Accompanying Persons’ Tours

A three-day package of excursions is being organized for accompanying persons during the three days of the Conference. The provisional programme is as follows.

15th October

The Baltic region is home to the largest known deposit of amber, and it has been estimated that forests in the region have created more than 100 000 tons of the material. Gdansk has been the centre of amber artistry for hundreds of years. Accompanying persons will visit a workshop to learn more about the origins of amber, the history of the trade, and to see an expert craftsman at work.

There will then be a short journey by coach to the district of Oliwa, for an organ concert in the cathedral built in the mid-18th century. The famous organ comprises 7876 pipes made of oak, fir, pine and tin. The tour will continue to the nearby town of Sopot, on the Baltic coast, for lunch. Sopot, the ‘summer capital’ of Poland, is renowed for its art nouveau style houses, beaches, and pier. There will be time for a walk along the sea front after lunch, before the return to Gdansk.

Sopot costal resort in Poland
Sopot resort on the Baltic coast

16th October

The group will travel about 40 km from the city, to the picturesque Kashubian Forest area, to see its post-glacial landscape of thick forests and hundreds of lakes and hills. The area is famous for its unspoilt nature, excellent local food and handicrafts. There will be a short walk through a forest to the Wiezyca hill and viewing tower (the highest point on the North European Plain).

A visit is then planned to an open air museum, with a chance to learn more about the region. The next stop, after lunch, will be a craft workshop, before the return trip to Gdansk.

Views from Wiezyca hill
View from Wiezyca hill

17th October

The final excursion planned is to Malbork castle, the largest Gothic defence structure in Europe, constructed in the 13th century. It was originally built by Teutonic Knights, a German Catholic religious order of crusadors. It has served as Polish royal residences and was classified as a World Heritage Site in 1997. There will be a tour of the castle, with a chance to see a courtyard full of life-size iron warriors, the chapel, and the corridor of cloisters, and to learn about the history and restoration work on the castle.

The return to Gdansk will be in good time to relax before the Farewell Dinner in the evening.

Malbork Castle
Malbork Castle

Conference Programme

HYDRO 2018 will be held in Gdansk, Poland. Technical sessions, bringing together experts from across the world, will be held on issues currently faced by the international hydropower and dams community.

The Polish utility Energa is planning a new cascade development on the Vistula river, and plans are also taking shape for a major new trinational inland navigation scheme, which could pave the way for new low-head run-of-river hydro schemes to move ahead. Poland is an ideal meeting point in central Europe, improving access for many of its neighbouring countries, who will join the regular attendees from the world hydropower community.


Sunday 14th October

Pre-conference workshops and Chairpersons’ & Speakers meetings and reception.


Monday 15th October

Opening ceremony, technical sessions begin and evening Welcome reception.


Tuesday 16th October

Technical sessions continue and extended opening of the Exhibition.


Wednesday 17th October

Technical sessions continue, closing ceremony and Farewell Dinner.

Industry co-sponsors

HYDRO 2018

  • 15 - 17 October 2018
  • Gdansk - Poland