KINDRA Final Conference

February 27, 2018 – Académie Royale de Belgique


Groundwater and hydrogeology-related research activities cover a wide spectrum of research areas at EU and national levels. However, groundwater issues are quite often either ignored or considered only in insufficient detail and separated from the associated surface water bodies, despite of its critical importance as renewable, high-quality, naturally protected (but still vulnerable) resource that has significant impacts on both surface water bodies and ecosystems. The KINDRA project (Grant Agreement No. 642047, created a critical mass for scientific knowledge exchange of hydrogeology research, to ensure wide applicability of research results, including support for innovation and development. The overall objective of the project is to take stock of our current knowledge of hydrogeology through an inventory of research results, activities, projects and programmes at national and international scale.

The final conference is aimed to communicate the results achieved by the project, from the new classification system, to the inventory of hydrogeological products (EIGR) and its content of more than 2000 metadata, to be used for evaluating the state-of-the-art of European research&knowledge on groundwater. Results of inserted data have been critically analyzed, to identify modern challenges, trends and gaps in groundwater science and practice. Obtained results need to be discussed with institutions, associations, stakeholders and decision makers, with the aim to identify a road map for developing policies, strategies, and management options at European level, able to highlight and correctly evaluate the importance of groundwater for both human requirements and environmental needs, in the framework of the circular economy, the water-food-energy nexus, the zero-waste goal, the sustainable development goals and the optimization of natural resources.

Académie Royale de Belgique: Salle Prigogine
Address: Rue Ducale 1 Bruxelles,1000 Belgium

Draft Programme:


Chairperson: Isabel Fernandez – European Federation of Geologists (EFG)

9:00-9:10 – Welcome EFG

9:10-9:40 – Towards a mission-oriented research and innovation policy in the EU – contribution of knowledge and science: Johan Stierna, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Policy Development and coordination, Unit A6 (tbc)

9:40-10:05 – The EU Groundwater Directive: Elisa Vargas, European Commission, DG Environment, Chair of EC Working Group Groundwater, Common Implementation Strategy of WFD

10:05-10:30 – Coffee break



Chairperson: Carlos Martínez Navarrete – Geological Survey of Spain (IGME)

10:30-10:50 – KINDRA project: aims, expectations and final results: Marco Petitta, Project Coordinator – University of Rome Sapienza

10:50-11:10 – KINDRA Classification:  Klaus Hinsby – Geological Survey of Denmark and GreenLand (GEUS)

11:10-11:30 – KINDRA Inventory: Clint Garcia Alibrand – Environmental and Water Agency of Andalusia (REDIAM)

11:30-11:50 – KINDRA Gaps analysis: Peter van der Keur – Geological Survey of Denmark and GreenLand (GEUS)

11:50-12:10 – Discussion Q&A

12:10-13:10 – Lunch break



Chairperson: Heidi Barlebo – Geological Survey of Denmark and GreenLand (GEUS)

13:10-13:30 – Tom Diez – De Watergroep, Brussels

13:30-13:50 – Rob Ward, Water Resources Expert, Eurogeosurveys and Director of Groundwater Science, British Geological Survey

13:50-14:10 – Johannes Grath, Chair of EC Working Group Groundwater, Common Implementation Strategy of WFD, Umweltbundesamt

14:10-14:30 – Youssef Filali-Meknassi, UNESCO-IHP, Paris, Water Information Network System (WINS)

14:30-14.50 – Teodora Szocs, Vice President of International Association of Hydrogeologists;  Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary

14:50-15.20 – Coffee break



Chairperson: Alecos Demetriades – IUGS Commission on Global Geochemical Baselines

15:20-15:40 – GeoERA information platform: Yvonne Schavemaker, coordinator – TNO Geological Survey of the Netherlands & Klaus Hinsby – Geological Survey of Denmark and GreenLand (GEUS)

15:40-16:00 – ICT4Water cluster: Lydia S. Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, Exeter University

16:00-16:20 – NAIAD – nature-based solutions and green/blue infrastructure: Morten Ejsing Jørgensen – City of Copenhagen

16:20-16:40 – IGRAC, Global Groundwater Information System (GGIS): Arnaud Sterckx – IGRAC, UNESCO

16:40-17:00 – Subsol & the case of Rotterdam: Koen Zuurbier – KWR Watercycle Research Institute



17:00-17:40 – Debate



Chairperson: Gesche Grützmacher, Berliner Wasserbetriebe, Berlin

17:40-18:00 – Groundwater – Reconciling science and policy?: Philippe Quevauviller, Policy and Research Programming Officer at European Commission, DG HOME




The participation to this event is free of charge.

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There is a special group rate for the Kindra Final Conference attendees in the Renaissance Brussels Hotel (Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Bruxelles). The hotel is 10 minutes walking from the venue where the conference will take place.

Start date: 26/02/18
End date: 28/02/18
Last day to book: 12/02/18
Price: 169.00 EUR  per night, breakfast is included in the price.
Book your stay here for the special group rate.