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IAH recognises the service and achievements of its members and others who have worked for improved understanding of groundwater through a series of awards. Presentation of the Association’s long-established awards takes place at the General Assembly, which is normally held during the annual congress. IAH commissions, networks and national groups may also choose to award individuals.

Details of the principal IAH awards and the most recent recipients are given below. If you would like to make a suggestion for a possible nominee we would be pleased to consider your idea; email with relevant details.

Presidents’ Award

The IAH Presidents’ Award was established in 1995 and is determined by the current and past presidents. It is given annually to a member who has made outstanding international contributions to groundwater science and to furthering IAH’s mission to promote understanding and management of groundwater resources for the benefit of humankind and the environment. In 2020 the recipient of this award was Professor Bruce Misstear. Read more

Honorary Member

The Association from time to time accords the title of Honorary Member to those who have given exceptional services to IAH over a long period. The candidates are elected, following a recommendation by Council, by a vote of the General Assembly of the Association. The most recent recipients were Ken Howard and Cliff Voss, both whose nominations were approved by those participating in our online General Assembly in September 2020. Read more

Distinguished Associate Award

The IAH Distinguished Associate Award is presented to a person who is not a groundwater professional but has made an outstanding contribution to the understanding, development, management and protection of groundwater resources internationally. The Award was established by the IAH Council in 2005 and is made by the IAH Executive Committee following consultation. Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic causing the postponement of IAH’s Congress in Brazil, the Executive Committee was regretfully unable to consider a recipient for the year. We hope to see its return in 2021.

Applied Hydrogeology Award

IAH’s Applied Hydrogeology Award is presented to “a groundwater professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the application of hydrogeology, preferably in developing countries or in support of international development”.  Nominations are invited in March of each year from IAH members; in 2020 we are grateful to our new panel of Richard Carter, Richard, Moshood Tijani and Wendy Timms for their careful considerations – during which they agreed unanimously to award two worthy recipients. The Award for 2020 was presented to: David Ball for his work with refugees and nomads in areas of poor security in the African Sahel and the Horn of Africa and for his early ability to innovate in the absence of modern equipment for drilling, testing and exploration; also Dr Abdel Hafiz Gadelmula for his work in refugee settlements, including in conflict zones, and his participation in projects that have enabled countless numbers of people to normalise their lives and for some to return to their homes after being in displacement camps for many years. Read more

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