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The 2018 International Lightning Protection Symposium in Shenzhen, China has encountered a massive success. Thanks to the perfect organization of ILPA partners in China, it offers a unique opportunity to the scientific community to meet and exchange: high quality papers have been presented and during two days, experts met, exchanged ideas and practices, discovered other research teams experimental set up and findings ...

Lightning Protection experts are opposing for more than three decades the traditional Benjamin Franklin lightning rod to the recent Early Streamer Emission lightning protection systems. Every lightning-dedicated conference, every incident, every new standard release is a new opportunity for a new dispute. One or another "expert" will use this new event either to blame the "adverse" technology of not performing; or to declare his full endorsement of t atechnology that it is supposed to be definitely more performant. Such debates are useless. Those are biased, no one will ever admit the other technology of having advantages, no "expert" will ever change his mind, whatever evidences are produced. We are not taking science here, we are taking politics. Malaysia Energy Commission (Suruhanjaya Tenaga) made a very healthy decision in 2016: appointing an independant company (Mega Jati Sdn Bhd) to conduct a survey. Not an assessment of the technologies or products, but a survey on the existing LPS in Malaysia. 416 buildings have been surveyed, asking owners/operators questions about the lightning protection system installed, the occurence of accidents etc...

After various editions in Chamonix or Porto, ILPA is glad to announce that  the next symposium ILPS 2018 will take place in the nice city of SHENZHEN in CHINA  on 25 and 26 October 2018. The ILPS2018 will be organized by ILPA in conjunction with the Shenzhen lightning protection association and the Shanghai lightning protection Center. The conference will take place in the Wanyue Grand Skylight Hotel Shenzhen. The program of the conference will soon be introduced. Do not forget to book in your agenda 25 and 26 October 2018 ! In the meantime, you can check out the official ILPS 2018....