The European Geothermal PhD Day (EGPD) 2019 was held from the 25th - 27th of February at the Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam.
With the overall aim to connect PhD researchers from all over Europe working in the field of geothermal energy, we celebrated the EGPD’s 10th anniversary at its original host institution, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Potsdam. Over the last decade, the EGPD was held in many different countries including Iceland, the Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland and Germany. This year, 57 young scientists and several guests from various research fields such as geology, geochemistry, rock mechanics, geophysics and mechanical engineering came together to share knowledge and experience on this promising energy resource. Participants of 18 different countries submitted an abstract to the conference, including researchers from Iran and Mexico. Additionally, we were able to offer financial support for 10 students who were not able to cover their travel costs.
The conference program included several keynote lectures from experienced researchers and academics about recent scientific and technical developments in geothermal energy, as well as socio-economic aspects, a poster session with drinks and snacks and a conference dinner at the City Centre of Potsdam. All participants presented their project in a poster and introduced themselves in a one-minute presentation during the conference.
Additionally, the EGPD included a tour around the geothermal underground laboratory and power plant of Groß Schönebeck, Germany.