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IAEA Symposium Looks to Advance Understanding of Water Quality, Cycles and Processes


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will host a major conference to discuss the latest scientific advances in isotope hydrology to better understand global water cycles and the impact of current challenges, such as water availability, pollution and climate change, on water resources. The International Symposium on Isotope Hydrology will take place from 20 to 24 May 2019 in Vienna, Austria.

The event brings together over 220 international experts in water and hydrological sciences to review the latest contributions of isotope tracer analysis and geochemical tools in studying hydrological processes. Topics of discussion include groundwater age dating, precipitation modelling and the reconstruction of past climate conditions to better understand current weather patterns and changes, among others. 

Water security – its availability, quality, management and protection – has become a critical issue in human development, particularly in light of global population growth and a warming climate. Nuclear and isotopic techniques provide key information about water source, age, quality and sustainability, and are invaluable in the management of this vital resource.

A detailed programme and additional information can be found on the conference website.

The meeting will take place in Board Room C, C-Building, 4th Floor, at the Vienna International Centre.

The event is open to media.

Live video streaming will be available for the entire Symposium from Monday, 20 May 12:45 p.m. Please note that the video stream will be broadcast on a view-only channel.

Some speakers will be available for interviews. Please contact the IAEA Press Office for more details.


All journalists are requested to inform the IAEA Press Office of their plans to attend. Journalists with permanent credentials to the VIC need no additional credentials. We encourage those journalists who do not yet have permanent accreditation, to request it at UNIS Vienna.

Others should contact the IAEA Press Office. Please email press@iaea.org or call [+43-1] 2600-21273.

Last update: 17 May 2019


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