In 1902 the first Congress of Hydroenergy gathered in Grenoble all the personalities involved in the creation and operation of hydroelectric facilities: corporate executives, engineers, government officials, academics, etc.
All administrative issues, legal, financial and technical  were discussed.

 One of the resolution adopted was the creation of a Commission of turbines gathering scientists, operators and manufacturers to study the various problems concerning the performance of these machines and risks of accidents in certain facilities.
 The work of this committee soon reached such a magnitude that G. Cordier, president of the Chambre Syndicale of hydraulic power, was prompted to create an independent company able to own and manage funds. the aim of this company should be to consider all matters, undertake any research and experience on hydraulics, in order to allow the development and operation of the waterfalls in the best conditions, the safest and most economical.

 Such is the origin of the Society Hydrotechnique de France (SHF), created in 1912 as a non profit association.

 The nationalization of electric power in 1946 had a significant impact on the destiny of the Societe  Hydrotechnique de France. The company lost his semi-industrial character , and began limiting its activities to technical and scientific studies.
 From 1946, the mission of the SHF was to promote scientific and technical exchange among members of its Scientific and Technical Committee (CST) and the dissemination of knowledge in specific meetings, essentially the CST sessions (3 per year), and Meeting on Water Resources, biennial congresses of the SHF.

Since then, SHF preserved its specificity as a hub for exchange and dialogue around water scientific information, with objectivity and independence.