Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink, born in 1951, has a PhD in Nuclear Physics from Hahn Meitner Institute, Berlin and joined the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in 1982. He built up the JRC’s activity on Photovoltaics when Europe started its research and pilot programme for Photovoltaic systems. In 1995 he became Head of the Unit for Renewable Energy, and expanded research and support activities to Energy Efficiency and Bio-Energy, notably Biofuels. His work is dedicated to the scientific support of EU legislation for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency. More recently, he is developing the unit’s portfolio to support Africa’s efforts for a renewable energy supply.
Since 1982 he is contributing to the standards work of the IEC TC82, Solar Photovoltaic Systems, in particular regarding calibration of reference cells and lifetime testing of PV modules. His many publications cover measurement and testing methods for photovoltaic generators, economic assessment of renewable energy and global environmental impacts of extended bio-fuel use.
From 1995 he has been serving as Programme Chair of the prestigious series of European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conferences and in 2005 he commenced and still continues his term assisting the Programme Chair of the prestigious series of European Biomass Conferences.
He lives on the shores of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy where he practices sailing and skiing, and is deeply interested in global sustainability issues.


Architect, PhD in Technologies for Architecture and Environment. Since 2000 she works as researcher at ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), Solar Technologies Area / www.enea.it
The main field of activity is Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) and Ecobuildings design.
In particular, she designs photovoltaic modules for building integration and architectural solutions for Photovoltaics, where the visual and multifunctional aspects of Photovoltaics have to be carefully taken into account. Furthermore, since 2007 she investigates the topic Energy-Landscapes, with a special focus on Photovoltaics and agricultural greenhouses.
She is involved in activities of promotion and dissemination of knowledge about Photovoltaics, and, particularly, she is teacher for educational/professional courses promoted by ENEA about Photovoltaics and Renewables.
She gives lectures, seminars and presentations in national and international conferences and events.

Elizabeth MONOIAN

She is an interdisciplinary artist and designer who is currently working on large-scale international public art projects that both address and expose models of environmental sustainability. Her work has been screened and exhibited in venues throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.
Elizabeth is the founder and director of Society for Cultural Exchange, a non-profit organization that is developing international exchanges between communities, academics and artists. She is the Principal and Co-Founder of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). LAGI is a worldwide public arts initiative that offers the opportunity for collaborative teams of artists, architects, landscape architects and designers, working with engineers and scientists, to create new ways of thinking about what renewable energy generation looks like. The LAGI project calls on design teams to conceive of large-scale public artworks for specific sites that, in addition to their conceptual beauty, also have the ability to harness clean renewable energy from nature, convert the energy to electrical power, and distribute the power to the utility grid of the city. The project has been in feature articles in numerous international press outlets, including The New York Times and Dwell Magazine. Elizabeth received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Robert FERRY

He is the Co-Founder of the Land Art Generator Initiative and Studied Impact.His focus is on designing buildings that go above and beyond current popular notions of sustainability to achieve complete harmony with their local and global environments and with the people that use them. His designs of “positive-impact” buildings that double as renewable energy power-plants have been featured in “Superlative Emirates” (Daab Publishing), several Popular Science Magazine articles, and have been shown at international exhibits. The Land Art Generator Initiative has been in feature articles in numerous international press outlets, including The New York Times and Dwell Magazine. While based in the UAE, he has consulted on such projects as Masdar City and ADNOC HQ. Robert is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a licensed architect.


Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies
Waseda Institute for Advanced Study,
Waseda University, Tokyo, JAPAN

Australian architect and writer based in Tokyo, where he is Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at Waseda University’s Institute for Advanced Study and runs the research-based practice LLLABO. His research is broadly concerned with the construction of Japanese modernity, using architecture and urban space as lenses through which to interpret linkages between spatial and social phenomena. Current interests include mapping the cultures and landscapes of urban infrastructures; regional revitalisation through contemporary art and architecture; and the architectural and spatial responses to contemporary conditions of displacement and mobility, pursued through a mix of scholarly research, critical writing, and design practice.

Walter HOOD

Director Hood Design, Oakland
Professor College of Environmental Design,
University of California, Berkeley,USA

Landscape architect, founding principal of Hood Design and professor and former chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of California-Berkeley. Hood was the recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Design in 2009.


UIA Council Member
Director of UIA – ARES International Work Programme
Athens, GREECE

Architect, studied at the National Technical University of Athens and post-graduated at the Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh. He is senior partner and Managing Director of “Synthesis and Research Ltd” G. Albanis – N. Fintikakis and Partners Architects – Consulting Engineers (www.syntres.gr).