41st IAH Marrakech_Post_Congress

41st IAH International Congress “Groundwater: Challenges and Strategies”, Marrakech, Morocco.

The 41st IAH international congress in Marrakech saw the participation of about 100 delegates registered as Early Career Hydrogeologist (including students) who contributed with their posters and oral presentation to the lively discussions during the conference.

ECHN Annual General Meeting and Social Function

The winner of the competition is Dr Sebnem Arslan from the Department of Geological Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, with the paper Arslan, S., Yazicigil, H., Stute, M., & Schlosser, P. (2013). Environmental isotopes and noble gases in the deep aquifer system of Kazan Trona Ore Field, Ankara, central Turkey and links to paleoclimate. Quaternary Research, 79(2), 292-303.

Dr. Arslan received a free IAH membership for one year, one free book from the IAH book series and was invited to present the winning paper during the congress.

Random draw of the 2013 ‘Coolest Paper Award’

During the 2014 ECHN Annual General Meeting at the IAH Congress in Marrakech, Marocco, two lucky participants of the 2013 ‘Coolest Paper Award‘ received a free book from the IAH series.

The two lucky participants were:

  • Francesco La Vigna (Italy) and
  • Nihal Cevik (Turkey)

Congratulations and don’t miss the next edition of the ‘Coolest Paper Award‘.

ECHN Lunch Side Session

Based on the success of the first edition in Perth, ECHN organized a lunch side session with the aim to provide early career delegates useful tips for their career development. The ECHN side session had more than 40 delegates attending the talk presented by Bruce Misstear (IAH Vice President – Finance and Membership) on “Being effectively succinct: Tips from the experts on presenting your research in 15 min or less”. Subsequent discussions were chaired by Gillian Hurding (ECHN-IAH Co-Director) and Karen G. Villholth (IAH Outreach Commission).

2013 ‘Coolest Paper Award’ celebration

The winner of the competition was Dr. Sebnem Arslan from the Department of Geological Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, with the paper:

Environmental isotopes and noble gases in the deep aquifer system of Kazan Trona Ore Field, Ankara, central Turkey and links to paleoclimate. Quaternary Research, 79(2), 292-303. Arslan, S., Yazicigil, H., Stute, M., & Schlosser, P. (2013).

Dr. Arslan received a free IAH membership for one year, one free book from the IAH book series and was invited to present the winning paper during the congress.

Best ECHN oral and poster presentations

During the closing ceremony Kelley Swana (Department of Earth Science, Stellenbosch University – South Africa) and Abdelaziz Khomsi (Laboratoire des Géosciences des Ressources Naturelles, Faculté des Sciences Université Ibn Toufail – Kénitra, Morocco) have been awarded as the winners of the Early Career Poster Prizes at IAH2014.

IAH Book Exchange

During IAH Congress in Morocco was held the first IAH’s book exchange, at IAH booth as a joint initiative between the IAH Secretariat and ECHN. We are really thankful to all the delegates that, bringing their hydrogeology-related books, made the book exchange possible and we really hope to replicate this initiative also in the future IAH congresses.