Last but not least, we proudly present our keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Ernst Huenges

We are happy to announce the latest keynote presentation:

"Bottlenecks for Geothermal Deployment"

Prof. Dr. Ernst Huenges is working in the Section Geoenergy of the German Research Centre for Geoscience in Potsdam

His research interests encompass:

• Earth’s transport processes including thermal, hydraulic, and mechanical aspects

• Utilization of underground resources

• Stimulation techniques to enhance the fluid productivity of reservoirs (Enhanced Geothermal Systems) and to guarantee a long-term extraction of geothermal energy

• Development of new technologies for an economical exploration and utilization of geothermal energy for power supply, heating and/or cooling

The presentation of Ernst Huenges will focus on bottlenecks for geothermal energy deployment. We will discuss together potential research fields in order to find solutions to accelerate the utilization of geothermal options in the future energy market. The presentation addresses technologies to explore and access geothermal reservoirs and to convert geothermal heat fulfilling demands on electricity, chill and heat provision.

Keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Eva Schill

We are happy to announce another exciting keynote presentation for the EGPD 2019:

"Hydraulic stimulation: experience with induced seismicity and electromagnetic monitoring"

Prof. Dr. Eva Schill is working at the Technical University Darmstadt and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany with research focus on Geophysics of Reservoir Systems.


"My research concerns mainly geothermal energy research in fractured reservoir systems with special focus on Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) and takes place on the interface of geological description to process quantification in fractured reservoirs. They are of particular interest since they may provide preferential pathways for fluid transport or may inhibit sealing off reservoirs or repositories from external hydrogeological influence. At long-term, my research activities aim at minimizing environmental impacts in EGS development. To achieve this, quantitative description of geologically controlled reservoir parameters and their spatial distribution, is extended to their temporal variability, i.e. 4D exploration. By combining these studies to laboratory experiments, a basis for improved input parameters for reservoir modelling is created."

Here comes our next keynote speaker Margaret Krieger

We are happy to announce our next keynote speaker: Margaret Krieger, Head of Communications and Research at the International Geothermal Association (IGA), Germany

She will give a talk about the global outlook of geothermal energy and touch upon the need of data collection and information sharing.

"We connect the Global Geothermal Community, serving as a platform for networking opportunities aimed at promoting and supporting global geothermal development. We embody a wide variety of members ranging from academy to industry representatives." (link to IGA)

Thanks to the support of the IGA as one of our partners, we can make the 10th EGPD possible.

A final keynote speaker announcement before submission closure

We are happy to announce to you one more great keynote presentation for the EGPD 2019! 

Dr. Albert Genter, Deputy General Manager of ES-Géothermie from Strasbourg, will give a talk with the following title:

"From exploration to exploitation: Vision from industry for the geothermal development in Northern Alsace (France)"

"ÉS-Géothermie, a subsidiary of Électricité de Strasbourg (ÉS), has as its main mission the role of an expert design office for deep geothermal energy. ÉS-Géothermie offers general contracting services for the development of deep geothermal projects: permitting, exploration, drilling, reservoir engineering, plant construction and operation." (link to ÉS-Géothermie)

Keynote speaker Chris Bromley

We are happy to announce our 6th keynote speaker Chris Bromley, Senior Scientist at GNS Wairakei, New Zealand. He will give a talk about "Induced Seismicity in New Zeland geothermal fields".

Chris Bromley is a senior geothermal researcher and consultant, with 35 years of international experience. He is well known for his resource assessments, geophysical exploration, and environmental studies of geothermal fields in Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Kenya, Iran, Chile, Australia and New Zealand. He is currently a co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal ‘Geothermics’, a member of the ‘IPGT Induced Seismicity Working Group’, and heads international geothermal environmental-effects research.

Keynote speaker Goda Perlaviciute

We are happy to announce to you one of our keynote speakers:

Presenter: Goda Perlaviciute, Assistant professor Environmental psychology, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands


"My key research interests lie in public evaluations and acceptability of energy sources, systems and policies, and which factors influence these evaluations and acceptability judgements. I focus on theory development and applying theory in addressing acute environmental and energy problems."


Various energy projects are being proposed to promote a sustainable energy transition. Examples are geothermal, wind, solar, and hydro-energy projects, biomass, some fossil fuels such as natural gas, nuclear energy, and carbon capture and storage. Public acceptability influences whether and to what extent these different projects can be implemented. But what determines public acceptability of energy projects? Individual values play an important role here. Specifically, people accept energy projects that support their core values, whereas they oppose energy projects that threaten their core values. I will discuss the research on the effects of values on public acceptability of energy projects, and what this means for developing sustainable energy projects that are socially acceptable.

Let's celebrate our 10-year Anniversary!

Hi there,​

Print your posters and pack your luggage! Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the EGPD and it will return to its initial hosting institution at GFZ Potsdam. This event is intended to connect PhD researchers all over Europe that are working in the field of geothermal energy. Every year, between 50-80 young scientists from various research fields such as geology, geochemistry, rock mechanics, geophysics and mechanical engineering come together to share knowledge and experience about this promising energy source. Over the last decade, this venue was held in many different countries including Iceland, the Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland and Germany. ​

The venue will be held from 25th - 27th of February 2019 in the science park at Telegrafenberg, Potsdam (Germany). The main event on Tuesday includes oral presentations and poster sessions. All participants are asked to submit an abstract and present their project in form of posters during the conference. Free lunch and dinner is provided and participation is free of charge.

Best regards,

The EGPD 2019 organizing committee


Questions? Please contact us!