Abstract book available online

After authors permission, the abstract book is now available online.

Agenda & Airport transfers available

Dear Participants - Conference agenda and time schedule of airport transfers are now available.

Conference workshop announcement

We are pleased to announced Pre-conference workshop: Introduction to FEFLOW and usage of groundwater models for aquifer vulnerability assessment. More information you can find in the workshop section.

Excursion agenda update

We updated some important information concerns Conference excursion. Check the excursion section.

Full paper deadline extended

With the decision of the Scientific Committee we extended deadline for full paper submission till: 1st June 2018 During preparation of the manuscript please use guidelines for CRC publishing.
To remind you the procedure steps: first review is being made by SC members who select best papers and decide whatever the manuscript should be published in EES or in IAH Selected Papers. Then the submitted paper is a subject of a publishing review.


Jars Sp z o.o. sponsorship

We pleased to inform that Jars Sp. z o.o., laboratories and consulting company, sponsors the Vulnerability Conference


DHI support the Conference

It is a pleasure to announce that worldwide group DHI take support over the Vulnerability Conference for the second time. DHI is a consulting company focus on solving water environment issues.


Kopalnia Guido support us

We are pleased to inform you that Kopalnia GUIDO - coal mine museum, support us in the Conference organising. You will have an opportunity to admire interiors and underground level of the cola mine and learn about history of coal mining in the Silesia region.

Programme for accompanying persons available now

We finally present programme for accompanying persons. We provided an attractive program for accompanying persons. During 2 days, we offer 4 half-day trips. During them we want to present the natural values of the Silesian Beskid region and familiarize with the historical and cultural heritage of this part of Poland.

You can find the programme here


Aqua Żywiec sponsors us

Recently we gained support of Aqua Żywiec - one of the biggest producer of bottled water in Poland - AQUA Żywiec.


Center for Polar Studies support us

We pleased to inform that Center for Polar Studies support us in preparation of Conference book. We hope you will be satisfied for publishing your abstracts in special volume of Conference Proceeding.


Górnośląskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów S.A. sponsor us

For years, one of the biggest drinking water suppliers in Central Europe has support us in organising the Groundwater Vulnerability Conference. It is a pleasure to announce that the 2018 edition is also sponsored by Silesian Waterworks PLC (Górnośląskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów S.A.) - the Company which supply water to more than 3 MLN inhabitants of the Upper Silesia Region.


Veolia sponsorship

We pleased to inform that Veolia sponsors the Vulnerability Conference.


Śląskie Centrum Wody support us

It is a pleasure to cooperate with Śląskie Centrum Wody (Silesian Water Center) which is an interdisciplinary research team conducting research, development, implementation, popularization and didactic activities related to water and water management which works at the University of Silesia in Katowice.


Ustronianka sponsorship

We are pleased to inform that Ustronianka, well known bottled water producer, has become a sponsor of the Vulnerability Conference.


Ranc u Edyho sponsorship

We are pleased to inform that Ranc u Edyho has become a sponsor of the Vulnerability Conference.


CTL Maczki - Bór support

We are pleased to inform that CTL Maczki - Bór has become a sponsor of the Vulnerability Conference.



We start the 2018 with the important and very interesting news!
Conference participation of 5 experts from developing countries, who submitted outstanding abstract, will be supported by UNESCO. The financial support will cover fee, accomodation and internal travel costs. The abstract should be submitted till 1st Ferbuary and accepted by Scientific Committee and UNESCO Water Science Division. The Participants interested in the support should inform during submission and not later than 1st Ferbruary 2018.


We would like to publish SECOND CIRCULAR. You can find new information there. Especially we encourage to look into Excursion section.

You can find second circular in Programme section.

Abstract submission still possible

By decision of Scientific Committee Chairman - prof. Andrzej Witkowski, you can still submit your abstract. The abstract - in English, of up to 300 words, should be prepared in .doc or .docx file format and send to the Conference Secretariat mailbox.

Accepted abstracts will be published in a special conference volume.

Honorary Patronate

It is a pleasure to announce that Rector of the University of Silesia - prof. Andrzej Kowalczyk, hydrogeologist and member of Scientific Committee, took over the honorary patronage of the Conference.

Thus, the conference will be one of many events held on the occasion of the 50 anniversary of the University of Silesia.

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Social media

We strarted to run a Facebook Fanpage. You can find as here: @gwvulnerability. We are still working on it but ultimately you can expect the latest and most important information from organisation period and also conference duration itself. Feel free to follow us!

Conference excursion

It is a pleasure to announce really interesting agenda for Conference Excursion around Upper Silesia Region. More information you can find in excursion section.

Possible financial support

We are doing our best to raise funds from UNESCO for financial support for participants from low income countries who submitted outstanding abstract. We are still waiting for the decission.


We invite you to present your research results during the Conference. Submit abstracts by sending it on the Conference Secretariat mailbox

We also encourage to submit full papers. 40 best manuscripts will be selected and published in Environmental Earth Sciences or in IAH Selected Papers


We are pleased to announce the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on "NEW APPROACHES TO GROUNDWATER VULNERABILITY" which will be held on 4 - 8 June 2018 in Ustroń, Poland.

The Conference is organized by University of Silesia with support of IAH, UNESCO and Association of Polish Hydrogeologists. This edition will be focused on new approaches, methods of assessment of the groundwater vulnerability, problems of groundwater recharge and its role in vulnerability assessment, also in the context of Climate Changes and sustainable land use management.

The 2018 edition will be, in fact, the 4th Conference on groundwater vulnerability organised in in Ustroń by the Department of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology University of Silesia.

Some information about the previous meeting (Ustroń 2015) can be found under this link.


Joanna Czekaj
Department of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology
Faculty of Earth Sciences
University of Silesia
Będzińska St., 60 41-200 Sosnowiec, POLAND
+48 32 3689 481