3E+ Energy Electronics Electricity Nanotechnology 2014 #

Date: July 7, 2014, 10:00

Venue: Wrocław University of Technology (building A1, 27 Wybrzeże Wyspiańskiego St.)

Wrocław University of Techonology (Faculty of Mechanical and Power Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Electronics, Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology, Faculty of Microsystem Electronics and Photonics) and the Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub - Wrocław invite for "3E+ Energy Electronics Electricity Nanotechnology 2014"#

The main objectives of the International Summer School are: exchanging experiences in the field of new technologies used in the broad sense of Power Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Nanotechnology; improving professional skills and cooperation in international team of students from partner universities - the project participants. In this year the programincludes two special projects oriented on nanotechnology problems.

The School provides didactic activities (lectures, laboratories and projects) carried out in 4-6 person groups under the supervision of individual academic staff. The course includes a field studies and visits at many interesting places of Lower Silesiaregion. In addition, participants will take part in course of Polish language aswell as history and culture. Completion of the School will be held on the basis of presentations of the projects which are prepared in 4-6 person groups. Graduation certificate will contain a final grade and number of 6 credits (6 ECTS) which will be included in the student’s achievements.

The Academia Europaea member, John Enderby will deliver lecture during the Opening Ceremony on „Biofuels: Promise and Problems"#


The ever growing demand for fossil fuels for electricity generation (coal, gas and oil) and for transport (petrol, aviation fuel and diesel) has raised important issues related to sustainability. Fossil fuels are by their nature non- renewable. Accordingly, governments world wide are developing renewable sources such as wind, wave and solar. A further consideration relates to the decarbonisation of energy, particularly for countries with relatively advanced economies.

Against this background, fuels derived from plants look to be an attractive technology. Ideally such plants should not compete with food production in terms of land use and water stress. One particular plant, Jatropha curcas, attracted much interest because it can be grown on marginal land and can survive drought conditions. In 2003 the Indian Government set an ambitious target to displace 20% of diesel fuel with oil derived from Jatropha and set up the National Mission on Biofuels to pursue this aim.

In this paper we will examine the scientific, economic, social and ecological implications of moves to generate significant amounts of fuel from plants such as Jatropha.

Sir John Enderby
Professor Sir John Enderby, British physicist and Professor of Physics at University of Bristol (1976-1996)

  • 1976-1996 Professor of Physics at University of Bristol
  • 1981-1994 Professor of Physics and Head of Department
  • 1965-1988 Deputy-Adjoint of the Institut Laue–Langevin

Member of Academia Europaea. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1985 and was Physical Secretary and Vice President of the society from 1999 to 2004. He was President of the Institute of Physics from 2004 to 2006. Sir John's contributions have been recognised by the award of a CBE in 1997 and a Knighthood for services to Science and Technology in 2004.

Current fields of interests include:

  • Physics
  • Nanophysics and Soft Matter

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