The very first time that the Belgian Chapter’s board talked about hosting the IAH Congress was in 2016, when we decided to launch our application for the year 2021.
Since then, we are working hard to present you a high level scientific congress in september 2021, with more than 350 slots for the speakers, 6 keynote lecturers, several meetings of IAH Commissions or Workgroups (already confirmed), workshops, 10 field trips, the AGM of IAH and some Special Guests (VIPs of course). But we also want to let you discover Belgium : our rich culture, our unique comics, our colorful music, our great food and our tasty beers and chocolates!
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Call for abstracts
The call for abstracts is open!
You will find important dates and guidelines on the website. Our Scientific Committee, chaired by Marijke Huysmans, is waiting for you!
Focus on topics
The hydrogeophysics session will focus on new experimental developments and case studies at the various scales relevant for hydrogeology, as well as on recent methodological development for the interpretation of hydrogeophysical data sets. Recent developments in measuring technologies allow the collection of more detailed information over a wider area and with a greater temporal resolution (big data of various types). This advances our ability to understand complex groundwater systems. This could be the beginning of a new era for hydrogeology!
We are planning for a physical congress for the 48th IAH Congress in Brussels. The eventual requested measures will be applied, but we’ll be there. Rest assured that the Belgian Chapter is putting all efforts towards this direction, even if we are monitoring the evolution of the pandemic very closely.
And what if things are not evolving the way we all hope? Well, we already have a plan B, to allow the 48th Congress to be a reality in September 2021, whatever happens.
2020 will remain in our memory as the year where an invisible virus changed the world and our way of communicating with each other : the 2020 IAH congress had to be postponed, and I attended the first virtual General Assembly of the IAH !
But let’s look forward. 2021 will be the year of the vaccination all over the world, and we are deeply convinced that we will meet our friends and families again, (almost) as before, like in the old days …
One thing is sure : in a bit less than 8 months from now, in September, we’ll meet in Brussels, Belgium. We are ready to welcome you and to host a great 48th IAH Congress.
Further in this newsletter, you’ll read what is going on in our organizing committees and for sure, you’ll rush to the registration page of our website, which is now OPEN !
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Registration is open
Registration for the congress is now open !
You will find all info on the fees, what they include, the Accompanying Persons’ Package, and the link to the registration platform on the website.
Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines has a special discounted travel offer for congress delegates. Do not miss this opportunity. Check the website info and process to benefit from this great offer.
We also offer a wide range of hotels & hostels options and prices. Check the congress website for more information and how to book your room.
Hydrogeochemistry, groundwater age, paleogroundwater and isotopes in hydrogeology
Hydrogeochemical parameters and isotopes are highly informative tracers to determine the origin of groundwater, its pathway through the aquifer and residence time, and the processes that are affecting its composition. This composition or groundwater quality influences the use of the resource. This session calls for contributions related to the assessment of groundwater quality and the understanding of processes that determine groundwater composition, including groundwater age dating.
Regional groundwater systems and transboundary aquifers
co-organized by the IAH Regional Groundwater Flow Commission
Understanding groundwater on a large scale is essential for different purposes. Therefore, this topic focuses on new and inspiring practices related to groundwater at a larger level (basin to supra-basin), to calculation of regional groundwater flow, and to advances in GIS-methods.
Naturally, groundwater flow doesn’t stop at national or state borders. Transboundary aquifers are mapped all around the world. Cross-border political, socioeconomic and environmental differences create an extra dimension to take into account when trying to preserve the groundwater source in a sustainable way.
Advances in forward and inverse groundwater modeling and open source tools for computational subsurface hydrology (uncertainty)
Our understanding of complex groundwater systems including the unsaturated zone and our ability to predict their evolution is fundamental to a variety of disciplines relevant for society, ranging from groundwater resources and environmental issues to sustainable energy use.
In this session, we welcome contributions related to advances in forward and inverse modeling related to hydrogeological problems, though a specific attention will be given to emerging techniques for uncertainty quantification and the development of open source tools in hydrogeology. We have to massively invest in the improvement of our predictive abilities!
The discussions between the Brazilian and the Belgian Organising Committees are going on, and some collaboration points have been identified. More meetings are planned to bring you the best of both congresses.
In the following newsletters, we will give more information about what great initiatives to expect. Stay tuned !
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