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Event at the “WindEurope Summit” on the topic of “Environmental Impacts & Social Acceptance”

Date: Thursday, 29 September 2016 (WindEurope Summit: 27 to 29 September 2016, WindEnergy Hamburg: 27 to 30 September 2016)

Location: Congress Center Hamburg, Am Dammtor/Marseiller Straße, 20355 Hamburg

There are two major wind energy-related events taking place in Hamburg between 27 and 30 September 2016: “WindEurope Summit“, the annual conference of the European wind energy association, and “WindEnergy Hamburg”, the industry’s leading trade fair. As part of the “WindEurope Summit“, Uta Schneider, a researcher at Fraunhofer ISI, has helped to organize three sessions dedicated to the environmental impacts and social acceptance of wind power.

From 2.30pm on 29 September, she presents the results from the “WISE Power” project as part of the session “Yes in my back yard! Maximising social acceptance“. This project developed strategies to improve the social acceptance of onshore wind energy. The project team evaluated guidebooks, manuals, scientific articles and reports, questioned 207 experts from 13 European countries and held a workshop at the HUSUM Wind trade fair. The results were used as input to develop the tool “WE Engage“, which has been online since spring 2016, and will also be available in German from the end of October this year.

In addition, the “Best Community Award” will be presented during the session. Twelve wind energy projects from the European Union have applied for this award that strongly emphasised social acceptance or featured particularly innovative approaches to citizen engagement and participation. The winning project will be announced at the session “Yes in my back yard! Maximising social acceptance” and will be presented with the award. This is followed by the final event of the “WISE Power” project.


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The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI analyzes the origins and impacts of innovations. We research the short- and long-term developments of innovation processes and the impacts of new technologies and services on society. On this basis, we are able to provide our clients from industry, politics and science with recommendations for action and perspectives for key decisions. Our expertise is founded on our scientific competence as well as an interdisciplinary and systemic research approach.