Dr Uschi EidIAH 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 2016 the recipient of this award was IAH’s former Executive Manager John Chilton. 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 recipient was Professor Ghislain de Marsily, whose nomination was approved by our General Assembly during the 2016 congress in Montpellier. 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. The Award for 2016 was presented to Jean-François Donzier, General Manager of the International Office for Water and Technical Secretary of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO). Read more

Applied Hydrogeology Award

Our anniversary year in 2016 saw the first presentation of IAH’s new Applied Hydrogeology Award, for “a groundwater professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the application of hydrogeology, preferably in developing countries or in support of international development”. Seven nominations were received and we are grateful to the panel of Johannes Barth, Jane Dottridge and Callist Tindimugaya for their careful considerations. The Award for 2016 was presented in Montpellier to Richard Carter, Richard Carter and Associates. Read more