Speakers

Prof. Cherry

The organising committee of GWD2017 – the 15th biennial conference of the Ground Water Division – is excited to announce that Prof. John Cherry has accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker at our conference to be held from 14 – 18 October 2017 at the Spier Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch.
Prof. Cherry is probably best known to us as one half of Freeze & Cherry who authored the authoritative textbook Groundwater, first published in 1979. He recently chaired an expert panel established by the Canadian Council of Academies to look into the environmental impact of shale gas extraction
Prof. Cherry’s participation in GWD2017 is eagerly anticipated as he can greatly contribute to the advancement of the science and technology of groundwater in this country. The groundwater community at large – including regulators, academics and consultants – will be challenged to learn and absorb knowledge from this leader in his field. Please also visit the
website of the Hydrogeologists without borders – to download for free a copy of the Original Groundwater by Freeze and Cherry, (1979).
Click here for his biography.

Prof. Bruce Misstear

Prof. Bruce Misstear of Trinity College, Dublin has accepted our invitation to present a keynote paper at GWD2017 – the 15th biennial conference of the Ground Water Division – to be held from 14 – 18 October 2017 at the Spier Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch. He is the second keynote speaker to accept such an invitation after Prof. John Cherry earlier confirmed his participation in the conference.
Prof. Misstear is a graduate in Geology from Trinity College Dublin and completed a Masters in Hydrogeology at the University of Birmingham. He is both a Chartered Geologist and Chartered Engineer.
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Prof. Randy Stotler

As plans for GWD2017 continue to come together, we are excited to announce that Prof. Randy Stotler of the University of Kansas has joined Prof. John Cherry and Prof. Bruce Misstear as a keynote speaker at GWD2017 – the 15th biennial conference of the Ground Water Division – to be held from 14 – 18 October 2017 at the Spier Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch.
Prof. Stotler is an Assistant Professor in the Geology Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Kansas.
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Prof L. Keith Fifield

Prof. Keith Fifield – Emeritus Professor at the Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University – has been confirmed as the fourth keynote speaker at GWD2017.
Prof. Fifield is the ex-director of the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility at the Australian National
University. He has also held research positions in nuclear physics laboratories at the University of
Pennsylvania and Oxford. He has published over 280 peer reviewed papers, with more than 50 as first author. His research focus is on the measurement of rare long-lived isotopes via accelerator mass spectrometry and their application to hydrology, geology, environmental science, archaeology and biomedicine. From a hydrogeological perspective, Prof. Fifield uses isotopes to understand the origin of groundwater, groundwater flow and residence times and inter-aquifer mixing.
In addition to being a keynote speaker, Prof. Fifield will be presenting a pre-conference workshop on
Saturday 14 October 2017 on the application of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

Prof Dr Kai Witthüser

Prof Dr Kai Witthüser has more than 20 years of experience in hydrogeology, specialising in mining related environmental impact assessments, hydrogeological and geochemical modelling, and groundwater resources assessment.
Kai lectured at the University of Bonn (Germany, 3 years) and Pretoria (South Africa, 5 years), before joining Water Geosciences, consulting as a director and groundwater specialist in 2006 (the company merged later with Metago and SLR Africa), and co-founding Delta-H Water Systems Modelling in 2012. He has been an Affiliated Professor at the Institute for Groundwater Studies, University of the Free State, since 2009, lecturing in numerical modelling. His work experience includes several countries in Europe and Africa.