Digital German Geothermal Congress 2020

The German Geothermal Association invites geothermal energy experts from science and industry to exchange knowledge and network at the Digital German Geothermal Congress from 9th - 13th November 2020. The central knowledge platform of the geothermal energy industry thus provides a format that is independent of the further development of the corona pandemic.
In autumn, the geothermal industry traditionally gathers for the Geothermal Congress. Instead of being held on site as usual, this year the congress will be offered in virtual rooms. With the Digital German Geothermal Congress, the German Geothermal Association is expanding its online services. The digital congress will be organised in cooperation with an agency which is experienced in online congresses.

The German Geothermal Association already held its events such as workshops and meetings in digital formats in March and April 2020. As a prelude to the congress, the webinar series "Geothermal Insights" invites experts and those interested in geothermal energy to exchange ideas.

Dr. Erwin Knapek, President of the German Geothermal Association, emphasises:
"Especially in times when pandemic and climate change require technologically and scientifically solid solutions, we need new ways of transferring knowledge. The Geothermal Congress can offer this reliably in digital form and reach a broad public as well as the interested specialists in this new format".

In the coming months, the German Geothermal Association will continue to provide a platform for a constant exchange of information. Starting on 8th of May, the webinar series "Geothermal Insights" will highlight a number of current topics. The dates will be published on

The Digital German Geothermal Congress will be opened by a keynote speech by Ina Scharrenbach, Minister for Municipal Affairs, Construction and Equality of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Prof. Dr. Horst Rüter, head of the Scientific Committee, calls on all experts: "Use our digital stage to present your current research results and discuss them with a broad specialist audience. The digital format offers the opportunity to reach even more interested people and experts with your own contributions".

Practitioners and scientists can submit lectures and posters for the Digital German Geothermal Congress 2020 on the congress homepage until June 30th. Lectures can be on any topic related to geothermal energy use and basic research.
Further information on the Call for Papers, as well as on topics and guidelines can be found here.

Call for Papers

Submission deadline: 30th of June 2020.

The German Geothermal Association calls for submissions for the Digital German Geothermal Congress (DGK) 2020. Please submit a short version (abstract) of your intended contribution using the online form by June 1, 2020.

The topics 2020:

Deep geothermal energy
- municipal heat supply & networks
- innovative technical developments
- exploration & reservoir management
- co-production for geothermal drilling

Shallow geothermal energy
- innovative plant concepts
- probes, probe materials & grouting materials
- cold local heating networks & district concepts
- quality assurance & certification

Cross-cutting issues
- underground heat storages
- legal framework
- sector coupling
- heating networks
- heat pumps

From all submissions, the scientific committee selects the lectures and arranges them into thematic groups.

From 15th of July onwards, speakers will be informed whether their presentation has been accepted.

As a speaker you will receive a discount on the participation fee.
A maximum of 15 minutes with subsequent discussion is allowed for a presentation. The language of the lecture is usually German, English lectures are also very welcome.

A detailed form of the accepted lecture or poster will be published in the digital conference folder. Please submit the long version of your topic online upon request. Instructions and the format template for manuscripts will be available on the congress website shortly.

Lectures and posters on all geothermal relevant topics can be submitted.

Registration Terms

  • The student tariff is granted to persons under 29 years of age in 1st decree, if a current certificate of study or training is enclosed with the registration.
  • In case of cancellation of the registration a handling fee of 40 € is due. For cancellations received later than 14 days before the start of the conference, 50% of the fee will be charged. The full fee will be charged for non-attendance. Representation of the registered participant is permitted with prior notice.
  • The conference documents and congress passes will be sent by post or e-mail.
  • You will only receive an invoice online, not by post.
  • Data protection: By registering, you consent to the storage of your data. The Bundesverband Geothermie e.V. protects your personal data. It will treat the data of the participants confidentially and only use them in accordance with the data protection regulations. Personal data are all data stored in connection with your name. The inventory data transmitted by the participant (first name, surname, billing address, e-mail address) is stored by the Bundesverband Geothermie in a list of participants and processed, used and - if necessary - passed on to service providers commissioned for this purpose for the purpose of providing the service and billing. Your personal data will not be passed on to third parties.
  • Photography and filming: By registering, you give your consent to the creation of photographs of your person during the event and to the use of such images in association material and for public reporting. If you do not agree to this, please inform us in writing when registering.
  • It is forbidden to photograph the presentations and posters!



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