From 2016 September 25 to 2016 September 30

Montpellier (le Quorum)

Groundwater and Society, 60 years of IAH

The French Chapter of the IAH, in scientific partnership with the

International Hydrological Program of UNESCO, is honored to host the 43rd IAH Annual Congress, in Montpellier, France, from September 25th to 29th 2015.

The event is designed to strengthen synergies between the worlds of research and teaching, of local to national and international authorities, public services and agencies, of consultants and industrials, involved in the groundwater and water issues.

The spirit of the Congress is summarized in its theme “Groundwater and Society, 60 years of IAH”, that will largely embrace the past and future contributions of the hydrogeologists for our changing world.

The program

Sunday 2016 September 25

  • 12h40

    How did the hydrogeologists' (HG) role evolve in the civil society since 1956? Which is the HGs' contribution of to regulation? Which technical elements must be provided by HGs to build public decisions? How may HGs contribute to participative approaches? The role of the HGs in terms of popularization and communication.

Monday 2016 September 26

  • 12h40 - 18h40

    The role of Groundwater in the economic development and population livelyhood. The role of the IAH early career hydrogeologists network for economic development. The emergence of young skilled hydrogeologists in developing countries. Groundwater and development in semi-arid countries. Thermal and Mineral Water, and local economic development.

Tuesday 2016 September 27

  • 12h45 - 20h45

    Establishing new competences, preserving existing expertises. New teaching and training methodologies: webminars, MOOCs... Data banking and sharing in hydrogeology, open data, interoperability, crowdsourcing. From scientists to the public, and from the public to scientists.

Wednesday 2016 September 28

  • 12h45

    What is the economic value of groundwater in its competing uses? How can groundwater allocation be optimized, considering present and future economic uses, ecosystem services and future generations? Which economic instruments and institutions to ensure efficient and equitable groundwater allocation? How to integrate hydrogeological and economic models to design groundwater management plans? Which new models for successful Groundwater User's Associations? How to engage rural communities in the design of long term sustainable groundwater management plans?

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