The World Geothermal Congress 2000 (WGC2000) was held in Japan 28 May - 10 June. It is organized every five years by the International Geothermal Association, and this time with the Japanese Organizing Committee as a co-convenor. There were about 1250 participants (plus over 100 accompanying members) from 61 countries.
trained at the UNU-GTP during 1979-1999 were authors or co-authors of 88 technical papers at the congress. Out of the total of 227 Fellows trained in Iceland, 61 (27%) from 24 countries attended the
congress and presented a total of 41 papers orally and 44 posters. Among these were 14 ladies. The former Fellows came from Bulgaria (4), China (14), Costa Rica (2), Egypt (1), El Salvador (2),
Ethiopia (3), Guatemala (1), Indonesia (3), Iran (3), Jordan (1), Kenya (5), Lithauen (1), Macedonia (1), Mexico (1), Nepal (1), Pakistan (1), Philippines (6), Poland (2), Romania (4), Serbia (1),
Slovakia (1), Tunisia (1), Turkey (1), and Uganda (1). Many of them presented the country papers for their respective countries and were in some cases the only representatives of their countries. The
Fellows made a very significant contribution to the congress and their participation has certainly strengthened the position of their respective institutions/countries in the international geothermal
co-operation. All the Fellows were awarded travel fellowships which covered the cost of their international travel to Japan and hotel costs in Japan.
During the conference a reunion was held for the UNU Fellows. The ambassador of Iceland to Japan addressed the reunion as well as the Rector, the Director, and a representative of the former UNU Fellows trained in Iceland. It was a great occasion where old and young Fellows had the opportunity to meet, some being trained in Iceland as much as 20 years ago and now many in the capacity of leaders of geothermal development in their respective countries.
A list of references of papers presented by former UNU-GTP Fellows and staff can be retrieved here .
Papers from the WGC can be retrieved from the IGA Geothermal Conference Database.