IAH 2019 Conference Dates Announcement

Please note the Irish group of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) will hold the 39th annual groundwater conference on the 30th April & 1st May 2019. Further details will follow in the new year.

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas.

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


The conference was opened by Seán Kyne, TD, Minister for Natural Resources. The keynotes were addressed by Geoff Parkin (Newcastle University, UK), who presented The citizen hydroscientist – benefits and challenges for hydrogeology and John McCray (Colorado School of Mines, USA) who talked about innovations on Engineered streambeds for water quality enhancement in urban streams.

This year the conference ended with a site-visit to the Ardan wellfield, kindly provided by Malcom Doak (Irish Water). Also this year, 15 exhibitors were present at the venue, demonstrating a wide range of hydrogeology related tools, practices and approaches.

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

Furthermore, we showcased the submissions (and winner!) of the Conceptual Site Model (CSM) competition.



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: