Around 100 Icelanders from 11 Icelandic companies will travel to Melbourne, Australia, for the World Geothermal Congress, April 19-24, according to Berglind Steindórsdóttir, exhibition manager at Promote Iceland. Icelandic Minister Industry and Commerce Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir will also be present, Morgunblaðið reports.
The event, which is the largest of its kind in the world, takes place every five years. The last congress was hosted by Bali and the next will take place in Iceland.
Around 3,000 people are expected to attend the event. Berglind says that she expects at least the same number of attendants at the 2020 congress in Reykjavík, both because Iceland is well known in the geothermal world and because of its increasing popularity as a tourist destination.
The companies taking part in the Melbourne congress are Efla, Encora, Iceland Geothermal, Íslenski orkuháskólinn, Ísor, Jarðboranir, Landsvirkjun, Mannvit, Orkustofnun, Verkís and ThinkGeoEnergy.
Meanwhile, more than 30 Icelandic companies will present their products and services at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, April 21-23.