Annual IAH (Irish Group) Conference – online

The 40th Annual IAH (Irish Group) Groundwater Conference: “Characterisation and Management of Groundwater in Limestones”, will be held online over two half-days on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th October, 2020. We’re running it as an online event this year, for the first time, because Covid means we can’t hold it as our usual conference in Tullamore.

Day 1 will run from 13:30 to 17:30 and Day 2 from 09:30 to 13:00.

Registration is free online through Eventbrite. Bound copies of the conference proceedings can be ordered in advance for €35 through Eventbrite when you register. The proceedings will also be available as a pdf on the IAH Ireland website. You will receive a link to join the conference by email 1 week before the event starts.

Limestones are the dominant rock type in Ireland, comprising about 50% of the island. The focus of the conference this year is not only on the pure limestones (karst), but also the impure limestones (such as the “Calp”). Given its prominence in the Irish landscape, limestone interacts with all aspects of hydrogeology. The conference sessions aim to provide insights into these important interactions such as those with water resources protection and management, contamination, ecology and surface water, as well as practical characterisation and investigation techniques.

There will be a total of 14 presentations over the two half-days, from consultants, academics and state agencies. We’re also planning an exhibitor’s session at the end of Day 1, more details on this will follow.

Registration link:

Download 2020 Conference Programme

The IAH (Irish Group) gratefully acknowledge the support of exhibitors for the 2019 conference:

About the Annual Conference

The first IAH (Irish Group) Groundwater Conference was held in 1980, four years after the Irish Chapter was founded in 1976. The two-day conference has evolved over the years with the growing IAH membership and has become a keenly anticipated event in the IAH calendar for members and non-members alike.

The conference usually takes place in April (currently held in Tullamore, Co. Offaly) of any given year. The IAH (Irish Group) Committee and Conference Sub-Committee commence planning the upcoming conference in October, following the election of any new committee member at the Annual General Meeting.

Each year, the committee endeavour to present conference themes and presentations which are topical and relevant to delegates from academic, consulting , statutory and non-technical backgrounds, alike. The questionnaires distributed to delegates at the end of the conference provide invaluable feedback to the committee and inform the basis of planning future themes.

The IAH (Irish Group) Groundwater Conference can be expected to benefit hydrogeologists, engineers, local authorities, consultants, planners, environmental scientists, public health officials, professionals and practitioners from a variety of sectors involved with groundwater.

The conference programme comprises the following components:
– Themed presentation sessions (five/six over 2 days), including a ECHN session, from national and international speakers.
– Exhibitor displays during tea/coffee and lunch breaks.
– Social evening.
– Technical workshop.

The conference is an important event for the IAH (Irish Group) as most of the funding for the association is derived from the annual conference. We gratefully acknowledge the continued attendance of all delegates, in particular the support of the conference exhibitors.

Proceedings are made available to download from the IAH (Irish Group) website six months after the conference has ended.

Download proceedings from previous annual conferences:

An index of all the previous presentations since 1982 can be viewed here.