About IAH

The International Association of Hydrogeologists

The International Association of Hydrogeologists is a professional association for those within disciplines related to groundwater, its occurrence, utilization, testing and management. IAH is a scientific and educational organisation that is truly international, and was established to foster closer ties, cooperation and information exchange related to the study of groundwater. IAH is non-government and non-profit and has over 3500 members internationally from around 135 countries. The Association is affiliated with the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), and was founded during the 20th International Geological Congress in 1956.

By its statutes, the IAH is an association of individuals and corporate members, and not a federation of national committees. National groups do, however, organise local meetings and other activities. A proportion of the national membership subscriptions goes to the local organisation to support these activities, the remainder to the international body. The country of the international secretariat is changed every several years.

The IAH publishes the Hydrogeology Journal quarterly as well as various workshop and conference proceedings.

Aims of the Association

The International Association of Hydrogeologists is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization with the following objectives:

1. promote international and national cooperation between involved scientists and engineers.
2. sponsor international and national technical/management meetings and symposia on hydrogeology.
3. publish hydrogeological reports, papers and maps.
4. establish investigation commissions and working groups to report on special topics.
5. encourage the international application of relevant approaches and techniques for the benefit of the hydrological and human environment.

More information about the aims and mission of IAH can be found on the IAH International Website.

Please note that professional accreditation in Australia is provided by National professional bodies. It is beyond the mission of IAH, as an international volunteer-run society, to provide accreditation within Australia.

New members who would like to join IAH are required to provide two referees from current IAH membership and are subject to checks by IAH Australia prior to membership being confirmed.

Australian National Chapter

The IAH Australia National Executive (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretarty) is elected annually from IAH members in good standing. The National Executive for the 2019 membership year was elected at the IAH Australia AGM held in Sydney in February 2019.

Each State Branch has its own elected Committee to arrange local meetings and look after the running of state activities. The relevant State Liaison Member should be contacted with enquiries for IAH Australia.

The State Branches are represented on the National Committee by the chairs of each Branch, or a nominated alternative, as well as general members elected from the IAH members.

A member sponsorship scheme run by the Australian Chapter pays for a number of hydrogeologists from developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region to become full members of the IAH.

Join our Association

IAH will accept as individual members anyone directly or indirectly engaged in study or research on, or management of water in its various forms related to hydrogeology, if sponsored by two members in good standing. Companies and research organisations can apply for corporate membership.

Members are entitled to participate in all activities of IAH and to receive discounts on the many publications produced by the International section of IAH. Membership will provide rewarding contact with others sharing a common professional interest. The IAH Hydrogeology Journal is published quarterly and the Australian IAH Newsletter is published four times per year. Any contributions to the IAH Newsletter are welcome to keep members up to date with hydrogeological activities in Australia.

Applications and membership payments can be made online. Please see the membership section for more details. Subscription covers membership for a calendar year (not the financial year), with current subscriptions valid for the 2019 calendar year.