We are so excited to annnounce that Lieve Helsen will be joining us as keynote speaker for theme Energy. Helsen is Professor in Mechanical Engineering (KU Leuven & EnergyVille), leading the Thermal Systems Simulation (The SySi) research group, focusing on modelling, optimal control and optimal design of thermal systems in the built environment. As chairwoman Lieve established the Flanders Heat Pump Platform in 2008 and organised multiple highly-attended local Heat Pump Symposia that stimulated interaction between researchers and practitioners. In 2021 she acted as Conference Chair of the 17th International Building Simulation Conference of IBPSA in Bruges. She is member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, ODE Board of Directors, IBPSA-NVL, ATIC, IEA-HPT, EHPA, the Steering Group of the Flanders Heat Pump Platform, the International Scientific Committee of the ZEN Center at NTNU and UCEEB at TUPrague, core-member of EnergyVille, spokesperson of Moonshot Energy Innovation Core Team and nominated as member of AcademiaNet, which is The Portal to Excellent Women Academics.
The subject of Helsen’s speech on Tuesday, May 24th will be: Towards net zero CO2 emission in the built environment – a system of systems approach.