09 Feb 2021

This is the brand new format of the World Geothermal Congress 2020+1

The poster of the World Geothermal Congress. IGA

Due to the pandemic, the World Geothermal Congress 2020 could not be held in Iceland last spring. That is why the WGC Organizing Committee decided to plan a new one in May 2021, but the terrible situation we are going through also prevents it from being held, at least on-site. The organizers have announced how the event will be.

The World Geothermal Congress has been adapted to the new situation, guaranteeing that the WGC 2020+1 will be an outstanding world class event, where Iceland’s knowledge and experience in harnessing geothermal will be at the forefront.

As a result, the World Geothermal Congress 2020+1 will consist of a series of monthly virtual events in which there will be more than 2000 presentations, giving the audience the chance to interact with the panelists. The highlight of the WGC 2020+1 will be a hybrid conference in Harpa Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland, between October 24 and 27.

Thus, what was planned as a geothermal week in Reykjavik will become a geothermal semester, which stretching from the virtual opening on March 30 towards the end of October of this year.

The schedule of the World Geothermal Congress will be distributed as follows, with 6 days of virtual events and four online and face-to-face events:

  • The opening of the event will take place on March 30, which will last 2 hours and in which updates will be discussed in the world of geothermal, as well as the following days of the congress.
  • On April 13 there will be presentations about business, education, legislation, country updates, etc.
  • May 11 and 12 will be the days of geoscience, that is, presentations will deal with geology, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrogeology, etc.
  • On June 15 the topics will be drilling, power generation, field management, reservoir engineering, etc.
  • A number of topics will be discussed on July 6, including agriculture, district heating, advanced technology, health, tourism and balneology, etc.
  • From 24 to 27 October the presentations will be more focused on the geothermal industry.