10th European Geothermal PhD Day successfully concluded in Germany

10th European Geothermal PhD Day successfully concluded in Germany Participants of the European Geothermal PhD Day 2019, Potsdam (source: GfZ)
Alexander Richter 6 Mar 2019

The 10th European Geothermal PhD Day was successfully concluded in Potsdam, Germany last month with 57 participants from 18 different countries.

The European Geothermal PhD Day (EGPD) 2019 held 25-27 February 2019 at the Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam  was another great success.

The event is intended to connect PhD researchers from all over Europe working in the field of geothermal energy and celebrated its 10th anniversary at its original host institution, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Potsdam.

Over the last decade, the EGPD was held in many different countries including Iceland, the Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland and Germany.

This year, 57 young scientists and several guests from various research fields such as geology, geochemistry, rock mechanics, geophysics and mechanical engineering came together to share knowledge and experience on this promising energy resource. Participants of 18 different countries submitted an abstract to the conference, including researchers from Iran and Mexico. Additionally, we were able to offer financial support for 10 students who were not able to cover their travel costs.

The conference program included several keynote lectures from experienced researchers and academics about recent scientific and technical developments in geothermal energy, as well as socio-economic aspects, a poster session with drinks and snacks and a conference dinner at the City Centre of Potsdam. All participants presented their project in a poster and introduced themselves in a one-minute presentation during the conference.

Additionally, the EGPD included a tour around the geothermal underground laboratory and power plant of Groß Schönebeck, Germany. The excursion was sponsored by the Destress consortium and was supported by several researchers from the Destress project providing informative presentations about the site history and giving a guided tour around the geothermal site. For more information please visit our website:

We thank Christian Kluge from GFZ for the piece.