Full Papers


The Scientific Programme Committee under the leadership of Dr Kevin Pietersen reviewed nearly 200 abstracts and have made their final selection. Because the number of abstract submissions was almost double the number of oral presentation slots available, a decision was made that each presenter or main author was only assigned a single presentation. Thereafter each abstract was reviewed by two reviewers and their average score was used to select the top 81 submissions.

Confirmation of acceptance of abstracts were sent to all the authors on 22 May 2017. Abstracts were accepted for either an oral or poster presentation and will be included in the official programme of the conference subject to the submission of a full paper in accordance to the guidelines e.g. formatting, grammar, spelling etc. provided on the website.

The following is applicable to those authors who have received an email from the organisers accepting their abstract.

  1. Please carefully follow the guidelines provided for both the abstract and the full paper.
  2. Correct formatting of the two documents are essential.
  3. Please provide the abstract in word and pdf format
  4. In the subject line of your email please provide us with the family name of the presenting author followed by the initial and indicating poster or oral after GWD PAPER e.g. GWD PAPER Cloete, D POSTER or GWD PAPER Smith, R Oral

Poster Dimensions
Poster panels are white styrene panels, 2380 mm height x 950 mm width (portrait) visible. Posters should be in portrait orientation and ideally be made up to size A0 (1189 x 841 mm).
Posters will be affixed to the panels by double sided tape which will be supplied by the Organisers on site. All posters will be on display for the duration of the conference.

Thanks goes to our Scientific Committee under the leadership of Dr Kevin Pietersen of the University of the Western Cape

Dr Richard Bugan CSIR
Julian Conrad Geohydrological and Spatial Solutions International (GEOSS)
Dr Roger Diamond University of Pretoria
Dr Matthys Dippenaar University of Pretoria
Dr Francois Fourie University of Free State
Dr Sumaya Israel CSIR
Dr Thokozani Kanyerere University of the Western Cape
Dr Haile Mengistu University of the Western Cape
Dr Jodie Miller Stellenbosch University
Dr Meris Mills Mills Water
Dr Roger Parsons Parsons and Associates
Dr Kornelius Riemann Umvoto Africa (Pty) Ltd
Dr Rian Titus GWI Consulting
Nicolette Vermaak Department of Water and Sanitation

25 July 2017 Full papers must be returned to the organisers at deidre@iafrica.com
31 July 2017 All presenting authors must register and pay to attend the conference.

Click here for the Abstract guidelines
Click here for the Full paper guidelines


  1. Oral and Poster presenter instructions
  2. Latest programme
  3. Workshop information
  4. GWD2017 Final update for all delegates

Prof John Cherry accepts invitation to attend and address GWD2017

Prof Bruce Misstear, Associate Professor and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin has accepted to be a keynote speaker at the GWD2017.

Prof. Randy Stotler of the University of Kansas will be joining Prof. John Cherry and Prof. Bruce Misstear as a keynote speaker at GWD2017.

Prof Fifield who is at the Australian National University has confirmed that he will be one of our keynote speakers at the Conference.

Important Dates


25 July 2017
Deadline to submit the full papers that have been accepted.

31 July 2017
Deadline for Early Bird Registration
Deadline for Confirmed authors of abstracts to register and pay the conference fees.