Photographs from the Grenoble workshop in March 2024

Here are some photographs I took while attending the 18th openmod workshop in Grenoble, France in March 2024.

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The workshop was held at the Grenoble Alpes University (UGA) at their main campus in Grenoble. [01 09707]

Site visits

On Monday 25 March, I was with the group that visited the GreEn‑ER building, the LNCMI magnetic research facility, and the experimental ABC building which prioritizes self‑consumption.

Physicist Steffen Krämer points to the water cooling circuits on a 25 MW non‑superconducting research magnet which can produce a static field of 43 T. The facility is run by the Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses (LNCMI). OSM. [02 09588]

Living labs professor Frédéric Wurtz explains some of the innovative building projects near the GreEn‑ER building that are used to undertake both technical and sociological investigations into domestic energy use. The building behind is the Tour Panache apartments. OSM. [03 09614]

An analogue simulation of an energy system. [04 09627]

The Autonomous Building for Citizens (ABC) apartment block from outside. The building is being used to test sophisticated energy capture and recovery systems and water collection and treatment systems. And to evaluate occupant behaviors in relation to energy and water consumption and their empirical engagement with smart systems. OSM. [05 09638]

Views of the panels and supporting structures used to both generate electricity and harvest rainwater. [06 09645]

Participants from the openmod workshop inspecting the panels. [07 09648]


The workshop venue from outside: La Maison de la Création et de l’Innovation (MaCI) or Center for Creation and Innovation. OSM. [08 09705]

The public transport in Grenoble was excellent. [09 09700]

The main lecture room for the workshop. [10 09732]

Sociologist @victor-ecrement concludes his lightning talk on Unsustainable economic institutions in transition scenarios. More. [11 09694]

Open data being defined by @Seun.Osonuga during his lightning talk titled Towards an open data lifecycle tailored to energy. More. [12 09696]

Researchers @HugoLeB and Louis Delannoy presenting their keynote titled Contrasted modelling for a constrained world and covering the need to consider a wider sweep of constraints in systems models. [13 09752]

Attendee @mhoffmann receives a poster after her team photographed the most public art around Grenoble for an informal competition (including the Shepard Fairey mural shown below as image 21). [14 09748]

Workshop organizers @etienne.cuisinier and @sacha.hodencq looking perhaps too cheerful during one of the interactive sessions. Also a good place to credit the work of Anais in the background and her contribution to the success of the event. [15 09719]

The group photo taken on the final Thursday 28 March was somewhat depleted. Approximately 100 researchers attended the main days of the workshop. [16 09760]

Views of Grenoble

Grenoble is surrounded by mountains and there was fresh snow during the event. Here are a few snapshots.

A grating on the way up to the Bastille castle. [17 09804]

A view from that same castle looking south with fresh snow on the surrounding mountains. [18 09817]

The old town. [19 09821]

Grenoble by night. [20 09860]

The “Rose Girl” mural designed by American artist Shepard Fairey and completed in 2019. This artwork was included in the informal competition to find and photograph public art on buildings around Grenoble. OSM. [21 09867]


My thanks to those who agreed to have their likeness made public.

Technical note

My equipment consists of a Sony a6700 APS‑C crop‑frame body and Sony SEL 10–20mm F4.0 PZ G, Sony SEL 16–55mm F2.8 G, and Sigma 23mm F1.4 DC DN lenses.

The images were post‑processed using GIMP 2.10.30 and the metadata added using ExifTool 12.64 — both being open source. My thanks to the respective developers.