Geothermal Congress 2005 (WGC 2005) held in Turkey, April 2005, was certainly a milestone in the history of the UNU-GTP with the great contribution of former UNU-GTP Fellows. There were over
1300 participants from 80 countries. Amongst the 705 refereed papers accepted by the Technical Committee for presentation (oral and poster), 141 papers (20%) were authored or co-authored by 104
former UNU Fellows from 26 developing and transitional countries. The papers were divided between 23 of the 24 technical sessions of the conference. The level of activity of the UNU Fellows in the
international geothermal community is well reflected in the fact that a third of the 318 graduates of the UNU-GTP from 1979-2004 were authors of refereed papers. We, the staff and Studies Board of
the UNU-GTP, are of course very happy and proud of this.
Seventy seven former UNU Fellows from 25 countries attended the congress. Most received travel fellowships funded by the UNU-GTP and the UNU Centre. Sixty one attended the WGC 2000 in Japan, and
35 the WGC 1995 in Italy. The UNU policy to support the participation of former UNU Fellows in the WGC every five years has made it possible for a large number of professionals from all continents to
share their research results and experience with the international geothermal community. These are the pillars of the network of UNU-GTP Fellows worldwide. We are very grateful to UNU
Rector Hans van Ginkel for his support for the sharing of the cost of the fellowships between the UNU-GTP and the UNU Centre in Tokyo. The Icelandic Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mrs. Valgerdur Sverrisdóttir, addressed the conference and gave an excellent speech with greetings
from the Government of Iceland.
At the WGC 2005, there was a great reunion for the former UNU Fellows, UNU-GTP staff, teachers and Studies Board, UNU Visiting lecturers, and representatives of many companies and institutions which have supported the UNU-GTP (see webpage). The party was co-hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the UNU-GTP. Meseret Teklemariam (Ethiopia) gave an eloquent speech on behalf of the UNU Fellows. Valgerdur Sverrisdóttir also addressed the reunion. It was a fine party which continued by all the UNU Fellows participating in the conference dinner (where Cornel Ofwona from Kenya showed a much greater talent in dancing than the professional belly dancer).
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.