International Association of Hydrogeologists - Groundwater and society : 60 years of IAH

25-29th September, 2016

le Corum , Montpellier, France


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The Early Career Hydrogeologists’ Network

The Early Career Hydrogeologists’ Network (ECHN) of the International Association of Hydrogeologists aims to support hydrogeologists at the start of their professional careers and to promote their involvement in IAH affairs. The professional background of its members ranges from academic/scientific to governmental and industrial.

Our goals

One of the main goals of IAH is to improve the understanding of groundwater issues and to support its better management. To maintain and develop this knowledge and understanding through time, those at the start of their professional careers are encouraged to become involved into IAH affairs as early as possible. A well established and supported international network of early career hydrogeologists is one of the keystones for a successful and forward-looking IAH.

For more information about ECHN-IAH, its activities and how to join the network, please visit our website:

The Early Career Hydrogeologists’ Network activities at the 43rd IAH Congress

The ECHN team liaises with IAH’s congress and meeting organisers, endeavouring to provide a range of opportunities specifically for those in the early stages of their hydrogeology careers. These include pre-congress/meeting short courses, awards for best presentations and posters, affordable accommodation and organizing social events for networking.

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ECHN event on Monday – 15:10-16:30 - A day in the life of hydrogeologist

It is very important to build a bridge and create connections between young (ECHN members) and senior/experienced hydrogeologists, and what better opportunity to do this than the 60 th IAH birthday in Montpellier, 2016?! The ECHN will organize a special session during which few experts will share  their stories about being a hydrogeologist.

During this session, senior hydrogeologists will discuss topics along the lines of what made them want to become a hydrogeologist, and better yet what makes them continue to want to be a hydrogeologist, also giving some precious tips for career development.  Perhaps hydrogeology was not their initial career choice, therefore how the expert become a hydrogeologist can also be discussed. Everyday encounters, struggles and successes the experts experiences during a typical day of being a hydrogeologist can also be discussed.

The final part of the session will include a time for questions during which the ECHN members and the audience can ask about more specific topics which may not have been covered during the experts’ talks.

Call for the student competition on Regional groundwater flow

‘Student Competition on Regional Groundwater Flow’ is initiated by the Regional Groundwater Flow Commission (RGFC) in celebration of IAH’s 60th anniversary. The Competition is sponsored by IAH Executive, Main Organizers of the Congress in collaboration with the ECHN. It will be held at the upcoming 43rd IAH Congress, Montpellier, France, from 25th to 29th September 2016.

Teams (1 from a university with 2 members) of students (undergraduate and/or graduate) learning hydrogeology or a related discipline can enter the two-round Competition by submitting their application form to before 15th March 2016.

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  • Coolest Paper" of 2014 award ceremony during the IAH General Assembly, Rome, Italy
  • Books exchange during the the 42nd IAH Congress, Rome, Italy.
  • ECHN's “Team” at the 42nd IAH Congress, Rome, Italy
  • HydroCluedo during the ECHN's Social Function at the 42nd IAH Congress, Rome, Italy
  • Oral presentation by the winner of the "Coolest Paper" of 2014 Award, Dr. Antonio Hernández-Espriú,  Rome, Italy

Youth accommodations

Please find below a list of youth accommodation suggestions for the congress participants.

This is an informative and  a non-exhaustive list. The congress organisation does not guarantee the service and quality of any of these venues:

youth Hotels
Name Adress price/nights (€) Distance from the Corum supplementary Information
Auberge de jeunesse Impasse Petit Corraterie Rue des Ecoles Laïques 34000 Montpellier ≈ 23 286 m Link
Name Adress price/nights (€) Distance from the Corum supplementary Information
Majestic 4 Rue du Cheval Blanc, 34000 Montpellier ≈ 69 950 m Link
Hotel les Troenes 17 avenue Emile Bertin Sans, 34090 Montpellier ≈ 62 2.7 km Link
L'Hospitalet Saint Charles 241 rue Auguste Broussonnet, 34090 Montpellier ≈ 70 920 m Link
Hôtel des Arts 6 boulevard Victor Hugo, 34000 Montpellier ≈73 1.0 Km Link
Hôtel Acapulco 445, rue Auguste Broussonnet, 34090 Montpellier 49 1.5 Km Link
Hôtel Abbeliss Polygone Hotel 16 Avenue Du Pont Juvénal, 34000 Montpellier 45 1.1 Km Link

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