Important Dates: 

Abstract Submission Open:
14 August 2015
Abstract Submission Closes:31st October 2015
Abstract review results published: January 2016
Final Papers due: 15th June 2016

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Abstract submission

The organisers request the submission of abstracts for papers concerning all areas of geothermal energy use, from very shallow systems to deep drilling and high-enthalpy fields. Both the technological and the social-economic side will be covered.

The programme will be divided into three basic threads or “streams”, using the practices and standards appropriate to each respective target group.

We hope, however, that you will use this unique opportunity to look outside your own normal sphere or interest and learn about the work of those in other fields, all connected by the desire to give geothermal energy the spot on the energy landscape it deserves!

The three streams are:

  • Politics and Market
  • Technology and Best Practice
  • Science

Please consider which stream is appropriate for your proposal, as reviewing and acceptance procedures will vary according to the usual practice in these fields (details below).

Politics and Markets

This stream covers the political, regulatory, financial, and economic framework in which geothermal energy operates, as well as public acceptance.

Policy and regulation can act both as a support and as a barrier to development, and we need to make sure the best suitable framework is created within the European countries. The politics and market sessions will feature invited speakers and as well as presentations from submissions, which will be selected according to their relevance to geothermal technology use. This stream is mainly organised by EGEC, with help from the Scientific Committee.

Topics falling under this stream are:


  • Legal aspects
  • Socio-economic aspects of geothermal energy
  • Financing, corporate structures, “bankability”, etc.
  • Public acceptance issues, public relations
  • Other

Technology and Best Practice

The technology required for making practical use of geothermal energy is at the centre of this stream.

We welcome R&D results, new technical ideas, reports from ongoing and finished projects, monitoring experiences, environmental issues, technical rules, plant design methods, and anything else relevant to the production of power, heat, and cold from geothermal sources.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed both for their technical soundness and their possible impact on the growth of geothermal energy. This stream is governed by the Scientific Committee, in cooperation with the Geothermal Panel of the RHC-Platform.

Topics falling under this stream are:

  • Geothermal power in Europe – projects, ideas, experiences (low-temperature binary cycles, Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), high-enthalpy fields, etc.)
  • Direct geothermal uses in Europe – district heating, agriculture and more
  • Geothermal heat pumps in Europe – the largest market sector in the geothermal field
  • Underground thermal energy storage – design, system integration and operation
  • Exploration and planning – geological subsurface data, documentation, access to data
  • Environmental impacts and solutions
  • Other


This stream provides a platform for the exchange of research results at the highest possible level.

We hope to learn the latest from Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Thermodynamics – all with a clear focus on possible implications on geothermal energy use.

Scrutiny for scientific excellence will be used in review for this category. This stream is governed by the Scientific Committee, in cooperation with the EERA Joint Geothermal Programme.

Topics falling under this stream are:

  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry
  • Thermodynamics (of geothermal systems, conversion cycles, etc.)
  • Other

Country Updates

In addition to these streams, country update reports will be provided as usual. Please do not submit abstracts for country updates through the website; a dedicated team will be in contact with prospective authors of the country update reports. If you wish to contribute to a report, and have not been contacted by end of September 2015, contact the conference secretariat at

Practical Information

The language of the congress will be English almost exclusively.

For some sessions (opening, geothermal in France) simultaneous translation will be available. If you consider submitting an abstract in French, please contact the secretariat to see if it would fit into a translated session. No guarantee can be given for the option to present a paper, once accepted, in any other language than English.

Please submit your papers  using the template given on the website, via the online submission tool

If you cannot use the online tool, please contact the secretariat to agree on an exceptional alternative submission method: