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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 2019 the recipient of this award was Dr John Cherry. 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 John Chilton and Shammy Puri, both whose nominations were approved by our General Assembly during the 2019 congress in Malaga. 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 2019 was presented to Francesca Bernardini, for her contribution to the enhancement of policy and governance for groundwater protection worldwide. In addition, the Award recognises the role of the rest of the Secretariat of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, hosted by UNECE. Read more

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 2019 IAH received 6 strong nominations and we are grateful, once again, to the panel of Jane Dottridge, Callist Tindimugaya and Willi Struckmeier for their careful considerations. The Award for 2019 was presented to Yanxin Wang, for advancing our understanding of the sources and behaviour of hazardous substances in groundwater systems and for his remediation technologies for arsenic, fluoride and other chemicals, applied in remote rural areas of China, that have ensured safe potable-water supply for many farmers. Read more

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