Unusually for a wind conference the host country did not furnish the largest number of delegates, with 86 visitors from neighbouring Denmark outnumbering the Swedes by just one. Germany followed a close third, with 79 delegates, and the UK and the Netherlands tied with 49 apiece. The second grouping, made up of Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Japan Italy and the US, in that order, fielded between 22 and 12 delegates each, with all other countries fielding less than ten. In total EUWEC '96 registered 531 delegates from 38 countries and 72 exhibition staff. Delegates came from regions as far flung as New Zealand, Korea, Cuba and Uruguay. Noticeable by their absence, though, were delegates from India. Andrew Garrad commented on the final day that this lack of interest from a country currently hosting the second largest market for wind energy was surprising, not to say disturbing. What the Indians missed out on were nearly 100 oral papers, presented during 17 two hour sessions spread over five days, and some 250 poster presentations. EUWEC '96 copied the successful structure of the previous European Union wind event, in Travemünde in 1994, and dealt with broad market issues and technical updates on the first three days before delving into specific research and application topics in parallel sessions over the last two days.
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