ISES Solar World Congress
The ISES Solar World Congress, held biennially since the 1950's embodies the spirit of international networking and exchange of ideas advanced by the Society. Its objective is to maintain communication between the research community, industrial and political players. Purchase past conference proceedings from the ISES online bookshop or search for proceedings in the ISES conference proceedings database.
Solar World Congress 2021
SWC 2021 goes online!
After closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation during late 2020, we have decided to hold the ISES Solar World Congress 2021 as an online event from 25 to 29 October 2021. Our continued concern is for the health and well-being of our community, and to avoid creating a challenging situation for the Congress participants.
This event will be a major platform for the international solar and renewable energy communities to meet and exchange ideas using a virtual format. The SWC 2021 will cover a broad range of themes and topics that reflect the unique perspectives and accomplishments in solar research and development by research institutes, industries, governments and academia.
The Congress will feature international experts addressing cutting-edge technologies and developments in markets and policies at national and regional levels. We expect to hold several forums on specific topics and to offer networking opportunities using our virtual platform.
Stay tuned for our upcoming Call for Participation which will solicit contributions from all areas of solar energy research and will provide more details about the Congress, the themes and topics and how you can participate virtually.
We look forward to welcoming you to the virtual Solar World Congress 2021!
SWC50 - The Century of Solar
SWC50 - The Century of Solar
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 Virtual Conference, called the Solar World Congress at 50 (SWC50).
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. The Conference 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 SWC50 will comprise of:
- A virtual conference in December 2020 which will comprise a total of six 90-minute sessions spread over the 2 days. In the sessions, the presenters will look back over the past 50 years of solar energy development – technical and policy;show the link between the scientists/research and industry; and based on this progress and experience, look forward to what is required within the next 50 years to move towards a global 100% Renewable Energy (RE) target.
A virtual museum focusing on the stories of solar from the past 50+ years and visions for the next 50 years through the eyes of:
- Institutions (research laboratories and universities);
- NGOs and Non-profit organizations:
- Industry; and
- Monthly Newsletters during 2020 and 2021 - see below
- Development of a Commemorative Booklet called The Century of Solar- Stories and Visions of Renewable Energy
Institutes, Governments and Industry will be invited to be partners where they can provide their story to the online display and booklet. Individuals will be invited to nominate themselves or others as “renewable energy pioneers”.
Stay up to date at the event's homepage www.swc50.org and subscribe to our SWC50 mailing list by sending an email to public [dot] relations [at] ises [dot] org.
- SWC50 Online Conference Press Release - Dec 2020
- October 2020 Newsletter
- September 2020 Newsletter
- August 2020 Newsletter
- July 2020 Newsletter
- June 2020 Newsletter
- May 2020 Newsletter
- April 2020 Newsletter
- March 2020 Newsletter
- February 2020 Newsletter
- January 2020 Newsletter
Solar World Congress 2019 in Santiago, Chile
Over 430 participants from 48 countries were welcomed to the ISES Solar World Congress 2019 in Santiago,Chile, held together with the IEA (International Energy Agency) Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry.
From 03 - 07 November, the SWC 2019 reinforced the long tradition of connecting the research and academic community with decision makers from different government sectors, industry, financiers and practitioners. This is the first time that the ISES Solar World Congress as well as the SHC Conference took place in South America and we were very pleased to host this event in Chile, a country that’s has shown it's commitment to the fast deployment of renewable energy to transition the Chilean energy matrix to 100% renewable energy.
We thank our host, SERC-Chile (Solar Energy Research Center Chile), a consortium of seven Chilean Universities, as well as the Fraunhofer-Chile Foundation, for their warm hospitality and during the Congress,. Thank you to all our speakers, partners, sponsors and participants for making this event a success.
View the conference proclamation here.
Solar World Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Solar World Congress 2015 in Daegu, Korea
From 8 – 12 November 2015 the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the Korean Solar Energy Association hosted a successful and informative gathering of solar energy researchers, professionals, industry representatives and decision-makers from around the world.
Download the conference proceedings (open-access) on the ISES conference porceedings database.
Solar World Congress 2013 in Cancún, Mexico
The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) brought its biennial Solar World Congress to the Latin American region for the first time, meeting in Cancun, Mexico from 3 to 7 November.
The Mexican Solar Energy Society (ANES) co-hosted the conference.
More than 750 scientists, engineers, decision-makers, industry representatives, students and energy practitioners, from 66 nations around the world, met to share their progress. They explored many new opportunities for achieving a renewable energy future for all the people of the world.
Researchers presented more than 400 technical papers and interactive forums, offering up-to-date information on renewable energy technology trends and breakthroughs, best practices in deploying these technologies, global and regional policies, and market opportunities.
View the Solar World Congress 2013 Proclamation.
The proceedings of the SWC 2013 were published in Energy Procedia by Elsevier available here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/18766102/57/supp/C
A selection of best paper from the SWC 2015 was published in the ISES Solar Energy Journal by Elsevier, available on Science Direct here: www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0038092X/121
Solar World Congress 2011 in Kassel, Germany
The ISES Solar World Congress 2011 was the world's largest scientific congress in the field of solar energy and buildings. It took place from 28 August to 2 September 2011 in Kassel, Germany.
Upon conclusion of the Congress, ISES issued a statement which sent a clear message to decision and policy makers around the world that renewable energy is key to climate recovery and sustainable development.
The proceedings of the SWC 2011 are available for all participants to download at http://proceedings.ises.org/?conference=swc2011. You can also order a DVD with proceedings from the ISES online bookshop.
Solar World Congress 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa
The ISES Solar World Congress 2009 hosted by the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, attended by participants from all over the world resolves as follows:
The global target of 100 % renewable energies is both attainable and necessary by the middle of the current century. This is motivated on grounds of ecological, economic and social sustainability.
The unacceptable backlog in energy supply in the third world countries can only be covered cost effectively and in time by the use of renewable energies. Especially the industrialised countries have to increase their efforts in transitioning to renewable energies.
View the Solar World Congress 2009 Resolution.
Purchase the proceedings of the SWC 2009 from ISES.