Energy bridge meeting
This posting is dynamic and will be updated as new information arises (the content history is available via the little pencil icon on the top right).
The past 12 months have seen an unprecedented number of new civil society organizations (CSO) and citizen science projects founded to promote very rapid decarbonization (VRD). These organizations are in need suitable quantitative analysis — colloquially “numbers” — to develop and defend their sought policy positions.
The tools and data for energy policy analysis are now sufficiently developed and suitably licensed to allow much of this analysis to be undertaken collectively and in public.
The energy bridge meeting is designed to explore this new opportunity for common pool analysis — which arises from the intersection between:
- the open energy system modeling community and similar communities in neighboring domains
- civil society organizations in need of quantitative analysis for their zero‑carbon energy policy positions
- the interested public who would like to contribute relevant skills and expertise to this undertaking
This bridge meeting replaces the now‑canceled Berlin 2020 openmod workshop hack‑a‑thon and is being organized as a separate event.
Who should attend
Civil society groups and established NGOs developing positions on energy policy should attend the meeting. This includes development NGOs working on equitable energy access in the Global South.
Members of the interested public are also encouraged to participate, particularly those with numerical skills or domain knowledge.
Staff from official agencies, consulting firms, engineering companies, and start‑ups are also welcome. Although the event is pitched at servicing civil society needs, we can all collaborate on the tools, data, and analytics without discriminating against any particular area of application.
This bridge meeting immediately follows from the three‑day Open Energy Modelling Initiative Berlin 2020 workshop, so the open energy modeling community can be expected to be well represented.
Date and venue details as follows:
- date : Saturday 18 January 2020
- time : 10:00 to 17:00 followed by an informal restaurant meal
- venue : DIW Berlin
- address : Mohrenstraße 58, 10117 Berlin, Germany
- location : OpenStreetMap
- public transport: underground lines U2 Stadtmitte and U6 Stadtmitte
- late arrivals : use your mobile phone to call number on door (see below)
- cost : no charge
- catering : fruit juice provided, lunch at one of the several nearby cafes
- travel assistance : please contact me @robbie.morrison directly for last‑resort support
- program : see separate posting below
A mobile phone will be necessary to enter the building if you arrive late as we need to keep the main door locked when unattended. The number to call will be pasted to the main door (see image below).
It’s very unlikely that numbers will need to be capped, so you should be able to register right up to the day before — but it would help me if you could do so earlier, of course.
There is no cost but a contribution to cover refreshments would be useful.
DIW Berlin entrance [Alfred Gutzler CC‑BY‑SA‑4.0 Wikipedia]
- please record your name and optionally your affiliation on this CryptPad document
- and either add your email address or inform me by some other means
- the CryptPad can be slow so give it a couple of minutes to load
- it is unlikely that participant numbers will need to be restricted, but if so, civil society representatives will be given priority
The following cafes can be used for lunch and also emergency coffees:
- Kamps, Friedrichstraße 186, 07:00–20:00, OpenStreetMap, website
- Einstein Kaffee, Friedrichstraße 185/190, 08:00—20:00, OpenStreetMap, website
- Starbucks, Friedrichstraße 61, 07:30–20:30, OpenStreetMap, website
- Rausch Schokoladenhaus, Charlottenstraße 60,11:00–20:00, OpenStreetMap, website
- Einstein Kaffee Quartier, Friedrichstraße 71, hours 09:00–20:00, OpenStreeMap, website
An open energy system analysis community
One item on the agenda is a proposal to form a mostly online community to undertake common pool analysis (image below not publicly licensed).
This community would draw on themes and practices from open source software development, community data curation, and citizen science. It would mostly operate online and may later hold virtual workshops and meetings.
Posting on the previous “openmod/NGO bridge” meeting on 17 June 2019 with 16 participants.
Morrison, Robbie (23 November 2019). Energy bridge meeting in Berlin on 18 January 2020 : civil society advocacy and energy system analysis — Release 04. Berlin, Germany. energy-bridge-2-first-flier.04.pdf (64.5 KB).
Morrison, Robbie (20 November 2019). “An open energy system modeling community”. Generation R blog. Hannover, Germany: Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science. doi:10.25815/ff3b-d154. ISSN 2512-3815. Creative Commons CC‑BY‑4.0 license.
Morrison, Robbie (30 September 2019). An online community for open energy analysis: improving trust, legitimacy, and participation — Release 02 — Poster. Poster for EMP‑E 2019 meeting, Brussels, Belgium. Open access.
A5 flier (release 04 dated 4 December 2019) bridge-2-a5-flier.04.pdf (46.0 KB).
Request for contributors
Please contact me @robbie.morrison if you would like to contribute: to possibly give a 10 minute presentation, participate in panel discussions, facilitate a breakout group, or record events. I am particularly interested in hearing from civil society organizations. Also, contact me if you would like to contribute to the organization of the event.