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International Competition on Geofluids

Problem Solver Competition is initiated by the ENeRAG Excellency Network Building for Comprehensive Research and Assessment of Geofluids Horizon 2020 project in collaboration with RGFC-IAH and the József & Erzsébet Tóth Endowed Hydrogeology Chair (JET-EHC, Budapest, Hungary).

The ENeRAG project strengthens research and innovation capacities in geofluids’ research and aligned geological resource assessment at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE, Hungary) through cooperation with Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) and University of Milan (UMIL, Italy) and with supporting stakeholders. The consortium works with the dynamic system approach relying on a scientific understanding of the connections and interrelationship among

University students can enter the two-round competition, which includes an online test on the system approach of geofluid systems from the fluid side. Then the best groups (depending on the number of applicants) will qualify for the second round and receive a topic about the practical aspects and application of system approach of geofluids regarding home country issues and examples.

The registration is open now for the students of Hungarian universities and it opens in September 2019 for the international students.

The prizes to be awarded: free of charge attendance for 1 of ENeRAG’s workshops, short courses and training,  conference registration, memberships for scientific associations, books and other gifts.

Further details will be announced later. More information about the project @ and about the competition @


Instagram profile of RGFC launched

You can follow the news and activities of RGFC on another social media platform. We will share conference pictures and updates @rgfc_iah Instagram profile, as well. You can use hashtag #rgfc_iah if you would like to share a photo of regional groundwater related topics or even a memory of your daily hydrogeology practice.


AGIC2019 Applied Geosciences for Groundwater, Hammamet, Tunisia, 28–30 March 2019

AGIC2019 is the 2nd International Congress of Atlas Georesources. It will bring together researchers, research scholars, experts and policy makers to share their research, experiences and discuss recent advances in applied Geosciences for Groundwater. The conference will cover many aspects related to groundwater.
The special session entitled “Regional Groundwater Flow Systems” anticipates analysing issues connected to groundwater management and related environmental protection defining physical and chemical degradation in the context of groundwater flow system functioning. Contributions related to alternative methods of defining groundwater flow components and their application in establishing, regulating and mitigating negative environmental impacts to and from groundwater are also encouraged to be submitted.
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 December 2018
Additional information at


EGU General Assembly 2019 sessions

We are pleased to invite you to present your work at EGU2019 (7–12 April 2019, Vienna, Austria) in the sessions supported by the Regional Groundwater Flow Commission.
    Convener: Manuela Lasagna
    Co-Conveners: Daniela Ducci, Jim LaMoreaux, Judit Mádl‐Szőnyi
    Description of the session: The session aims to bring together scientists studying different aspects related to groundwater circulation and management. Understanding of gravitational groundwater flow requires knowledge of the prevailing flow system from the local to a regional scale. Moreover, problems connected to groundwater management underline the importance of sustainable development of groundwater.
    In this context, the session intends to analyze issues connected to groundwater management and its protection from qualitative and quantitative degradation (e.g. overexploitation, climate change and its consequences on groundwater, and groundwater contamination …) in the context of groundwater flow understanding.
    Papers related to methods of defining groundwater flow, preventing, controlling and mitigating negative environmental impacts related to groundwater are also welcome.
    Convener: Daniele Pedretti
    Co-Conveners: Marco Masetti, Judit Mádl‐Szőnyi. Marie-Amélie Pétré, Ádám Tóth
    Description of the session: Geofluid systems are in the centre of interest nowadays due to their significant resources such as groundwater and managed aquifer recharge, geothermal energy and hydrothermal mineral resources. They are the consequences of the interaction among fluids of different nature and the rocks forming the Earth crust. These fluids can act in the deeper part of the lithosphere, they can discharge on the surface forming thermal springs and mineral precipitates, as well, or they can mix with shallow groundwater. Consequently, geofluid systems can be characterized by complex physical, geochemical and microbiological processes and they are influenced by the geological setting, structural evolution, fluid flow systems and preferential flow paths. A strategic management and protection of geological resources related to geofluids, therefore, is indispensable for a sustainable future development of the environment and economies. However, these resources of geofluid systems are handled separately and their interactions are not taken into consideration. Some of the consequences of neglecting the geofluids interrelationships can lead to false prognoses and sub-optimal use of natural resources. The aim of this session is to foster the scientific discussion between those who deal with geofluid systems from different aspects to better understand the interacting geofluids and their economic resources. The session thus welcomes work spanning from fluid flow to hydrological, geochemical, environmental tracers, microbial investigations and numerical and statistical modelling in support of fluid and resource management. The session is supported by the RGFC-IAH (‘Regional Groundwater Flow Commission’ of International Association of Hydrogeologists) and the ENeRAG (‘Excellency Network Building for Comprehensive Research and Assessment of Geofluids’) project of EC.

Deadline for abstract submission:  10 Jan 2019, 13:00 CET.

Additional information about the EGU2019:


GAC-MAC-IAH Québec 2019, 12–15 May 2019

Where geosciences converge. Three geological provinces converge toward Québec City: the Grenville, the St. Lawrence platform and the Appalachians.
Three geoscientific associations have converged their efforts to organise the GAC-MAC-IAH Québec 2019 conference.
In May 2019, Canadian and international geoscientists will also converge toward Québec city to be part of it.
Deadline for abstract submission: 28 January 2019
Additional information at


ResearchGate project for RGF-related papers

The Commission launched a ResearchGate project entitled Selection of papers related to Regional Groundwater Flow. This project was created and is managed by the Regional Groundwater Flow Commission of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (RGFC-IAH) in cooperation with the József & Erzsébet Tóth Endowed Hydrogeology Chair. This project is a selection of international papers related to the research and practical application of regional groundwater flow theory.
You can access the project by clicking on the logo.
If you are interested and would like to be involved, please let us know. After joining, you can add your flow system related papers, books, etc. to the project to have a nice selection of this topic.