Conference Themes

The following themes will be covered in the sessions and panel discussions.

  • Hydro potential
  • Identifying development opportunities
  • Planning tools
  • Planning and design: case studies
  • Opportunities for hydro with other RE systems
  • Project structuring and financing
  • Power trading
  • Responsibilities for safety and hazard risk
  • Environmental aspects of cross-border schemes
  • Experience with climate adaptation strategies
  • Climate resilient infrastructure and projects
  • Geological challenges
  • Seismicity challenges
  • Flood mitigation and management
  • Warning systems, exclusion mapping and evacuation plans
  • Research and development
  • Modelling and testing
  • Machinery design and safety
  • Improving efficiency
  • Powerplant monitoring and control
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Retrofitting and upgrading
  • Timely refurbishment
  • Technical developments in pumped storage
  • Ancillary benefits of pumped storage
  • Innovative pumped-storage projects
  • Small hydro potential and technology
  • Rural electrification schemes
  • Marine energy: wave and tidal power
  • Succession planning and opportunities for young professionals
  • Training programmes
  • Viewpoints from young engineers
  • Developing local expertise
  • Project design and construction
  • Materials for dams
  • Challenging sites
  • Tunnels and underground works
  • Hydraulic research and modelling
  • Sedimentation removal systems
  • Design solutions for siltation and erosion
  • Young professionals' research in sedimentation
  • Attracting private finance
  • The shift from BOOT to PPPs
  • Project and country risk management
  • Concession agreements
  • Legal issues
  • Valuing full economic benefits
  • Dam safety and monitoring systems
  • Learning from incidents and failures
  • Public safety around water infrastructure
  • Electronic and physical security of gates and spillways
  • Resilience after floods: global guidelines and national approaches
  • Gate operation in hot and cold climates
  • Designing environmental mitigation measures
  • Environmental enhancements during upgrades
  • Innovative solutions for fish protection and passage
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Stakeholder consultation and support
  • Resettlement programmes
  • Alternative livelihood development
  • Post-implementation socio-economic assessments
  • The role of hydro in poverty alleviation

Conference Programme

HYDRO 2020 will once again take place in France, following HYDRO 2009 in Lyon, and HYDRO 2015 in Bordeaux. The host city for 2020, Strasbourg, is on the Rhine, one of Europe’s major ‘hydropower rivers’, and is very close to the borders of both Germany and Switzerland, so there will be plenty of local technical expertise to share with participants. 


Sunday 25th October

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


Monday 26th October

Opening ceremony, technical sessions begin and evening Welcome reception.


Tuesday 27th October

Technical sessions continue and extended opening of the Exhibition.


Wednesday 28th October

Technical sessions continue, closing ceremony and Farewell Dinner.

Industry co-sponsors

HYDRO 2020

  • 26-28 October 2020
  • Strasbourg - France