By Elizabeth Ingram

We have opened up our call for abstracts for HYDROVISION International 2021, and this is your chance to contribute your knowledge and expertise to this world’s largest hydro industry event.

HYDROVISION International — which typically attracts more than 3,000 colleagues in the hydro and dams industries from more than 45 countries – was originally scheduled to be held in July 2020 in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed to Nov. 17-19, 2020, and was recently rescheduled to June 15-17, 2021, in Portland, Ore., U.S.

Many of the presentations originally scheduled for Minneapolis will be refreshed and updated for delivery in Portland next June. However, there will be ample opportunity for new content to be added for 2021, particularly presenters who can offer information on new hot topics or provide a regional perspective, as the event is moving to the Pacific Northwest. According to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, hydropower is the foundation of the Pacific Northwest’s power system, providing about 50% of the region’s annual energy generation and 54% of its flexible capacity (the maximum rate of generation, important in meeting periods of peak loads).

Abstracts for technical papers for HYDROVISION International 2021 will be accepted in eight broad categories: civil works and dam safety, energy storage, equipment and technology, market trends and asset strategies, new development, operations and maintenance, policies and regulations, and water and environment.

All abstract submissions will be evaluated by the Conference Planning Committee. Preference will be given to abstracts that focus on innovative, practical and proven technologies and methods and those that include the involvement of an owner or operator of a dam or hydropower project.

Abstracts that describe the focus and content of proposed papers (maximum of 4,000 characters) are due by Oct. 2, 2020, and the submitter will be notified via e-mail no later than Jan. 15, 2021, as to whether or not their paper has been selected. The presenting author for all selected abstracts will then be invited to make either a technical paper presentation or poster gallery presentation at HYDROVISION International 2021.

All presented technical papers will be made available to conference delegates through the online access to papers and presentations program.

In addition, we have issued a call for panelists for the panel presentation sessions.

Panel presentations will be made in most of the conference tracks: civil works and dam safety, energy storage, market trends and asset strategies, new development, operations and maintenance, policies and regulations, and water and environment. Panel presentations are intended to be informal in nature, involving a moderator-driven panel discussion that also addresses questions from the audience.

For more information about the conference, visit HydroEvent.com.