Short Course V on Conceptual Modelling of Geothermal Systems in El Salvador held in El Salvador 24 February-2 March 2013.
The topic of the course “Conceptual Modelling of Geothermal Systems” drew a lot of interest. The course was attended by 61 participants from 12 countries all over Latin America and the Caribbean, including 5 Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua), 4 South American countries (Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru), 2 Caribbean islands (Dominica and Nevis), and Mexico.
In addition, there were 23 lecturers, 10 of whom came from the host country, 7 from neighbouring countries, 5 from Iceland plus 1 from the USA. The Millennium Short Courses in El Salvador have been reaching a wider area every year, and this year saw the addition of Peru to the list of participating countries. This was the first time Peru participated in an official UNU-GTP event. The increased participation of the South American countries with their vast and largely untapped geothermal resources is especially interesting, and hopefully representatives from these countries will attend the 6 month training in Iceland in the near future.