This page features a selection of RGFC’s previous international activities, together with links to additional information, resources and reports. We hope the information encourages you to participate.

6th International Water Forum Conference
Hammamet, Tunisia, 19-21 March 2018

The IWFC-2018 is the 6th of the ambitious bi-annual scientific international conferences focused on a joint understanding of water sources, groundwater functioning, water resources, as well as in water engineering approaches, management, and technology. This time the IWFC-2018 was held in Hammamet, Tunisia, 19-21 March 2018. The conference aimed to share updated information and methodologies to stimulate scientific discussion and an environmentally orientated communication among participants. This conference encourages the participation of students, experts, scholars as well as decision-makers in agreeable fields related to water, not only from the MENA region but, at an international level to partake in this endeavour. Research abstracts that were programmed to participate presented studies from Algeria, Benin, Canada, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, France,
Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey, and United States.

The total number of attendees was 278. The RGFC-IAH Special Session included 10 oral presentations on groundwater flow systems. The meeting had the participation of distinguished groundwater lectures Chair Judit Mádl-Szőnyi, Co-Chair Joel Carrillo-Rivera and Secretary Ádám Tóth, Udo Weyer (Canada), and local participants as Belgacem Agoubi and Faten Telahigue (Higher Institute of Water Sciences and Techniques, Gabes University) and Fayrouz Slama (Higher Engineering School, University of Tunis Al Manar). One of the Conference Chairs and keynote speakers was Joel Carrillo-Rivera.

This event was a very nice occasion for promoting the theory of groundwater flow.


44th IAH Congress, Dubrovnik, Croatia


The Regional Groundwater Flow Commission co-organized a session at the  44th IAH Congress titled Groundwater management and energy source development in a changing climate (T 1.2). The oral and poster sessions attracted several contributions in a wide range of topics including surface water-groundwater connection, managed aquifer recharge, groundwater management, numerical and geochemical analysis and predicted effects of climate change. The session was conveyed by Ádám Tóth (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, RGFC Secretary) and Roland Barthel (University of Gothenburg, Sweden).

Regional groundwater theory was also present at other topics and sessions such as karst hydrogeology, hydrochemistry of thermal and mineral waters and groundwater-dependent ecosystems. During the social events and breaks, the Commission offered willingly its support to the organisers of the upcoming IAH Congress held in Daejeon, South Korea.

The representatives proposed some topics and possible sessions to enrich the Korean Congress. The details of the planned CRC blue book was also discussed with Janjaap Blom (CRC Press). The need of cooperation between Groundwater and Energy and Regional Groundwater Flow Commissions was realized as well.



RGFC Coffee break: fruitful discussion while enjoying the coffee with Carlos Molano,  Vice President – Latin America and the Caribbean


Characterizing regional groundwater flow systems: Insight from practical applications and theoretical development, 26–28 June 2017, Calgary, Canada

Calgary Symposium was organised by the Regional Groundwater Flow Commission in cooperation with the Canadian National Chapter of IAH. The two-day-long Symposium had altogether 65 oral and poster presentations and 2 keynote lectures: Okke Batelaan had a talk about the past, present and future of flow systems, and Grant Garven presented geofluids leakage along an active plate boundary. Distinguished guest Prof. Joe Toth – claimed himself as the dinosaur of hydrogeology – summarised the takeaway message of the fruitful and scientifically rich Symposium: „The theory is very much alive and it is broadening”.

Keynote Lecture of Okke Batelaan