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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.

Organising Committee

Hunkeler, Daniel; Head of Organising Committee; University of Neuchâtel, Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN), Switzerland

Brunner, Philip; Head of Scientific 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

Supporting Team

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 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



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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.

Congress Fee
Swiss Francs (CHF)
Regular Onsite
until Aug 18, 2024
Full – Non-Member 850 950
Full – IAH Member 750 850
Low Income Country 450 500
Student 450 500
Includes access to all congress sessions, icebreaker, excursion, lunch, coffee breaks
Student rate applies to undergraduate and graduate students (MSc, PhD)


Some funding is available for young people from low and lower income countries. Apply by June 30th.



Thanks to the alpine location, many scenic and scientifically rewarding sites will be visited. 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. Along the way we also visit other attractions like wineries, breweries or take a cable car. And there are also attractive options for accompanying persons.


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.

The program of the networking events will be available at the beginning of August. You will be able to book additional events via the congress registration platform.  



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.


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.



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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.

Rempel, Katarina; Brazil

The image was taken in mid-2018, in the southern part of the Brazilian Amazon, during monitoring of the Aquifer Parecis (which supplies the entire agricultural sector in the region). The climate is typically hot and humid (for much of the year, but it is very dry for 4 months, even though it is part of the Amazon). Agribusiness is using the aquifer increasingly unrestrainedly and monitoring by the Geological Survey of Brazil (SGB) helps us understand whether this use is exceeding the limit. I am the hydrogeologist responsible for monitoring this aquifer and this is SGB’s mission, to generate and disseminate quality geoscientific data to improve sustainable development.

Arbi, Ben Aoun; Canada

This photo was taken mid-January 2024 in Montreal, Canada. As a member of the geothermal research chair on the integration of standing column wells, we were assigned to supervise the exploratory drilling of a geothermal well near Polytechnique Montreal. It was midday during a drilling day, and the weather was typically snowy and cold. I like this photo as it reminds me of my unique experience supervising the deepest geothermal well in the Mont-Royal mountain. It also shows our valuable effort and dedication to deliver clean energy for heating by using groundwater and geothermal energy, to achieve a carbon-neutral future.

Lee, Damien; Australia

Loupe TDEM in progress for seepage/groundwater investigation on a residue disposal area in Western Australia

Ravinder, Bhavya; India

This image was taken during my field visit in Northern Karnataka. I was studying the base line Uranium concentration in groundwater in this area. This is one of my favourite images as it depicts my endurance and sheer commitment despite the scorching summer and my inquisitiveness is studying the source of Uranium in water in that area.

Robinson, Helen; The Netherlands

The image is the inaugural well discharge of MW-18A at the Menengai Geothermal Project, Kenya, taken in January 2017. Menengai is a two-phase supercritical geothermal / hydrothermal caldera under development for 105 MW of geothermal electricity over three development phases of 35 MW each. This well took circa 3 months to complete. The technology used at this geothermal site is flash power plants, meaning high flow rates of fluid are required. As the system is a two-phase system and high volumes of steam can be encountered overlying the target fluid, initial steam discharges of varying time frames specific to each individual well is needed. This well is located close to peripheral eastern caldera rim, where a lot of steam occurs. On this occasion, steam venting took around 24 hours before the fluid (this image) could discharge.  This well now maintains a generating power capacity of 8– 9 MW and forms part of phase one electricity generation.

Darlin, Julian; Tanzania

The image was taken in Mid Febuary 2024 in Chamwino town, Dodoma city, Tanzania country Eastern Africa. We faced a lot of challenges in this water project and spent nearly 60 days just to drill and complete a three (03) boreholes. The good thing is that we could have quit and left due to huge loss as the project long duration caused high increment in Expenses, but we decided to continue amid water shortages to the villagers. At last we were successfull. This is my favourite photo as it reminds me to NEVER GIVE UP.

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