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Managing Partners

Scientific Committee

(as of December 2020, to be completed)

Christian Dupraz, (INRAé, France)

Christian Dupraz is a senior researcher in agroforestry and agrivoltaism at INRAé (formerly INRA), Montpellier, France. He suggested for the first time the "agrivoltaism" word in a paper published in 2011. He was involved in agroforestry research for more than 30 years, with a focus on modelling tree and crop interactions. He manages long-term experimentations to document the productivity of agroforestry and agrivoltaic systems, putting in evidence that both agroforestry and agrivoltaic systems are more productive and efficient than the monocropping systems. He chaired the 4th World Agroforestry Congress in 2019 and is currently the president of the International Union for Agroforestry.

Ricardo Rüther (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil)
Ricardo Rüther is a Full Professor at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianopolis-Brazil, leading the Solar Energy Laboratory Fotovoltaica/UFSC ( He carries out research and development in the field of solar photovoltaics, energy storage, electrical vehicles and solar irradiation resource assessment. He completed a BE with honours (1989) and a M.Sc. degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science (1991) at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, and obtained his Ph.D. (1995) from the University of Western Australia, at the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany (1995-1996), and was tenured at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in 2000. He is currently serving in the Board of Directors of the International Solar Energy Society - ISES, and is the President of the Brazilian Section of ISES.

Max Trommsdorff (Fraunhofer ISE, Germany)
Max Trommsdorff is project manager and junior scientist specialised on agrivoltaic systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. In 2015, Max Trommsdorff received his M.Sc. in Economics and Politics at the University of Freiburg. He wrote his master thesis at the Fraunhofer ISE titled “Agrophotovoltaic: Opportunities, Risks and Strategies Towards a More Efficient Land Use”. Since then he is project manager and expert for APV with a focus on economic feasibility, technology transfer and institutional designs. Recently he developed APV projects on aquaculture in Vietnam and horticulture in India. As assistant project manager he was further responsible for legal aspects of Germany's largest APV research plant at Lake Constance.

Harry Wirth (Fraunhofer ISE, Germany)
Dr. Harry Wirth, born in 1968, studied physics at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and at the University of Massachusetts, USA. He earned his PhD from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and from Fraunhofer ISE. From January 1999 he headed the R&D group of a specialty insulating glazing manufacturer. In 2005, he returned to Fraunhofer ISE to build the group “Photovoltaic Modules” and to conduct the setup of the PV Module Technology Center. In October 2010 he took charge of the new division “PV Modules, Systems and Reliability”. Since August 2017, he is a director of the division “Photovoltaics” and responsible for activities in Modules and PV Power Plants. Harry Wirth is also Executive Committee Member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics.

Organizing Committee

Christian Dupraz, INRAé, France
Beatrix Feuerbach, PSE Conferences & Consulting, Germany
Stefanie Hermann, PSE Conferences & Consulting, Germany
Frederik Schönberger, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Max Trommsdorff, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
Harry Wirth, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany

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Dates and Deadlines

Abstract Deadline: February 05, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: March/April 2021
Start of Online Registration: March 2021
Deadline for Full Papers: June 16, 2021
AgriVoltaics 2021: June 14-16, 2021
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