IAH President, Portugal
António Chambel was born in Sardoal, Portugal in 1961. He graduated in Geology from University of Coimbra in 1984, and obtained an MSc in Economic and Applied Geology from University of Lisbon in 1990 and PhD in Geology, specialising in hydrogeology, from University of Évora in 1999. He has been a teacher of hydrogeology in the Department of Geosciences of University of Évora since 1985 and from 2003 to 2005 was President of the Department. He has also been a teacher in the University of Algarve (2 years), in the Universities Charles of Prague, Huelva (Spain) and Sapienza, Rome, under the ERASMUS Programme, and in the Superior Institute of Transports and Communication in Maputo, Mozambique (Master in Environmental Impact Studies).
From 2002-2006 he was President of the South Chapter of the Portuguese Water Resources Association (APRH) and from 2004-2008 he was the President of the IAH Portuguese Chapter. He has been a member of IAH since 1988, and from 2008-2012 he was IAH Vice-President for Finance and Membership and 2012-2016 IAH Vice-President for Programme and Science Coordination. In 2007 he was chair of the 35th IAH Congress in Lisbon.
His international experience has been with UNESCO-IHP, with the World Water Council (WWC), having participated in the last World Water Forum (WWF) in South Korea in 2015, and, through the role as IAH Vice-President in the last 8 years, he has attended IAH congresses and other IAH regional or national meetings, as well as representing IAH in many other events around the World.
2016 is the 60th anniversary of IAH. In the past eight years I’ve contributed in the IAH Executive to plans for the future of the Association and the experience obtained during these years is important for this next step, the coordination of the affairs of the Association for the next four years.
IAH has responsibility to improve the scientific level of world hydrogeology, through the work of its commissions and networks, through the dissemination of hydrogeological knowledge between scientists working in water related scientific branches, and raising awareness in institutions responsible for water governance and citizens in general about groundwater issues.
At an internal level, my aim will be to improve the quality of conferences and other meetings under the responsibility of IAH, to reinforce the importance of our commissions and networks and to maintain or establish more IAH national chapters, working closely to maintain their activities close to the aims of IAH. At the same time, my intention is to support the continuing regeneration of IAH, through the initiatives and work of early career members, who will have a key role in the development of the Association in the future. My intention is also to proceed with the vision of the Forward Look, as defined and approved by Council in 2010.
At an international level, my aim is to identify the next biggest groundwater challenges in the World and improve the influence of IAH in international institutions working on water issues. Particular attention will be given to the most important water related international projects, especially in integrated approaches with other sciences, to the scope of future international sources of funding for water science, to strengthening ties with sister organizations, to the dissemination of scientific information in developing countries, and to the continuity of our high level scientific publications.