Australian Groundwater Conference Highlights
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Australian Groundwater Conference 2015 - Highlights

With over 340 people in attendance, the 2015 Australian Groundwater Conference was a great success!

NCGRT and IAH delivered a conference complete with over 240 oral presentations, plenary and keynote presentations, panel sessions and posters showcasing the latest research and innovation in groundwater in Australia.

There was an array of interdisciplinary and specialist talks which spanned across the conference themes. The panel discussions, and the Q&A time after presentations provided a robust platform to address critical groundwater issues. The conference highlighted that a national conversation must continue and the IAH and NCGRT will look at ways to facilitate this.

Delegates experienced great opportunities to network including a BBQ dinner at the National Botanic Gardens, networking drinks and for some, a Trivia Night!

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the conference success. We hope you enjoyed your time, we look forward to seeing you in Sydney in 2017.






Senator the Hon Anne Ruston opened the conference to a packed house!


Rebecca Nelson, presented on the Western Water Dashboard. She was also announced as the 2016 NCGRT / IAH Distinguished Lecturer. Stay tuned for her tour dates.


Panel Sessions


Panel discussion: Exploring Social Intersections between Farming, Land Use & Energy


Panel discussion: The Hydrogeologist Toolbox: State-of-the-Art Tools for 21st Century Problems. Panel sponsored by Goyder Institute


Panel Discussion: Science Policy Nexus. Panel sponsored by Geoscience Australia




Thank you to all exhibitors, we hope that you made some valuable connections!


Social Events


BBQ Dinner at the beautiful National Botanic Gardens, surrounded by nature. Kindly sponsored by BHP Billiton


Networking drinks provided a great opportunity to relax and catch up. Kindly sponsored by Santos.


The ECHN Trivia Night proved to be highly competitive among colleagues with team 'Mug Punters' taking out a win by 1/2 a point. A lot of fun was had by all! The event was kindly sponsored by BHP Billiton.


Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners in our four award categories:

Career Oral Presentation – Ryan Morris, Origin Energy
Career Poster – Megan Hancock, The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)
Early Career Oral Presentation – Juan Carlos Castilla-Rho, UNSW
Early Career Poster – Scott Cook, UNSW

Awards sponsored by The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).


Scott Cook, UNSW, winner of the early career poster with Peter Hyde, MDBA.


Megan Hancock, DEWNR accepting her award for best career poster.


Martin Andersen accepts an award on behalf of Juan Carlos Castilla-Rho, UNSW.


The 2017 Australian Groundwater Conference was announced to be held in Sydney. Stay tuned to our newsletters for more information!



2015 Conference Organisers