SHC 2014, the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, will take place from October 13 to 15, in Beijing, China. SHC 2014 will be the third edition of this series of annual scientific conferences on solar heating and cooling organized by the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme (IEA SHC). It offers a unique discussion platform for the international solar thermal community. In addition to key technical topics, the conference addresses market and policy issues from an international perspective. Being in China this year’s conference offers the opportunity to get first-hand impressions from the by far biggest solar thermal market. SHC 2013 welcomed some 400 participants from 36 countries, which enjoyed 15 keynotes, 90 oral presentations and 140 poster presentations.