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 Portuguese cuisine and to relax in an informal atmosphere with friends from the international hydro community.

Cultural Excursion

Sunday 13 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.

Reception for Chairpersons & Speakers

Sunday 13 October

After meetings and briefings about arrangements for the conference, those chairing or co-chairing sessions, and speakers presenting accepted papers will be welcomed to a reception. Further details will be announced soon.

Welcome Reception

Monday 14 October

The Welcome Reception gives delegates a chance to socialize and enjoy local cuisine and entertainment. Further details will follow.

Networking Party in the Exhibition

Tuesday 15 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. 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.

Final Dinner

Wednesday 15 October

The Farewell dinner will mark the end of HYDRO 2019 with a chance to relax and enjoy a meal with friends and colleagues. Details will follow soon.

Conference Programme

HYDRO 2019 will be the 26th in our annual series of hydro conferences, and the third to take place in Portugal, following HYDRO 2004 in Porto, and HYDRO 2010 in Lisbon. Portugal is an ideal European host country for the global hydropower community, with a wealth of experience and expertise to share, in all forms of hydropower, from large-scale pumped-storage plants to large and small run-over-river installations. The country has about 7200 MW of installed hydro capacity, and typically hydro contributes more than 15 000 GWh/year of electricity.


Sunday 13th October

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


Monday 14th October

Opening ceremony, technical sessions begin and evening Welcome reception.


Tuesday 15th October

Technical sessions continue and extended opening of the Exhibition.


Wednesday 16th October

Technical sessions continue, closing ceremony and Farewell Dinner.

Industry co-sponsors

HYDRO 2019

  • 14 - 16 October 2019
  • Porto - Portugal