YES-Europe Annual Conference 2023

21st – 23rd of April

Athens, Greece

YES-Europe’s Annual Conference 2023 took place Athens, Greece, 21st-23rd of April! The conference included panel discussions, workshops and networking with young people passionate about energy and sustainability and a field trip. Thank you for all the speakers, participants and sponsors, we had an amazing time!

The Venue

The Annual Conference will be organised at the Impact Hub Athens which is part of an International Network of social driven professionals and a variety of high impact creative professionals that are dedicated into prototyping the future of business.

From social inclusion and social integration to environment and fair trade, the Impact Hub Athens is engaging expertise from its worldwide presence and creating a net of intercultural, high impact community that acts locally and internationally.

Address: Impact Hub Athens, Karaiskaki 28, 10554 Athens, Greece



Time Activity
10.00 – 10.30 Presentation of YES-Europe and Resilient Planet
10.30 – 11.00 Keynote speech on the SDG 7
11.15 – 12.15  Poster presentations from young researchers on topics related to the energy transition and sustainability
12.15 – 12.30 Pianeta Project Presentation
12.30 – 12.45 UniPi Students’ project on Sustainability as a way of living
12.45 – 13.00 Move It Awards
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 – 14.40 Youth Innovation: Presenting initiatives with direct effect
14.45 – 15.00 EYEF presentation by ADENE
15.00 – 15.15 Energy democracy as the right to the smart city
15.15 – 15.30 Innovative solutions for electrification and smart energy management of buildings and cities
15.30 – 15.45 The role of energy citizens in the sustainable cities of the future
16.00 – 16.30 Renewable Energy & Social Participation: Energy Communities
16.30 – 17.00 The decarbonization of Energy Intensive Industries; The example of the Shipping Industry and the role of CCUS


Time Activity
10.00 – 10.40 Inequalities in climate crisis and access to energy
10.45 – 11.00 Research & Innovation; CERTH presentation
11.30 – 12.10 Women empowerment in energy and sustainability
12.15 – 12.55 Youth empowerment in energy and sustainability
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break
14:00-20:30 Field Trip


Time Activity
9.30 – 12.30 Eat4Change Workshop
12.30 – 13.00 Making an impact: Climate action and communication
14.00 – 15.30 WeEngage workshop
16.00 – 16.45 Changing the frame: what do Doughnuts have to do with Sustainable Development?
16.45 – 18. 15 ACTIVIST – The film-debate tour at YES annual conference 2023!

Field Trip Options

The workshop will be an interactive Climate Action Simulation session with the the En-ROADS simulator. This is a role-playing game for groups to explore the different stakeholders and solutions that need to come together to take action on climate change.

The session will be conducted as a simulated emergency climate summit organized by the United Nations to establish a concrete plan to limit global warming by bringing together government, business, and civil society representatives.

The Climate Action Simulation was co-developed by Climate Interactive, the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, and the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative.

About Helios Eco Labs

Helios Eco LabHelios Eco Lab is the brainchild of David Davis, a designer, inventor and sustainability expert. The idea behind Helios Eco Lab is to provide a sustainable
multi functional environment that provides a home, oce, workshop and farm for David and up to 5 volunteers, plus electrical and mechanical engineers.
The ethos is ‘’001’ (0 Carbon, 0 waste 1 planet) and aims to demonstrate that a sustainable lifestyle is practical, aordable and ‘Cool’.

Helios Eco Lab is off grid meaning energy is provided principally by a 12.5kW 54 PV panel array mounted on the roof and car park plus a micro wind turbine enabling electric vehicle charging, cooling in summer and heating in winter. There is connection to the local community water grid however irrigation is provided by harvesting rainwater in underground tanks.

Innovation underpins every aspect of life at Helios Eco Lab form the hight tech Vehicle to House (V2H) back up energy supply to the low tech ‘Humanure’ composting. Much of the technology is well known such as air source heat pumps and solar water heating but there are also less well known and utilised systems such as the automated interseasonal thermal store that captures heat from the summer within an underground pool and releases it in winter. Current projects include the solar boat and autonomous mobile power station.

There are also commercial and circular economy activities at Helios Eco Lab under the ‘Solar Electric Club’ banner encompassing battery building and recycling, E-bike conversion and design, solar installation, cardboard engineering, art from recycled materials, Electric Vehicle EV charging hardware and software design, Eco Architecture, Eco tourism and training / seminars / workshops / open days and events.

In short Helios Eco is a living museum of sustainability.

Helios Eco Lab is located next to Kouvaras Forest behind Porto Rafti and 25 minutes for Athens airport. see Google Maps and Facebook.

Guests are wlecome to bring their own refreshments but kindly requested to avoid single use plastics.

Nature generously provides everything we need. Symbeeosis’s organic cultivations are selected on criteria: altitude, soil suitability, local microclimate, and absence of industrial activity nearby. They encourage the implementation of regenerative agricultural practices, such as recycling and composting, that increase biodiversity, enrich the soil by returning its nutrients, and safeguard the ecosystem.

We will visit together our regenerative cultivated garden getting to know more about the “symbeeosis” of plants and bees, knowing more about the path from farm to cup, follow us on an amazing journey!

About Symbeeosis

Symbiosis is everywhere in nature – a harmonious coexistence of different organisms in mutually beneficial relationships.

Symbeeosis products come from vital examples of the naturally occurring symbiosis found everywhere in nature. We grow, gather, and offer oeganic mountain tea, herbal beverages, food supplements as well as organic and functional honey.

We believe that better health comes from better nutrition. Just as the ancient holistic doctor Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Our functional products, born from our creative symbiosis with nature, improve nutrition, support good health, and add a Greek flavor to your day.

We believe in well-being and so we embrace sustainability+, creativity, and innovation. If we want to continue living on this planet, the future must be all about cooperation and interdependence, living symbiotically.

Love your self, love your planet.

Get to know our speakers

Stephen Lezak

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Vasso Balou

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Tiago Vicente

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Thomas Heywood

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Kalliopi Lennax

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Evangelia Savvidou

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Cristina Sarris and Vernardos Saltamanikas

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Dimitris Tsirigotis

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Rania Pierrou

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Helena Stamou

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Stella Kasdagli

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Dr. Eleni Zafeiratou

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Dr. Akrivi Asimakopoulou

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Elena Zervopoulou

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Dr. Ioannis Tsipouridis

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Dimitra Spatharidou

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Alessio Castagnoli

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Andrea Valese

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Dimitris Kitsikopoulos

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Dr. Vangelis Marinakis

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Dr. Haris Doukas

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Dr. Georgios Xexakis

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Dr. George Skevis

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Anastasis Stamatis

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Despoina Adamopoulou and Erial Segi

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