In 1970 solar research pioneers met at the first International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Conference in Melbourne, Australia. ISES is commemorating this Conference with a special 50th Anniversary Conference and Display, called the Solar World Congress at 50 (SWC50), to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 2‐4 December 2020.

The SWC50 highlights the transformation in the global energy sector that has taken place since the first ISES Solar World Congress in 1970 and looks forward to the next 50 years when renewable energy will be the major cornerstone of the global energy system. This event will be about the people: researchers, industry players, policy makers, and leaders from NGOs and non‐profits who have all contributed to make renewable energy the fastest growing contributor to our global energy supply.

The Call for Renewable Energy Pioneers

Without the efforts of individual researchers, system designers, system installers, business leaders, policy makers and those within the donor community, the renewable energy industry would not have grown from watts to Gigawatts in the last 50 years.  Thus, ISES is issuing a call for developing a compilation of Renewable Energy Pioneers to be listed in the celebratory booklet.  This will be ISES’ way of acknowledging the many people who have made this industry what it is today.   ISES is calling for submissions of the names of individuals covering the following two categories:

  1. Research Pioneers: Individuals who started their research in 1995 or earlier.
  2. Industry Pioneers: Individuals who actively started working in or with the industry in 1995 or earlier.

ARE is a supporter of the initiative.


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Date events
03 December 2020 to 04 December 2020
Melbourne, Australia


Ling Ng

Director of Communications & Marketing

+32 2 400 10 00