On June 25th – 27th 2019, FIThydro’s fourth General Assembly took place in Trondheim, Norway. All FIThydro partners came together to presented their results from nearly three years or research, share best practices and recommendations, and discuss the project’s progress and next steps.

The first two days focused on the topics of fish upstream and downstream migration, impact assessment and management, cost effectiveness and scenario modelling, as well as stakeholder feedback and public acceptance.

Many of the project results discussed will feed into a risk-based decision supports system (DSS) that is currently being developed. The DSS will to help operators, consultants and others to make decisions on cost effective mitigation measures and fishfriendly hydropower operation. During interactive workshops, the FIThydro partners could use their diverse expertise and experiences from working in different fields and industries to evaluate the input for and give feedback on the DSS and the selection and effectiveness of mitigation measures.

While the days were filled with discussions, presentations and workshops, the evenings allowed an exploration of Trondheim, a sampling of the great restaurants and a tour of the hydraulic lab of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Lea Berg (TUM)
Picture rights: top: © Hany Abo El Wafa, TUM; middle: © Lars R. Bang, NTNU; bottom: © Lea Berg, TUM