International Ruhr Energy Conference 2017 (INREC 2017)

Conference Venue and Dates

The conference is taking place at Haus der Technik, in the city center of Essen, Germany on September 12-13, 2017. The conference language is English.

Registration is now open and possible until September 8, 2017. Early registration ends on July 31, 2017.

Abstract submission (mailto: abstracts (at) for participants is open until June 12, 2017.

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Contact Person: M.Sc. Christian Furtwängler, Jonas Höckner


Conference Objectives

This conference will have a particular focus on the link between macroeconomics and energy and will be covering all functional areas of energy finance and energy economics. Our goal is to stage an interdisciplinary platform for researchers from different fields and give insights on energy challenges from diverse viewpoints.


Conference Topics

The conference will cover subjects including, but not necessarily limited to

•             Energy price modelling

•             Commodity markets and spillovers

•             Energy market (dis-)equilibria

•             Energy innovations & energy markets

•             Energy prices, consumption and growth

•             Energy policies and economic impact

•             Monetary policy, spillovers and energy policy

•             Global liquidity and energy trade

•             Financing energy infrastructure

•             Risk measurement and management

•             Regulation and regulatory risk

•             Asset valuation

•             Alternative climate policies

•             Fluctuation of renewables and markets

•             Oil prices and world savings

•             Energy and foreign exchange markets 


Keynote Speakers

Dr Hans Bünting, Degree in economics, subsequently scientific staff and obtained his doctorate in 1995 at Ruhr-University Bochum. Then, he worked in various leading functions in Controlling and Risk Controlling at RWE. From 2008 to 2012 he was CFO and from 2012 to 2016 CEO of RWE Innogy GmbH. Since April 2016 Dr. Bünting is member of the managing board as Chief Operating Officer Renewables of innogy SE.

Prof Lutz Kilian, Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, received his PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and his M.A. in Development Banking from The American University in 1988. He joined the faculty at Michigan in 1996. Prior to his PhD, he worked for the research department of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. During 2001-03 he served as an adviser to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt/Main. Professor Kilian's research interests are time series econometrics, empirical macroeconomics, international finance, and energy economics.

Dr Felix Christian Matthes, Research Coordinator for Energy & Climate policy at the Oeko-Institut e.V. in Berlin, received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin in 1999 and his diploma in Engineering at the Leipzig University of Technology in 1985. Since 1990, he is a Senior scientist at Oeko-Institut and was responsible for the set up of the Berlin branch. Since 2011, he is member of the European Commission Directorate General for Energy Advisory Group on the Energy Roadmap 2050. He is guest lecturer for energy policy analysis at Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science at the Free University of Berlin. His research interests include the design, assessment and evaluation of policies and measures in energy and environmental policies, the analysis of policy interactions and the regulation and market design of power markets.

Prof Pierre Siklos, Professor of Economics at the Wilfrid-Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, received his PhD in 1981 from Carleton University (Ottawa). He has also been a visiting lecturer at numerous universities around Europe and North America, South East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2008, he was Chairholder of the Bundesbank Foundation of International Monetary Economics at the Free University of Berlin. He specializes in macroeconomics with an emphasis on the study of inflation, central banks, and financial markets.


About the International Ruhr Energy Conference (INREC)

The International Ruhr Energy Conference series started 2009 and has been organized jointly by the Chair of Energy Economics and the Chair of Energy Trading and Finance of the University of Duisburg-Essen for its first five issues. Recent issues have been devoted to various focal points of energy economics and energy finance, bringing together contributions from both research and economy.

Starting this year, the newly founded House of Energy Markets and Finance – consisting of the both aforementioned chairs and complemented by the Chair of Macroeconomics, the Chair of Finance and Banking and the Junior Professor of Environmental Economics of the University of Duisburg-Essen – is taking over the organization of the 6th issue of the conference.

Find out more about the current INREC and recent issues: