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Hydrogeological Group

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The Hydrogeological Group is a specialist group within the Geological Society of London, which represents the science of hydrogeology and the hydrogeologists that practise that science. It currently has over 1000 members of which around 350 have already attained chartered status. The Hydrogeological Group represents a major professional interest in British hydrogeology.  

The aim of the Hydrogeological Group is to advance the study and practice of hydrogeology by:

  • holding meetings (including joint meetings with other organizations)
  • encouraging education and research 
  • encouraging students to consider careers in hydrogeology 
  • representing and promoting the hydrogeological aspects of the Geological Society internationally 
  • assisting the Geological Society in its representation of professional hydrogeologists.


The 2017 award of the Whitaker medal was presented to Jane Dottridge at the end of the Ineson meeting on 25 October. In presenting the award Adrian Butler, Chair of the Hydrogeological Group, explained that Jane was the first female hydrogeologist to receive the medal since it was first awarded by the Institution of Water Engineers in 1930. She was receiving it both for her services to the profession and for her role as an inspiration for other women in hydrogeology. In accepting the award, Jane paid tribute to colleagues who she had worked with and who had helped her in her career as well as for the opportunity to mentor, on behalf of Geol. Soc., other female geologists and hydrogeologists. She is now looking forward to taking on a new ground breaking role as chief scientific editor of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology in the New Year. 

Letter to the Vice Chancellor, Birmingham University from the Hydro Group committee on the proposed closure of the MSc course

Reply from Vice Chancellor outlining the continuation of the Hydrogeology MSc Programme

Comments on this web page or requests to add Hydrogeological Meetings to the Events Page should be emailed to Rolf Farrell.

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Adrian Butler
Imperial College London
Tel: 020 7594 6122


Barnaby Harding
Tel: 01743 276 100


Sarah Scott 
Environment Agency 
Tel: 02030258110

Other members

Corinna Abesser

Tim Besien

Rolf Farrell (website)

Alex Gallagher

Paul Howlett

Stefan Krause

Rob Low

Rachel Bell

Sally Thompson

Dr Hamdi El-Ghonemy

Simon Cook

Claire Howarth

Kate Norman

Mark Lee

Mark Fermor

Alex Davis

Dan Welch