The Geological Society, Burlington House, London.

25th-26th April 2018

A two day conference on the Hydrogeology of the Chalk by the Hydrogeological Group of the Geological Society (supported by the Contaminated Land Group) covering current practice and future challenges on the characterisation and management of Chalk aquifers in the UK and elsewhere.

Day one focussed on chalk groundwater resources, day two focussed on chalk groundwater quality.
Student and multi day discount
Buffet lunch
Drinks reception after each day
Follow up Geological Society Special Publication


  • Presentations now uploaded - with a few exceptions that are withheld at the request of the presenters for various reasons. Please see links page
  • 17th May 2018. The first presentations are now available on the downloads and links page. The remaining presentations and posters will follow once we have the permissions.
  • If you are unsure of how to find the venue, please see map link on this page.
  • Please note: we will be open at Burlington House from 9:00am both days for sign in and coffee and pastries!
  • If "The Hydrogeology of the Chalk" and "Chalk 2018" are not Chalk conferences enough for you, the French Chapter of the IAH are running "Hydrogéologie de la Craie, Le Havre, 24-26 mai 2018". This has similar content to our conference and will provide a useful French perspective on the same issues that we will be presenting. Details here.
  • Please note: the last day for registration is Friday 20th April. Please book now to avoid disappointment!
  • Please see updated Downloads and Links page for the full programme and abstracts for both oral papers and posters.
  • Along with a nice new website we are pleased to announce that online registration will be available from Wednesday 7th March. We will also be publishing a full draft programme on this date.
  • We have had an exciting and wide ranging selection of abstracts submitted with talks referencing sites across England and into Europe and the Middle East. These include keynote presentations from John Bloomfield (BGS) on the link between geological and hydrogeological conceptualisation, Hans Jørgen Henriksen (GEUS) on sustainable groundwater abstraction management in Denmark, Brian Berkowitz (Weizmann Institute) on solute transport and modelling in the unsaturated zone of the chalk of Israel and Jane Dottridge (Mott MacDonald) looking at pathways for contaminants in the Chalk.
  • Oral presentations will be supported by a range of diverse and interesting poster presentations
  • On Day 1 following an opening session on the geology of the talk we will have papers on different aspects of flow processes in the chalk in England and the Netherlands and a session on groundwater management covering the English chalk from East Yorkshire to the South coast
  • On Day 2 there will be a comprehensive sessions on general groundwater quality as well as a specific session on nitrate issues in the chalk including another welcome Dutch perspective. Sessions on contaminated land and hydroecology complete the conference.