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Irish National Hydrology Conference – call for papers

The National Committees of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP)/ICID invite you to Tullamore for the 24th National Hydrology Conference to be held on Tuesday 14 November 2023 at the Tullamore Court Hotel. This event is Ireland’s leading Conference devoted to Hydrology providing a unique forum for attendees to share policy developments, research results, and practical solutions to engineering hydrology and related issues.

The annual conference brings together a varied range of research and case studies from around Ireland and Europe providing networking and communication opportunities with experts in hydrology and hydrology-related fields. At this leading conference, hydrology practitioners can learn about recent developments and issues in the areas of surface, groundwater and coastal hydrology, flood risk assessment and management, environmentally sustainable solutions, and climate change impact and adaptation. The IHP/ICID recognises the importance of understanding hydrological processes which determine the relationship between humans and the environment when quantifying environmental changes and extreme events. Therefore it is imperative to discuss extreme weather events, such as flooding and search for innovative climate resilient and sustainable solutions. Join the debate to build communities ready to respond and adapt to flooding and related extreme events.

The National Committees of the IHP/ICID would like to invite strong, technical, papers/posters that deal with climate change, climate adaptation, remote sensing monitoring of climate variables, and implications for floods, droughts, water supply, groundwater resources, and new developments in hydrology and modelling climate change impacts. These topics can range from case studies, to practical applications of hydrological practices, to research focused projects.

Who are the expected attendees?

  • Local Authority Engineers and Planners
  • Engineering Consultants, Researchers, Hydrologists, Environmental Engineers and Scientists
  • Policy makers from all relevant fields
  • Professionals involved with the implementation of the various EU water management Directives

Call for papers

Participants willing to contribute to the Conference through the presentation of a paper should submit a short abstract (maximum 600 words). The abstracts should be sent by e-mail to the Conference Secretariat by Friday 11 August. The organising committee will review the abstracts and select those for oral presentation. The authors of the selected abstracts will be informed by Thursday 24 August. The full papers should be submitted by 13th October for review.

International Hydrological Programme (IHP)

The UNESCO international scientific co-operative programme in hydrology and water resources, the IHP, was established to act as a catalyst to promote co-operation and research in the management of water resources, an issue which had been identified as a significant limiting factor for harmonious development in many regions and countries of the world.

International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)

The mission of the ICID is to stimulate and promote the development of the management of water and land resources for irrigation, drainage, flood control and river training applications, including research and development and capacity building.

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Who is involved?

Quite simply, everyone in Ireland has a role to play. This can be from something as simple as making sure you don’t pollute your local stream, or a local community working together to establish a Rivers Trust to enhance the rivers and lakes in their area, to a Government Department or Agency helping a Minister implement a new policy to help protect and enhance all our water bodies.

This website has been developed and is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is a collaboration between the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters Programme.


Local Authority Waters Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme coordinates the efforts of local authorities and other public bodies in the implementation of the River Basin Management Plan, and supports local community and stakeholder involvement in managing our natural waters, for everyone’s benefit.


Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4,842 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives for each.


Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Department is responsible for making sure that the right policies, regulations and resources are in place to implement the Water Framework Directive, and developing a River Basin Management Plan and Programme of Measures to protect and restore our waters.