EVENT: Smart grid technical teams review the latest innovations of Digital Substations, SCADA & Control Centres, Utility Telecoms & Cybersecurity

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FINAL CALL FOR EARLY BIRD PRICING. The 4th annual SGTech Week 2023, takes place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 20-24 March. Hosted by Smart Grid Forums, this event brings together 150+ utility Substation, SCADA System, Utility Telecom and Cybersecurity colleagues, for a review of the latest smart grid implementation projects and innovation roadmaps. The week-long programme combines a series of Standardisation workshops, with C’level plenary sessions, techno-commercial case-study presentations, technology innovation panel debates, and intimate end-user roundtable discussions, to drive awareness of recent successes and setbacks as well as stimulate new ideas to drive the deployment of the smart grid further faster.

SGTech Week 2023 | 20th - 24th March, Amsterdam

SGTech Week 2023 | 20th - 24th March, Amsterdam

Great event and a single opportunity to discuss together with peers and industry, the most critical topics in the strategy agenda of a digital DSO; digital substations, telecommunications, cyber security and SCADA challenges.” Aurelio Blanquet, Director of Grid Automation - EDP Distribuicao

Recent research conducted by Smart Grid Forums among 40+ utility technical leaders, reveals that the pressure to drive innovation without disruption to the power grid has never been more intense. The impact of new geopolitical realities, changes to regulatory frameworks, and an ever-intensifying cybersecurity threat landscape, is driving the need for increased regional collaboration and cooperation in order to keep the Energy Transition on track.

“The urgency with which grid operators are now deploying new technologies and strategies to support renewables integration presents both a huge opportunity and a significant threat”, says Mandana White, CEO of Smart grid Forums, organisers of SGTech Week 2023. “Utilities know that the pace of innovation right now makes the interconnected energy system vulnerable to serious cyberattack. They also know that working in their own organisational silo will not stimulate the out-of-box thinking needed to deliver the next phase of the Energy Transition in the most safe and secure way”.

It is with this in mind that Smart Grid Forums launched SGTech Week 2023 this year, to enable 4 key smart grid technical teams to come together under one roof, participate in technically specific conference tracks, as well as access content on related domains, network in a more diverse environment, and technology-scout as a team.



Monday 20th March 2023: Fundamentals of IEC 61850 Workshop
The week begins with a Fundamentals of IEC 61850 Workshop delivered by Christoph Brunner, Convenor of TC57 WG10, providing the practical information smart grid technical teams need to apply this key standard within the substation, inter-substation and across the wider grid to drive the deployment of the smart grid.

Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd October 2023: Smart Grid Technical Innovation Conference & Exhibition
The main conference opens with a morning of plenary sessions addressing the big macro issues facing the power grid, including the Energy Transition, Geopolitical pressures, Regulatory frameworks, Cybersecurity threats, and Workforce development demands. It then breaks into 3 technical tracks providing utility-driven reviews of the latest innovation projects and grid deployments in the areas of: Digital Substations, SCADA and Control Rooms, and Utility Telecom.

Friday 24th October 2023: Smart Grid Cybersecurity Briefing
The week wraps up with a deep-diving briefing on Smart Grid Cybersecurity, in partnership with EE-ISAC, showcasing implementations of prevention, detection, and response strategies that will help utilities get ahead of the threat.


· Roberto Zangrandi, Secretary General - E.DSO
· Jan Vorrink, Manager National Control Centre, System Operations - TenneT
· Ricardo Jorge Santos, Associate Director of Innovation Department - EDP
· Gudjon Karason, Project Manager - Landsnet
· Rasmus Armas, Head of Asset Management - Elektrilevi
· Ranko Stojakovic, Manager System Operator - Stedin
· Sjors van der Heijden, Strategist, Grid Automation - Stedin
· Ralf Heisig, Product Manager MCCS NextGen - 50 Hertz
· Svein Olsen, Project Manager - Statnett
· Silvio Alessandroni, Technology Innovation - Areti S.p.a
· Florian Ainhirn, Technical Expert High Voltage Power Cable Technology - Wiener Netze
· Mika Loukkalahti, System Manager - Helen Oy
· Elisabeth Hufnagl, Technician, Power Lines - Wiener Netze
· Sander Jansen, Product Owner, Virtual Substations - Alliander
· Frank Borchardt, Senior Project Manager - VDE
· Alberto Dognini - RWTH Aachen University
· Janne Hagen, Special Advisor Contingency Planning - NVE
· Jan Kostevc, Team Leader Energy Infrastructure - ACER
· Antonello Monti, Professor, Insitute Director - RWTH Aachen University
· Maren Istad, Research Scientist - SINTEF
· Alex Stefanov, Assistant Professor - TU Delft
· Iony Patriota de Siqueira, Technical Director & Vice President - CIGRE Brasil


“Great event and a single opportunity to discuss together with peers and industry, the most critical topics in the strategy agenda of a digital DSO; digital substations, telecommunications, cyber security and SCADA challenges.”
Aurelio Blanquet, Director of Grid Automation - EDP Distribuicao

“I was extremely sceptical of everything cloud related coming into the conference. However, after seeing many presentations on all the benefits and trends of cloud computing, I have started seeing use-cases in the company that could be related by private cloud.”
Andres Kõiva, Senior Specialist - Elektrilevi OÜ

“Good mixture of already modified projects in the field of digital substation and future challenges. Great opportunity to network with the most relevant people and companies.”
Fredi Belavic, Asset Manager - Austrian Power Grid

“The exchange with experts provided new inputs, and allowed for a reflection of any ideas. SGTech proved once more to be invaluable.”
Michael Knuchel, Head of SAS Engineering - Swissgrid

“A lot of innovation and knowledge shown in the presentations, also thank you for the roundtables organised on day one of the conference.”
Lievan Degroote, Head of Distribution Operating Centre - Eandis


Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of utility smart grid implementation leaders and decision makers?

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect environment for you to do this and more! Capped at 30 stands we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest Substation, SCADA, Telecom, and Cybersecurity solutions for our audience and maximum visibility and interaction levels for our exhibitors.


Mandana White, CEO, Smart Grid Forums

Smart Grid Forums Ltd
PO Box 63594, London, N19 9FT, United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)20 8057 1700 | registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Smart Grid Forums is an independent conference production company serving the smart grid technical community. We monitor the market, conduct in-depth interviews with technical decision makers and translate this information into techno-commercial conferences that empower participants to accelerate their implementation plans and deliver exceptional results to their organisations. Our events are peer-to-peer exchanges. They are immersive, exhaustive and action oriented. We place the utility voice centre-stage and uncover the implementation insights that will enable you to benchmark your own digitisation strategy, fine-tune your own implementation plan, and deliver exceptional results to your own organisation.

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