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11.10.2017

Lights on Women

As the energy sector continues to evolve, practitioners and academics are working to solve some of the most difficult challenges of our time. The sector […] read more

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Podcast

7.09.2017

#FSR_YRS17: Podcasts from the Young Researcher Seminar

  The FSR was pleased to contribute to the development of the next generation of researchers in Europe by launching the first edition of the Young […] read more

Energy Policy

australia

News

28.07.2017

FSR in Australia! News from the ACCC/AER Regulatory Conference

The FSR Director  joined the 2017 ACCC & AER Regulatory Conference held on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th July in Brisbane. The theme of this year […] read more

Energy Policy

new york

Event Highlights

3.07.2017

Regulatory Futures Workshop

On 9-10 June 2017, Jean-Michel Glachant, Director of the Florence School of Regulation, attended the Regulatory Futures Workshop at Columbia University School of Law in […] read more

Energy Policy

Ana Aguado

News

30.06.2017

In Memoriam of Ana Aguado

Everyone has a special memory of Ana. Everyone who has met her in Brussels or in Florence, everyone who had the chance to talk to […] read more

Energy Policy

News

17.05.2017

FSR at the Florence Forum

17 May 2017 Today the Florence School of Regulation is participating in the 32nd EU Electricity Regulatory Forum held in Florence. In this occasion, the […] read more

Energy Policy

News

12.05.2017

FSR co-hosts the Brussels International Energy Charter Forum

Mobilising Investments For A Sustainable Energy Future On 12 May 2017, the Florence School of Regulation (FSR), the International Energy Charter, the Arbitration Institute of […] read more

Energy Policy

News

6.04.2017

FSR is co-hosting the International Energy Charter Forum

The Florence School of Regulation is one of the co-organising partners of the International Energy Charter Forum, which will be held on 12 May 2017 […] read more

Energy Policy

Alberto Pototschnig

Event Highlights

3.04.2017

Cybersecurity in the Energy Sector: Where are we? What’s next?

The increasing digitalisation of the energy sector, together with bringing new technological innovations, has made cybersecurity a crucial factor when discussing the future of the […] read more

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Lights on Women

Lights on Women

- Energy Policy

As the energy sector continues to evolve, practitioners and academics are working to solve some of the most difficult challenges of our time. The sector needs a diverse talent pool, capable of bringing innovative and fresh perspectives to confront the disruptive challenges that lie ahead. Increasingly, women are taking on active roles in the energy sector using their knowledge and experiences to impact the competitiveness and future of the sector. However, statistics show that women only represent between 8% -15% of the total workforce in the European energy sector. Most women perform administrative and sales roles, with very few women employed in senior and mid-management positions. Efforts to address this gender disparity have been minimal. In fact, Ernst and Young report only a 1% increase in female leadership over the past three years. 

This problem goes beyond the workplace and is visible at conferences and events where all male panels are the norm. In an interview with the Guardian, Dr Susanne Nies, Corporate Affairs Manager at ENTSO-E and former Head of Unit Energy Policy for EURELECTRIC, shared her experience: “Recently, I was at a conference in Berlin that opened with ‘Dear Dr Nies, dear gentlemen’. We need to change that for the next generation.” Concrete steps must be taken to diversify representation and remove barriers to career advancement in the energy sector.  

The Florence School of Regulation aims to take positive steps towards addressing women’s presence in the sector by launching a new initiative –  “Lights on Women” –  to further enhance economically and socially sound energy policy and regulation. The FSR “Lights on Women” initiative will act as a platform to shine a light on women’s expertise, publications, projects, and professional achievements, making their contributions visible to the energy policy community. It will identify and promote women working within the energy sector to enable them to develop their professional profile and access energy experts in Europe and worldwide.

Only with an intellectually diverse community can we continue to deliver innovative thinking and advance the open exchange of ideas and strategic dialogue on energy regulation and policy.  The “Lights on Women” initiative intends to raise awareness and increase collaboration within and among organisations to support a cultural change within the energy sector.

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