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Groundwater quality in the transition between rural and urban environments


Information

Dates
9 - 12 septembre 2019
Location
Grands amphis (Campus du Sart-Tilman)
L'Agora 2
4000 Liège
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GQ is a triennial conference dedicated to Groundwater Quality. The conference is returning to Europe after most recently being held in Gainesville (USA) in 2013 and Shenzhen (China) in 2016. The theme of the 2019 edition is Groundwater quality in the transition between rural and urban environments, it will focus on the need to protect, manage, repair and sustain groundwater quality in growing urbanized environments. GQ 2019 will bring together in Liège 270 researchers, industry, regulators, contractors, consultants, planners and water supply agencies to address the important issues related to groundwater quality in this context.

Overall theme and aims

Between 1950 and 2050 the global population will have increased significantly, from 2.5 to 10 billion inhabitants. The urban population is expected to be two thirds, up from one third a century ago. The consequence is a greater urban spread into rural environments and increased pressure on natural resources, including groundwater in these transition areas. The conference theme, Groundwater quality in the transition between rural and urban environments, will focus on the need to protect, manage, repair and sustain groundwater quality in these growing urbanized environments.

The conference will bring together researchers, industry, regulators, contractors, consultants, planners and water supply agencies to address the important issues related to groundwater quality in this context.

 

Sessions

  • S01 Groundwater quality response to climate, land use or other earth system changes
  • S02a Specific and emerging issues of groundwater pollution
  • S02b Diffuse pollution of groundwater from geogenic to anthropogenic origins
  • S03 Impact on groundwater quality of non-conventional water (treated wastewater, desalinated water) for (managed) artificial recharge and irrigation practices
  • S04 Groundwater quality at interfaces
  • S05a Advanced and new techniques for characterizing groundwater quality, pollutant fate and subsurface systems, part 1 : monitoring, fluxes...
  • S05b Advanced and new techniques for characterizing groundwater quality, pollutant fate and subsurface systems, part 2 : isotopes, tracers…
  • S05c Non- to low-invasive technologies for subsurface characterization
  • S06 Long term management, protection and use of groundwater resources from urban to rural environments, co-organized with the IAH Urban groundwater network
  • S07 Groundwater flow and reactive transport processes and modelling, including the impacts of heterogeneity
  • S08 Existing and future trends in groundwater remediation, co-organized with NICOLE
  • S10 Non-aqueous phase liquids : LNAPLs and DNAPLs
  • S11 Natural attenuation of contaminants

 

Conference venue – Liège (Belgium)

As the most important tourist city in Wallonia, Liège has innumerable riches in store waiting to be discovered. The characteristic districts, the diverse topographical richness, the Meuse river, the old town centre and the wooded hills surrounding the city provide a multitude of original perspectives that give the city an exceptional charm. Like all Belgian cities, Liège is also famous for Belgian gastronomy, beers and chocolates which can be considered amongst the finest in the world. Liège is located in the heart of Europe, easily accessible by plane through Brussels (Belgium), Köln or Frankfurt (Germany), by high speed train at Guillemins TGV train station and by car from Belgium’s neighbouring countries.

 

Organizing committee

Serge Brouyère (ULiège, Chairman)

Alain Dassargues (ULiège)

Owen Fenton (Teagasc, Ireland)

Pascal Goderniaux (UMons)

Thomas Hermans (UGent, BE)

Marijke Huysmans (VUBrussels, BE)

Philippe Orban (ULiège)

Tanguy Robert (ULiège)

Rob Sweeney (CL:AIRE, UK)

Steve Thornton (USheffield, UK)

 

 

International Advisory Panel

Mike Annable (UFlorida, USA)

Olivier Atteia (INP Bordeaux, FR)

Barbara Bekins (USGS, USA)

Poul Løgstrup Bjerg (DTU, DK)

Helen Bonsor (BGS, UK)

Olivier Bour (URennes, FR)

Pauline Collon (ULorraine, FR)

Frederic Cosme (Golder associates, AU)

Peter Grathwohl (UTübingen, DE)

Bruno Haerens (AECOM, BE)

Daniel Hunkeler (UNeuchâtel, CH)

Ingeborg Joris (VITO, BE)

Anna Jurado (U.Dresden, DE)

Kay Knoeller (UFZ Leipzig, DE)

Kent Novakowski (Queen’s Univ, CA)

Beth Parker (UGelph, CA)

Marco Petitta (USapienza, IT)

Henning Prommer (CSIRO, AU)

Mario Schirmer (EAWAG, CH)

Craig Simmons (UFlinders, AU)

Chunmiao Zheng (Sustech, CN)

 

Contact

Technical questions : Serge Brouyère

Organisational question : Céline Dizier (+3242222946)

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Important dates

Call for Abstracts: 1 December 2018
Abstracts submission: 1 March 2019
Notification of acceptance: 3 May 2019
Conference: 9-12 September 2019

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