An exciting program is being developed for the IAH 2013 Congress.

Confirmed Plenary speakers include :

Chunmiao Zheng (Peking University and University of Alabama)

Dr. Chunmiao Zheng is currently Chair Professor and Director of the Center for Water Research at Peking University. He has also been the George Lindahl III Endowed Professor at the University of Alabama. The primary areas of his research are contaminant transport, groundwater management, and eco-hydrological processes. Zheng is developer of the widely used MT3DMS contaminant transport model and author of the book Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling published by Wiley in 1995 and 2002. Zheng is recipient of the John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award from the National Ground Water Association and the Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer award from the Geological Society of America.

Craig Simmons (Director, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training & Flinders University)

Craig Simmons is Schultz Chair in the Environment at Flinders University and Director, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (Australia). One of Australia’s foremost groundwater academics, Professor Simmons has been a significant contributor to global advances in the science of hydrogeology for many years and has published widely in areas including variable density groundwater flow, surface water – groundwater interaction, fractured rock hydrogeology, aquifer storage and recovery, and groundwater flow and solute transport modelling.   He is a member of the Interim Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mines as selected by the Federal Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Population, Water and Communities. His work has been recognised by numerous national and international research and teaching awards including the Anton Hales Medal for outstanding research contributions to the Earth Sciences by the Australian Academy of Science.  Professor Simmons has served as an Editor and Associate Editor for numerous major international journals including Hydrogeology Journal (Editor), Water Resources Research, Environmental Modeling and Assessment, Journal of Hydrology and Ground Water.

Geoff Beale  (Schlumberger Water Services (UK) Ltd)

Geoff Beale is a worldwide expert in mine hydrology and mine water management.  He has 37 years hands-on experience in the extractive and mining industries. He travels globally and works as a senior technical expert for many of the large mining houses. He graduated from Lancaster University (UK) in 1975 and has since worked on over 250 mining projects in over 50 countries, in all mining commodities, and in all of the world’s climatic regions. Geoff was one of the founder members of the Water Management Consultants Group in 1989, and was principal with the company through to acquisition by Schlumberger in 2007.

Geoff is most noted for his global knowledge of open pit and underground mine dewatering projects, and has been involved with many of the world’s largest dewatering operations. In addition, he has broad experience in the operation and environmental aspects of leach pads, waste rock facilities and tailing systems.  He has extensive mine closure experience, and has been a lead player in the closure program at a number of mine sites.  Over the past 15 years, Geoff has carried out an increasing amount of work to study the behaviour of pore pressure in pit slopes and how this relates to the overall slope design.  He has carried out research into the interaction between groundwater flow and rock mass deformation in low permeability environments using a number of datasets from operating mines.

Peter Cook (Deputy Director of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training & Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Land and Water)

Dr Peter Cook is Professor of Hydrogeology at Flinders University and Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Land and Water. He is Deputy Director of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

 Professor Cook has more than 20 years experience in groundwater research, spanning the fields of groundwater hydrology, ecohydrology, isotope hydrology, unsaturated zone flow process, and surface water – groundwater interaction.

 He was the National Ground Water Association’s Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer in Ground Water Science in 2009, the first time this honour has been awarded to a scientist from outside North America.

Peter Dillon (Stream Leader, Sustainable Water Solutions Urban Water Theme, Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Program,CSIRO Land and Water)

 Peter leads Sustainable Water Solutions research in the Urban Water Theme of CSIRO’s Water for a Healthy Country Flagship and is based at CSIRO Land and Water in Adelaide.  He has co-chaired the IAH Commission on Managing Aquifer Recharge since 2002 and has worked with government and industry partners and a CSIRO team on scientific research and demonstration of technical viability, environmental sustainability, safety, economic feasibility and public acceptance of groundwater replenishment with various water and aquifer types.  He and his colleagues have contributed to MAR guidelines and policies to help improve water quality and water security in Australia and elsewhere.

Sue Murphy (Western Australian Water Corporation)

Sue graduated as a Civil Engineer from theUniversityofWestern Australiain 1979.  After winning a Clough Scholarship as an undergraduate, she joined Clough Engineering in 1980 commencing what would be a 25 year career in that organisation.  Twelve years in the field as a site engineer and project manager led to corporate roles with a focus on human resources, safety and engineering design management and her appointment in 1998 as the first woman on the board of the Clough Engineering Ltd.

In 2004, Sue joined the Water Corporation ofWestern Australiawith responsibilities for delivery of capital projects and long and short term planning.

On 6 November 2008, Sue was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Water Corporation.

Sue is a Board Member of the University of WA Business School and Chairman of the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA).  Sue is also Chairman of the Navy Clearance Diver Trust.

In 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012, Sue was listed in the top 100 most influential engineers in Australia by Engineers Australia.

Sue was elected to join the Fellowship of theAustralian Academyof Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) in November 2009.

Sue has three daughters – one in secondary school and two undertaking degrees at University – a busy husband and two small dogs.

Wolfgang Kinzelbach (ETH Zurich)

 Prof. Kinzelbach is a professor of Hydromechanics and Water Resources in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. His research concentrates on flow and transport processes in the environment with practical application in water resources management, pollution control, remediation and nuclear waste isolation. His current focus is on sustainable water management especially in arid and semi-arid regions. He is known world-wide for his contributions to groundwater modeling.



 Prof Stephen Foster (Global Water Partnership and University of London)

Stephen has extensive worldwide experience in groundwater research and consulting work, especially in Europe, Asia & Latin America.  He received a University of London D Sc in 1983 and numerous awards from British, American and international societies – including the prestigious IAH Presidents Award in 2004 and the Geological Society of London–William Smith Medal in 2006. His more recent professional posts include World Health Organisation-Groundwater Advisor for Latin America & Caribbean (1986-89), British Geological Survey–Divisional Director for Groundwater & Environmental Surveys (1990-99), World Bank-Groundwater Management Team Director (2000-08) & Global Water Partnership–Senior Adviser (2011-13).  He is a very active IAH Member – having been British National Group Chair (1996-99), Vice President-Western Europe(2000-04) andPresident (2005-08).  In 1993 he was named Visiting Professor of the University of London and Foreign Member of the Spanish Real Academia de Ciencias.

Invited Plenary Speakers include:

Dave Rudolph (2013 Darcy lecturer; University of Waterloo)

David Rudolph, Ph.D., PE, a geological engineer, is a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and cross-appointed to the Depart­ment of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He specializes and teaches in the areas of regional hydrogeology and groundwater protection and management.

Rudolph’s areas of research activity include field investi­gation and numerical modeling related to groundwater flow and contaminant transport with a focus on regional groundwater flow systems, recharge dynamics, and vadose zone processes. Specific research applications have focused on assessing the impacts on water quality from agricultural land-use practices. He works extensively in areas related to the regional management of ground­water resources and he has participated with municipal authorities both nationally and internationally—primarily throughout Latin America—in the development of groundwater protection and management strategies.

In addition, Rudolph heads a nationwide research team working on prioritizing risk to water quality from various agricultural practices and evaluating performance of beneficial management practices or BMPs. He recently served as executive director of the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo. Rudolph has also served as a member on NGWA’s Scientists and Engineers Division Board and was the 2010 recipient of NGWA’s M. King Hubbert Award for contributions to the field of hydrogeology.

Rudolph graduated from the University of Manitoba, and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in hydrogeology.

Confirmed Session Keynote Speakers include:

Jim Hendry (University of Saskatchewan)

Dr. Jim Hendry is a professor at the University of Saskatchewan where he holds two research chairs. A focal area of Hendry’s research program is the migration of contaminants through clay-rich media (aquitards). Much of this research is directly relevant to the mining and agricultural sectors, as well as nuclear-waste disposal.

Dr. Hendry is a Fellow of the GSA and GAC. His research expertise has been recognized by the international scientific community through such prestigious awards as the Distinguished Henry Darcy Lectureship (2000) and the Synergy Award from NSERC, an annual prize that honors the most outstanding achievements resulting from university-industry collaboration in Canada (2008).

Claus Otto (Shell Global Solutions International)

Dr Claus Otto is Program Manager at Shell Global Solutions International in the Netherlands.  He leads the Subsurface Storage and Containment Technologies Program which focuses on storage conformance, containment security and monitoring of injected fluids and gases, including CCS.   Claus has a MSc. in applied geology from the University of Erlangen/Nuernberg and a PhD in hydrogeology from the University of Alberta, Canada.  Before he joined Shell in 2007, he was a principle scientist and research manager at CSIRO in Australia.