To all our friends in the global geothermal community and those looking forward to join us,

These have for sure been interesting times for all of us around the world and with the dawn of a new spring (or autumn), clearly it is time to look forward to an exciting decade for geothermal and the World Geothermal Congress 2020+1. Planned since 2014 and likely longer, we are now finally ready to go.

We will start with a kick-off event that features high-level speakers, an overview of the program elements of the World Geothermal Congress 2020+1, and hopefully set the tone for what will be an incredibly exciting 7 months for the geothermal world.

So join us on March 30, 2021 for the live stream at 15:00 UTC for the virtual official kick-off of the World Geothermal Congress 2020+1. It will be available afterwards as a recording. We have secured a great line up of speakers, such as Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy, Thórdís Kolbrún Gylfadóttir, Ministery of Tourism, Industry and Innovation of Iceland, Edda S.A. Pind, CEO of CarbFix, Ahmad Yuniarto, President Director of PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy, and Andrea Blair, President of the International Geothermal Association. This kick-off event will be chaired by Hidda Thorsteinsson, Head of Research at Reykjavik Energy, and Dr. Bjarni Pálsson, Chairman of the Organising Committee and Head of Geothermal at Landsvirkjun.

„We are terribly excited to be finally able kicking-off the World Geothermal Congress 2020, even though now delayed by one year, and are very much looking forward to have you with us for this event and the exciting events planned.“, Hidda Thorsteinsson, Managing Director Research and Innovation, Reykjavik Energy.

For more details visit our website wgc2020.com

„We have been hard at work in the recent weeks and months and launched a new website for the Congress. There you will find all details related to the new format of the event, including the extensive agenda of the program, details on the set-up, speakers, social program and all the things that make the World Geothermal Congress the great meeting venue for the global geothermal community. We hope to engage with you all in the coming months and see you in Reykjavik in October.“, Dr. Bjarni Pálsson, Chairman of the WGC2020 Organising Committee and Head of Geothermal, Landsvirkjun.

With the challenges of these times, a large part of the program has been moved into an extensive virtual event series of five rather long days of presentations and discussions. This set-up creates a complete new experience and value, given that all 1,800+ presentations will be available online for a minimum of 12 months. Never before has our communityhad this level of access to the state of knowledge, experience and history of geothermal development, technology, social aspects and so much more. This format allows you to access all program aspects like never before, given the traditionally parallel sessions of the technical programs at the World Geothermal Congress events.

The virtual event series is split into five long-day events, under the following themes: general, geoscience(in two parts), engineering, and cross-cutting. They will each feature around 200 video presentations, followed by live moderated Q&A discussions after each session. The events will take place within a dedicated conference platform, which we will introduce in a tutorial on the congress website. The dates for event are April 13, May 11-12, June 15, July 6, 2021.

The onsite event will then be held as planned in Reykjavik from October 24-27, 2021, a major part of the onsite Congress will be streamed and made available for those that cannot travel.

The World Geothermal Congress provides the best of both worlds, in this „+1“ approach and an increased value given the unparalleled access to the entire technical program, as well as key elements of the onsite event in Reykjavik in October.

The entire experience for the event is sold as one package with one ticket providing access to all elements of the Congress, both virtual and onsite. The organisers have decided to refrain from raising the prices for WGC 2020+1, despite the challenges and increased costs in the approach chosen now. Our aim is to guarantee the best access, visibility and value for speakers, participating companies and stakeholders. Registration is now open on wgc2020.com

The event in Reykjavik will allow for all the traditional elements of a World Geothermal Congress. The Exhibition at the conference vene Harpa will continue to provide a great opportunity to showcase your company‘s offering to the geothermal world. The virtual platform will also allow for a virtual representation of your company both as sponsor and exhibitor. Details can be found on wgc2020.com.

The value of WGC2020+1 is further increased with the fantastic and unique opportunity to experience all things geothermal in Iceland within just a short-drive from Harpa Conference Centre. Field trips & excursions on offe provide the opportunity to experience first hand geothermal energy utilization for power generation, district heating, direct use, and even soak in one of the many outdoor swimming pools and spas in and around Reykjavik.

While we have planned for the northern lights to appear during your visit in October, there are a few things we simply cannot guarantee. But at the very least we have started the small volcanic eruption in Geldingadalur outside Reykjavik to heat things up for you.

Last but not least, we would like to thank the continued support of our key sponsors, partners and stakeholders around the world, in particular Ormat Technologies as Platinum sponsor, as well as the Icelandic energy companies, HS Orka, Landsvirkjun, and Reykjavik Energy.