World Geothermal Congress in Melbourne, Australia (19-24 April 2015)

From 19-24 April 2015 the World Geothermal Congress brought together over 1,500 geothermal experts/ industry and government representatives and int. development partners.

Last week geothermalists, industry and government representatives met in Melbourne to discuss a wide range of geothermal topics. Please visit the WGC Media Portal: . Press releases are also available:

At times up to 12 concurrent sessions were held on a variety of topics. Session topics included: Reservoir modelling, Geology, Geophysics, Drilling, Environmental, Direct use, Business strategies, International collaboration, etc.

Six short courses were held prior and after the congress. Also five field trips were conducted in Australia and New Zealand.

During the Closing Ceremony of the WGC the Melbourne Declaration was signed by geothermal representatives from the Asia-Pacific region, North-, Central- and South America, Africa and Europe. With the Melbourne Declaration the global geothermal community asks for more support from governments, financial institutions and political decision makers and emphasizes the importance of human resource development, knowledge transfer, policy development and the respect of indigenous peoples. The document is available for download.

Melbourne_Declaration_4-2015.pdf (385 K)

Maori during the Opening Ceremony

Hon. New Zealand Minister Simon Bridges opens the WGC

The audience during the Opening Session

The IGA booth in the Melbourne Exhibition Hall

Matchmaking of geothermal donors and investors/ country representatives organized by the IGA

Audience of the Africa Forum

The geothermal navigation symbol (hoi) travels to Iceland for the WGC2020 in Iceland

The Icelandic representatives with the hoi