The German Geothermal Congress

DGK 2021: Extension of the Call for Papers until July 16, 2021

The German Geothermal Association would like to thank you for the numerous contributions received so far for the Geothermal Congress 2021 at the Haus der Technik in Essen (30.11.-2.12.2021). In order to give further interested parties the opportunity to still contribute their scientific submissions, the Call for Papers is therefore extended until July 16, 2021.

Particularly scientific contributions in the form of master's or doctoral theses in poster format that can win the GGA's Young Scientist Award in the "Science Bar" poster competition, but also technical contributions from researchers and research projects as well as projects from industry and local authorities are still welcome to be submitted.

All information about the Call for Papers here.


Geothermal Congress 2021 announces partner countries Austria and Switzerland

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(Berlin, 9th of June 2021) Dr. Erwin Knapek, President of the German Geothermal Association, on the partnership: "In order to strengthen the country community of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, we recently extended the editorial responsibilities of our magazine Geothermal Energy to the geothermal associations of Switzerland and Austria. Consequently, it was also obvious for us to show this newly strengthened cooperation at this year's Geothermal Congress." As the congress is planned again on location in the City of Essen this year, joint and independent workshops of the partner countries are also to be held there.

"We are looking forward to the first-time cooperation of the geothermal associations in the DACH region for the Geothermal Congress and are convinced that increased joint communication in the German-speaking region in the future will improve the visibility and relevance of geothermal energy to decision-makers," said Dr. Peter Seifert, chairman of the Geothermal Association of Austria.

The president of Geothermie-Schweiz, Nathalie Andenmatten Berthoud, also knows the value of international cooperation: "It makes it possible to benefit from each other's expertise, improve common practices, and generally make better use of the potential of geothermal energy in the countries. With this in mind, Geothermal Switzerland has already entered into a partnership with the French association in 2019. I am very pleased that we are now intensifying this exchange in the German-speaking region as well."

The call for papers is currently running and invites interested parties to submit recent scientific results.


Call for Papers: Geothermal Energy Congress 2021 at the Haus der Technik in Essen, Germany

(Berlin, March 1, 2021) After the successful Digital Geothermal Congress 2020, the German Geothermal Association (BVG) is planning this year's edition as a face-to-face event. The congress will take place from November 30 to December 2 at the Haus der Technik in Essen. For this, the BVG is launching a Call for papers.  

After the Geothermal Congress (DGK) is before the Geothermal Congress! Planning for this year's edition is already in full swing. It has now been decided: Germany's largest and most important specialist congress on the subject of geothermal energy will be held in Essen from November 30 to December 2, 2021. The Haus der Technik located there is a reliable partner and conference venue with flexible premises as well as well thought-out and proven hygiene concepts. Should circumstances nevertheless require it, rescheduling to a digitally held congress is possible in good time.

There will also be thematic diversity in 2021: In addition to the overarching topics of sector coupling, legal framework conditions for the heat transition, heat pumps, and heat grids and storage, there will also be specific focal points for deep and near-surface geothermal energy. For deep geothermal energy, the focus will be on exploration, material use, medium-depth geothermal energy, and the complex of reservoir development and management. In the area of near-surface geothermal energy, concepts for cost reduction and measures to increase efficiency will be covered, as will cold local heating networks and neighborhood concepts, as well as quality assurance and groundwater protection. In addition, other scientific topics on geothermal energy can be submitted.

With a call for papers, the German Geothermal Association invites interested parties to present their current scientific findings at the DGK. Young scientists are also invited to participate in the "Science Bar". The poster competition offers the opportunity to present bachelor's, master's or doctoral theses on the topic of geothermal energy to a broad professional audience. The best presentation will be awarded the Young Scientist Award of the Bundesverband Geothermie e.V. (German Geothermal Energy Association).

"We are pleased that the Digital Congress was also a complete success with over 780 visitors from 21 countries," says BVG President Dr. Erwin Knapek: "The event offers representatives from business, science and politics the opportunity to learn about current developments and discuss the future of the industry. With the digital format, we have succeeded in making this possible even in times of pandemic. Nevertheless, we hope to meet in person again this fall."

The deadline for handing in abstracts is June 30, 2021.
Find out more on Call for Papers here.

If you have questions about submissions, please contact the organizing team:


Save the date: DGK 2021

The Digital German Geothermal Congress 2020 ended successfully with more than 780 visitors from 21 countries and 4 continents. A view into the European and global market was offered by the partners of the European association EGEC and the US association "Geothermal Rising". The USA was the partner country of this year's DGK and presented itself with a high-quality workshop.

The date for the next German Geothermal Congress has been set: From 30 November to 2 December 2021 the German Geothermal Association invites again to exchange knowledge.

The German Geothermal Association thanks all speakers, chairpersons, the scientific committee and other honorary active persons, the media partners and associations as well as the sponsors and supporters for the good cooperation.

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