The Venue

The HYDRO 2018 Conference sessions and Technical Exhibition will take place in the modern and spacious AMBEREXPO centre, a short distance to the north of the old city of Gdansk.

Gdansk, on Poland’s Baltic coast, is one of the country’s most elegant and fascinating cities. The event is strongly supported by the local utility Energa, as well as the Polish Hydropower Association, the Insititute of Fluid Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Polish Association for Small Hydropower Development.

HYDRO 2018 will be the 25th in Aqua~Media’s series of international events hosted in Europe, and will once again the most international gathering of the year specifically for the hydropower profession, with representatives from around 80 countries participating to exchange experience on current challenges and recent achievements.

The past years have seen an upsurge of activity in the field of hydropower development, particularly in the less developed countries, and it is clear that international collaboration has played a major role in this. Hence our sub-theme for HYDRO 2018 is ‘Progress through Partnerships’. Topics specifically on that theme will include: cross border collaboration; technology transfer and training; private sector investment; and, the role of regional organizations and power pools.

As usual, the delegations present will represent nations at different stages of hydropower development, including the pioneering countries who developed major schemes several decades ago, those who have major programmes under development now, and those with large amounts of unexploited potential, and development plans for the near future. An exchange between these delegations will lead to constructive discussions, new business partnerships, and progress in advancing hydro development.

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