Russia & Germany: solving topical issues of energetics together
On March 24, 2018 ETU “LETI” co-hosted the 2nd European Alumni Forum in Berlin.
On March 24, 2018 Go East Generationen e.V and ETU “LETI” organized the 2nd European Alumni Forum in the Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin.
Matthias Nagel, president of Go East Generationen e.V., ETU “LETI” graduate of 1979, Werner Dietzsch, owner and manager of DEN GmbH company (Germany), ETU “LETI” graduate of 1972, Honorary Electrical Engineer, and other distinguished graduates of the university actively participated in the Forum.
More than 300 academic and cultural figures, businessmen and politicians from Russia, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, and Italy took part in the event. Vladimir M. Kutuzov, Senior Vice Rector at ETU “LETI”, Viktor A. Tupik, Vice Rector for International Affairs, Mikhail Kupriyanov, Dean of the School of Computer Science and Technology, Sergei Galunin, associate professor at the Department of Electrotechnology and Converter Engineering, Aleksandr Semenov, associate professor of the Department of Solid-State Electronics, Renat Yalyshev, head of the International Students Office represented Russia at the event.
The main issues of the Forum were the worldwide trends of the energy technology, potential difficulties of switching to renewable energy technologies and also issues of energy transition –German policies that require gradual transition from carbohydrates and nuclear power plants to “green energy”.
Welcoming speeches were mostly focused on the importance of dialogue between countries regardless of the current political climate. Matthias Nagel, president of Go East Generationen e.V., stated that Russia and Germany have been successfully cooperating on the issues of energy technologies and education for a long time. Vladimir M. Kutuzov, Senior Vice Rector of ETU “LETI” talked about international students at ETU “LETI” and collaboration of ETU and various German universities. Christian Pegel, Minister of Energetics, Infrastructure and Digitalization of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern expressed his hope that Germany–Russia relations will stay good and cooperation will be fruitful. He also expressed his desire to continue joint projects in the field of energetics and education between Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Leningrad region.
“Many guests noted that there is a large variety of topics for discussion presented at the Forum. I am sure that everyone found something new and interesting in every speaker’s report and the plenary session”.
Forum agenda included a number of seminars on various issues of energetics. At the seminar titled as “Energy Technology - today and tomorrow” participants discussed energy issues in Europe, ways of resolving them and also renewable energy sources.
At the second seminar on recent trends in smart grids and energy storage technologies Mikhail Kupriyanov, Dean of the School of Computer Science and Technology made a report titled as “Industrial IoT: Big Data –data analysis and knowledge discovery”.
At the “Energy application – electricity – heat – transportation – mobility” seminar Sergey Galunin, associate professor from the Department of Electrotechnology and Converter Engineering talked about recent trends of energy effective technologies. Alexandr Semenov, associate professor at the Department of Solid –State Electronics and Gunnar Suchanek, professor at Dresden University of Technology made a joint report titled as “Solid-state refrigerators based on the electrocaloric effect – technology of the future?”
The other seminar titled as “Energy transition – individual and society” was focused on energy transition, its influence on society and the ability to change energy system of a country. Vladimir Kutuzov, newly appointed First Vice Rector of ETU “LETI” talked about growth and moderation when shifting towards digital economy.
Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, Rector of TU Bergakademie Freiberg; Stefan Köhler, managing director of EnergyEfficiencyInvest-Eurasia GmbH and Wilfied Bergmann, Vice Chairman of the Germany-Russia Forum discussed recent trends of energetics, ethical aspects of working with renewable energy sources and responsibility of the state when drawing up energy policies.
“We would like to attract attention of German high school students and graduates to engineering education in Russia. With this goal in mind we met with Alexander Rusinov, head of the science, technology and education Department at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin, and also we visited a school in Berlin”.
The forum finished with a reception at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin.
For future reference
The 2nd European Alumni Forum (“Energy – resources, technology and social change”) is organized by Go East Generation e.V. (community of alumni of Russian and Soviet universities who live in Germany), Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI”, RUDN University (Moscow), Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin and German Academic Exchange Service DAAD.