World Energy Council launches “Tomorrow’s Energy Prize”

US$60,000 to be awarded to the best papers in six categories

Leading experts invited to submit on future of energy

 

SEOUL- LONDON, January 17, 2013 – The World Energy Council today officially launched the “Tomorrow’s Energy Prize”, a US$60,000 competition to recognise the most outstanding papers submitted to the World Energy Congress, which takes place in Daegu, Korea, from 13 to 17 October 2013.

Submissions are invited from global experts in their respective fields. The prize covers six categories under the World Energy Congress’ 2013 theme: “Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today”. The Daegu 2013 Organizing Committee encourages authors to provide their insights on a topic relating to any one of the World Energy Council’s six main activity areas:

  • Exploring World Energy Scenarios
  • Surveying World Energy Resources and Technologies
  • Assessing the Energy Trilemma:  The trade-offs between energy security, social equity and environmental impact
  • Improving Energy Access: the food, energy and water connection
  • Promoting Energy and Urban Innovation
  • Shaping Global Energy Frameworks and Governance

The winning paper in each category will receive US$10,000.

Younghoon David Kim, Acting Chair of the Daegu 2013 Organizing Committee and Chairman of Daesung Group, which is sponsoring the prize, commented: 

“Having already secured a significant group of high-level speakers for next October, I am confident that the Tomorrow’s Energy Prize will encourage equally outstanding submissions from across the energy sector – suppliers, infrastructure providers, academia and researchers, to name but a few.” 

Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, added: 

“More than ever, we need innovative thinking to tackle our global energy challenges. Therefore I am delighted that, for the first time, we are able to offer significant funds to reward the very best insights to be showcased at the World Energy Congress, the preeminent event of the energy sector.  I am grateful to Younghoon David Kim for his support in making this prestigious prize possible.” 

The selection process will comprise two rounds. The first will see 150 papers shortlisted by 15 June.  The second will see the selected papers presented to a judging panel. The winning papers will be announced on 15 July.

In expectation of more papers being submitted in response to the announcement of the prize, the submission deadline has been extended to 31 March.  The awards for the winning papers will be presented during the Congress. It is left to the discretion of the judging committee to determine whether an award should be given in each category based on the quality of the submissions. If no paper is considered award-winning in one category, the $10,000 prize will be transferred to another category paper deemed more worthy for recognition.

 All papers must be original works and should not be under review for similar events or for journals. The works should be written in English and not exceed 15 pages.

 Further information for potential authors can be found at the official Congress website www.daegu2013.kr. Direct enquiries can be made to Mr Yonghyuk Choi at yong@daegu2013.kr (988.00 B).

The World Energy Congress is held every three years under the auspices of the World Energy Council, which consists of 93 national committees representing more than 3,000 member organizations including governments, industry, professional institutions and associations, and non-profit groups.

This year’s Congress will be only the second to be held in East Asia in the event’s 90-year history. Delegates from across the global energy and related sectors are expected to include government ministers, heads of state and current and future industry leaders from both developed and developing nations. The event is being hosted by the World Energy Council and the WEC Daegu 2013 Organizing Committee, which represents the World Energy Council’s Korean members.

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