The third Latin American conference of the world-wide successful series ISGT was held in Montevideo, Uruguay from October 5th to 7th. The Conference was a big success, with a very significant support and participation of the Industry in the panels and among the attendance (>65%).
The public Utility UTE enthusiastically supported the conference registering more than 150 attendants.
More than 430 attendants participated actively in the event; all the sessions were well-attended. The program included keynote addresses by Wanda Reder, Miroslav Begovic and Luis Ochoa; tutorials, industry panels and paper presentation sessions. And thanks in good part to PES travel grants, 44 students from all over the Latin American region were present in the conference.
From a total of more than 250 papers received, 214 were accepted. Of those papers accepted, 174 made it into the program. Regarding IEEE Regions, 89% of the authors were from Latin America, 7% from Europe, and a few papers from USA, Canada and China. Looking at the country level in Latin America, 44 % of the papers were from Brazil, 16% from Uruguay, 15% from Colombia, 7% from Argentina. Other countries well represented were Chile, Germany, USA, Portugal and UK.
The Local Committee of dedicated volunteers did an outstanding job, especially coping with the large number of “last-minute” attendants (original planning considered 300 attendants).
This successful event proves the maturity of the PES community in Latin America and points the way to more conferences in the ensuing years.