Business and science aim to accelerate transition at Energy Forum

International investors, regulators, innovators and academics will meet next week for a series of constructive debates to determine the future of the energy market. The annual Erasmus Energy Forum, which brings together the energy industry’s foremost national and international business leaders and policy-makers takes place on 28 and 29 June in Rotterdam. The event is hosted by the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business (ECFEB), which is based at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). ‘Accelerating the energy transition – paths to zero carbon energy’ is the theme to be addressed by executive speakers, in-depth workshops and expert panels.

Science Day: 28 June

Science Day is hosted at the Erasmus Paviljoen on RSM’s Woudestein campus. Professor Catherine Rosenberg of the University of Waterloo will give the keynote speech after Dean Steef van de Velde opens the event. Presentations and paper sessions will showcase the latest findings from researchers at RSM and its partner universities around the world. Government, industry and business participants can join the closing debate about how research bestows competitive advantage at Eneco World. The speaker during the networking dinner for science and business is Robert Philips from Uber.

Business Day: 29 June

Business Day at the World Trade Center in downtown Rotterdam is a full day of networking opportunities, with presentations from top-level speakers from international organisations and businesses, such as Dolf Gielen, Director of IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Centre at the International Renewable Agency, and businesses Felix Zhang of Envision Energy. A choice of workshops and round table sessions maximises interaction between the audience and  business leaders, academics and policymakers, with contributions from Sharon Dijksma, Dutch State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment; Ab van der Touw of Siemens;  Professor Wolf Ketter of RSM; Maria van der Hoeven of Clingendael International Energy Programme;  Marcel Galjee of AkzoNobel;  Judith Koole of Stedin; , Astrid Madsen of the City of Rotterdam;  Christopher Mclaghan, CEO of RWE Silicon Valley Startup;  and many more.

Vote for Erasmus Energy Award winners

Three business finalists have been selected for the Stedin Erasmus Energy Business Award 2017Solarus, Stored Energy and have been nominated by a jury of energy experts and will display their concepts at the Erasmus Energy Expo. The audience on Business Day on 29 June can vote for a concept to win the Award. Audience votes and the jury’s report will determine who gets to pitch their concept live on stage to the influential international audience.

The best and most promising paper during the Erasmus Energy Forum Science Day on 28 June will win the ERIM Erasmus Energy Science Award 2017.

About the Erasmus Energy Forum

The sixth annual Erasmus Energy Forum brings together industry’s foremost business leaders, policy-makers, international investors, regulators, innovators and academics for a series of constructive debates about the transition to sustainable energy. The event is hosted by the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business, and it’s a great example of RSM’s mission to be a force for positive change in the world. 

The 2017 event is sponsored by NEN, Shell, Siemens, Eneco, Stedin, Port of Rotterdam, BMWi and EY.

To register for either Business Day or Science Day, or both, please go to

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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