Conference Themes

The following themes will be covered in the sessions and panel discussions. The detailed programme will be finalised in late June.

  • Hydro potential and development plans
  • Regional sessions
  • Retrofitting & upgrading
  • New developments in large and small hydro machinery
  • Modelling and testing
  • Marine technology
  • Operational issues
  • Environmentally friendly machines
  • Cross-border projects and power trading
  • Regional planning
  • The role of power pools
  • Technology transfer
  • Impact assessment and mitigation measures
  • Protecting flora and fauna
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Stakeholder communications
  • Resettlement programmes
  • Climate resilience: policies and practical plans
  • Flood mitigation and management
  • Earthquakes and landslides: lessons from past incidents
  • Emergency planning
  • Cyber security
  • Powerplant safety
  • Challenging sites
  • Dam design and construction
  • Materials for dams
  • Intakes, gateworks and spillways
  • Dam safety and monitoring
  • Alkali aggregate reaction
  • Refurbishment of civil structures
  • Safety of workers on site
  • Review of training needs and new approaches
  • Student programmes and succession planning
  • Raising awareness of the engineering profession
  • Experiences of young engineers
  • Capacity building in the less developed countries
  • Progress in attracting private finance
  • Legal and insurance issues
  • Risk allocation and management
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Innovative contractual arrangements
  • Valuing hydropower services
  • Innovative technology
  • Benefits to the grid: case studies
  • Developments in machinery
  • New planned projects
  • Condition monitoring
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Timely refurbishment
  • Case studies
  • Design measures to avoid siltation
  • Sediment removal systems
  • Case studies
  • New developments in machinery
  • Isolated schemes for rural electrificatio
  • Low cost technology
  • Innovative civil works

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