This year’s IAH (Irish Group) Annual Conference will be held in Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly on 24th-25th April 2018 under the title “Groundwater matters: science and practice”.

We are pleased to announce that the conference will be opened by Seán Kyne, TD, Minister for Natural Resources. The keynotes will be addressed by Geoff Parkin (Newcastle University, UK), presenting The citizen hydroscientist – benefits and challenges for hydrogeology and John McCray (Colorado School of Mines, USA) talking about innovations on Engineered streambeds for water quality enhancement in urban streams.

The conference fee includes conference attendance, a bound copy of proceedings, refreshments and lunch on both days, a social evening to include a light dinner (Tuesday evening), and a technical workshop or a local site visit (Wednesday afternoon) (to be confirmed).

This year the conference will end with a site-visit to the Ardan wellfield, kindly provided by Malcom Doak (Irish Water). On-site space is limited, we therefore have to limit the total number of attendees. We will try to accommodate as many attendees as possible, but cannot promise that everybody will be able to attend if demand exceeds available spaces.

Also this year, we are very pleased and happy that 15 exhibitors will be present at the venue, demonstrating a wide range of hydrogeology related tools, practices and approaches.

In addition, we will run our popular Early Career Hydrogeologists Network (ECHN) session to which we welcome the submission of abstracts for posters/talks, as well as a wine reception at the conference venue.

Furthermore, we will showcase the submissions (and winner!) of the Conceptual Site Model (CSM) competition. We welcome submissions for the CSM from all in the hydrogeological fraternity.

Early bird rates apply until the 16th of March. Payment instructions are on the registration form. For all payment methods we request that you return the registration form by email to

Please indicate if you intend to attend the social evening and/or technical workshop/local site visit.

On behalf of the committee we look forward to seeing you all in Tullamore.


Philip Schuler
IAH (Irish Chapter) Conference Secretary

The IAH (Irish Group) gratefully acknowledge the support of exhibitors for the 2018 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: