Message from the Chair
The Ground Water Division was established in 1978 as a division of the Geological Society of South Africa with the objective of advancing the science and technology of groundwater. Our biennial groundwater conference has been central in sharing knowledge about groundwater in South Africa, with this being our 15th three day event. However, our conferences are never just about the science of groundwater. They are about putting ourselves up for peer review, they are about networking and they are about renewing friendships. Importantly, they provide a platform to pull young hydrogeologists into our community, refreshing the exchange of ideas amongst us. My organising committee and I are proud to stand on the shoulders of countless volunteers who organised previous groundwater conferences; and intend to ensure GWD2017 continues the tradition of advancing the science and technology of groundwater while building friendships.
To do so, we need your support. We require papers and posters from both the young and not so young; the early career hydrogeologists and those who have been around the block once or twice; and from academics, researchers, consultants and state officials. Change, Challenge, Opportunity provides a wide scope with which to put together a programme which will be of interest to the groundwater community at large. We also plan to host short courses and workshops on the weekend prior to the conference. GWD2017 is being held at the historic Spier Wine Estate. In addition to offering a relaxed atmosphere in which to confer, the venue will give our visitors a true feel of the Cape. With your support, this conference can only be good.
I look forward to welcoming you to GWD2017 in mid-October 2017. Save the date.
Dr Roger Parsons