This presentation will feature visiting eminent speakers from the UK Professor John Ludden and Professor Alan MacDonald to provide perspectives on groundwater management, water security and the link between groundwater access and poverty in developing countries. Brought to you with support from the British High Commission Canberra. A light lunch will be provided.
About the Speakers:
Prof John Ludden Chief Executive, BGS
John became Director and Chief Executive at the British Geological Survey (BGS) in 2006. BGS is a £60 million science organisation that is part of UK Research and Innovation and is associated with the UK Natural Environment Research Council. BGS is the custodian of geological information on management of the UK subsurface. It also operates globally as a world-leading geological survey. He has held numerous science direction and management posts and prior to his current role he was Director of the Earth Sciences Division at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He has a broad understanding of Earth and environmental sciences with specialist knowledge in geochemistry and energy-related science. He has extensive experience in developing the research agendas of universities and the public sector along with experience in translation of research to innovation. He worked as a professor and research scientist at the University of Montreal, Lamont Doherty Earth Institute of Columbia University, with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the USA and the French National School for Geology and holds a doctorate from the University of Manchester, UK and a BA from Lancaster University, UK. He has visiting and honorary professor status at several universities and is a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and past president of the European Geosciences Union and also EuroGeosurveys. He received the CBE for contributions to Geosciences in 2016.
Prof Alan MacDonald Principle Hydrogeologist, BGS
Alan leads international groundwater research within BGS and is honorary professor at the University of Dundee. His main research interests are (1) the sustainable development of groundwater for water security in developing countries and (2) understanding the resilience of groundwater systems to environmental change. He has led research projects in 17 countries, mainly in Africa and South Asia. Alan has written two books on African groundwater, published 80 peer reviewed papers and developed several key open access datasets on African and South Asian groundwater. As lead BGS hydrogeologist in Scotland, Alan has developed and manages several of the key datasets used by the regulator to implement the Water Framework Directive, and undertakes research on the role of groundwater on upland catchment processes.
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