Iceland competed against 5 other countries to host the World Geothermal Congress in 2020 and won Germany in the final round.
In photo from left: Arni Ragnarsson (ISOR, IGA board member), Rosbjorg Jonsdottir (Iceland Geothermal, Director of WGC2020 in Iceland), Juliet Newson (chairman of IGA), Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir (Minister of Industry and Commerce in Iceland), Bjarni Palsson (Landsvirkjun, IGA board member), Ludvik Georgsson (UNU – Geothermal Training Program, IGA board member) and Alexander Richter (Thinkgeoenergy, IGA board member)
Iceland received a warm welcome and praised for its extensive work on international geothermal development, research and education at the World Geothermal Congress in Melbourne Australia, 20-25 April 2015.
Meet in Reykjavík convention bureau is proud of taking part in the bidding process. Harpa conference centre in Reykjavík was chosen to host the congress because of its eco-friendly environment.
The building is designed to use mostly natural light through the glass facade which covers three of the four sides, resulting in significant reduction in power consumption. Harpa is a grand-scale award-winning architecture and fantastic location by the harbor in the city centre.
Iceland differentiates itself from other geothermal countries by the wide spectrum of utilization from low temperature hot springs and boreholes to the world´s hottest borehole.