Keynote Speakers



Dr. Roland Caps, Co-founder, va-Q-tec AG
'Review of 40 years of vacuum insulation research in Würzburg, Germany'
About: Dr. Roland Caps completed his diploma (1982) and doctoral research (1985) in Physics from University of Würzburg, Germany. The topic of his thesis was thermal radiation in evacuated thermal insulation. He held research positions at University of Würzburg (1988) and at the research institute Hohenstein on heat and moisture transfer in clothing (1992) after which he was appointed the head of department “Thermal Insulation and Heat Transfer” of the Bavarian Institute of Applied Energy Research in Würzburg (1992 – 2001). Dr. Caps co-founded va-Q-tec AG in Würzburg in 2001 where he served as the Chief Research Officer until 2017.




Prof Phil Eames, Professor of Renewable Energy, Loughborough University
'Opportunities for VIPs in the UK building stock'
About: Prof Phil Eames is the Lead for LU’s Global Energy Challenge and the Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) at LU. He has an h-index of 42 and, over 30 years, has established an internationally recognised track record for undertaking high quality research in fields including thermal energy storage systems, advanced low heat loss glazing, concentrating solar energy systems and energy saving building fabric components. Till recently, Prof Eames was a member of the EPSRC’s Scientific Advisory Committee on energy research. He has been awarded over 40 grants and contracts to support his research activities. He was the lead author for the influential UKERC report “The Future Role of Thermal Energy Storage in the UK Energy System: An assessment of the Technical Feasibility and Factors Influencing Adoption” (2014). In 2018, he was awarded the Harry Leck Memorial Medal for distinguished contributions to British scientific research in the field of Vacuum Science and Technology.




Sebastian Baars, CEO, Vaku-Isotherm GmbH
'Update on VIPA International'
About: Sebastian Baars is the CEO of Vaku-Isotherm since more than 6 years. He is also the President of VIPA Interntional since 2020. Prior to his role at Vaku-Isotherm he worked for several medical device manufacturers where he managed the Industrial Engineering and Maintenance team. Sebastian graduated at the Technical University in Munich with a Masters of Science degree.




Prof. Dr. Zhaofeng, Professor, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
'The Latest Developments of VIP in China in Last 2 Years'
About: Prof. Chen has been engaged in the research of super insulation materials and technologies. He has actively promoted the application of vacuum insulation panel in the fields of cold chain and building insulation and energy saving, and achieved fruitful teaching and scientific research achievements. He has undertaken more than 20 projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, international science and technology Cooperation projects of the Ministry of Science and Technology and provincial and provincial projects, and has trained more than 20 doctoral students, more than 80 master students and 6 bachelor students. He has published more than 300 papers, more than 200 authorized patents, published two books including《VIP 150 questions & answers in building》(2012) and 《VIP 300 questions & answers》(2022), compiled 《VIP national standards》, and won 6 provincial and ministerial science and technology progress awards in China.




Prof. Bernard Yrieix, Research Engineer (retd.), EDF R&D
'Super insulation: some R&D contributions to solving industrial problems '
About: Prof. Yrieix began his work on thermal insulation materials in a collaborative manner at EDF R&D in 1998 with the infrared opacification of traditional porous materials and then the evaluation of "green" insulating materials. In 2000, the theme of super insulation by VIPs, initiated in Munich and Zurich, emerged in France with a modest participation in Annex 39. Prof. Yrieix’s first attendance at IVIS dates back to 2005, the beginning of 20 years devoted to the technical, economic and environmental performance of superinsulation, VIPs followed by aerogels, where the issue of their durability is central. During this period, he led the French community on super insulation and directed a dedicated laboratory as well as numerous thesis on the subject. It is with Annex 65 and its aftermaths that he ended a rich career in multiple and fruitful collaborations.




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Hideji Kawarazaki, R&D Department Manager, Panasonic
'Development of a new Vacuum Insulated Case for temperature-controlled ‎transportation of pharma-ceuticals'
About: Hideji Kawarazaki joined Panasonic in 2004 in Osaka in the Plasma Display Panel Division. He is managing the R&D De-partment in Shiga since 2014. Prior to Panasonic, Hideji worked for Mitsubishi Electric Cooperation in Kyoto. He gradu-ated with a Master of Energy Science from the Kyoto University in 1998.




Ronald Ellebrecht, va-Q-tec AG
'VIPs as super insulation in urban spaces using the example of the "Grand Tower" in Frankfurt/Germany'
About: Ronald Ellebrecht has been working in sales for various companies in responsible positions in the construction industry for over 25 years. Since summer 2015, he has been responsible for the sales activities of building products at va-Q-tec AG in Würzburg.




Sebastian Baars, CEO, Vaku-Isotherm GmbH
'VIPs for terrace insulation-Marina Apartments-Regensburg '
About: Sebastian Baars is the CEO of Vaku-Isotherm since more than 6 years. He is also the President of VIPA Interntional since 2020. Prior to his role at Vaku-Isotherm he worked for several medical device manufacturers where he managed the Industrial Engineering and Maintenance team. Sebastian graduated at the Technical University in Munich with a Masters of Science degree.




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