On October 12, 2016 the plenary session "Innovative Development of Energy as a Factor in Increasing Energy Security of the Republic of Belarus" was held at the 21st Belarusian Energy and Ecology Congress. The Minister of Energy Vladimir Potupchik participated in the event. The session was held as a part of the 21st International Specialized Exhibition "Energy. Ecology. Energy Saving. Electro". It was also attended by the First Deputy Minister of Energy Leonid Shenets, the Chairman of the State Committee for Standardization of the Republic of Belarus Viktor Nazarenko, the Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Science and Technologies of the Republic of Belarus Anatoly Silchenko, the Head of Center EU and International Cooperation of the Austrian Energy Agency Leonardo Barreto-Gomez.
The National Academy of Sciences was represented by the Director of the NASB Institute of Energy Anatoly Brin who reported on "Energy Security and Innovative Development of the Republic of Belarus."