CIGRE Newsletter September 22
By Philippe ADAM, Secretary General of CIGRE
The 2022 Session was an unexpected success in a context still marked by travel restrictions for nationals of certain countries due to health measures linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, or because of the international sanctions imposed on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
Nevertheless, this Session will be remembered for the number of participants, delegates, exhibitors and visitors, as well as for the number and quality of the contributions, speeches and technical presentations. It will also be remembered for the shared happiness of the reunion after 4 years of forced separation of the members of the community, and for the desire to reconnect with the world of electrical systems which was hyper-represented that week in Paris.
3700 delegates had registered for this first Session of CIGRE’s second century, and they were 2500 present in the Grand Amphitheatre of the Palais des Congrès in Paris, to attend the opening ceremony chaired by Michel AUGONNET, President of the Association, and to listen to the guest speaker Dr Arshad MANSOOR, CEO of EPRI.
In this editorial, I would like to thank all those who have worked on the preparation of this event, starting with the architects of the technical programme, i.e. the Study Committees coordinated by the Technical Council, and with the unconditional support of the leadership team and the Steering Committee.
Thanks to all those who came to Paris to confirm their interest in CIGRE and its flagship event.
Thanks also to the Central Office team, reinforced for the occasion and supported by its contractors and partners, for their dedication to the preparation of this Session in every detail.
All the events have been registered and will be available on the registration platform from the delegates’ accounts from 15 September.
At the end of the year they will also be available to CIGRE members from e-cigre.
The 10 twice-daily sequences of CIGRE TV are already available with unlimited access from the CIGRE YouTube channel.
Before concluding, I would like to address all Session delegates and invite them to answer the questionnaire we sent them on the evening of the last day of the congress: we need your feedback and your impressions of this event, so that we can offer you even better next time.
To all of you, dear Readers, I give you an appointment in 2024, from 25 to 30 August, exactly between the Summer Olympic Games and the Paraolympic Games organised by Paris.
The capital will be at its most beautiful to welcome the national sports delegations and the spectators of the Games, and you will be able to enjoy it like never before. On the other hand, you will have to make your accommodation and travel reservations early on, if you want to avoid unpleasant surprises regarding availability and prices.
In the meantime, take care of yourself and your loved ones.