Italian-Kazakh bilateral symposium

EXPO2017, Italian Pavilion, 30-31 August 2017

"Our Common Future: Energy, Environment & Development"

Chairmen: Vassilis J. Inglezakis (Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan) and Antonio Terrasi (University of Catania, Italy)

Organized by Fondazione Alessandro Volta (Italy) & Environmental Science and Technology Group ESTg, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan). With the kind support of the Elsevier publishers & Society of Petroleum Engineers, NU Students Chapters


Welcome Speeches (5'-10'/talk)

Dr. Stefano Ravagnan, Italian Ambassador

Dr Federico Canobbio, Alessandro Volta Foundation

Prof. Andrea Biondi, Vice Rector, Milano Bicocca University

Ilesanmi Adesida, Provost of Nazarbayev University

Kanat Baigarin, Vice President for Innovation & Research at Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Erkan Topal, Dean of School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Aliya Ospanova, Regional Representative, Elsevier Publishing Company (The Netherlands)

Tassos Bountis, Professor, School of Science & Technology, Nazarbayev University, (Kazakhstan)


Experts talks

Environment & Development(10 mins)
S.G.Poulopoulos, Chemical Engineering Department, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Water-Energy Nexus(15 mins)
V.J. Inglezakis, Chemical Engineering Department, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Sea waves and tidal energy harvesting devices(15 mins)
K.Kostas, Mechanical Engineering Department, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Low power neuromorphic electronics for future internet and cyber physical systems (15 mins)
A. Papachen James, Associate Professor & Chair of Department, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan


Coffee Break


Country Focus: Kazakhstan

TBC(15 mins)
Kanat Baigarin, Vice President for Innovation & Research at Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

The Economics and Geopolitics of Hydropower in Central Asia (25 mins)
Janybek Omorov, Kirgistan

The place and role of Kazakhstan in ensuring international energy security (15 mins) Zhanat Kazbekova, Higher School of Economics and Business, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan




Country Focus: Kazakhstan

GNSS Geo-information opportunities for the energy efficiency in Kazakhstan, Central Asia (15 mins)
Zhanay Sagintayev, Civil Engineering Department, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

World Energy Challenges and Status of Clean Energy Technologies. Case of Kazakhstan (15 mins)
Luis Rojas-Solórzano, Mechanical Engineering Department, Astana, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Dynamics of the UHI (Urban Heat Island) in continental climate of the Astana (15 mins)
Kulyash Meiramkulova, L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Waste-to-Energy Solutions for the Future (15 mins)
Diyar Tokmurzin and Yerbol Sarbassov, Center for Energy and Advanced Materials, National Laboratory Astana, Astana, Kazakhstan


Panel & Interactive Session; Open Questions & Answer Session

Theme:Oil, Gas & Coal – what is the future of alternative energy sources in Kazakhstan?


Cultural events


Experts talks

Energy and Sustainability: the Big Picture (45'+ questions)
Simona De Iuliis, ENEA Energy Technologies Department, Technical-Strategic Support Unit (DTE-USTS)

Hydrogen as energy carrier: research and applications (30' + questions)
Sabrina Sartori, Prof. at the University of Oslo, Oslo (Norway)

Renewables, Emission Trading System (ETS) and the energy mix problem(30' + questions)
Paolo Falbo, Prof. at the University of Brescia, Brescia (Italy)


Coffee Break


Country Focus: Italy

Renewable and Sustainable Energy: Research… (15'/talk + questions)

a) Solar Energy Research & innovation activity at ENEA
Simona De Iuliis, ENEA Energy Technologies Department, Technical-Strategic Support

b) Chalcogenide thin film solar cells: research activity at UNIMIB-MIBSOLAR center
Simona Binetti, University of Milano Bicocca, Milano (Italy)

c) Innovative materials and nanotechnologies for high efficiency solar cells
Antonio Terrasi, University of Catania, Catania (Italy)

d) Biomethane/Biogas generation for a circular economy
Maurizio Acciarri, University of Milano Bicocca, Milano (Italy)

e) Optimal operation of medium-voltage AC networks with distributed generation and storage devices
Maria Teresa Vespucci, University of Bergamo, Bergamo (Italy)

f) Renewable bio-oil from wastewater: from blackwater to black gold
Andrea Capodaglio, University of Pavia, Pavia (Italy)




…and Production (25'/talk + questions)

g) Renewable Power Generation in Oil & Gas Indusrty
Donato Azzarone – Renewable Energy Solutions Vice President – Eni, Milan (Italy)

h) Eni Energy Transition Program: natural gas as a «bridge fuel» toward a new energy system
Paolo Pollesel, Research & Technological Innovation, Energy Transition Program Vice President - Eni, Milan (Italy)

i) The 3SUN Factory of EGP: a European Excellence at the Forefront of PV Technology
Cosimo Gerardi, Head of R&D, 3SUN-Enel Green Power, Catania (Italy)

l) Enel Green Power story: competition and growth in a fast evolving business environment
Marcello Pasquali, Head of Business Development New Countries of Europe Area, Enel Green Power, Rome (Italy)


Panel & Interactive Session; Open Questions & Answer Session

Open discussion


Students Project Contest

Beyond Future Energy; The Alternative Energy Sources of the Deep Future

Fire presentation (5 mins) - 5 finalists will contest for two prices of 150 and 50 EUR


Fire presentations (5-7 minutes) by Sicilian Small/Medium Enterprises


Student Paper Contest

Guidelines for participants:
  • The paper must be about energy sources of the deep future other than (excluded sources): conventional energy such as nuclear, coil, oil as well as currently nature alternative energy sources as wind, solar, hydropower and geothermic;
  • The length of the abstract must be no longer than 1 page, written in English by using Times New Roman 11 pt fonts and normal page margins;
  • The paper must include title, author(s) name(s), affliction(s), abstract (description of the idea) and references;
  • The paper can be prepared by an individual or group of contesters;
  • The abstract must be sent to with appropriate subject title (title of the paper/idea);
  • All finalists will be awarded with a certificate of participation.
Duration and dates:
  • Following a review by the organisers the best 10 papers will be selected for presentation during the event. The presentation must be no more than 5 min (fire presentation) and will take place on August 31 at 4.45 pm.

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Antonio Terrasi


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