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A user guide to CIRED

If you haven’t attended CIRED before, here’s our quick guide to what it’s all about and why you should join us in Geneva in 2025.

What is CIRED?

CIRED is the International Conference on Electricity Distribution. Its acronym is French – Congrès International des Réseaux Electriques de Distribution.

CIRED was founded in 1971 and is now co-owned by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Association des Ingénieurs de Montefiore (AIM).

Nowadays, CIRED is one of the most important meeting points for electricity distribution experts, with 1,500 people attending the conference.

The CIRED conference runs every two years, with a CIRED Workshop on a more specific topic within transmission and distribution taking place in alternate years.

CIRED covers:

  • The whole field of Electricity Distribution Systems and associated services, including dispersed and embedded generation issues
  • The technical aspects of Electricity Supply
  • Related aspects such as cost reduction, environment, regulation, organisation and related IT systems
  • Current and future innovations shaping the electricity distribution industry

Who attends CIRED?

You’ll meet over 1,500 of the key names in electricity distribution. CIRED brings together experts from the utility, product, consultancy, service, business and academic sectors.

Engineers at every level, including CEOs, Network Development Managers, Chief Innovation Officers, Lead Engineers, R&D Managers, Project Managers, Business Development Managers, researchers and students can be found at CIRED, all learning about the next big ideas shaping the industry.

Why should I submit a paper to CIRED?

Quite simply, it’s your chance to showcase your latest research, results and innovations in electricity distribution to a large number of engineers and business leaders from the transmission and distribution field.

Selection for CIRED also comes with extensive opportunities for publication, including indexing on IET Inspec, IEEE Xplore, Ei Compendex and Scopus.

Presenting your work at CIRED is an excellent opportunity for all electricity distribution specialists to bring your name in front of a wide, international audience.

What can I expect at the CIRED conference?

Over 4 days, you have the chance to hear from over 800 authors from 50+ countries, all presenting new research, results, applications and ideas in electricity distribution.

The Opening Forum showcases high-level speakers presenting on pivotal issues within the industry.

Technical sessions offer international perspectives around key topics shaping the field.

Round table sessions focus on particularly topical subjects, with the opportunity to listen to experts and participate in discussions.

Guided tours are offered for the poster sessions, giving you ample opportunity to meet the authors and discuss their work in a one-to-one or small group setting.

As well as all this, there’s a Welcome Reception following the Opening Forum, where you can get to know your fellow attendees, and a conference dinner, held at a prominent venue within the host city.

What’s new in Electricity Distribution?

CIRED covers new research, developments and innovations across electricity distribution, making it the ideal place to find out the breakthrough ideas and emerging topics in the field.

Networking at CIRED

As well as gaining huge amounts of new knowledge for your business, CIRED is a place to make contacts.

All attendees are invited to attend the Welcome Reception, held in the exhibition area on the first day of the conference.

The conference dinner is your opportunity to visit an interesting venue within Geneva and can be an excellent opportunity to make new contacts within electricity distribution.

You can book tickets for the conference dinner when you register.

Exhibiting at CIRED

The exhibition is an important part of the CIRED experience, with over 60 organisations showcasing their latest products and services.

Past exhibitors include 3M, ABB, Dutch Power, EA Technology, Enexis, GE, High Voltage Inc., IPS GmbH, Locamation, Megger, Omicron Electronics, Opal-RT Europe, Ormazabal, RTDS, Schneider Electric and Siemens.

Over 1,800 people visit the CIRED exhibition, making it the ideal place to connect your business with the heart of the industry.