Environmental Informatics and Renewable Energies

27th International Conference on Informatics for Environmental Protection - Day 1

Starting with some facts to the history of the EnviroInfo Conference that took place for the first time in 1986 this year's conference was opened by Bernd Page in Hamburg. Until now 3.500 papers have been written by more than 8.000 authors regarding different aspects of environmental informatics.

These days the special focus is set on ICT applications for renewable energies besides the whole range of cross cutting topics in the field of environmental informatics. More information about the 118 paper submissions, lectures and workshops can be found here.

In the morning of the first conference day, different topics were addressed within the keynotes:
  • Cross-cutting informatics in Horizon 2020 (EU Commission, see on slideshare)
  • Excellence, Competitiveness, Societal Challenges
  • High Performance Computing, Open Sciences, Open Data => knowledge without borders!
  • Computer, Internet, Automation = Open Data possible & useful (more information)
  • Privacy & Security - privacy is a currency
Reffering to the special topic of this conference, the SystOp-Project has been presented by Philip Joschko. This is an research and development project by the University of Hamburg, the Bremen University of Applied Sciences and many other partners, building up a communication base for stakeholders, scientists and authorities within the context of offshore wind farms. He presented challenges as well as problems within this development context.

The sessions taking place in the afternoon, dealed with renewable energy and wind farms, environmental information systems, environmental assessment and health, ressource efficiency and energy management. Today, the research of the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld was represented with the contribution: Requirements to Micro-Unmanned Aircraft Systems in civil protection and environmental monitoring.

The first conference day of EnviroInfo 2013 concluded with a keynote by Lorenz M. Hilty, who talked about updating the research agenda for environmental informatics.