IWA Specialist Groundwater Conference 2016 was jointly organized by the International Water Association (IWA), Jaroslav Černi Institute for the development of Water Resources (JCI), UNESCO’s Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change Centre and the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The Conference was also supported by the International Association of Hydrogeologists. Sixty papers were submitted and there were more than 150 attendees from 22 countries and 4 continents (Europe, North America, Asia and Africa).
Ideas were exchanged, novel points of view presented, and new challenges placed before the Conference attendees. Leading global scientists and representatives from international and domestic associations concerned with groundwater (IWA, IAH, ICPDR, IAWD, Serbian Water Pollution Control Society, Serbian Geological Society), the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Academy of Engineering Sciences of Serbia, the Universities of Belgrade and Novi Sad, research institutes (JCI, Vinča), the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, public water utilities, and other stakeholders in the field of water actively participated in the Conference.
The IWA Specialist Groundwater Conference 2016 is the third such international conference coorganized by Jaroslav Černi Institute, UNESCO and the International Water Association and held in Belgrade. It has therefore become a traditional forum for scientists and practitioners to exchange ideas in the field of groundwater. A step forward was made on this particular occasion, given that in addition to the traditional partners (IWA, UNESCO, ICPDR, IAWD), IAH was also a major contributor to the significance and success of the Conference.