Progress from the past 50 years and to accelerate the transformation to 100% renewable energy within the next 50 years.

ISES is commemorating this Conference with a special 50th Anniversary Virtual Conference, called the Solar World Congress at 50 (SWC50). Please learn more about this new event set-up in the latest SWC50 newsletter here.

What is 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). Please learn more about this new event set-up in the latest SWC50 newsletter here.

During these past 50 years solar energy has grown from being emerging technologies to a vibrant industry. The Century of Solar highlights the transformation in the global energy sector that has taken place since the first Solar World Congress in 1970 and looks forward to the next 50 years when solar energy will be a major cornerstone of the global energy system. While the focus is on the evolution of solar energy, the importance of other renewable energy sources working together to reach the 100% renewable energy world goal will be a central theme.

SWC50 -The Century of Solar is about the people: researchers, industry players, policy makers, and leaders of NGOs and Non-profit organizations who have all contributed to make solar energy the fastest growing contributor to new electricity capacity.

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Geoff Stapleton
Global Sustainable Energy Solutions
Conference Chairman

SWC50 – The Call for Renewable Energy Pioneers.

ISES is issuing a call for developing a compilation of Renewable Energy Pioneers to be listed in the celebratory booklet. This will be ISES’ way of acknowledging the many people who have made this industry what it is today. ISES is calling for submissions of the names of individuals covering the following two categories:

  1. Research Pioneers: Individuals who started their research in 1995 or earlier.
  2. Industry Pioneers: Individuals who actively started working in or with the industry in 1995 or earlier

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June 2020 Newsletter

The SWC50 virtual conference will be held on 3rd and 4th December, with two follow up webinars in 2021 and a final session at the next solar world congress. The virtual conference in December will comprise a total of six 90-minute sessions spread over the 2 days. All sessions will be recorded so those that register will be able to watch the session at a later time.

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May 2020 Newsletter

SWC50 – The Century of Solar, is a celebration of progress over the past 50 years of ISES Solar World Congresses and vision for the next 50 years. The celebration includes a virtual conference to be held in early December 2020, with follow-up webinars during 2021, where we briefly look back over the 50 years since the first Solar World Congress (SWC).

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April 2020 Newsletter

SWC50 will be launched during the Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference (APSRC20) which will be held in Melbourne from 30th November to 2nd December. SWC50 – The Call for Renewable Energy Pioneers - this newsletter launches the call for individuals to either self-nominate or to nominate others as Renewable Energy Pioneers.

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March 2020 Newsletter

Initially SWC50 was to be held in Melbourne Australia from 2-4 December 2020; however due to the uncertainty of the possible travel restrictions for potential international participants due to the Coronavirus, ISES has cancelled the face to face international conference.

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February 2020 Newsletter

SWC50 is partnering with the Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference (APSRC20) which will be held in Melbourne from 30th November to 2nd December. This conference will have a call for technical papers in the coming months. Registration discounts will be available for participants to register for both the SWC50 as well as APSRC20.

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January 2020 Newsletter

The SWC50-Century of Solar will be held in Melbourne Australia between the 2nd and 4th December 2020. It will comprise a conference, display area, and the release of the celebratory booklet: The Century of Solar- Stories and Visions for the Future of Renewable Energy.

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