The Chair of Applied Geology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum is the host of the 26th FH-DGGV meeting from March 21st to 24th, 2018. The motto of this meeting around the United Nations world water day is “Groundwater in the context of mining, energy and urban areas”. The Ruhr area is well suited to this topic especially due to the fact that coal mining will cease in 2018, when discussions on mine water, post-mining problems and potentials will probably hit their peak, also in public perception.

In Germany, fossil and nuclear energy sources are successively being replaced by renewable energy alternatives – a process referred to as the German energy revolution. This development will cause several challenges and chances at the same time, particularly in the field of hydrogeology. Mining legacies will have an important effect here, especially as North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous federal state of Germany, traditionally was strongly related to mining.

Besides these aspects, other topics like novel methods in hydrogeology, groundwater chemistry and modelling will be discussed in a total of 21 sessions during the conference. What is the state of technology and science in groundwater extractions and treatment? What are the hydrogeological settings and problems when we leave the European continent?

The lectures and poster presentations will be complemented with exciting excursions and advanced training courses. The good resonance during the call for sessions indicates the large interest – and the need for discussions – in the mentioned topics. We are looking forward to your contributions.