Brian Vad Mathiesen

Professor at Aalborg University
Program Director of the M.Sc. program in Sustainable Cities

About Brian

Brian Vad Mathiesen, Professor in Energy Planning and Renewable Energy Systems at Aalborg University, holds a PhD in fuel cells and electrolysers in future energy systems (2008). His research focuses on technological and socioeconomic transitions to renewables, energy storage, large-scale renewable energy integration and the design of 100% renewable energy systems.

He is one of the leading researchers behind the concepts of Smart Energy Systems and electrofuels and conducts more than 25 keynote speeches annually. He has published more than 200 scientific articles and reports and is on the Clarivate Web of Science List of Highly Cited Researchers (2015-2022), thus among the top 1% most cited researchers globally within engineering. In 2022 he was the most cited independent expert in Danish media.

Among other positions, he has been part of the EU Commission expert group on electricity interconnection targets and the Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) Expert Group on A Systemic Approach for the Energy Transition in Europe. He is the Research Coordinator of the Sustainable Energy Planning Research group and was the Principal Investigator (PI) of the RE-INVEST and sEEnergies projects. He has been PI, work package leader and participant in more than 75 research projects.

In 2012 he founded the MSc programme in Sustainable Cities at Aalborg University. Furthermore, he is an editorial board member of The Journal of Energy Storage (Elsevier) and The Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water & Environment Systems; Associate Editor of Energy, Ecology and Environment (Springer) and Editor of the International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management. Recently he started the new Elsevier journal Smart Energy. In addition, he is a member of The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV), a board member at The Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP) among others.