EYE@Sofia 2018



Prof. Dr. Nikola Kaloyanov

He has extensive experience of transposition of standards and regulations in EU. He is a professor in the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, senior lecturer in heat and mass transfer, heat exchange systems, building energy performance, modeling and simulation of thermal systems and buildings, energy auditing and energy certification, licensed energy auditor as well as developer of norms. Prof. Kaloyanov is a Team leader and team member for projects referring to EU harmonization in building sector, analysis of the EPBD – CEN standards and their applicability for building energy efficiency improvement in Bulgaria, updating the national ordinances for transposition of Directive 2002/91/EC and Directive 2010/31/EU, developing of regulatory framework for energy efficiency in buildings, energy performance of buildings, regulations, standards, methodology and tools, developer of the national software for building energy evaluation, energy auditing and certification. As a team leader and expert he participated in more than 35 International projects (EU/EC, USAID, GEF, World Bank, EBRD) for planning, development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of various types of international technical assistance and capacity building programmes in the field of energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and the environment. Team leader of more than 230 projects performing energy audits in buildings, energy certification, energy analysis, modeling and simulation, energy conservation measures evaluation.

Plenary session: The present state of the art for NZEB: from "nearly Zero‐Energy Buildings" towards "Smart nZEB"
In accordance with Directive 31/2010/EC after January 1, 2019, all new public service buildings, and from January 1, 2020, all existing public service buildings after renovation should meet the requirement for a "nearly-zero energy building".
What does this mean? The basic requirements of the national definition regarding the level of energy consumption and the share of energy from renewable sources, as well as the possibilities of integrating the technologies for energy conversion with the modern information technologies to achieve new quality in the energy management are presented and discussed. The core knowledge base needed in order to solve the complex tasks related to the achievement of the nZEB requirements is also commented on.


Rhys Phillips

Rhys Phillips is an electromagnetism scientist at Airbus in Toulouse. He joined the company at their Newport (UK) campus in 2009 and relocated to the Toulouse hub in April 2018. Rhys graduated from Cardiff University in 2008 with a joint honours degree in Mathematics & Physics and is now an honorary lecturer at the School of Physics & Astronomy. He is an award winning science presenter, presenting science stage shows to schools and the general public around the world. Rhys is also an experienced broadcaster presenting his own weekly jazz and science radio shows as well as being a regular guest on BBC national and regional radio. Rhys volunteers in numerous roles for the Institution of Engineering & Technology and is an ambassador for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. Whilst living in Cardiff, Rhys co-founded both Cardiff Science Festival and Cardiff Jazz Festival. He is also a keen musician, playing the trumpet and occasionally calling ceilidhs.

Plenary session: Making engineering more sustainable: gender diversity in engineering
Engineering is one of the most diverse sectors in the world. But in terms of gender diversity, the situation is rather dismal. Gender diversity has not improved in recent years with only a marginal increase in women in technical leadership roles. This is despite many diversity initiatives that have not been effective enough in the time scales required. The research, technology & innovation community at Airbus has been building an analytic framework, drawing on a literature review of the subject, of the end-to-end female talent pipeline in engineering. The analytic framework incorporates a systems model of exogenous and endogenous factors influence key decision points in the journey through the talent pipeline. Rhys Phillips will outline the work carried out to date on this initiative and share initial results.

WORKSHOP 1: Innovation primer: Pitching & Storytelling
Pitching and storytelling are two important skills for engineering and innovation, but sadly many engineers have never been taught how to use these two strong concepts together. In this primer, Rhys Phillips will explain how to structure a persuasive oral presentation and identify the basic information needed for creating a story. He will highlight the importance of weaving a story into the business pitch and provides several opportunities for partcipants to prepare and practice their pitches (including stories).


Michel Bourqui

Michel Bourqui is founder of Climanosco, a young non-profit organization with worldwide members whose goal is to make climate science accessible to everyone. Michel is a physics engineer and a doctor of natural sciences with an extensive track record in climate research and in teaching. He has been engaged in research in atmospheric sciences for 15 years at universities in Switzerland, UK and Canada. During these years, he has been struck by the lack of connection between the scientific world and the world we live in. This lack of connection has so far left most people around the world short of understanding on climate, despite a strong presence on the international scene, increasing impacts and our increasing scientific knowledge. As president of Climanosco, he works on forging new pathways of communication of climate science with stakeholders and the general public. www.climanosco.org

WORKSHOP 4: How to be better prepared as an engineer for the challenges of climate change
Sustained changes in the Earth climate are taking place around the world with a great diversity of implications. Being the ones building the world of tomorrow, engineers are also often the ones facing the front edge of climate changes and their implications while they accelerate. How can young engineers be better prepared for this challenge?
This workshop’s two goals are to share experiences on climate change challenges as engineers, and to come up with concrete ideas on how science can be channelled through to support engineers and give them an edge in their career. Michel will provide a short introduction on climate science before opening the workshop to group discussions. After this workshop, Michel will work within Climanosco towards implementing the recommendations that came up.


Nikolay Angov

Nikolay Angov is managing partner of InnoLED ltd, Chairman of Business Booster Sofia, and Board member of Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies, member of the Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs Association as well as PhD candidate. Nikolay has gained experience in his professional career within the NGO sector, the public administration and his own business. Despite the different positions and fields, the main focus of his career is economic development.
Nikolay has experience as production planer in the automotive industry and Investment specialist in InvestBulgaria agency. As a representative of the public sector, he has been Advisor to the Minister of Economy, Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism (2013) and Economic Advisor at the Political Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister for Coalition Policy and State Administration (2015-2016).
Nikolay’s current company InnoLED provides to its customers a wide range of LED lighting solutions, the particular added value of the company is the customer service, development of own control systems and high-end LED luminaires which are manufactured in Bulgaria by a leading private label company.

Sofia Med

Register for Company visit option 1: SOFIA MED
Sofia Med is a producer of a wide range of rolled and extruded copper and copper alloy products such as sheets, strips, plates, circles, disks, bare and plated copper bus bars, rods, profiles, components, and wire that are used in a wide variety of building and industrial applications. Sofia Med is a subsidiary of Halcor SA Greece, which is part of the Viohalco holding.
Sofia Med Sofia Med is situated in Sofia, Bulgaria, on a 250,000 m2 area and has three production units: Foundry, Rolling and Extrusion mills. With over 70 years of manufacturing experience and significant investments, Sofia Med has evolved into a competitive modern European company with customers internationally, supported through the worldwide distribution channel network of Halcor.
Sofia Med operates under strict quality, environmental, as well as health and safety management systems, in compliance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards.
The wide product range of Sofia Med meets the requirements of the Unified European standards (EN) as well as BS, DIN, ASTM, JIS standards, or any other specific customer request.


Register for Company visit option 2: SPESIMA
SPESIMA GmbH (Specialized Systems for Automation) is a Bulgarian-German Joint venture and 100% private enterprise. The German shareholder is Frech Internationale Beteiligungen GmbH. The parent company is Oskar Frech GmbH + Co. KG, an industry leading producer of hot and cold chamber die casting machines.
Spesima SPESIMA GmbH was founded in 1989 and its main business activity is the development and implementation of specialized systems for automation of the industrial production. In addition, SPESIMA GmbH specializes in mechatronic systems, VPN diagnostics and service, industrial engineering, CAD design and CNC processing.
The company’s specialized robots for automation of horizontal die casting machines of Zinc, Magnesium and Aluminium applications are exported to over 30 countries worldwide like Germany, France, Great Britain, Austria, Spain, the USA, Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan, Singapore, China, South Korea and others.
In 2014, SPESIMA GmbH added the re-engineering of industrial robots to its portfolio. This is an opportunity for developing eco-friendly, energy efficient and innovative business. The engineers use the reliable mechanical construction of the industrial robots and develop an entirely new hardware, software and interface for the robot, customized to match the client’s needs. To be able to do this, SPESIMA engineers apply up-to-date mechatronic approach for the function-structural and dynamic analysis, computer modelling and other methods that lead to creating know-how.


Register for Company visit option 3: CERB
CERB (CENTRALNA ENERGOREMONTNA BAZA) EAD was established in 1948, and for its 70 years of existence has gained the reputation as a reliable supplier of repair services to the power facilities within Bulgaria and abroad. It plays a key role in the energy repairs sector in Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula. Diagnostics, testing, repair services and maintenance are carried out on site or at the premises of CERB EAD.
CERB Today, CERB spreads on an area of 20 000 m2, with over 150 highly qualified engineers, technicians, and specialist working for the company. It is the only Bulgarian company certified for maintenance of the primary equipment in the conventional and unconventional power energetics, power grid systems, and repair of hydro turbines.
CERB leads major international projects in more than 10 countries, including Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to name a few. It has a growing list of suppliers and numerous clients.
More enterprising than ever, CERB continues its development, entering new markets and sectors with confidence. In the last couple of years the company has included new services and installed new innovative equipment, in order to be up to date with the most advanced technologies. For example, remote monitoring of rotating machines through the system VibroHealth+, which is the company’s own product. CERB has its own data center – the first in the Bulgarian energy repair sector. Its own steel foundry with capacity of up to 2500 kg of melted steel. It offers industrial cleaning with dry ice blasting.

Friday, 18.05.2018

10:00-12:00 Registration
12:00-13:30 Official Opening Ceremony
                      and Plenary session

13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30-18:00 Company Visits
19:00-21:00 Welcome Cocktail

Saturday, 19.05.2018

10:00-12:30 Workshops
12:30-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-14:15 Plenary session
14:15-16:00 Team Challenge
16:00-16:15 Coffee Break
16:15-18:00 Sightseeing/Council Meeting
19:30-20:00 Transfer for Dinner
20:00-24:00 Closing Ceremony,
                      Gala Dinner & Party

Sunday, 20.05.2018

10:30-12:30 Cultural Visits

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