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Kicking off WGC2020+1 – join in on March 30, 2021

WGC2020+1 kick-off event, March 30, 2021

The World Geothermal Congress 2020+1 is finally starting with an open kick-off event on March 30, 2021 open to everyone.

In a release this morning, the World Geothermal Congress 2020+1 has shared details about an upcoming kick-off event on March 30, 2021.

The kick-off event with a high-profile line-up of speakers and details details to be shared about the World Congress events and logistics provide a great opportunity to prepare for an exciting 7 months of all things geothermal.

So join us on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 – 15:00 to 17:00 UTC for the live stream for the virtual official kick-off of the World Geothermal Congress 2020+1. A recording will be available afterwards. We have secured a great line up of speakers. Joining us will  be Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy, Thórdís Kolbrún Gylfadóttir, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation of Iceland,  Edda Síf  Pind Aradóttir,  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 wonderfully excited to be finally able kicking-off the World Geothermal  Congress 2020, 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.

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„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 fully packed 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 have we had 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 all participants to access all program aspects like never before, given the traditionally set up of 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 feature around 200 video presentations each, 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 October 24-27, 2021, but major parts of the events of the onsite congress will be streamed and made available for those that cannot travel.

The event now 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 given access to all elements of the congress both virtual and onsite. We have chosen to keep pricing in place as is, despite the challenges and increased costs in the approach chosen now. Our target was to guarantee the best access, visibility and value for speakers, participating companies and stakeholders.  Registration is open.

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

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 offer 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.

We have planned for northern lights to appear during your visit in October, yet cannot guarantee everything. But we at least got a volcano started just to heat things up a little. Here, a picture from March 20, 2021 taken by the Icelandic Coast Guard.

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