Social Programme

A full social and cultural programme is being arranged for delegates and accompanying persons, to give a chance to sample the best of Polish cuisine and to relax in an informal atmosphere with friends from the international hydro community.

Gdansk old city

Cultural Excursion

Sunday 14 October

A local cultural excursion is planned for participants and accompanying persons on the day of registration. This will begin mid-morning (allowing for time to register beforehand), and will include lunch in a local restaurant, in a scenic part of town.

This will provide an opportunity to get to know the old city of Gdansk, with its picturesque marina, its stunning architecture, and some key landmarks such as the Neptune Fountain, the 14th century Town Hall houses, the Green Gate, the Long Market and the Artus court.

There will also be an opportunity to visit the Maritime Museum, Granary, and famouse Old Crane building. Gdansk was named as one of the Best European Destinations in 2017, and is well worth exploring. This orientation tour on 14 October is designed to give HYDRO 2018 a first taste of the sights the city has to offer.

Reception for Chairpersons & Speakers

Sunday 14 October

After meetings and briefings about arrangements for the conference, at AMBEREXPO, those chairing or co-chairing sessions, and speakers presenting accepted papers will be welcomed to a reception with a buffet supper at the Hilton Hotel, which overlooks the Marina in the old part of the city. Transport will be provided from AMBEREXPO. The Hilton is one of the main HYDRO 2018 where rooms have been blocked. Other hotels where rooms have been reserved are nearby.

Welcome Reception

Monday 15 October

The Welcome Reception on 15 October will take place in the European Solidarity Centre, a museum and library devoted to the history of Solidarnosc – the Polish trade union and civil resistance movement which marked a major turning point in Poland’s history in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and also deeply influenced other eastern European nations. The movement led to former shipyard worker Lech Walesa becoming a national hero, and eventually President of Poland.

Drinks and a light supper will be served, and this informal evening will be an opportunity to catch up with friends and make new contacts in the hydro industry, as well as to learn about Poland’s industrial and political history.

Networking Party in the Exhibition

Tuesday 16 October

When the sessions have ended on the second day of the conference, all participants are invited to an informal party in the exhibition halls, with a chance to sample some famous Polish beer, as well as soft drinks and snacks. The halls will be opening for an extra two hours, to provide an opportunity for all delegates to get around to some of the stands they may have missed during coffee and lunch breaks.

Exhibitors are invited to prepare special demonstrations of equipment, or to welcome key groups of delegates to their stand for drinks and to view material of special interest.

Gala Dinner and Concert

Wednesday 16 October

The Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic, on the bank of the Motlawa river, is the largest music institution in the northern Poland. The Farewell Gala dinner, featuring some specialities of Northern Polish cuisine, will take place in the restaurant and foyers of the Concert Hall, and will be preceded by a short classical concert, and a drinks reception.

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