First Announcement  


Antalya, Turkey, 24 - 29 April 2005

 “Geothermal energy: the domestic, renewable, green option”

Invitation: The International Geothermal Association and the Turkish Geothermal Association cordially invite members of the international energy community to the World Geothermal Congress 2005.  The Congress aims to emulate the successful congresses held in Italy (1995) and in Japan (2000).  An Organising Committee composed of internationally respected geothermalists, has been formed and is proceeding with organisation of the World Geothermal Congress 2005.  A website is being set up to facilitate provision of up-to-date information.

 Location:  The Congress will be held in the Glass Pyramid Sabanci Congress & Exhibition Centre in the city of Antalya, the chief city on the southern (Mediterranean) coast of Turkey.  Antalya has a population of 500,000, and is a major tourist resort with numerous hotels and a wide range of visitor facilities.  Antalya can be easily reached by regular scheduled air services (currently 8 flights each day; 1.5 hours, non-stop) or by comfortable air-conditioned long-distance bus (725 km; 12 hours) from Istanbul, which is the major entry point to Turkey.  Flights are also available from some major cities in Europe directly to Antalya.  At the time of the Congress the climate in Antalya will be mild (15-25 oC) and with low rainfall.

Technical Programme:  Five days will be devoted to Plenary and several concurrent Technical sessions.  The official language of the Congress will be English.  The Technical sessions will include both oral and poster presentations, and all papers will be published in the Proceedings which will be on CD-ROM (and hard copy if there is sufficient demand).  As in previous Congresses, abstracts will be submitted first and the authors of those approved will be asked to submit a manuscript.  Manuscripts will be reviewed for content and amended where necessary to improve English expression.  Important dates for authors of papers are:  

Abstracts due  January 2004
Draft papers due  May 2004
Final papers due  November 2004  

Details about format, where and how to submit will be given later in the Second Announcement and on the website.

Exhibition:  An exhibition of technical equipment related to geothermal exploration and development will be held concurrent with the technical sessions.  Booths of several different sizes will be available for hire by companies and organisations.  A Prospectus containing further details, application forms, conditions and fees will be published later, and will be given on the website.  

Short Courses:  Short Courses (1 & 2 day) will be held before and after the Congress.  Further details will be given in the Second Circular and on the website.

Social & Cultural Programme:  There has been civilisation in Turkey for almost 10,000 years and so there is a rich and diverse culture.  Social events which reflect this culture will be provided for Congress participants and accompanying persons.  Further details will be given in the Second Circular and on the website.

Field Trips:  Turkey has many geothermal manifestations and developments worth visiting.  Field trips will be run before and after the Congress.  If there is sufficient interest, field trips will be run before the Congress, which will start in Istanbul and finish in Antalya; and after the Congress, will start from Antalya and finish in Istanbul.  Daily field trips to local tourist sites (Perge, Aspendos, Chimera, Termessos) during the Congress, are being planned for accompanying persons.  Further details will be given in the Second Circular and on the website.

Fellowships:  It is hoped that funds will be available to provide fellowships to enable participants from developing countries to attend.  Details will be given later in the Second Circular and on the website.

Registration: We plan to have Registration both on-line and by post.  A significant discount will be given for early registration: provisional cost for early registration is US$400 for participants and US$100 for accompanying persons.  Details will be given later in the Second Circular and on the website.

Tourist opportunities: Turkey has a long and rich history.  Participants, especially those with an interest in photography, history, archaeology, religion, pottery and fabrics, should seriously consider taking extra time before or after the Congress to visit the many tourist places in Turkey, such as:

·  Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Roman Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Chora (Kariye) Church, and cruising on the Bosphorus

·  North Aegean: Gallipoli battlefields, Troy, Sardis, tombs of the Lydian kings, Assos, Pergamum

·  South Aegean:  Ephesus with Virgin Mary House, Ruins at Didyma, Priene and Miletus, Crusader Castle at Bodrum, Hierapolis (Pamukkale), Aphrodisias

·  Cappadocia: fairy chimney rock formations, underground cities, and Byzantine churches.

·  Eastern Anatolia: Crater Lake of Nemrut Volcano, and one of the largest geothermally-heated greenhouses in Turkey.

·  Northern Anatolia: Sumela Monastery

· Central Anatolia: Museum of Anatolian Civilisations (Ankara), tomb of King Midas, Mevlana Museum with whirling dervishes, Hattussash.                       

Turkey is also famous for its carpets, leather goods, and silver and gold jewellery, and porcelain ware.

 The Organising Committee urges potential participants to now:

Start making plans to attend

Begin making financial arrangements

Consider submitting a paper for the Technical sessions

Start thinking if your company should participate in the Exhibition

Regularly visit the Congress website