Geothermal Research Cluster
Chairman of the Board
Chairman of the Board
Prof. Sigurður Magnús Garðarsson
Dean and Professor, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland
GEORG is celebrating its ten-year anniversary. The first formal board meeting was February 18th, 2009 following the grant awarded by the Science and Technology Policy Council in Iceland through their Centres of Excellence and Research Clusters program.
Eng. Hjalti Páll Ingólfsson
Yet another successful year has passed. GEORG has now been operational for 10 full years and 2018 was the biggest yet for GEORG, with an income of 83 millions ISK and 7 employees by end of the year. The GEORG team has a divers and complementary backgrounds, with broad expertise and skills to insure a productive execution of GEORG activities.
GEORG was founded in 2009 based on a successful proposal to the Centre of Excellence and Research Cluster Program of the Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS). The proposal was a seven-year project with the purpose to create and build strategic opportunities in the geothermal sector and position Iceland at the fore front of the field by creating a stronger base for entrepreneurship.
From the very beginning there was a strong emphasis to serve GEORG partners well and to create a sustainable cooperation platform, beyond the project duration. This has now been achieved and GEORG has become a key player in bridging a critical gap between different geothermal communities and has evolved to become a self-sustained research-driven international geothermal non-profit organization.
Thanks to the long-term vision and commitment of GEORG’s board and its operational team, GEORG has thrived and is committed to its vision: Building bridges between Research, Industry, Decision makers and the Public, for the benefit of society.
M€ EU GRANTS
The Board of Directors comprises 9 representatives of GEORG members, i.e., a Chairperson and 8 directors, 4 directors represent the universities and research organizations and 4 directors represent the energy companies and the private sector. Members of the Board are elected for a term of 2 years. The following individuals were elected as a BoD member at the General Annual Assembly on 22nd March, 2018:
The GEORG office employs seven people. Hjalti Páll Ingólfsson is the Managing Director since 2009, Alicja Wiktoria Stoklosa has been part of the team since early 2016. Sigurður Tómas Björgvinsson started early 2017 and in 2018, Amel Barich, Tomasz Urban and Steinar Örn Jónsson joined the team. The experience and educational background of the team enhance the further growth of the GEORG in the international market by solving challenging problems and making a real impact to build the geothermal platform.
Growth of key operational figures in 2018
Cumulative EU funding
Number of Employees [FTE]
In 2018, GEORG was busy managing its ongoing projects but also welcomed new ones!
With the aim to raise the profile of geothermal among a diverse set of audiences, GEORG launched in 2018 two geothermal communication concepts/initiatives. The first is #GeothermalFriday, a weekly series on social media to promote geothermal efforts and the second is #LetsTalkGeothermal, a series of video interviews with geothermal actors who are shaping the future of the geothermal energy.
In November 2018, GEORG hosted its second GEORG Geothermal Workshop (GGW2018 under the theme „New Geothermal Generation“. This was the GEORG second large independent event where actors from the geothermal industry, academia and policy gathered to present their latest findings and work.
Two days of intense but fruitful exchanges which set the way to promising collaboration and a bright perspective for future editions. Besides, the core programme, GEORG organized social activities and events for the participants, and awards for the best poster.
Hosted jointly by the IGA and the Iceland Geothermal Cluster Initiative, the WGC 2020 will bring together the global geothermal community in Reykjavik.
From Reservoir Engineering to Direct use to Exo-Plant Geothermal, the WGC 2020 will be all-encompassing and the largest geothermal event of its kind ever and bound to shape the direction of geothermal for the years to come. GEORG’s participation is a recognition of the growing influence of the Cluster and the philosophy of teamwork and bridge building GEORG is founded on.
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