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ACDC Conference goes virtual in China

The event was held on 2-3 July 2020, using multiple platforms and an updated registration system that allowed delegates to view, comment and vote for the posters and oral presentations.

The event was a great success, with support from Tsinghua University and volunteers there were 417 papers accepted and 374 delegates attended the virtual event.

ACDC 2020 focused on 11 themed topics and keynote speakers were invited from the top-level institutions and organisations including:

  • Globe Energy Interconnection Research Institute (China)
  • University of Texas at Austin (USA)
  • RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
  • ABB Power Grids –Semiconductors (Switzerland)
  • Tsinghua University (China)

This truly provided a global view on the advances of AC and DC Power Transmission. 

This was the first IET virtual “Call for Paper” event under the condition of the pandemic outbreak, the plenary session attracted over 5,000 people who watched the event via live streaming on 3 social platforms on the morning. 24 online sessions were held online via VooV meeting (a similar app as Zoom by Tencent) to showcase 129 oral presentations and facilitate the online discussions throughout the 2 days.

Ian Mercer, IET Head of International Operations, said “Originally scheduled to be a full face to face conference to be held in the historic city of Xian, we were unable to do this because of the pandemic. A decision was quickly made to try and organise a virtual “call for paper” event, which is a first for the IET. The results have been astonishing, not only because of the 400+ papers we received, and the 5000 participants who joined online to hear the keynote speeches, but also from the technological, logistical, and revenue perspectives that required first-class organisation and management.  I am very proud of the China team for creating such a ground-breaking and successful event, particularly in these times of adversity”