Aqua~Media is delighted to be taking next year’s conference, HYDRO 2020, back to France, to the scenic city of Strasbourg in the Grand Estregion (formerly known as Alsace). The city is on the Rhine, one of Europe’s major ‘hydropower rivers’, and is very close to the borders ofboth Germany and Switzerland, so there will be plenty of local technical expertise to share with participants.Our previous events in Lyon (2009) and Bordeaux (2015) have demonstrated that France is an excellent meeting point, for delegates fromall parts of the world. EDF, CNR and other major French companies have hydraulic works of all types and sizes to show within France,as well as extensive global activities.Our main session tracks will cover a broad range of practical issues for the profession, including financial topics, climate and environment,hydro in synergy with other renewables, pumped storage, dam engineering, safety, and capacity building. Seminars and workshops willprecede the event, and a full social programme is being organized. A full call for papers will be issued shortly.