Ian Acworth receives the NSW IAH Woolley Award for lifetime achievement

Posted 14 August 2015

Professor Ian Acworth (left) receives the Woolley Award from IAH Presentations Secretary Graham Hawkes (right)

Professor Ian Acworth, founding director of the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre, has received the Woolley Award from the NSW Branch of the International Association of Hydrogeologists.

The Woolley Award is made by IAH NSW to a prominent hydrogeologist, at or around their time of retirement, who over his or her working life has promoted and advanced the profession nationally and internationally, was involved with IAH, who improved the knowledge of groundwater, and who passed on this knowledge to other younger hydrogeologists.

Professor Ian Acworth came to NSW and UNSW in 1988, where he led the  groundwater research team based at the UNSW Water Research Laboratory, training numerous students and researchers. He was appointed the Gary Johnson Chair of Water Engineering in 2006, and in 2008 he established the UNSW groundwater research centre, the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre, a cross faculty research grouping. Ian played a fundamental role in the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT), and he established the NCRIS groundwater infrastructure program. His role in groundwater in NSW has been immense, and Professor Ian Acworth is therefore a very worth recipient.

The award was introduced by NSW IAH Chair Katarina David, presented by Presentations Secretary Graham Hawkes on 10 August 2015.

CWI Associate Director Martin Andersen gave a speech of thanks to Ian on behalf of the NSW groundwater community.

We congratulate Ian on his success.

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