Latin America Geothermal Energy Symposium

14 Feb. 2017, Offenburg, Germany

Please find a spanish translation of this text here:  Simposio latinoamericano de energía geotérmica

Event overview

On 14 - 15 February 2017, the International Geothermal Association (IGA) together with the International Energy Agency - Geothermal Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Geothermal TCP) and the Exhibition Centre Offenburg offer a Latin America Symposium with distinguished Latin American and international experts. The Symposium is held one day prior to the GeoTHERM 2017. The GeoTHERM - expo & congress itself officially opens in the morning of Wednesday, 15th Feb. 2017. The GeoTHERM exhibition will open its doors on15th Feb. 2017 and includes welcoming words from Latin American representatives and keynote addresses.

Every year, the GeoTHERM expo & congress partners with a country or region which is presented as Guest of Honour. For 2017, the Exhibition Centre Offenburg is delighted to welcome the countries of Latin America as Guests of Honour.


The symposium provides insights into the Latin American geothermal market, geothermal resources, research activities, risk mitigation mechanisms and technology transfer opportunities. The dialogue on Tuesday, 14 Feb. will lead to a late afternoon get-together at the fair where we invite guests to meet Latin American and other German/ international colleagues. The IGA Secretariat will offer a matchmaking event during the GeoTHERM - expo & congress on 15th Feb. 2016 where Latin American representatives can meet with European and German companies who provide geothermal services and products.

The speakers are mostly determined by the embassies of Latin American countries. Topics include:

  • The geothermal market in Latin America,
  • Geothermal resource potential in the countries,
  • Technology transfer opportunities between Germany, Europe and Mexico
  • Research activities and fields for cooperation,
  • Risk mitigation mechanisms.


You can register online for all events:

Please note that tickets for the Latin America Symposium and the get-together on 14th Feb. 2017 with Latin American representatives are handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is limited.


Latin America-Symposium on 14th of February 2017: € 10.00

get-together at the GeoTHERM together with Latin American representatives on 14th of February 2017, starting around 17.30: € 8.00            

Matchmaking with Latin American representatives: Free of charge

Ticket for one day at the GeoTHERM on 15 or 16 Feb. 2017 (special early bird): € 28.00

Ticket for two days at the GeoTHERM on 15 or 16 Feb. 2017 (special early bird): € 48.00

Ticket for the GeoTHERM evening event on 15th of February (special early bird): € 49.00


The IGA Secretariat will offer matchmaking appointments during the GeoTHERM - expo & congress on 15th Feb. 2016. It helps European and German companies who provide geothermal services/ products or have an interest in the market to speak with selected Latin American representatives. The meetings are scheduled on 15th Feb. 2016 and take 15 minutes each (as a start). This helps in establishing contacts for potential future collaborations. You can select interview partners online on the IGA webpage (weblink to come) and block a time slot. This service will become operational once closer to the event as soon as we know who will be there from Latin America.


Contact person for the event is the Managing Director of the IGA Service Company Mr. Horst Rüter: 

Horst Rüter
IGA Service Company
c/o Bochum University of Applied Sciences 
Lennershofstr. 140 
44801 Bochum – Germany 
Tel: +49 231 445766 

The Organisers of the Latin America Geothermal Energy Symposium

International Geothermal Association

The International Geothermal Association (IGA), founded in 1988, is a scientific, educational and cultural organization established to operate worldwide. It has more than 5,000 members in over 65 countries. The IGA is a non-political, non-profit, non-governmental organization with special consultative status to the UN. The objectives of the IGA are to encourage research, the development and utilization of geothermal resources worldwide through the publication of scientific and technical information among the geothermal specialists, the business community, governmental representatives, UN organisations, civil society and the general public. The joint event with the IEA aligns with the strategic IGA functions on international geothermal collaboration. Online:

IEA Geothermal TCP

Under the auspices of the International Energy Agency, the IEA Geothermal TCP provides an excellent framework for international cooperation sharing the latest technical and policy developments. IEA Geothermal promotes the sustainable use of geothermal energy worldwide through its website, country and statistical reports, workshops, seminars, publications and by personal networking. Through high quality information, widely communicated IEA Geothermal contributes to the mitigation of climate change and the development of geothermal technology worldwide. Participants of the IEA Geothermal benefit from engagement by integrating international developments in their market, research and policy strategies. IEA Geothermal was established in 1997 and comprises 13 countries, the EU commission, one geothermal association and one enterprise and is open for new memberships. Online:

Exhibition Centre Offenburg and the GeoTHERM – expo & congress

Within the last eleven years, the GeoTHERM has become the international event simply not to be missed by anyone involved in the geothermal market. At the last edition in 2016, a total of 180 exhibitors as well as 3,541 visitors from 44 countries benefited from the possibility to make valuable contacts. Accompanied by a high-quality congress program covering the areas of shallow and deep geothermal energy, the event offers well-founded knowledge for research and practice as well as a perfect platform for exchange of experience. Competent partners from politics, science and industry are convinced by the concept and actively support the development of GeoTHERM. Online:

Steering Committee of the Event

In October 2016 a Steering Committee was formed of strategic representatives of the IGA and IEA Geothermal. Steering Committee members are as follows.

IEA Geothermal representatives: 

  • Lothar Wissing: Chair of IEA Geothermal/ Project Management Jülich, Germany 
  • Brian Carey: Secretary of IEA Geothermal/ GNS Science, New Zealand 
  • José Manuel Romo Jones: IEA Geothermal representative Mexico/ CICESE/ CeMIEGeo, Mexico
  • Katharina Link: IEA Geothermal Leader of Annex 8 on Direct Use/ Geothermal Expert, Switzerland

IGA representatives: 

  • Alexander Richter: IGA President/ ThinkGeoenergy
  • Horst Rüter: Managing Director of the IGA Service Company/ HarbourDom GmbH, Germany 
  • Luís Gutiérrez-Negrín: Previous IGA Board member from Mexico/ Geothermal Consultant, Mexico
  • Diego Morata: Board member from Chile/ Director of the Geothermal Centre of Exellence of the Andes, Chile

Tasks of the Steering Committee include the following

  • Exchange on relevant topics and priorities with respect to the event agenda,
  • Outreach to colleagues in their respective countries, regions and partner entities, and
  • Outreach via websites/ Facebook and at events which Steering Committee members attend.