Power Shifts – Events



Germany, Heidelberg (9-16 August, 2017)

The last international forum will be organised by EYP Germany from 9th to 16th of August 2017. 

Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of Baden-Wuerttemberg accepted the session patronship.

The Call for Participants will open beginning of April. Follow us on Facebook for the latest info.



Poland, Warsaw (22-30 October, 2016)

The second international forum with the title “Warsaw 2016 – Power Shifts Academic Forum” was held in Warsaw, Poland from October 22-30, 2016 and was organised together with EYP Poland. It gathered around 120 participants from all over Europe.

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Panel Discussion, Berlin (24.11.2015)

Topic: “Digitisation of the Energy Sector – The beginning of a ‘Brave New World‘?
Time and place: 24.11.2015 6pm, Conference Room Schwarzkopf Foundation

The guests gathered to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the digitalisation of the energy sector just a few days before the UN Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris. Dr. Martin von Broock pointed to questions about sharing responsibility. Responsibilities need to be redefined in the era of mass collection of data, because the speed at which innovations are taking place in the industry is leaving politics far behind. The focus of Martin Wendiggensen was on the potential of Smart Homes. Modern measuring and controlling possibilities that are now available for private energy consumption enable an efficient and ecological use of energy at home. Dirk Homuth warned about the differences between Germany and the neighbouring countries. He criticised the unwillingness of Germany to invest in digitalisation and referred to the club of Rome: “It is basically already three before midnight”. The discussion at the Schwarzkopf Foundation raised a lot of controversy, but there was one thing every participant agreed on: It is not a question of whether the energy sector will be digitalised, but rather how this will happen.

Our guests on the panel were

Dr. Martin von Broock, Wittenberg-Zentrum für Globale Ethik,
Dirk Homuth, Innovation RWE AG,
Martin Wendiggensen, participant of the International Youth Summit J7 in Berlin
Lea Schiewer (Moderation), European Youth Parliament Germany

France, Lyon (26.10. – 02.11.2015)

The first Academic Power Shifts Forum was held in Lyon from October 26th to November 2nd, 2015. This forum, first of a series of three sessions taking place in France, Poland and Germany in the upcoming three years, focused on issues linked to energy, environment and sustainable development.

During the time of the forum, one month before the COP 21 in Paris, we gathered 120 young Europeans from over 20 countries from all over Europe to debate their opinions about the future energy policy and to create a dialogue between young people and decision-makers! For this all participants will already start their work with preparations before the event and continue in Lyon together with their fellow participants as well as with expert input and exchange with decision-makers.

For more information on the forum have a look on the session’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/PowershiftsEYP.

This forum was organised together with EYP France.

The first Academic Power Shifts Forum is under the patronage of Sylvie Guillaume, Vice-President of the European Parliament and Ségolène Royal, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. More information on the project patrons can be found here.