The symposium on “Sustainable Energy Systems” will be held in the scope of the 4th Doctoral Congress  Engineering (DCE21) which will be hosted at FEUP, Porto, Portugal on the 28th and 29th of June 2021 (online).


The Sustainable Energy Systems Doctoral Program (SES PhD) is a four-year degree, where the Departments of Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Engineering work together at each institution participating in the MIT Portugal partnership (FEUP, ISEG, IST and Coimbra University), intending to support the information exchange and the knowledge advances within national and international participating universities and institutions.

The objective of the PhD Program on Sustainable Energy Systems is to prepare highly skilled researchers with the competences required for the development and analysis of energy systems; considering technical, environmental, economic and social factors. Forming individuals capable of autonomous research work for the academic and industrial field, to bring value for their organizations, using a multi-disciplinary approach to educate a new generation of aware leaders with expertise in sustainable energy systems.

The focus on different fields involving sustainable energy system, from design to analysis, leadership and entrepreneurship, provides graduates with the tools to succeed in their respective fields.

The symposium will occur within the parallel sessions of the Doctoral Congress in Engineering and it will be an excellent opportunity to share ongoing work or results of PhD or Master’s thesis.

The symposium on Sustainable Energy Systems welcomes the submission of abstracts that include relevant themes within the Energy and Sustainability scope, namely:

  • Energy Planning, Market regulation and Environmental Policies

This section aggregates change driving research topics that contribute towards sustainable societies in terms of energy use. Energy planning issues, modelling, analysis and design. Proposed improvements in energy policies related to energy efficiency, renewable energies, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Energy market, regulation, and sustainable development. Three essential areas to promote reliable, affordable, clean, integrated energy systems in the future.

  • Sustainable Cities, People and Built Environment

The concept for sustainable cities relies on the available resources and their efficient use, particularly in terms of energy. Urban communities depend on the built environment for shelter and comfort; due to this fact, focused attention should be given to the following research topics: Sustainable rehabilitation of buildings from urban areas, microgeneration of renewable energy and urban metabolism. Fields of knowledge essential for the development of innovative solutions or finding possible areas of improvements within this context, while accounting for the diversified sociodemographic and geographical features of each area.

  • Advanced Electric Networks

Electric power systems is currently undergoing a transition towards a decentralized and highly participative concept, characterized by the integration of renewable energy sources, where consumers become prosumers. Focal research areas include demand response, renewable energy generation, energy storage and end user approaches. Innovative efforts to monitor, manage and control the currently changing power grids. Information technology and “big data” and their application to enhance and improve the efficient performance of energy networks in smart grids setting. Smart mobility and energy demand technologies are all considered target topics of interest for the scope or this symposium.




Format: accepts for oral communication/poster

Please check the ‘Instructions for authors’ page.

Note for posters: Posters must include research topic, context and motivation, methodology, results if available and conclusions. Identified with the authors name and with an extra file with the used sources, also identified.


Registration (Payment)

Registration is mandatory for all participants including committee.

At least one author  of each accepted and revised abstract must be registered in the event, with a paid fee, for the abstracts’ reference to appear in the Booklet, for the abstract to appear in the Symposium Book of Abstracts and for publication in the Proceedings.

The Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Energy Systems covers the Doctoral Congress of Engineering registration fees for students of FEUP enrolled in this Doctoral Programme who register in the scope of the ‘Early Bird Registration’ deadline.  Costs with Congress dinner and Workshops will not be covered. Please contact Célia Couto (  ) before proceed with registration.



Format: oral communication/poster

At least one of the authors is required to attend the symposium to present the abstract.

Accepted abstracts must prepare a 15 min. oral presentation (including 5 min. for discussion). For more details, contact the Organizing Committee through the following email:  .




All accepted  and revised abstracts, with at least one author registered in the Congress with a paid fee, will be mentioned in the event’s program/Booklet that will be given to congress participants on the 1st day.

All accepted  and revised abstracts, with at least one author registered in the Congress with a paid fee, will be published in the Symposium Book of Abstracts (with ISBN).




Authors of accepted and revised abstracts, presented at the Congress, will be eligible for:

  • “Best Oral communication Award”
  • “Best Poster communication Award”

Please check the ‘Awards’ page.


Symposium Committee


  • Clito Afonso

Symposium Organizing Committee

  • Clito Afonso (Chair)
  • Célia Couto | FEUP
  • Ellen de Cassia Lopes Pinheiro Cunha | PDSSE
  • Salvador Moreira Paes Carvalhosa | DEEC