In the past days I participated in the sixth annual conference of the Italian Society for Climate Sciences (SISC, Società Italiana per le Scienze del Clima) hosted by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
As the name suggests, this conference has more a scientific focus on climate change than my research activity, but it is always good to remain as up-to-date as possible on the multi-dimensional aspects of climate change mitigation. For instance, a couple of keynote speeches regarded the coming 6th Assessment Report by the IPCC (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations), which will focus on the huge benefits of staying closer to 1.5°C than to 2°C in the long run in terms of global warming, and this would imply a huge rearrangement of the energy sector.
I participated in the “Innovation, technology, mitigation pathways and policies” session, which was somehow complementary to the rest of the conference but featured very interesting presentations. I presented my solar PV learning work, which now is essentially completed: the audience showed interest and I must say that I am eventually satisfied with the outcome of this research.
You can find my presentation here.
PS. At the end of my session, I had also the chance to chat with a research fellow from UC Berkeley who said hello to me on behalf of my American supervisor Prof. Daniel Kammen: I was very pleased with that!