Call for Papers

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We are honoured to congratulate the authors of award winning papers.

The award winning papers have been evaluated by the Scientific Committee and the experts of World Energy Council.





2016 Istanbul Congress Call for Papers

The Istanbul Organizing Committee and the World Energy Council are pleased to invite authors to submit papers for the 23rd World Energy Congress. Your active involvement in this Call for Papers provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to the development of the global energy community.

All of the selected papers will be presented at the Congress’ dedicated expert forum and distributed to all delegates on USB flash drives.

Notice:  There is no need to register for the Congress when you submit your paper through our Online Paper Submission system. In case your paper would be selected within the top 20 paper by the International Selection Committee; then you will have a right to receive your cash prize, and then you have to register for the Congress by 10 September 2016 ( and have to present your paper at the World Energy Congress 2016 Istanbul.
If you do not register for the Congress and/or you can not present your paper by yourself you will not be able receive your prize.


Awards for top 20 Papers

1. 10000 Euro
2. 7500 Euro
3. 5000 Euro
4. - 10. 3000 Euro
11. - 15. 2500 Euro
16. - 20. 1500 Euro

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Opens:       1 October 2015
  • Paper Submission Deadline:  31 May 2016
  • Accepted Papers Notification:  13 June 2016
  • Award Winners Notification:    01 August 2016
  • Presentation at the Congress:10-13 October 2016

Paper Topic Categories

Authors are invited to provide their insight on a theme relating to WEC’s four main Activity Areas:

  • World Energy Scenarios
  • World Energy Resources and Technologies
  • World Energy Trilemma
  • Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure

See the Appendix for specific details on the above topics.

Paper Preparation Guidelines

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  • The paper must be substantially different from any published work.
  • The paper cannot be under review for any other conference or journal at any point during the Call for Papers process.
  • The paper must be written in English and must not exceed 15 pages in total length.

Text Layout

  • The paper must be typed in single column format on international standard size A4 paper with margins of 2.54cm.
  • Cover (1 page): Title, authors, affiliations.
  • Abstract and Keywords (1 page)
  • The text should be in Times New Roman font in 11pt font.
  • Page length (no more than 15 pages in total)

Clearly indicate who is responsible for correspondence at all stages of paper submission, selection and presentation.
Telephones, faxes (with country and area code) can be provided in addition to full postal addresses and e-mail addresses for all authors.

  • Executive Summary (1 page): Key Findings and Takeaways, Keywords

Provide a self-contained one page Executive Summary outlining the aims, scope, core findings and conclusions of the paper.
List 3-5 keywords by which the paper might be searched online or identified in indexes.

  • Main Text (no more than 10 pages)

All figures and tables should be embedded in the text in the location that they should appear and numbered consecutively and given a suitable caption.
Footnotes should be indicated in the text by superscript numbers which run consecutively through the paper.

  • Conclusions and Relevant Implications (1-2 pages)
  • References

All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the paper.

  • Appendix

Appendices should be avoided whenever possible and their content incorporated into the text. Where this is not feasible, they should appear at the end of the paper.
Submission Guidelines

  • The online paper submission system will open on 1 October 2015.
  • Papers should be submitted in PDF format.
  • The author must answer any additional questions deemed necessary at submission stage.



The paper topic categories are based on the World Energy Council’s major flagship studies. Authors are encouraged to visit the Council’s website, which provides additional details on the below flagships and features the reports which the Council has published on these topics.

Call for Papers Focus Topics

  • Energy Scenarios
    • What if …? Overall energy scenarios to portray potential pathways into the future to help us better understand critical uncertainties and decision points.
  • Energy Resources and Technologies
    • What are the key messages of energy resources and innovative technologies? Special focus on the following resources: Coal, Oil, Bioenergy, Waste, Peat, Geothermal, CCUS, Gas, Uranium & Nuclear, Hydropower, Marine, Wind, Solar, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency Technologies, e-Mobility
  • Energy Policy Trilemma
    • The Trilemma is a 21st century policy framework for evaluating the degree to which energy options are (1) secure; (2) affordable; and (3) environmentally sensitive. Addressing the energy trilemma presents extraordinary environmental, social, and economic challenges requiring national and international action by not only governments, but also the private sector and civil society.
  • Topics which may be addressed under the Trilemma include:
    • Energy Trilemma Index: How can the existing comparative assessment of country’s performance in delivering sustainable energy systems be improved? The current assessment Index is available at:
    • Market design: New models to compensate energy companies for the services they provide are required as current market designs do not yet reflect changes in energy supply and energy technology. What are innovative market designs that reflect the new reality of an energy sector in transition?
    • Regional integration: Energy resources are unevenly located across the globe and rarely bound by national borders. However, policies and regulation remain defined by national boundaries. How can key barriers to regional integration be practically overcome and the enabling conditions be created to ensure trilemma benefits?
  • Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure

    Resilience as a concept can be framed as an ambition as to how the best boardrooms respond to the changing risks landscape and global economic uncertainty. Resilience thinking requires embedding anticipation of uncertainty into both market and infrastructure designs to ensure that energy systems are able to respond to any sudden, unanticipated event. Embedding the concept of resilience within energy decision-making is of increasing importance in all parts of the world and is critical for meeting the goals of the energy trilemma.

  • Topics which may be addressed under Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure include:
    • Extreme Weather Events:  How can risks related to extreme weather events be better incorporated into the technical and financial evaluations of energy investment decisions to support the development of more resilient energy infrastructure? What are the best strategies, across the energy sector, to adapt to the new normal?
    • Energy-Water-Food Nexus: What are practical solutions to address the interdependences of the three core nexus areas and sustain their use in the future?
    • Cyber-Attacks: What can we learn from best-practices in cyber resilience, and what types of changes are required for the energy industry to be prepared for today's critical interconnectivity? How do we translate cyber risks from an operational risk to a business concern? What do leaders need to know and what can they do in the future to better prepare our systems in the instance of sheer sabotage?