Conferences & Events

Showcasing Engineering for Development with a focus on electrification

The Energy and Climate Change Division of the University of Southampton is pleased to be hosting the inaugural Showcasing Engineering for Development one-day conference in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering, London, UK. The conference will take place on March 18 from 09:30-16:00 and will be delivered in-person as well as online. Both in-person and online attendance are free.  Apply for a place through this link. Please see map and directions here. Click here to see the full tentative programme.

International Conference on Evolving Cities 2022 (Upcoming)

We are pleased to announce that the next International Conference on Evolving Cities (ICEC 2022) will be taking place on the 13th-15th July 2022 at the newly built University of Southampton Centenary Building (B100) situated within the Highfield Campus at the University of Southampton, Southampton, UK.

ICEC 2022 will bring world-leading academic research together with policymakers, regional and non-governmental organisations, and the private sector to discuss and debate the challenges faced by cities. The Conference will be a hybrid event allowing for in-person and virtual attendance with real-time filming, production and broadcast of the proceedings online through our virtual event platform.

International Conference on Evolving Cities 2021 

The International Conference on Evolving Cities (ICEC2021) hosted by the University of Southampton is scheduled for 22 – 24 September 2021. ICEC 2021 is our second International Conference on Cities. The first, ICEC 2019, was held at the University of Southampton in July 2019. The conference successfully hosted around 100 international participants from 22 countries. The conference has also created a platform where international policymakers, for example, the Shadow Energy Minister of the UK and the Director of Renewable Energy in the Ministry of Energy in Kenya, are able to directly engage with academics and industrial leaders.

The 6th Africa Mini Grids Summit 

The 6th Africa Mini Grids Summit has been rescheduled to 25-26 February 2021 in view of COVID-19 and it is going to be virtual with stronger and broader reach. This Summit is the only authoritative event on mini grids policy, strategy, systems and deployment in accelerating electrification in Africa.

Prof Abubakr S Bahaj, Summit Chairman invites all stakeholders from public and private sector across the world to join this summit.

International conference on Renewable Energy (ICREN 2019)

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, head of  Energy and Climate Change Division at the University of Southampton Chaired the International Conference on Renewable Energy (ICREN 2019) held in Paris from 24 to 26 March 2019. A management committee consisting of SERG members successfully managed this international conference. This conference brought together research and outcomes in renewable energy, RE technologies, energy efficiency and energy access. Published Book of Abstract is available at


Capacity building training workshop in Philippines 2018

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj, Head of Energy and Climate Change Division, University of Southampton, together with two of SERG member Dr. Majbaul Alam, and Dr. Massimiliano Manfren delivered a 5-day training workshop with the Center for Research in Energy Systems and Technologies (CREST), University of San Carlos, Philippine. The workshop was held at the University of San Carlos Talamban Campus on May 21-25, 2018. The training workshop covered various analytical software tools and data analysis in (a) energy access for off grid islands and (b) energy efficiency in built environment.

Details of this training workshop are available @


Site visit to Kitonyoni, 2nd October 2016

As part of IRENA’s 3rd International Off-grid Renewable Conference & Exhibition (IOREC), the above visit organized by the Energy and Climate Change Division’s Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) will occur on 2nd October 2016. To learn about this project and others implemented by the SERG and e4D team, please click here and also check the pages of this website.

If you would like to visit the Kitonyoni mini grid project on 2 October, please register your interest here in order to receive further updates by e-mail

Kenya Conference May 2015 – Development and Mini-grids in Rural Africa


11th and 12th May 2015

As part of the Energy for Development programme, a two-day conference on “Development and Minigrids” – Rural Africa, was held in Nairobi on 11th and 12th May 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi.
The purpose of the conference was to bring together active partners in the field and to disseminate the e4D work on Energy for Development. Experts were invited to speak on “Development and Minigrids” in rural communities within Africa, with presentations encompassing the social, business and engineering aspects of these developments.  There was a site visit to Kitonyoni.

The conference was free to attend with lunch and refreshments provided to registered delegates.

View the full report and proceedings here