Berkeley Conference

Dear colleagues,
The MES 2014 Symposium "Innovating Energy Access for Remote Areas: Discovering untapped resources" at UC Berkeley on April 10 – 12, 2014 is getting closer. Deadline for the submission of papers and for early bird tickets is January 15th, 2014. Please take a look at the Call for Papers.

-EXTENSION OF SUBMISSION DEADLINE for Papers: January 31, 2014-

Are you interested in participating? Register for the MES 2014 conference before January 15th, 2014, and get a 50% early bird discount.


The paper conceptualizes the link between value chain theory and PU focused energy projects. It's main argument is that all PU focused MSME development projects can be interpreted as value chain upgrading attempts. As today’s enterprises, especially those in the agricultural sector, are increasingly exposed to the challenges global economic integration brings along, upgrading opportunities are posed by the market context these enterprises are embedded in. Based on this this rationale, a problem-centred value chain approach is proposed to utilize the power of value chain thinking as a risk-management tool for micro-financed energy projects. A case study of the Philippines illustrates the usability of the method by outlining some risks and opportunities the rice value chain context poses to energy based upgrading attempts of rice farmers.

Are you interested in submitting a paper? Register your interest for the submission of a paper now – make it easier for us to plan the agenda.

Are you interested in funding the event? Sponsors will be recognized in symposium documentation and during the opening ceremony, as well as in the published conference proceedings.  Sponsor representatives will also receive free admission, with the opportunity to interface with leading researchers and practitioners in the field. Please find further information here (Berkeley_2014_Call_for_Funding_Scholarships). 

Are you interested in publishing a journal paper or book chapter? We have new journal partners who are interested in publishing selected papers of the MES 2014 conference.

Are you interested in getting funding for your travel costs and conference fees? To support participants from Asian, African and Latin American Universities we have funding partners and we are currently seeking for more. Learn more about funding possibilities.