Meet the expert in hydrology - Round tables among young and established scientists
Convener: Elena Toth 
Wed, 05 May, 17:30–19:00  / Room 39
Wed, 05 May, 17:30–19:00  / Room 40


Round table discussions with the format of mini-workshops for a selection of young scientists (younger than 35) to meet two established scientists on a face to face basis for guidance and/or discussion of specific aspects of their current research.

We are very honoured this year to have two world-renowned scientists covering both surface and subsurface hydrology research fields: Prof. Günter Blöschl and Prof. Jesús Carrera (see CVs below).

Each round table is open to 6 young scientists discussing a case and 30 young scientists in the audience.
The young scientists wishing to participate to one of the round tables are expected to submit a case, by writing an abstract describing the issue/problem they wish to discuss, and, for each round table, six cases will be selected for the discussion (6 time slots).

PhD candidates and early career postdoctoral researchers who wish to seek the advice of a high profile scientist in their field. Selection will be determined by the this year's invited scientists on the relevance of the case problems presented. The selection of the presented case will be done by preferring problems that lend themselves to the mini-workshop form. Special attention will be paid to candidates coming from developing countries.

Each selected candidate discusses his case with the expert along a 15-minutes time-slot. The discussion is open to all the scientists sitting in the audience (who must have submitted a case to be an audience member).

The interested candidates are kindly requested to submit a 200 words abstract of the case they wish to present to: Elena Toth,

DATEWednesday, May 5, 2010, 17:30-19:00.
Free for EGU assembly participants.

The CVs this year's experts...

Prof. Günter Blöschl

Günter Blöschl is a Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources Management at the Vienna University of Technology and the Director of the Vienna Centre for Water Resource Systems. He is President of the International Commission on Water Resources Systems, Chairman of the UNESCO Working group on climate and land use impacts on flooding, Chairman of the international PUB initiative and the National Committee of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Past President of the Hydrology Division of the European Geosciences Union, a board member of the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam and the Swiss NFP Programme on sustainable water management, and a member of the Task force on water resources of the German Academy of Science and Engineering. He has published about 100 journal papers which have been cited more than 2000 times (H-Index of 25). He is or has been an Associate Editor or editorial board member of eleven major international journals in the water resources area. At the Vienna University of Technology he has taught widely on subjects related to Engineering Hydrology, Hydrologic Modelling and Water Resources Management.

Prof. Jesús Carrera

Jesús Carrera is a Civil Engineer by the Technical University of Madrid (1979) and Ph.D. in Hydrology (University of Arizona, 1984). He has been professor at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), where he has been vicedean (1986-1989) and dean (1992-1994) of Civil Engineering and vicepresident (1994-1998) for research of the university. Since July 2006 he works as Reseach Professor at the Institute for Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC).
Research of his group has concentrated on groundwater modeling with emphasis on the inverse problem and reactive transport. They have developed codes for inverse modeling of flow (INVERT), flow and transport (TRANSIN), network design (KRINET), multiphase non-isothermal flow (CODEBRIGHT), reactive transport (RETRASO), etc. These codes have been applied to a broad range of problems, including regional aquifer analysis, recharge assessment, groundwater pollution, waste disposal, etc. These applications have led to a number of questions regarding the effects of heterogeneity, such as the scale dependence of hydraulic conductivity, the meaning of parameters derived from conventional hydraulic tests, or effective transport equations. He has participated on a number of advisory boards: National Water Council of Spain, Nature Protection Council of Catalonia, etc. He has been awarded several prizes, including EGU’s Darcy Medal (2004).