Geothermal Training Programme

The UNU Visiting Lecturer in 2017 was the geothermal reservoir modelling engineer Dr Juliet Newson.  Juliet received her PhD from the University of

Annual Visiting Lecturer at the UNU-GTP 2017

The UNU Visiting Lecturer in 2017 was the geothermal reservoir modelling engineer Dr Juliet Newson. 

Juliet received her PhD from the University of Auckland.  She defended her thesis Geothermal: Computer models of shallow heat & mass flow above boiling in 2009.  Previous to that, she got her MPhil in Engineering (geothermal), and a BSc in Geology from the same University.  She is currently pursuing a certificate in Business Studies, Statistics, Finance and Financial Institutions & Markets from Massey University, New Zealand. Juliet has been involved in many aspects of the geothermal industry, including geology, geothermal surface feature mapping, monitoring and modelling, reservoir and wellbore simulation, geological modelling and resource evaluation.  However, her strong belief that education is the key to progress both in a social and technological sense, has always led her to maintain strong links with academia.  She had previously been involved in tertiary-level energy education in New Zealand, internationally through the International Geothermal Association, and most recently, Iceland. 

In November 2016 Juliet took up the position of Director of the Iceland School of Energy, Reykjavik University, Iceland.  Prior to this, since 2011 Juliet has been a geothermal reservoir modelling engineer for Contact Energy Ltd in New Zealand, working in close co-operation with reservoir modelling researchers at the University of Auckland. 

From 2007 to 2011, she was the original co-organizer of the Postgraduate Certificate in Geothermal Energy Technology for the University of Auckland, New Zealand.  She has managed and delivered many other geothermal courses, including Short Courses for the International Geothermal Association World Geothermal Congress 2015.  Juliet also served the international geothermal industry as a Board member of the International Geothermal Association; where she was Chair of the Education Committee from 2010 to 2013.  She held the office of President for the 2013 to 2016 Board term.  During this time she developed an interest in the broader topic of the international transition to renewable energy and how this can be facilitated by the involvement of the tertiary education sector.  Juliet considers it a privilege to be able to enable people to increase their knowledge and improve their personal prospects through learning. 

Dr Juliet Newson gave the lecture series in Vídgelmir in Orkugardur, Grensásvegur 9, 11-15 September, starting at 9:00 in the morning, according to the following agenda, with each lecture being about one hour plus discussion:

Monday, 11 September 9:00-10:15
New Zealand history, society, geography, energy, and environmental law

Tuesday 12 September 9:00-10:15     
New Zealand tectonics, and New Zealand’s natural state geothermal resource

Wednesday 13 September 9:00-10:15
New Zealand Geothermal utilization (I)

Thursday 14 September 9:00-10:15
New Zealand Geothermal utilization (I)

Friday 15 September 9:00-10:15
Case study: Wairakei - Tauhara Geothermal Development

Dr. Newson‘s lectures were open to all and well received by both UNU-GTP Fellows and members of the Icelandic geothermal community.


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