The Italian National Chapter of the IAH, on behalf of the entire Italian hydrogeological community, is proud to host the 42nd IAH International Congress, AQUA2015, in Rome.
The Latin word ‘AQUA’ (water) dates back to ancient Imperial Rome, when as long as 2000 years ago 1 million inhabitants thrived on groundwater discharging from the surrounding springs. Learning from the past, the themes of the Congress will address the main issues facing hydrogeology in this millennium, including new perspectives related to groundwater and food.
21st century requirements, such as the adoption of new tools and the increasing demand for water from the present global population, will represent the basis of the discussions at the congress.
This spirit can be summarized in the conference theme of “Back to the Future”, conjugating previous experience with future tools and needs.
Within this framework, the IAH Italian Chapter has already requested the support of the IAH Early Career Hydrogeologists’ Network (ECHN) in the organization of the event. The UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the Rome-based United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), principal players in the challenge to ensure water and food availability, will be the main scientific partners of the Congress. In addition, the President of the Italian Republic and the Minister of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea have extended their high patronage to the event. [Continue ]