Final Public DESTRESS Conference

Join DESTRESS for its final conference on 24 and 25 November 2020!

The final conference of the DESTRESS project is public and designed for any representatives from science and industry, banks and insurance, any actors running, supporting or investing in geothermal projects. The aim is to discuss the results and findings resulted from an intense collaboration within the geothermal energy between science and industry and to embed them in other geothermal research and development projects from Finland, England, the United States and New Zealand. The final public DESTRESS conference addresses the following areas of interest:

  • risk assessment and business case
  • soft stimulation treatments (hydraulic, chemical and thermal)
  • public acceptance of geothermal projects
  • demonstrated workflows

We are delighted to invite you to join the international geothermal community and to support a better understanding of potentials given by the geothermal energy. The conference will be held online and allow talks from invited speakers only. However, the conference will offer an opportunity to engage with the event by contributing to the poster sessions and joining lively discussions about lessons learnt resulted from the main topic of the conference.

Please find below further information about the conference:


24 November 2020

  • 13:00 - 13:10: Welcome
  • 13:10 - 14:20: Session I - risk assessments and business cases
  • 14:20 - 14:30: Break
  • 14:20 - 15:20: Session II - soft stimulation treatments
  • 15:20 - 16:00: Break
  • 16:00 - 16:40: Continuation of Session II
  • 16:40 - 17:20: Session III: public acceptance of geothermal projects

25 November 2020

  • 09:00 - 09:50: Session IV - Demonstrated workflows and introduction into poster sessions
  • 09:50 - 10:00: Break
  • 10:00 - 12:00: Parallel poster sessions:
    • I: business cases, risk assessments and workflows
    • II: hydraulic stimulation treatments
    • III: chemical stimulation treatments
  • 12:00 - 13:00: Lunch break
  • 13:00 - 13:20: Lessons learnt: chemical stimulation treatments
  • 13:20 - 13:40: Lessons learnt: hydraulic stimulation treatments
  • 13:40 - 14:00: Lessons learnt: business cases, risk assessments, acceptance issues
  • 14:00 - 14:10: Break
  • 14:10 - 14:25: Lessons learnt: workflows
  • 14:25 - 14:50: Outlook: Bedretto, Groß Schönebeck and MEET
  • 14:50 - 15:00: Final remarks and closing

For detailed programme look at the flyer. Please take into account that changes to the programme are possible. 

Keynote Speeches and DESTRESS Talks

A series of interesting Keynote Speeches and DESTRESS Talks will be held at the conference. Gain a detailed overview on DESTRESS results and learn more about current developments in the geothermal energy sector. The following talks from DESTRESS members and other leading experts from around the world have already been confirmed and scheduled.

"United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project"

Dr. Ryan Law, Geothermal Engineering Ltd. (England)


"A Perspective on Geothermal Risks"

Ann Robertson-Tait, President of GeothermEX (USA)


“St1 Deep Heat Project: Hydraulic stimulation at 5-6 km depth in crystalline rock, hydraulic properties and lessons learnt”

Prof. Dr. Ilmo Kukkonen, University of Helsinki (Finland)


“Effects of Reinjection of Greenhouse Gases on the Sustainability and Stimulation of Geothermal Reservoirs”

Dr. Eylem Kaya, University of Auckland (New Zealand)


“Risk Communication and Citizen Preferences for Deep Geothermal Systems”

Prof. Dr. Evelina Trutnevyte, University of Geneva (Switzerland)

“Impact Analysis of Soft Stimulation on the Techo-Economic Performance of a Geothermal Power Plant Considering Risk Factors”

Elif Kaymakci, Project Manager at Energie Baden-Wüttemberg AG (Germany)


“Updating geothermal risk assessment on near realtime during a soft stimulation experiment in Iceland”

Dr. Francesco Grigoli, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)


“Hydraulic Soft Stimulation Treatment of Well RV-43 in October 2019 in Reykjavik”

Dr. Hannes Hofmann, GFZ Potsdam (Germany)

“Approach to Avoid and Treat Injection Problems: Lessons learnt”

Dr. Maren Brehme, TU Delft (The Netherlands)

“Soft Chemical Stimulation of GPK-4 (Soultz-sous-Forêts)”

Régis Hehn, Reservoir Engineer for ES-Geothermie


“The Social Life of Geothermal Energy Projects: Understanding Project Acceptance and Rejection”

Dr. Olivier Ejderyan, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)


“Pulse testing in geothermal energy applications"

Dr. Peter Fokker, TNO (The Netherlands)

Download the programme flyer here.

Poster Session

Below you will find all posters presented during the poster sessions on the second day of the final DESTRESS conference. In addition, the following two documents summarise the key findings of the lessons learnt sessions:

Session I: Business Cases, Risk Assessments and Workflows

Presented by Dr. Jan-Diederik van Wees (TNO) and Dr. Albert Genter (ESG)

Session II: Hydraulic Stimulation Treatments

Presented by Prof. Ki-Bok Min (SNU) and Dr. Peter Meier (GES)

Session III: Chemical Stimulation Treatments & Social Perception Studies

Presented by Prof. Dr. Gioia Falcone (UoG) and Dr. Simona Regenspurg (GFZ)

Any questions?

Do not hesitate to contact the communication office or our project manager.