On 5-8 March a large number of local and foreign experts and administrators attended an international geothermal conference (Iceland Geothermal Conference 2013) in Reykjavik. This was the first time that such a conference was held in Iceland.
Among the objectives of the conference was to convey information about the various uses of geothermal energy and recent technological developments in geothermal utilization, and to discuss ways to finance geothermal projects.
Experts from ÍSOR gave presentations at the conference. Ólafur G. Flóvenz, the General Director of ÍSOR, talked about the importance of research in geothermal projects, Guðni Axelsson, the Head of Geophysics and Reservoir Physics, discussed sustainable use of geothermal energy, and Bjarni Richter, the Marketing and Project Manager of ÍSOR, chaired a session on the IDDP deep drilling project.
The geothermal conference was well attended with about 550 participants from about 40 countries. The main speakers of the conference included Dr Össur Skarphéðinsson, the Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director the World Bank Group, Mr Bjarni Bjarnason, CEO of Reykjavik Energy, Dr Jefferson W. Tester, Professor at Cornell University, Mr Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy, and Dr Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland.
ÍSOR was one of the sponsors of the conference. Iceland Geothermal, which is a cluster initiative of companies, institutions, universities and organizations involved in geothermal utilization, organized the conference.