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History of CIRED

CIRED is one of the most important conferences for electricity distribution, attracting 1,600 attendees and 3,000 exhibition visitors. It is held every two years in a major city in Europe.

Find out more about the CIRED organisation

In order to avoid a major overlap between the existing conferences, it was decided to hold a conference every two years, under the name of CIRED. Originally alternating between the UK and Belgium, as CIRED has grown in size and importance, the conference now visits a different European location every two years.

From 2008, CIRED Workshops have been held in the years in between the conferences, focusing on a particular topic within electricity distribution.

Conference name

The acronym 'CIRED' is derived from Congrès International des Réseaux Electriques de Distribution, in English International Conference on Electricity Distribution. Since April 2021, CIRED has been established as an international not-for-profit Association.

Who attends CIRED?

Why submit an abstract?

Submitting an abstract to CIRED 2025 is a prime opportunity for you to raise your profile as a researcher. As an author at Europe’s most important electricity distribution conference, you will benefit from:

  • Indexing in some of the most important databases, including IEEE Xplore, IET Inspec, Ei Compendex, and Scopus.
  • Display your work in CIRED’s renowned interactive poster session with a guided tour. These sessions bring interested delegates directly to you and opens up in-depth discussion.
  • Authors of especially high-scoring papers will be invited to give an oral presentation in the main sessions.
  • Papers with a special focus on research and innovation will be selected for presentation and discussion in a ResearchInnovation Forum (RIF) session.

SESSION 1: Network Components

  • Components for smart distribution grids
  • Component reliability, diagnosis and maintenance strategy
  • Components for large cities distribution networks
  • Towards“greener components”
  • Innovation in the design of components.

SESSION 2: Power Quality and Safety

  • PQ related to modern technologies
  • PQ measurement, analysis and system monitoring
  • Continuity of supply, PQ standards and regulatory issues
  • Electric and magnetic fields, immunity and safety issues
  • PQ issues at the interface between distribution and transmission grids.

SESSION 3: Operation

  • Strategies and Management
  • Operation Centre
  • Operation in the Field
  • New Use Cases and Special Applications.

SESSION 4: Protection, Control and Automation

  • Protection
  • Control and Monitoring
  • Communication and IT-Security
  • Automation.

SESSION 5: Planning of Power Distribution Systems

  • Demand and generation forecast
  • Performance requirements, results, and benchmarking
  • Network schemes and design criteria
  • Network planning
  • Investment strategies.

SESSION 6: Customers, Regulation, DSO Business and Risk Management

  • Policy, regulation, integrated energy systems and DSO roles
  • Customer interaction, energy sharing, e-mobility and flexibility
  • DSO business risk management
  • Digitalisation, AI, business processes and cyber-security.