future where most households are prosumers, technologies of renewable sources operate at a market competitive price, most industries are flexible in their power demand, power storage and its operation are cheap and a significant part of all power production capacity is owned by citizens, while the municipal, provincial, and national governments work in harmony towards a more sustainable energy agenda.

But how did we come to this future? Which technological evolutions at the supply and demand end took place? How was the public involved in this transition? How were the preferences and support of citizens acquired? What mechanisms led to such coherence between people, companies, municipalities, provinces, regions, and nations? How were the local solutions connected to the national targets? What were the new pathways that led to the new energy regime? What was the role of interdisciplinary research? How were the local initiatives and the conventional energy incumbents cooperating with each other? These and related questions are what we will discuss during this conference.

It will be a two-day conference with excursions. The conference will take place in Groningen, in June 2023. A detailed program will follow in May 2023. Accepted and presented abstracts will be published in a conference book.

The conference will include

1.       academic presentations,

2.       talks by professionals in the field,

3.       panel discussions with policy makers and practitioners,

4.       roundtable discussions on research agendas,

5.       excursions, and

6.       networking opportunities.


Deadline for abstract submissions: March 1st, 2023

Conference fee for early bird registration (until 30th of April): 200 euros

Conference for regular registration (from 1st of May): 250 euros

Type of Contributions


We invite you to submit abstracts of up to 1000 words on topics related to renewable energy technologies, energy justice, citizen engagement, changing roles of consumers, market mechanisms, and multi-scalar connections between governance and geographic levels in relation to energy transition. We will accept empirical case studies as well as theoretical contributions to any of the afore-mentioned fields.

 Workshops, roundtable and panel discussions

During the workshops, a number of overarching topics will be addressed such as data sharing between researchers working on local energy initiatives and methodological issues faced by PhD and early career researchers in the field of citizen led initiatives. Also some interactive sessions will be organised e.g. on game based learning (we energy game), etc. The roundtable and panel discussions will provide a chance for public and private actors to share their ideas and discuss solutions to societal energy problems.

Who is invited?

Engineers and practitioners wishing to present technical solutions with social underpinnings in energy transition are very welcome to participate. We strongly encourage researchers and practitioners from outside of Europe to participate and send their contributions. Participants from developing countries can contact the conference organisers at to submit a request for a travel allowance. 

How to Register

You can use the registration and submission form to send us proposals to organize an academic session on a specific topic. We are also accepting proposals for roundtable and panel discussions.

  • Follow the registrationlink to submit your abstracts, proposals for dedicated sessions, panel discussions, and roundtables. The same link is used to register as an attendee.
Organisation and Scientific Committee Frequently asked Questions


What should the abstract include?

An abstract is a summary of your original research work. An abstract should clearly mention the research question, the research methodology, (preliminary) results, and a conclusion. We will accept abstracts of between 750 and 1000 words.

What should I prepare for my presentation if my abstract is selected?

All academic work will be presented orally with the help of power point presentations. 15 minutes and 10 minutes for question-and-answer round.

Are there dedicated sessions for PhD students or early career researchers to discuss their work?

Yes, we will organise roundtable discussions for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss their work and collectively look for solutions.  

Do we have to submit an abstract or the final paper by 1st March 2023?

This is a one-stage submission process - meaning that your abstract will be assessed based on your contribution sent on 1st March (there will be no second round where selected abstracts are invited to submit a full paper). Graphics and pictures are welcome.

What are the selection criteria?

Among the most important selection criteria are relevance for the conference topics, innovative topic, and quality of information provided.

Will there be a poster session?

No. there will only be oral presentations.

Where can I find the book of abstracts of the first international conference on new pathways?

You can find the book of abstracts for the first conference on new pathways 2019 here.

 How can I get in touch with the organisers of this conference?

You can reach the organisers at this email address:

Which will be the topics of the conference sessions?

We will decide the session topics based on the clusters of submitted abstracts. For reference, you can use the following list as a tentative plan for individual sessions:

1. Connecting the three levels of governance to citizen participation in energy transition

2.  Connecting local solutions to solutions at system level

3.  Energy justice and elimination of energy poverty

4.  Ensuring citizen participation in energy transition: business model design

5.  Ensuring citizen participation in energy transition: motivation and engagement

6.  Conflicts and their importance for energy transition

7.  Connecting local energy initiatives and local (energy) planning

8.  Energy initiatives and place attachment

9.  Consumers: their demand flexibility and privacy 

10. Market access for local energy initiatives

11. Energy technologies for future

12. The power of storytelling to inspire new citizen initiatives for energy transition

 I require a visa to attend this conference, will I receive any assistance from the organisers to arrange my visa?

We cannot help with any visa procedures for participants needing a visa.

Code of Conduct

Conference Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct to ensure that this conference is enjoyable and productive for all participants.

This code of conduct pertains to all interactions happening in the scope of this conference (i.e. including social and non-social events). We would like to call your attention to the following policy; please take a moment to read them and help us create a welcoming experience for everyone. The conference organizers aim to provide a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. Harassment includes, but is not limited to

  1. Verbal comments that disregard, and therefore may reinforce, social structures of domination in relation to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, and/or religion;

2.       Sexual images in public spaces.

3.       Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following.

4.       Photography or recording without the consent of the subject.

5.       Sustained disruption of talks or other events.

6.       Inappropriate physical contact.

7.       Unwelcomed sexual attention.

8.       Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviours.

To help create a welcoming environment we ask you to please

  • Listen actively by asking questions before making a statement.
  • Give time and space to individuals to respond. - Use accessible language to talk about your area of expertise. If others in the group seem confused, slow down, stop and ask for input.
  • Recognize that hugs, cheek kisses, and handshakes are normal greetings in some, but not in all cultures, and may not be comfortable for all individuals.
  • Be respectful and thoughtful in your critique of ideas. - Ask permission to take pictures of others and to post those on social media.
  • Use the pronouns people have specified for themselves. Thank you for your attention and collaboration.

Conference organizers will be present during the conference to help ensure that the conference is a welcoming environment for everyone. Conference organisers remain in the right to take any action they deem appropriate, such as expulsion from the conference with no refund, to ensure the conference remains welcoming, productive and enjoyable for all participants.

If you have any concern during the conference, please approach one of the conference organisers, they will be wearing badges during the conference or email us at

This code of conduct was inspired by ECSA existing code of conduct, the code of conduct used by the Citizen Science Association for their conference in 2019, templates created for codes of conducts and aligned with WUR’s Integrity code regarding undesirable behaviours (see references below). RUG university’s own rules and regulations can also be found in the references below.  


- Code of conduct template:

- community guidelines for Citizen Science Association (CSA). It can be found here:

- RUG Rules and Regulations, can be found here:

Handling of data

The general privacy statement of RUG applies to the use of your personal data. This privacy statement can be found here.

The personal information provided by the attendees of the conference will be stored in the Google Team Drive, which is only accessible to RUG employees. The organising team will share your personal information and contributions to the conference with the reviewers and editors of the conference proceedings, who will be asked to abide by the rules of privacy of RUG. We will not share your data with third parties.

The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. In this case, this includes all processes relating to the handling of the event and conference publications (e.g. program booklet and conference report).

For UG and Hanze students

For UG and Hanze students

The students of Hanze School of Applied Sciences and University of Groningen can attend the conference at a reduced fee of   10/day. Use the following form to register and pay the registration fee to attend the conference. It is also possible to attend the conference dinner at a price of €50 pp. Registration form for the student .

View the logo's of all partner organisations IREES New Energy Coalition Hanze University Wubbo Ockels School below:

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