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 (title tbc)

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

11:30   Debate: Each time an NGO, charity or private company constructs a water well or borehole for community water supply, they should be required to pay a small levy to Government to cover the costs of the groundwater monitoring and governance activities undertaken by the relevant public sector organisation(s)’. Convenor: Geraint Burrows. Speakers: Richard Carter, RC Associates; Robert Kalin, University of Strathclyde; Vincent Casey, WaterAid; and Callist Tindimugaya, Ministry of Water, Uganda

 12:10   Poster presentations

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

13:30   IAH John Day Bursary presentation (Tim Besien, IAH British Chapter)

13:40   Richard Taylor, University College London: Climate change & groundwater resilience (title tbc)

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 (Adrian Butler, 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, Wardell Armstrong ; Brighid Ó Dochartaigh, British Geological Survey