About Conference

General Information

Scientific and Technical Conference “Hydropower. Hydraulic Engineering. New Developments and Technologies” (hereinafter referred to as “the Conference”) is the country’s largest industry event for hydroelectricity and hydraulic engineering experts. The event has been taken place in St. Petersburg since 2005, and it carries on the 1960s–1990s tradition of holding regular scientific coordination meetings on hydropower engineering. 

The Conference is traditionally held at the site of JSC “Vedeneev VNIIG” and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU).

The event is hosted by PJSC RusHydro, JSC “Vedeneev VNIIG”, SPbPU and Assosiation "Hydropower of Russia".

Conference gives the leading scientists and engineers an opportunity to discuss the major problems of hydropower and hydraulic engineering, determine trends and directions of the industry development, share experience, and establish business contacts.

Topics of the conference cover a wide range of issues within the following areas:

  • Hydropower engineering
  • Safety and reliability of hydraulic structures and equipment
  • Marine hydraulic structures
  • New materials and technologies in hydraulic engineering
  • Environmental problems of hydropower and hydraulic engineering
  • Problems of scientific, engineering, and technical personnel training for Russian hydropower and hydraulic engineering
  • Legal framework of hydraulic engineering
  • Investment potential of hydropower facilities construction

The list of the Conference participants includes engineers of PJSC RusHydro HPP and other Russian hydropower plants; representatives of hydraulic engineering industries of energy (thermal and nuclear power engineering) and non-energy purposes; presidents of Russia’s leading universities; representatives of construction research institutes, marine and port facilities, and transport infrastructure. The Conference will be also attended by representatives of foreign states.

The Conference traditionally lasts for two days and consists of two plenary sessions (opening and final), scientific sections and round-table discussions (currently, 8 sections and 3 round-table discussions are planned).

After the Conference, collection of plenary session reports, section reports, and the final decision of the Conference is published.

An integral part of all Conferences is PJSC RusHydro awarding hydropower engineers and research workers who have achieved significant results in their work, as well as winners of the competition for the best research work in the hydropower engineering area with certificates of honor and prizes during the plenary session.

From year to year, more and more experts from related industries take interest in problems and issues discussed in plenary sessions and scientific sections, which attests to the relevance and importance of the issues raised.


  • use of hydropotential and water  resources management,
  • earth hydroengineering structures of hydrosystem,
  • concrete and reinforced concrete hydroengineering structures of hydrosystems,
  • engineering-geological surveys of hydraulic facilities foundations,
  • hydraulics of hydroengineering structures of hydrosystems and watercourses,
  • sediment transport, scours and problems of river channel reformation,
  • HPP and hydraulic facilities in northern climate zone,
  • HPP and hydraulic facilities in seismic regions,
  • waterpower and mechanical equipment of hydraulic facilities,
  • field observations and monitoring of hydraulic facilities.

Safety and reliability of equipment and hydroengineering structures of different purpose.

Hydroengineering structures of TPP, NPP and industrial enterprises

  • reservoirs-coolers, intakes and pumping stations of thermal and nuclear power plants,
  • ash dumps, tailing dumps and sludge dumps,
  • promising trends of development of cooling towers for TPP, NPP and industrial enterprises,
  • survey of water-supply and cooling systems for TPP, NPP and industrial enterprises.

Offshore hydraulic facilities

  • wave, tidal-ebb and coastal hydraulics of offshore zones, tsunami waves,
  • breakwater structures, coast-protecting structures and lythodynamic processes in the coastal zone,
  • designing of offshore oil and gas platforms,
  • wave and ice impacts on offshore hydraulic facilities,  scour protection of hydraulic facilities foundation.

New materials and technologies for hydraulic facilities

  • new technologies of work during construction, rehabilitation and repair of hydroengineering structures,
  • geo-synthetic materials,
  • composite materials,
  • new and promising concrete compositions.

Ecological problems of power and hydraulic engineering

  • fish protection activities at HPP,
  • influence of bioorganisms on physical characteristics of hydraulic facilities materials,
  • impact of hydraulic facilities on the environment and climate.

Problems of training of research, engineering and technical personnel for hydropower and hydraulic engineering of Russia

  • personnel training for hydropower and hydraulic engineering in the Universities and Institutes of RF,
  • training of highly qualified personnel for power industry and hydraulic engineering of RF,
  • problems of cooperation of enterprises with Universities and Institutes of RF  for target training.

The regulatory framework of hydraulic engineering

Investment potential of hydropower facilities construction


Session themes

  1. Hydropower plants and hydraulic equipment
  2. Hydraulic research for hydraulic structures
  3. Concrete and reinforced concrete structures of hydro facilities
  4. Earth dams and foundations
  5. Hydraulic facilities for thermal, nuclear and industrial installations
  6. Problems in the design, construction and operation of offshore hydraulic facilities
  7. New materials and technologies for hydraulic facilities<
  8. Ecological problems in the power industry and hydraulic engineering

Panel discussion themes

  1. Safety of hydro-engineering works
  2. The regulatory framework for hydraulic engineering
  3. Investment potential of hydropower facilities construction