7th European Colloquium


The purpose of this conference is to show how the hydropower sector has innovated and evolved technologically and scientifically to address these concerns and obstacles. It will highlight the role and advantages of hydropower in an energy system that is undergoing profound change.

The conference seeks to shed new light on the following issues:
– As the use of intermittent energy sources (wind, solar, etc.) increases, will the flexibility of hydropower give it a dominant role in regulating the power grid?

In association with:


Preliminary programme and topics

A one-and-a-half-day main session will examine the five following topics covering the concerns of the hydropower industry in general and small-scale hydro in particular:

1. Hydropower and climate change (impact on production, use assessment, extreme events, resilience, etc.).

2. Hydropower, innovation and services to intermittent renewable energies (smart grids, artificial intelligence, metadata, performance, digitalisation);

3. Optimisation of operating and maintenance tools;

4. Environment and society (technical and regulatory assessments, monitoring protocols, lessons learnt);

5. New development projects (tidal power, hidden hydro, e-mobility, etc.).

A special one-day session will be allocated to the presentation of the work of the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum set up by the European Union’s HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. It will introduce:

1. A Research & Innovation Agenda: Prioritised research and innovation needs for the coming decades, as expressed by the hydropower profession through a programme of open consultation.
2. A strategic industry roadmap: Identifying and prioritising suggested industry action to address issues affecting operation and development of the hydropower industry and implementation of the research and innovation agenda to improve the performance and acceptability of new projects while reducing their environmental footprint.

The presentations in this session will be exclusively in English.

Steering Committee

  • Ahmed Khaladi , CNR, l’animateur du colloque
  • Guy Caignaert , ENSAM-SHF
  • Aurélie Dousset, FHE
  • Jean-Jacques Fry EURCOLD- Hydropower Europe
  • Bettina Geisseler,
  • Geisseler Law Firm
  • Benoit Houdant & Pierre Brun, EDF
  • Michel Lang, SHF-INRAE
  • Olivier Metais, SHF
  • Cécile Muench, HEVS (Swisse)
  • Carole Paplorey, SHF
  • Maria Helena Ramos , INRAE
  • Claire Segoufin, GE
  • Neda Sheibani, SHF
  • Anton Schleiss, EPFL – Hydropower Europe
  • Jean Teyssieux , TRACTEBEL-ENGIE
  • Pierre-Louis Viollet, SHF


Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

15 parvis René Descartes

69342 Lyon

Venir à l’ENS:

Métro ligne B, arrêt “Debourg”

Tram T1 ou bus C22: arrêt “Debourg” pour le site Descartes, “ENS Lyon” pour le site Monod

Parking Velov sur le parvis Descartes et sur la place de l’École.


Deadline for abstract submissions
  December 7th, 2020

Authors notifications
 December 20th, 2020

Deadline for full papers submissions

 March 31st,  2021