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Scientific Committee

​​The Institute for Renewable Energy calls the Scientific Council me​eting once a year, mostly between October and November, at Eurac Research. This event represents an important occasion for all the research groups and collaborators, in order to evaluate the present, future and closed activities of the Institute, as well as to receive an evaluation feedback and recommendation for future research projects. The Scientific Committee of our Institute is composed by 5 internationally known academics, which are elected every 4 years. Last nomination took place in 2017.

The current members are:
    Tor Broström is Professor in Building Conservation at Uppsala University in Sweden. He was Head of the Department of Building Conservation, Gotland University in 2006 and 2007. His research profile is energy efficiency, indoor climate control and climate change adaption for se, historic buildings. In the historic buildings field, recently he has been scientific co-coordinator of the EU 7th Framework Program project “Climate for Culture” and scientific coordinator of the Swedish National R&D Program on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings. Furthermore he has been the swedish representative and co-convenor of the “CEN work group on European Guidelines for Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings”.  Tor Broström is also board member of NIKU (Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research) and Member of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings.
    Marta Fernandez is the Executive Director of RMIT Europe and leads the European coordinating center of Australian university RMIT in Barcelona. Prior to joining RMIT, Marta Fernandez was based in the UK where she held the position of Global Research Leader at Arup, the global design and engineering company. At Arup, her role involved developing and implementing Arup’s corporate research strategy and cultivating Arup’s Research Network. She was responsible for managing the Global fund that Arup invested in R&D and the company’s engagement with universities and funding agencies.
    She has a strong interest in urban wellbeing and has been member of expert panels in nature based solutions in cities, energy efficiency and active ageing and the built environment. Marta Fernandez teaches R&D management in the University of Granada and holds honorary appointments at University College London in Management Sciences and Innovation and Imperial College Business School. She is member of IChemE, the Innovation and Emerging Technologies Panel at the IET and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
    Sebastian Herkel is Head of Department Solar Buildings at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. He graduated at University of Karlsruhe with the Degree of Diplom-Ingenieur in Mechanical Engineering, now he is working in applied research in building energy performance and renewable energy systems. His research focus is on integral energy concepts for buildings and neighbourhoods, scientific analysis of building performance and technologies for integration of renewable energy in buildings. He is founding member of German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and member of Steering group on national Low Energy Demonstration Projects EnOB.
    Pascal Terrien is working at EDF R&D as director of the European Institute for Energy research,  an European Economic Interest Grouping between EDF-Electricité de France and KIT-Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Pascal Terrien is also in charge of the research program for sustainable cities in an international perspective. He coordinates the first demonstrations in Singapore, Lyon, Berlin and aims at developing projects in US, China ​and Europe.
    He holds a Diploma in mechanical engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris, a Paristech French High Schools and is worth a diversified experience of Research and Development in the steel industry, chemical industry and in energy services.​
    Marko Topič is President of the Scientific Council of the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) and Professor at the Colorado State University in USA. He is also Coordinator and Principle Investigator (PI) of Research Programme "Photovoltaics and Electronics" and Chairman of the European Technology and Innovation Platform Photovoltaic. In 2006, he was Head of the Laboratory of Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics (UL FE). From 2014 to 2016, Marko Topič was Chairman of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform. In 2008 he was awarded with the Zoisova nagrada, the highest award of the Republic of Slovenia for Scientific and Research Achievements. Marko Topič is author of over 140 scientific papers in journals listed in SCIE and over 200 conference contributions.
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