Africa, Groundwater and the Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday 25 October 2017, Geological Society, Burlington House, London

A joint meeting of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and the

Hydrogeological Group of the Geological Society, including the 2017 Ineson Lecture.

The meeting will address a range of groundwater and development issues in Africa.

 09:30 – 10:30 Registration and Coffee

10:30   Welcome (Adrian Butler, GeolSoc Hydrogeology Group)

10:40   Guy Howard, DFID: Groundwater research into policy within the context of Africa & the SDGs

11:05   Brighid Ó Dochartaigh, British Geological Survey: Groundwater data for successful groundwater development

11:30   Debate: ‘That NGOs or private companies constructing water wells in Africa should pay a levy to Government to cover groundwater monitoring and governance costs’. Convenor: Geraint Burrows. Speakers: Richard Carter, Richard Carter & Associates Ltd; Robert Kalin, University of Strathclyde; Vincent Casey, WaterAid; and Callist Tindimugaya, Ministry of Water, Uganda

12:15   Overview of posters

12:30 – 13:30 Buffet Lunch (provided) & Posters

The GeolSoc Hydro Group AGM will be held during the lunch break. This is open to all Fellows of the Geological Society who have registered an interest in hydrogeology.

13:30   IAH John Day Bursary presentation: Presented to Rachael Fletcher, Univerisity of Birmingham, by Tim Besien on behalf of the IAH British Chapter

13:40   Richard Taylor, University College London: Climate change & groundwater resilience 

14:05   Dan Lapworth, British Geological Survey: Urban groundwater & groundwater quality in Africa

14:30   Ineson Lecture 2017: Dr Callist Tindimugaya, Ministry of Water, Uganda

15:30 – 15:50 Tea/Coffee & Posters

15:50   Panel Discussion: an invited panel discuss aspects of groundwater & development in Africa and take audience questions.

16:50   Whitaker Medal presentation: Presented to Jane Dottridge, Mott MacDonald, by Adrian Butler on behalf of the GeolSoc Hydrogeology Group

17:00   Wine reception in the Geological Society Main Library

Poster presentations on the theme will be displayed throughout the day in the Main Library.

Call for posters:

Poster presentations on the theme are welcome. If you are interested in presenting a poster, please contact the convenors, including your poster title and abstract.


The meeting fees, including evening wine reception and sandwich lunch, are:

  • Members (IAH and/or GeolSoc)        £45
  • Non members                                     £70
  • Students                                             £20 with lunch; £15 without lunch

Payment is on the door by cash or cheque (payable to British Committee of the IAH) – sorry, we have no facilities for card payments.

 Please pre-register by 13 October by emailing Brighid Ó Dochartaigh (

Convenors:     Geraint Burrows, Groundwater Relief ; Alex Gallagher, WSP; Brighid Ó Dochartaigh, British Geological Survey