The International Council of the IAH – International Association of Hydrogeologists – has awarded the IAH French and German Committee the honour of organizing in France the Annual Congress for 2016. Every year the Annual Congress attracts around one thousand participants, who come to hear presentations on the latest developments in worldwide hydrogeological research and discuss groundwater, a fundamental resource for human development.
The participation of scientists and experts from all over the world, together with key-note presentations by leading international scientists, will guarantee the high level of the event and provide a unique opportunity for networking and upgrading scientific and technological awareness. The event will also offer the opportunity to activate synergies between the worlds of research, business, non-governmental organizations and government monitoring and control, and aims to facilitate the finding of solutions to the growing and varied challenges that the protection and management of water resources poses, both in the technologically advanced world and in developing countries.
The Organizing Committee intends to promote the event not only among the scientific community, but also involving national and international institutions, government bodies, public agencies, private enterprises, consulting companies, and representatives of the professional geological, engineering and environmental world in order to stimulate fruitful interrelationships which may have short- and medium-term influences on the management of water resources. It will thus also be possible to organize round tables and debates on specific topics of interest in the programme, including any proposed by businesses or other bodies.
To this end, the Executive Committee, on behalf of the French hydrogeological community, extends a warm invitation to all who are involved in groundwater as scientists, professionals, students, officials, government administrators and policy makers, to participate and exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas on a variety of issues and themes related to water and groundwater.
The 2016 IAH Congress will provide a unique showcase for the groundwater industry, and the Executive Committee therefore invites the involvement of contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and engineering and consulting companies in terms of financial and organizational support, in a manner to be agreed upon and which will be directed towards identifying the best strategy for fruitful collaboration.
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