EGC Side Events

Training Courses

Two training courses on deep and shallow geothermal technology and resources will be provided on Monday 19th September. See the programmes below:

International short course on advances in shallow geothermal technology and implementation

International short course on Development of deep geothermal resources


  • Standard rate: €160
  • Reduced rate (students): €90

To register to these courses please click here


Site visits

Geothermal site visits will take place on Friday 23rd of September.  You will find the programme here.This is a first draft and some changes might be made in the future.

You can register for the field trip via the online registration tool.

The price is €50 per person. Lunch is included.


Side Conferences and Meetings

Space is available for geothermal organizations, companies, and projects to host meetings and side conferences.

If you are interested in organizing an event on site or in collaboration with EGC, please contact info(at)

Tuesday 20th September

The European Regional Branch (ERB) of the International Geothermal Association (IGA) Invites all its members to an


At the venue of the European Geothermal Conference

Day: Tuesday, 20nd of September

Time: 13:00 – 14:05

Room: Londres 1

Wednesday 21st September

  • Side Event: GeoPLASMA-CE

Room: Leicester (1st floor), 14:00-17:00

GeoPLASMA-CE is an Interreg Central Europe project dealing with different aspects of shallow geothermal use for heating and cooling in both urban and rural regions in Central Europe. In collaboration with geological surveys, universities, non-profit organisations, administrative bodies and private companies, new management strategies for the effective and sustainable use of shallow geothermal will be explored in six different pilot areas in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Slovenia. The project aims at generating web based information systems for the visualisation of shallow geothermal potential and risks. Moreover, it also intends to create an expert platform to connect experts and stakeholders in the field of shallow geothermal use in Central Europe.

The kick-off meeting will be a side event of the European Geothermal Congress EGC 2016 and is for project partners as well as stakeholders and the interested public. It aims to put the project on track and intends to give stakeholders the opportunity to express their ideas and demands to the project.

Session 1 (14:00 – 15:30) – internal
kick-off meeting of the project team

Session 2 (15:45 – 17:00) – public
Get together (15:45 – 16:00)
Presentation of the project GeoPLASMA-CE
Presentation of the project team
Open forum discussion on the project aims and deliverables

Registering for the GeoPLASMA-CE meeting
The participation at the public session 2 of the kick-off meeting is free of charge. As the number of participants is limited we kindly ask you to register to the event via e-mail at until September 14th 2016.

Thursday 22nd September

  • Side Event: DESTRESS

Room: Luxembourg, 13:00-14:00

DESTRESS: Demonstration of soft stimulation treatments of geothermal reservoirs

DESTRESS is a Horizon 2020 supported programme aiming to demonstrate methods of EGS (enhanced geothermal systems) and thereby expanding knowledge and providing solutions for a more economical, sustainable and environmentally responsible exploitation of underground heat. EGS allow a widespread use of the enormous untapped geothermal energy potential. DESTRESS improves the understanding of technological, business and societal opportunities and risks related to geothermal energy.

The concepts explored are based on experiences in previous projects (e.g. GEISER), on scientific progress and developments in other fields, mainly the oil and gas sector. Recently developed stimulation methods are adapted to geothermal needs, applied to new geothermal sites and prepared for the market uptake. The main focus lays on stimulation treatments with minimized environmental hazard, which address site-specific geological requirements. The overall objective is to develop best practices in creating a reservoir with increased transmissivity, sustainable productivity and a minimized level of induced seismicity. Existing and new project’s test sites, pilot and demonstration facilities were chosen to demonstrate the DESTRESS concept (

DESTRESS assembles an international consortium involving major knowledge institutes and key industry from Europe and South Korea to guarantee the increase in EGS-technology performance and accelerated market penetration.
To support the joint vision for the various stimulation treatments performed within the project and to facilitate the exchange of good practices, DESTRESS wishes to establish a stakeholder network and seeks candidates with a strong interest in geothermal energy research, development and exploitation.
For more details visit:

  • Side Event: IGA Book launch

Room: Amsterdam, 13:00-13:45

Launch the second IGA Academy Book: Geothermal Exploration – Global Strategies and Applications.
One of the authors, Prof. Dr. Horst Rüter will be there to give a short presentation on the background and the content of the book. Afterwards, Mr. Rolf Bracke will talk about the IGA Academy and the purpose of the Academy.

Geothermal Exploration introduces the subject of geothermal energy and its development around the world. The text defines a series of ‘geothermal play types’ based on geological setting and then presents strategies and methodologies appropriate for each play type to move a geothermal exploration program to the stage of committing to exploration drilling. These methodologies include permitting, environmental, geology, geochemistry, geophysics and remote sensing techniques used throughout the world for specific play types. The book covers a large number of geoscientific techniques and focuses on their applications to both convective and conductive geothermal systems, with extensive reference to the international literature.
Title: Geothermal Exploration – Global Strategies and Applications
Authors: Colin Harvey, Graeme Beardsmore. Inga Moeck and Horst Rüter
First Published: 2016
Publisher: IGA Academy Books
Imprint: IGA Service GmbH, c/o Bochum University of Applied Sciences,
Lennershofstr. 140, 44801 Bochum, Germany
ISBN: 978-3-9818045-0-8
Printed by: 1010 Printing International Ltd

Download the flyer here

The Eurométropole of Strasbourg and Geothermal Innovation: Welcome reception from the city of Strasbourg

The Eurométropole of Strasbourg brings together into a coherent ecosystem for all the players of the geothermal sector: from industrial operators, to advanced researchers and university scholars, all of them sharing the ambition of energy transition in our territory.

On the occasion of the European Congress of Geothermal Energy and Les Journées de la Géothermie 2016, Eurométropole of Strasbourg invites you to come and meet these players at an evening event, on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Place Hans Jean Arp in Strasbourg.

You will discover their know-how developed over decades through several projects as well as ongoing projects in the territory of the Eurometropole. A buffet will be served after the presentation and you will have free access to the exhibition halls of the museum.

This event is free of charge, but registration is required. Limited availability.

Click here to register (external link)