Ever want to know what goes on behind the business of solar panels? You’re an architect and wondering how you can start integrating solar power into your plans? Curious about the pros and cons of both solar-thermal and photovoltaic energy? Ben-Gurion University (BGU) is hosting next week - the 14th Sede Boqer symposium on Solar Electricity Production. It will take place on February 19-21, at the Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Center. In addition to presentations from the Israeli solar research community, keynote speakers will include Professor Ulrich Bünger, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology who will talk on the subject: Hydrogen: From myth to reality; Professor Susan Roaf, of the Open University, UK, and Arizona State University, USA, who will give a presentation on Solar Cities.The Sede Boqer symposia are unusual, writes the University press brief, in that they combine solar-thermal and photovoltaic presentations in a single conference without parallel sessions. This way - specialists from both disciplines are able to find out, at first hand, what is happening on ‘the other side of the fence’. For example, this year, photovoltaic specialists will have the opportunity to see the latest Solel-6 solar-thermal collector in operation, and solar-thermal specialists will be able to inspect large, state-of-the-art, European PV panels being tested under desert conditions.