The World Geothermal Congress (WGC) is organized every five years by the International Geothermal Association (IGA). The UNU-GTP 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. Their enthusiasm and hard work gives them the opportunity to keep up with new technical developments as well as the pleasure of meeting friends and colleagues from various parts of the world, reminisce about the past, and plan for the future. These are the pillars of the network of UNU-GTP Fellows worldwide.
At the World Geothermal Congress 2010 (WGC 2010), held in April 2010 in Indonesia, there were over 2000 participants, and the conference proceedings included 1034 refereed papers.
In all, 199 papers (19% of all papers) were authored or co-authored by 139 former UNU Fellows (out of 424) from 31 developing and transitional countries. These papers were divided between 25 (out of 40) technical sessions of the congress. The great involvement of UNU-GTP alumni in the international geothermal community is evident from the fact that approximately a third of all 424 former UNU Fellows from 1979 to 2009 were authors of refereed papers at the WGC 2010. The staff of the UNU-GTP continue to be proud of the level of activity of former Fellows.
Eighty three former UNU Fellows received travel fellowships from the UNU-GTP to participate in the congress in 2010. In 2005 77 former UNU Fellows attended the WGC in Turkey. Sixty one attended the WGC 2000 in Japan, and 35 the WGC 1995 in Italy. The UNU-GTP 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. The President of Iceland was invited as a honourary guest and speaker and gave an excellent address at the opening day of the Congress.
For more information on the WGC 2010 visit No. 80 in IGA News.
Papers from the WGC can be retrieved from the IGA Geothermal