The International Geothermal Association
The Geothermal Resources Council is an affiliate of the International Geothermal Association (IGA).
The International Geothermal Association (IGA), founded in 1988, is a scientific, educational and cultural organization established to operate worldwide. It has more than 5,000 members in over 36 countries.
The GRC makes up 1,109 members of the IGA, just under 22% of the total.
The IGA is a non-political, non-profit, non-governmental organization. The objectives of the IGA are to encourage research, the development and utilization of geothermal resources worldwide through the publication of scientific and technical information among the geothermal specialists, the business community, governmental representatives, UN organisations, civil society and the general public.
The IGA headquarters is located in Bochum, Germany at the International Geothermal Centre of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences.
The IGA sponsors a World Geothermal Congress (WGC) every five years that is attended by approximately 1,500 geothermal experts from around the world. Recent congresses have been in Florence, Italy (WGC1995), Beppu and Morioka, Japan (WGC2000), in Antalya, Turkey (WGC2005) in Bali, Indonesia (WGC 2010) and in Melbourne, Australia (WGC 2015). Proceedings from all past WGC's can be obtained from the IGA web site.
The next World Geothermal Congress 2020 will take place in Iceland.
Through the GRC's affiliation with the International Geothermal Association (IGA) , all GRC Members are automatically members of the IGA, which offers discount registration to its World Geothermal Congress events (every 5 years), and a special discount rate for the international publication, Geothermics.