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After Wuhan and Cape Town, the World Groundwater Congress is back in Europe. With its central location in Europe, a long tradition as a meeting place and its scenic surroundings, Switzerland offers an ideal setting to meet, exchange new findings and discuss pressing challenges in the groundwater field. The Swiss Society of Hydrogeology (SSH), the Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics of the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN) and the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) welcome you to Davos in the Swiss Alps for a stimulating World Groundwater Congress 2024.
In a rapidly changing world, groundwater is a crucial resource that is under increasing pressure. To anticipate future trends, we need to improve our understanding of how groundwater interacts with rivers, lakes, ecosystems and the cryosphere, and how it responds to extreme events, building on rapid methodological advances. Sustainable groundwater management strategies must take into account the many interactions within the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus and can only be developed in close cooperation between countries, stakeholders and the society as a whole. At the Congress, we will facilitate interactions beyond the scientific community, involving members from industry, public administration, as well as international organizations and development agencies, to share knowledge and discuss these challenges.
Hunkeler, Daniel; Head of Organising Committee; University of Neuchâtel, Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN), Switzerland
Darazs, Olga; Sponsoring; CSD Engineers; SSH; Switzerland
Kauer, Seraina; Excursions and Networking Events; SSH; Switzerland
Sinreich, Michael; SSH; Switzerland
Wirth, Stefanie; Social Events and Swiss Day; Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN); SSH; Switzerland
Erb, Sabine; Congress Secretariat; University of Neuchâtel, CHYN, Switzerland
Schneiter, Arthur; Communication and Social Media; University of Neuchâtel, CHYN, Switzerland
Local Scientific Committee
Brunner, Philip; Head of Local Scientific Committee; University of Neuchâtel, CHYN, Switzerland
Arnoux, Marie; CREALP, Switzerland
Jeannin, Pierre-Yves; ISSKA, Switzerland
Jimenez-Martinez, Joaquin, EAWAG and ETH, Switzerland
Möck, Christian, EAWAG and CHGNet, Switzerland
Musy, Stephanie, University of Basel and University of Berne, Switzerland
Schilling, Oliver; University of Basel and EAWAG, Switzerland
Schirmer, Mario, EAWAG, Switzerland
Thornton, James; Mountain Research Initative, University of Berne, Switzerland
Extended Scientific Committee
Alberti, Luca; Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Amani, Abou; Director of the UNESCO Division of Water Sciences and Secretary of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP)
Bakker, Mark; Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Bartolome, Andreo; University of Malaga, Spain
Batelaan, Okke; Flinders University, Australia
Bayer, Peter; University of Halle, Germany
Bouhlila, Rachida; National Engineering School of Tunis, university Tunis el Manar, Tunis
Boumaiza, Lamine; University of Waterloo, Canada
Brouyere, Serge; Université de Liège, Belgium
Chihi, Hayet; Centre for Water Research and Technologies, Georesources Laboratory, Tunesia
Cook, Peter; Flinders University, Australia
Donado, Leonardo David; Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Columbia
Doummar, Joanna; American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Ekmekci, Mehmet; Hacettepe University, Turkey
Folch, Albert; Groundwater Hydrology Group – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Gill, Laurence; Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Goldscheider, Nico; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Gomez-Hernandez, Jaime; Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Halloran, Landon; University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
Hendricks-Franssen, Harrie-Jan; Forschungszentrum Julich GmbH, Germany
Hervé, Jourde; Université Montpellier, France
Hinsby, Klaus; Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark
Husymans, Marijke; Vrije Universiteit Brussel and KU Leuven, Belgium
Kinzelbach, Wolfgang ; ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Lachassagne, Patrick; HydroSciences Montpellier, France
Liu, Jiaqi; The University of Tokyo, Japan
Marechal, Jean Christophe; BRGM, France
Molson, John W.; Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
Parker, Beth; University of Guelph, G360, Canada
Perez, Inaki Vadillo; University of Málaga, Spain
Ravbar, Natasa; Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU, Slovenia
Re, Viviana; University of Pisa, Italy
Roques, Clement; University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
Sakambari, Padhi; The University of Tokyo, Japan
Stevanovic, Zoran; University of Belgrade, Serbia
Stumpp, Christiane; University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
Therrien, Rene; Laval University, Canada
Wanner, Christoph; University of Bern, Switzerland
Wanner, Philipp; Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Xie, Yueqing; Nanjing University, China
Xu, Yongxn; University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Zheng, Chunmiao; Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
ORGANIZE A WORKSHOP
Submit your proposal for a half to full day workshop by February 29, 2024.
SUPPORT AND EXHIBIT
Support the debate on a vital resource as a sponsor and showcase your products and services.
SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT
Submit an abstract by 29 February. Click here to access the submission platform.
YOUR THESIS IN 180s
Present your study and kick-start your career as a hydrogeologist. Submit a 180s video by June 30th, 2024.
YOUR BEST IMAGE
Share your best hydrogeology image and it will be displayed at the conference. Submit it by June 30th, 2024
THE PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE
The IAH Congress is well known for its inclusive approach, welcoming participants with a broad background from all continents. We are building on this spirit and provide new opportunities for interaction and dialogue, with special opportunties for young hydrogeologists. In addition to parallel sessions covering all major groundwater topics, we will hold plenary debates centered around major groundwater challenges, side-events and short courses. Representatives from industry, academia and public administrations have the possibility to show-case innovative products and solutions during an exhibition. On Thursday some sessions will be dedicated to topics particularly relevant for the local context (SwissDay). A welcome reception, opening and closing ceremonies, and gala dinner will give a festive frame to the congress.
|Swiss Francs (CHF)
|until May 31st, 2024
|Full – Non-Member
|Full – IAH Member
|Low Income Country
|Includes access to all congress sessions, icebreaker, excursion, lunch, coffee breaks
|Student rate applies to undergraduate and graduate students (MSc, PhD)
BEYOND THE CONGRESS CENTER
We will continue the dialogue outside of the congress center during evening hikes, mountain top dinners, technical visits or cultural events throughout the week, taking advantage of the scenic environment right at the doorstep of the congress center.
Thanks to the alpine location, many scenic and scientifically rewarding sites can be reached with minimal travelling.
The field trips highlight interactions of groundwater with mountain rivers, lakes and the cryosphere, including excursions to high alpine settings. The excursions will illustrate the role of groundwater in different domains, from water supply by mountain springs, to spas and tourism, energy production, ecological processes, interactions with infrastructure such as tunnels, to natural hazards.
The congress will take place at the world-class Davos congress center known from major events such as the World Economic Forum (WEF). The congress center is centrally located next to a park and is easily accessible by foot or public buses from all parts of Davos. The congress center features parallel session rooms with natural light and a splendid plenary auditory, all arranged around a central hall for easy navigation.
Davos can easily be reached by train via Zurich Main Station or by plane via Zurich International Airport offering direct connections to 200 destinations in 70 countries. We will provide a direct shuttle bus connection from Zurich Airport to Davos. The congress town can also be reached individually by frequent rail services.
As a conference and holiday destination, Davos offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets, from traditional local hotels to international chains, youth hostels and backpackers. For groups, renting a holiday apartment is an attractive option.
You can book pre-reserved hotels via the Davos Congress platform.
SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
Support the debate around a ressource that is vital to our society and show case your knowhow, products and services. For further information or to book a package contact: sponsors@IAH2024DAVOS.org
MY BEST HYDROGEOLOGY IMAGE
The first image has been submitted. We are waiting for yours. Add a description where and in what context it was taken, what it represents and why it is your favorite hydrogeology image. Sent it to firstname.lastname@example.org
All images will be displayed here. The best images will be printed in large format and shown in the parallel session rooms.
Kadhila, Alina; Namibia
The image was taken mid 2022, in the Kuiseb River that runs through the Namib desert (one of the hottest and driest places in all of sub Saharan Africa).
The weather is typically cold in the mornings and extremely hot in the afternoons. Th river is flanked by dunes and it gets really windy. I had to wear especially the balaclava to protect myself from the harsh cold and winds.
I love it so much as it shows my commitment to the work we do, come wind, come rain come what, I remain committed to delivering water to our people. This was a drilling project that I was leading as the site hydrogeologist.