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2008 congress in Adelaide, Australia 
The 3rd International Solar Cities Initiative Congress in Adelaide from February 17th to 21st 2008 attracted more than 800 participants from 36 countries.
From the welcome reception on Sunday to the last farewells on Thursday there was a positive interaction between all participants. The speakers and discussions provided valuable information for a sustainable development of cities. And it was highly motivating to share information about realised projects.

The host city Adelaide was a beautiful example in itself. Their enthusiastic mayor, Hon Michael Harbison who participated intensively in the congress told about a visit to Freiburg which has been highly motivational. Proudly he told about the improvement of the Adelaide tramway system and its free transportation in the down town area. Even more impressive was the Adelaide solar electric bus named Tindo. The electricity it uses is provided by a dedicated PV system on the roof of the railway station.
Many important political representatives and high ranking Australian officials participated in the congress, highly adding to the profile. Monica Oliphant, the Australian ISCI Board member, responsible for the organisation of the Adelaide congress can be proud on a job well done.

Adelaide proudly accepted the ISCI flag as a token of their commitment. And at the closing ceremony in which both Mayors participated, the City of Dezhou, China got an ISCI flag as well as a token of proof for their ability and commitment to make the 2010 congress to a success.