Invitation from the Chairman of the Organizing Committee

Dear colleagues, members of ICOLD and friends of dam engineering and associated disciplines.

Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

On behalf of the Czech National Committee on Large Dams, I would like to cordially invite you to this year’s 85th Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams held in Prague in a pleasant, calm and intimate atmosphere of the historic city situated on the picturesque Vltava River. 

Within the traditional structure of Annual Meetings, we have prepared a rich professional programme for you running from Monday’s Workshops to the Friday’s ICOLD General Assembly. The sessions of Technical Committees have become a permanent part of the Tuesday agenda. Extended agendas of some Technical Committees fall within Monday’s Workshops.

Apart from the sessions of Technical Committees and their Working Groups, the most important professional part of the Annual Meeting is the Wednesday’s Symposium with its principal theme of Knowledge Based Dam Engineering chosen for this year. Individual professional themes, including various aspects of the design and operation of dams, have found great favour with the authors.  This has been reflected by over 450 registered abstracts from 47 countries. We believe that the new knowledge presented in the form of oral presentations, papers or posters will provide most useful information and inspiration for your work. 

Thursday’s Technical Tours are directed to four interesting regions of Bohemia. In a comfortable time schedule, you will visit our dams and other places of interest situated in central, north-west and north-east Bohemia. The technical agenda also includes other events, such as e.g. the meeting of ICOLD Regional Clubs, Young Engineers Forum, Technical Workshops, etc. 

In the programme prepared for Accompanying Persons for the time of technical meetings, the participants will learn in a pleasant way more about the history and contemporary life in the Czech Republic. The cultural and social events organised during the Annual Meeting will take place in beautiful locations with a rich history and vibrant modern life. 

For those interested in deeper knowledge and understanding of the Heart of Europe, we have prepared three routes of Study Tours around the Czech Republic to satisfy both technicians, engineers, and the lovers of history, culture and Czech national specificities. 

I am looking forward to meeting you in Prague, to our shared unforgettable experiences and stimuli and inspiration for our future work.


Ladislav Satrapa
Chairman, Czech National Committee on Large Dams
Chairman, ICOLD 2017 Organizing Committee