Preparations by the Croatian National Chapter for the 44th Congress “Groundwater Heritage and Sustainability” (25-29 September 2017) are now moving into their final weeks. The deadline for ‘early bird’ registrations was at the end of June, by which time the organisers were well on their way towards their target for delegates. But if you haven’t yet been able to register there is still time. Remember, though, that Dubrovnik will still be very popular with tourists (and maybe those filming ‘Game of Thrones’) so many hotels will soon be booked up. Book now to avoid disappointment!
IAH Secretary General Bruce Misstear made a short liaison visit to Croatia to provide support and advice to the organising committee. He returned with reports of the excellent progress that the Organising Committee had made and of the idyllic location. The congress will be held at the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, which nestles on the scenic seafront between a pine forest and the turquoise coastal waters of the Lapad Peninsula. It is just a few minutes’ by car or bus from the medieval Dubrovnik Old Town, the jewel of Croatian tourism, which occupies a spectacular location on the eastern Adriatic coast. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.
The list of approved abstracts is published on the congress website. The organising committee has established nine main topic areas: 1) Groundwater heritage – passing benefits to current and future generations; 2) Sustainable management of groundwater resources – Special subtopic: Sustainable Management of Groundwater Resources in Central Europe – 3rd IAH Central European Groundwater Conference; 3) Groundwater modelling; 4) Groundwater monitoring – new approaches; 5) Groundwater in karst systems; 6) Island and coastal hydrogeology; 7) Groundwater and dependent ecosystems; 8) Hydropower and geothermal energy; 9) Mineral waters and human health.
Four pre-congress courses have been confirmed: 1) Water resources management and engineering challenges in karst aquifers, 2) Groundwater remediation: From hydrogeologic site concepts to applied numeric models, 3) KARSYS, KarstALEA and KarstMOD: applied and innovative methods for the management of karst environment and 4) Applied groundwater modelling using Visual MODFLOW Flex.
Mid-congress excursions are planned to several hydrogeologically-diverse and interesting localities. For those of you who are fortunate enough to be able to spend more time in the region details have now been firmed up for excursions before and after the congress, which will offer a chance to visit to some of the most famous localities in the Dinaric karst including the Jadro spring which is used to supply Split, the Plitvice Lakes National Park (tufa barrier lakes), the Blue and Red Lakes (famous sinkholes) and the Buna Spring (the largest karst spring in the Dinarides) and other sights across Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
Full information is available on the congress website. We look forward to seeing you there!