One thing we know about those who work in the fields of groundwater is that they are capable of adapting approaches to cope and assist in challenging situations. COVID-19 is now one among many challenges globally. We would like to begin this message by extending our best wishes to you, your loved ones and your colleagues. Those in our Secretariat team are all largely home based, some of us, like many, with young people at home too, and we are taking the recommended precautions, including washing our hands frequently. But we are also mindful that there are still too many people in this world without access to safe water.

It is inevitable that many meetings and other events this year are being postponed or changing format. We are trying to keep track of these changes so please check our events listing at for updates – and help to keep us informed by emailing As you will note below, the organisers of Geoethics in Groundwater Management have made an innovative adaptation and are making this an online event – we commend them for rising to the challenge and urge you to support them by participating. The registration rates have been substantially reduced in line with this. While there won’t be the possibility for face-to-face contact, there will still be a great opportunity for sharing knowledge – and with a far smaller carbon footprint too.

Arrangements for our 47th IAH congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil are continuing at the moment and we’ll update you if anything changes. It promises a great opportunity to support our growing membership in Latin America and also for IAH to cooperate with other organisations. The abstract deadline is currently the end of March 2020, but discussions are taking place to see if this can be extended. Keep checking the website and social media for latest updates – and of course, the safety of everyone remains paramount in our decision making. As Brazil is known for football, we’ve picked the video (below) to help disseminate key information. Please pass this on.

Stay well, everyone.

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Source: IAH