Programme themes

Once again, we will have a full and varied programme for our conference in November, covering a range of practical topics, and including some new session themes.

  • National plans and potential
  • Policies and targets: Are they always realistic?
  • New planning tools
  • Integrated regional development
  • Opportunities for cross-border trading
  • Planning cascade developments
  • Hydro in synergy with other renewables
  • Floating solar PV and dam-mounted PV
  • Increasing hydropower flexibility
  • Quantifying the value of hydro’s ancillary services
  • The increasing importance of pumped storage
  • Success stories and instructive case studies
  • Roles of the public and private sectors
  • Risk allocation and management
  • Concession arrangements and options
  • Legal and institutional aspects
  • Contractual issues
  • Commercial and economic aspects
  • Quantifying the value of hydro’s ancillary services
  • Disaster risk management
  • Dam safety policies and practice
  • Enhancing the safety of dams and powerplants
  • Software systems and cyber security
  • Increasing roles for artificial intelligence
  • BIM for planning, design and operation
  • Civil construction and automation
  • Heightening dam
  • Monitoring and instrumentation
  • Hydraulic modelling of dams and spillways
  • Machinery efficiency and turbine technology
  • Small hydro, rural electrification and marine energy
  • Transmission and electrical engineering
  • Optimizing reservoir operation
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Enhancing efficiency
  • Grid stability and dynamic power regulation of units
  • Hydrology and flood management
  • GHG emissions: research updates
  • Climate change and ESG
  • Adaptation and resilience strategies
  • Structural mitigation measures
  • Fish protection: innovative technology
  • Impact assessment and mitigation
  • Residual and cumulative impacts
  • Stakeholder consultations
  • Sedimentation management
  • Technical and institutional capacity building
  • Benefit sharing for local development
  • Knowledge transfer – on site and through training
  • Inspiring the next generation of engineers
  • Appropriate contracts for less developed countries

Please note: The themes listed on these pages do not represent precise session titles, but rather a broad range of themes of relevance to HYDRO 2024. We therefore welcome submissions on other related topics, and can welcome suggestions for panel sessions, round table discussions or side events.

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HYDRO 2024

  • 18-20 November 2024
  • Messe Congress Graz (MCG), Austria