Register now for IAH’s 45th congress, Korea

Registration and sponsorship enquiries for the 45th IAH Congress to be held in Daejeon, Korea in September 2018 remains open!

Hosted by the IAH Korean National Chapter, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) and Korean Society of Soil and Groundwater Environment (KoSSGE), the congress will focus on how groundwater science, technology and policy can help ensure all have equal rights for sufficient, safe and affordable water regardless of where they are born and live, or who they are.

Conference topics are:

  • Life with groundwater: the role of groundwater in human life
  • Environmental change and groundwater
  • Sustainable groundwater resource and management
  • Groundwater & surface water: an integrated view
  • Coastal aquifer management
  • Groundwater quality and contamination
  • Groundwater and energy
  • Challenges for the deep geo-environment
  • Advanced tools and techniques for hydrogeology
  • Groundwater, society and policy

This year’s congress promises to be quite intensive and immensely interesting, with 629 abstracts received from 65 countries. The team is busy preparing the timetable for each topic session and IAH subsidiary meetings such as those being hosted by IAH’s commissions and networks, and IAH’s Annual General Meeting.

Further details of short courses and excursions have now been published on the congress website.
Short courses prior to the congress are:

  • ‘Contaminant hydrogeology with a focus on Asia,’ on Sunday 9 September, led by Frank W. Schwartz and Eung Seok Lee;
  • ‘Integrated hydrologic flow and contaminant modelling: from theories to real-world applications,’ on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September, led by Hyoun-Tae Hwang, Steven Berg and Damian Merrick;
  • ‘Groundwater flow systems definition: their natural manifestations and control,’ on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September, led by José Joel Carrillo-Rivera

Mid-congress excursions are proposed to limestone caves, a national geopark, curative springs, a wetland conservation area and the national groundwater information centre. Pre and post congress excursions and accompanying person’s tours include visits to Seoul, the demilitarised zone (DMZ), traditional villages and temples, hot springs and other natural sites of interest.

The organising committee continues to be very active in making preparations. They send their best wishes to colleagues worldwide and remind everyone that, although the early bird registration fees have now ended, there is still time to register. If you haven’t yet booked your place as a delegate or an exhibitor, now is the time to do this – visit the congress website! We look forward to seeing you there to network, share knowledge and experience the local cultures of this stunning location.

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