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Brussels Hydropower Day 2023 - 25 Avril 2023

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ETIP Hydropower



Hydropower Day: The added value of the hydropower sector as a catalyst and enabler in the clean and safe energy transition within the energy crisis





25th April, Brussels


We are pleased to announce the 1st annual Brussels Hydropower Day.


Pencil the 25th April 2023 into your calendar and join us for this hybrid conference that will be held in Brussels at the Residence Palace and also streamed online.


The BRUSSELS HYDROPOWER DAY 2023 aims to provide a platform for stakeholder groups in the hydropower sector and decision makers in the European Commission and Parliament, who are working on relevant policy files concerning hydropower. The purpose is to discuss opportunities and barriers affecting hydropower deployment in the framework of the energy transition within the energy crisis and the market as well as regulation conditions.


Why attend?


  • Find out more about the added value of hydropower and energy storage in the energy transition, within the energy crisis and regulation conditions.
  • Learn about best practice in hydropower deployment with reference to electricity market design, flexibility and biodiversity requirements.
  • Join the discussion about cooperation with other ETIPs/sectors within the SET Plan on approaches to ensure energy system integration and a flexible safe energy supply.
  • Get informed about the next steps of ETIP HYDROPOWER towards “Unifying the voices of hydropower in Europe”.


The conference will gather participants, representing wide stakeholder groups in the hydropower sector and decision-makers in the European Commission and possibly European Parliament working on relevant policy files concerning hydropower.




When: 25th April 2023, 9:00 – 16:30
Where: Residence Palace, Brussels, and online


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ICOLD-CIGB 2023 - 91st ICOLD Annual Meeting, 11 - 15 June 2023

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ICOLD Annual Meeting 2023


[ Update Dec. 2022 : Registration is now open here ]


Dear ICOLD Members, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,


On behalf of the International Commission of Large Dams/ Commission Internationale des Grands Barrages (ICOLD/CIGB), it is an honor for me to invite our 104 National Committees to send delegates and their accompanying persons to the 91st Annual Meeting of ICOLD. The meeting will be held in from the 12th to 15th June 2023 in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Gothenburg is a modern city located on the west coast of Sweden with a rich culture and a long history of international trade and influences.  The weather conditions are expected to be perfect for this June 2023 meeting.  As the second-largest city in Sweden, Gothenburg boasts a vibrant cultural scene, world-class restaurants, sustainable living, and a fascinating history – all within walking distance from our ICOLD hotels and conference center.


This 91st Annual Meeting of ICOLD will be hosted by the National Committee of Sweden, SwedCOLD, who have been preparing for several years now.  Several excellent Study Tours will be offered before and after the meeting along with our usual ICOLD exclusive Cultural Evening and Technical Excursion.  SwedCOLD is also hosting a special symposium as part of ICOLD 2023 themed Management for Safe Dams.  The purpose of this symposium is to share information from case studies, technologies, and innovations to increase the safety of dams and levees along with their associated benefits.  I extend my sincere appreciation to Hon. ICOLD Vice President Maria Bartsch, Anders Isander – ICOLD 2023 Chairman, and the other members of the SwedCOLD Organizing Committee for their hard work and dedication to the success of our ICOLD 2023 meeting.


I strongly encourage our ICOLD family and friends to come together for ICOLD 2023 in Gothenburg as we continue the work to meet our mission in setting standards and guidelines to ensure that dams and levees are built and operated safely, efficiently, economically, and are environmentally sustainable and socially equitable.  I invite representatives from all 104 ICOLD National Committees to participate in this meeting as we endeavor to meet the challenges of the 21st century in the development and management of the world’s water and hydropower resources. Take care for your health and safety, and I look forward to seeing you – in person – in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2023.


Yours faithfully,


Former President, International Commission on Large Dams /

Commission Internationale des Grands Barrages (ICOLD/CIGB)




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Africa 2023 - 10 - 12 July 2023

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will take place at the Speke Resort Munyonyo Conference Centre,
Lake Victoria, Uganda
29 November - 1 December 2022

New dates : 10 - 12 July 2023



The objective of the regional conferences for AFRICA, co-hosted by Aqua~Media International and ICOLD, in collaboration with the governments of the host countries, is to bring together a group of experts from all parts of the world to focus on issues of specific interest for Africa, in the field of water storage and hydropower development.


Typically, participants include high-level representatives of ministries and utilities, private development groups, consulting practices, international and regional development banks, contractors, and equipment suppliers.


Themes begin with project identification and planning, progress through to financing, design, environmental protection, social aspects, and then construction, operation, maintenance and refurbishment.


Cross-border collaboration for transboundary schemes, challenging sites and climate resilience, as well as capacity building and training, are topics which always feature high on the agenda.


AFRICA 2022 will be the fourth conference and exhibition in this series. The first took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2013, under the auspices of the African Union, with a keynote address from the Commissioner for Energy and Industry. The second was held in Marrakech, Morocco in 2017, under the High Patronage of HE King Mohammed VI.


AFRICA 2019 moved south to Windhoek, Namibia, and had strong participation from NamPower, the Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa, and the Southern African Power Pool. The World Bank, African Development Bank, and the African Union, have all contributed much to the programmes.


Uganda is an enthusiastic local partner for AFRICA 2022. International delegates and accompanying persons will meet in beautiful surroundings, for three days of sessions, preceded by workshops and training seminars, and followed by tours to hydro schemes. There will be plenty of additional networking opportunities, and cultural excursions.



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12th ICOLD European Club Symposium - 5 to 8 September 2023

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The Swiss Committee on Dams is happy to invite you to the 12th ICOLD European Club Symposium, which will be held from the 5th to the 8th of September 2023 in Interlaken.


Joining us will be a great opportunity to participate in the festivities around the 75th anniversary of the Swiss Committee on Dams, founded in 1948.Today, new and unexpected challenges arise for Europe’s large array of existing dams, and fresh perspectives on the development of new projects for supporting Europe’s energy transition have emerged.


These new challenges are at the core of the themes proposed for development during the Symposium.


The 75th anniversary of the Swiss Committee on Dams will give an excellent opportunity to not only draw from the retrospective of Switzerland’s extensive history of dam development, but to also reveal perspectives on the new role of dams for a safer energy transition. This will be particularly commemorated in the Swiss Day sessions.


A series of workshops in various domains of dam design and safety will be proposed prior to the Symposium.A field visit to the construction site of the new Spitallamm double curvature arch dam will give a flavour of the challenges related to the construction of a new structure at the foot of an existing one.We are eager to meet you in Interlaken in 2023!




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Dear colleagues,
We warmly invite you to participate in the 20th jubilee edition of the International Conference
on Dam Engineering Control TKZ'2023.


`The conference will be held from 12 to 15 September 2023.


Themes of the conference


  1. Safety of dams
  2. Geotechnical aspects of hydraulic structures
  3. Operation, maintenance and renovation of hydraulic structures
  4. Modern technologies and methods for design and monitoring of hydraulic structures
  5. Hydraulic transport and wet waste disposal
  6. Hydroelectricity
  7. Role of hydraulic structures in shaping rivers
  8. Sustainable development and environmental impact of hydraulic structures
  9. Water retention in urban areas 

Publication of papers


  • Authors are requested to submit their papers to the organizing committee according to the above mentioned themes.
  • Submission of papers is possible after registration to the conference.
  • Papers will be reviewed and qualified for presentation at the conference and for publication in journals:
  • Archives of Civil Engineering (in English and with supplement)
  • Journal of Water and Land Development (in English and with supplement)
  • Energetyka Wodna (in Polish and English)
  • Gospodarka Wodna (in Polish and English)
  • Inzynier Budownictwa (in Polish)
  • IMGW Monographs (in Polish and English)



The conference is recommended for theorists and practitioners involved in the design, construction and operation of hydraulic structures.


The official languages of the conference are English and Polish.


The conference will be held in a hybrid format - stationary at the Diament Arsenal Palace Hotel in Chorzów (Poland) and online via a streaming platform.


Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a technical tour of the Goczalkowice reservoir.


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HYDRO 2023, 16-18 October 2023, Edinburgh, Scotland

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HYDRO 2023




International Conference and Exhibition


16 - 18 October 2023

Edinburgh International Congress Centre (EICC), Scotland






As always, the main aim of bringing together the global hydropower community is to exchange practical experience, learn of new technical developments (of which there are plenty), encourage best practice, and together play a role in advancing hydro development in the parts of the world which need it most. Besides new schemes, emphasis is also placed on maximizing the value of existing hydro assets, by timely refurbishment, upgrading and improving operational efficiency. These annual events are probably the most truly international conferences devoted specifically to hydropower; and, in nonCOVID times, we welcome at least 1200 delegates from more than 70 countries. We will focus on potential and development plans, the changing roles of hydropower, adapting to new challenges, ensuring safety and operational efficiency, and environmental protection, among many other topics. A major technical exhibition will run alongside the conference, showcasing the state-of-the-art of hydro technology and engineering, with many products and services on display. We encourage young engineers and students to attend, and student registration rates will be available on request. The AMI Hydropower Foundation will consider assisting some delegates from less developed countries, or those facing economic challenges, to attend, by supporting registration and accommodation costs. See: https://www.hydropower-dams.com/foundation.





Edinburgh has been Scotland's capital since the 15th century and is steeped in history. It is compact and hilly, with many magnificent views and buildings. It comprises a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. The two contrasting townscapes, which give the city its unique character, are together listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Towering over the city is Edinburgh Castle, a former fortress and royal residence. It is home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny - once used in the coronation of Scotland’s monarchs. Other sites include the Palace of Holyroodhouse, St. Giles’ Cathedral, and Canongate and Greyfriars churches. Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the highest courts in Scotland. The city has long been a centre of education, particularly in the fields of science and engineering, medicine, law, literature and philosophy. Edinburgh has world class hotels available in all categories, mostly within easy walking distance of the EICC. Rooms will be blocked at favourable prices for delegates, and can be booked at the time of registration. There will be a cultural tour for all participants on 15 October, so that there will be an opportunity for everyone to see the city’s most famous sites of interest. Then there will be a package of tours for accompanying persons, in and around the city during the conference days.





The role of Scottish hydropower


Scotland produces around 85 per cent of the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) hydropower, with an installed capacity of about 1650 MW at conventional hydro plants and 740 MW at pumped-storage plants. It has 78 large dams and 54 medium/large hydro plants, with more than 300 km of associated tunnels. More than 3000 MW of new pumped-storage capacity is currently being planned. Scotland is also a world leader in the development and deployment of wave and tidal energy technologies. It hosts: the world's leading wave and tidal test centre, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney; the world's largest tidal stream array; and the world's most powerful tidal stream turbine. Over the last century, Scottish hydropower played a major part in the country’s energy make up. While today hydro lags behind wind, solar and biomass as a source of renewable electricity in the UK, it played a vital role in connecting vast areas of rural Scotland to the power grid, some of which had no electricity as late as the 1960s. Soon,new pumped-storage schemes will integrate perfectly with the increasing use of intermittent renewables.


History and milestones


At the end of 19th century, Scotland’s first known hydro scheme was built on the shores of Loch Ness at the Fort Augustus Benedictine abbey. The scheme provided power to the monks as well as 800 village residents. The huge potential of Scotland’s steep mountains, lochs and reliably heavy rainfall to generate substantial amounts of hydropower was first recognised in the 1890s. A reliable source of electricity was needed to help turn raw bauxite into aluminium, and the Foyers hydro plant and smelting works were developed. But it was another 20 years before the first major hydro project to supply electricity to the public was designed. In 1926, the Lanark hydro scheme was commissioned, on the River Clyde. It still operates with a capacity of 17 MW today. This was followed by plants at Rannoch and Tummel in the Grampian mountains and, in 1935, what became a highly influential scheme in the history of Scottish hydropower, at Galloway. Scotland’s first major pumped-storage plant was Cruachan, in Argyll, inaugurated by the Queen in 1965; the final unit was commissioned in 1967. This was the largest plant of its type in the world at that time. A major expansion project at the 440 MW plant is planned, which will add a new 600 MW underground plant. The most recent large hydro plant to be commissioned in Scotland was the 100 MW Glendoe scheme, in the Highlands above Loch Ness; it was commissioned in 2009. More recently, in 2021, RWE commissioned the 2 MW Glen Noe run-of-river small scheme.


Into the future


The next major developments will be the implementation of three large pumped-storage schemes. In 2021, the Scottish Government granted planning consent for the 450 MW Red John scheme, which will be built close to Inverness. Other planned pumped-storage schemes are: Glenmuckloch (400 MW) in Dumfries and Galloway; Eishken (300 MW), which will use seawater, on the Isle of Lewis; and, Coire Glass, in Lochaber in the Highlands, which will have a capacity of up to 1500 MW. Scottish and other UK hydropower and dam engineers have much experience to share, as well as future plans to discuss.



Working in collaboration with hydro plant owners and operators in Scotland, we are planning some short technical visits, as well as post-conference tours, and details will be announced shortly. These will be designed to showcase Scottish experience in large and small hydro, pumped storage development, and hydraulic research.




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