Resilience and Innovation: the Islands’ Challenge

Friday 21 Sept: ESIN/SIF Conference on Mull

This one-day conference  forms the final day of the three-day ESIN AGM and Annual gathering.  It  is being held in Craignure Hall on the Isle of Mull on the 21st September.

The conference features a number of interesting speakers and workshops on renewable energy projects and approaches for small communities.


9.00 – 9.30 –  Registration / Tea and coffee

9.30 – 10.00 – Welcome to Mull

Bengt Almgvist, ESIN Chair and Sandy Brunton, SIF Chair introduce the seminar topics:  in these times of austerity, are islands needs taken into account? Is their   resilience taken for granted? If there really is a renewable energy bonanza for island communities, how can they cash in on it?  

10.00 – 10.45 – Keynote Speakers

Keynote speaker 1: Mike Russell, MSP:  Islands and the renewable energy bonanza , the view from Holyrood.

Keynote speaker 2: Alyn Smith, MEP, Chair of the Group 174:  can Europe deliver for the islands, and the smaller islands in particular?

10.45 – 11.00  – Coffee break

11.00 – 11.45
  – Presentations on island innovations :

Biomara: algae for biofuel, how can island communities cash in?

MICT: how we are doing it! With Moray Finch from the Mull and Iona Community Trust

Tiree Community Development Trust: Wind energy, how does the community benefit? Lynne Kerr, Isle of Tiree

IRDA: Irish and Danish islands cooperation on renewable project. Morten Priesholm (Denmark) & John Walsh (Ireland)  

11.45 – 12.30 – Workshops

Workshop 1: How can the smaller islands cash in on Renewable Energy?
With Felix Wight , Community Energy Scotland TBC

Workshop 2: What do we need in terms of infra-structure?
With Moray Finch from the Mull and Iona Community Trust TBC             
Worskhop 3: How can islands achieve lasting impact from renewables?
With Brid MacKibben

12.45- 13.00
    – Plenary session:

Summing up of workshops and discussion, chaired by Felix Wight, Community Energy Scotland (Argyll and Bute).   

13:00-13.45   –  Lunch 

13.45 – 14.30  –  Workshop 4:

What is our experience of the EU and of the support offered by our national governments? Speaker: TBC  – Western Isles Council: ” the Islands Pact, pros and cons.”       

14.30  – 15.00  – Coffee break

15.00 – 16.00
   – Summary and Discussion

Summary of workshop 4 and panel discussion with questions from the floor, chaired by Alyn Smith, MEP.


16.00 – 16.30  –  Conference close

Attendance is free and assistance with travel costs may be available.

There is a complete programme of the three days plus a booking form available HERE


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