This year’s IAH (Irish Group) Annual Conference was held on 25th-26th April 2017.

The 37th annual groundwater conference was held at the Tullamore Court Hotel on the 25th and 26th April 2017.


This year’s programme under the theme “Developments in Irish Hydrogeology in a Changing Water Services and Planning Environment” aimed to present the current processes related to water quality and water planning, bridging academic research and applied hydrogeology. The speakers encompassed local experts and practitioners along with prominent international professionals. We had 24 invited speakers covering session themes related to “Towards safe and effective Groundwater Supply”, “Groundwater Hazards and Pathways”, “Geo-Risks related to Groundwater” and “DOC & THM”.

This year’s conference provided an exhibitors’ area on the Tuesday, with a total of 14 exhibitors demonstrating a wide range of hydrogeology related tools, practices and approaches. Early Career Hydrogeologists were given the opportunity to present their work to a wider audience and to engage with their peers within an oral session, as well as a dedicated poster session. Alongside the poster presentation, we had a wine reception followed by the social evening and dinner at Hugh Lynch’s Bar in Tullamore.

A technical workshop on Wednesday afternoon was dedicated to the functionality of telemetric data transmission, kindly provided by the EPA and the OPW.

Philip Schuler
Conference Secretary of the IAH (Irish Chapter)

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 following exhibitors for the 2017 Conference:

Exhibitors for the 2017 Conference

Click here for information on the 36th annual IAH (Irish Group) conference in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly, held on the 12th – 13th April 2016.

The proceedings will be made available to download from the IAH (Irish Group) website six months after the conference has ended.

Download proceedings from previous annual conferences: