The 5th International Conference on Next Generation Solar Energy (NGSE5) will be held from 7th – 9th of December 2020 in close collaboration between the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energies (HI ERN), the South China University of Technology (SCUT) and the Erlangen Graduate School of Excellence in Optical Technologies (SAOT).

The SAOT Summer Academy 2020 took place online for the first time due to the ongoing COVID 19 crisis. In the last week of July 2020, the participants from both SAOT and MAOT could choose between two different courses.