Standing for power system expertise since 1921

Established in 1921 in Paris, France, CIGRE is a global community committed to the collaborative development and sharing of power system expertise. The community features thousands of professionals from over 90 countries and 1250 member organisations, including some of the world’s leading experts. At its heart are CIGRE’s 59 in country National Committees offering diverse technical perspectives and expertise from every corner of the globe.

CIGRE operates the world’s foremost knowledge programme, spanning 16 domains of work encompassing all the core areas of the power system. Across these domains 250+ Working Groups draw and build on practical expertise to solve existing and future challenges facing the power system.

CIGRE’s knowledge programme includes an extensive range of local and international events, culminating every two years at the Paris Session in France – a unique thought leadership congress and the number one global power system event.

Over the last 100 years the work of CIGRE has contributed to many of the key technical cornerstones of the modern power system. CIGRE’s renowned publications, developed through the collaborative sharing of ‘real world experiences’, are in many cases the authoritative source of reference information.

All this means that when electricity industry professionals look for the unbiased, fact-based answers they need, they turn to CIGRE, the world’s preeminent source for power system expertise.



To foster engagement and knowledge sharing among power system professionals globally to enable the sustainable provision of electricity for all.


To contribute to the betterment of the power system by enhancing the expertise of the people within it.


To be universally recognised as the leading global community for expertise in all aspects of electric power systems.




Every 2 years,

9000 senior executives, engineers & experts

from the worlwide Power Industry

meet at CIGRE SESSION in Paris



A unique opportunity to learn, exchange, network

in 5 days


  • + 800 contributions from international senior executives, experts and specialists.

  • up to 300 meetings
  • + 600 e-posters
    The organizing committee has arranged poster sessions in which papers from the 16 technical councils are presented, giving delegates an opportunity to engage in one-on-one discussions with the authors of the CIGRE papers.
  • 16 Tutorials
    to learn more about the work of each Study Committee.


  • Workshops and Conferences
  • A social programme
    with a welcome drink on Sunday, cocktail reception in the exhibition on Monday, and coffee breaks to engage further discussions in a relaxed atmosphere.


  •  A technical exhibition on 3 levels with up to 300 exhibitors 
    Products and advanced technologies from around the globe. It includes displays and demonstrations by many of the world’s leading manufacturers that supply power generation and transmission utilities with the latest technologies installed in transmission systems.

    Products Presented :
  • High Voltage Equipment
  • Monitoring, control and protection equipment
  • Measurement, testing and diagnostic tools
  • Know-how and expertise from electricity companies and consultants
  • Training tools and technique

A REAL international audience

91 countries represented

  • 3 % Africa
  • 3 % Middle East
  • 10 % North America
  • 5 % South America
  • 9 % France
  • 13 % Europe outside EU
  • 19 % Asia Pacific
  • 38 % EU

      (CIGRE 2022 statistics)

Main themes

  • Rotating Electrical Machines
  • Power transformers and reactors
  • Transmission & distribution equipment
  • Insulated Cables
  • Overhead lines
  • Substations and electrical installations
  • DC systems and power electronics
  • Protection and Automation
  • Power system development and economics
  • Power system operation and control
  • Power system environmental performance
  • Power system technical performance
  • Electricity markets and regulation
  • Active distribution systems and Distributed energy resources
  • Materials and emerging test techniques
  • Information systems and telecommunication