The 2020 Groundwater Week has been designed to provide both educational and networking experiences for all who work in the groundwater industry. Every opportunity to maximize the foundations of groundwater science with water supply, resource protection, and remediation to practical application will be applied to this premier groundwater event. We learn best from each other and thus invite you to share your research, technology transfer, unique applications, practical solutions, and experience in one of a variety of options in Las Vegas, Nevada December 8-10. 

The content is being designed to address both the most prevalent and niche groundwater topics. Submissions focused to the intermediate and advanced level of those working in the groundwater industry will be especially well-received.

All submissions are captured electronically, and the content management system turns off at 11:59 p.m. PT on May 15, 2020.

All accepted presenters are subject to the Groundwater Week/Summit registration fee and must be registered 45 days prior to the event or their presentation will be withdrawn.

Summit Scientific Sessions/Field Trips

Workshops/Product Demonstrations

Conference Sessions

Groundwater Summit conference sessions will be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday and each selected abstract is allocated 20 minutes for a platform presentation. Submission topics for platform presentations are:

  • Anything Else Groundwater
  • Beyond PFAS:  Other Contaminants of Emerging Concern
  • Environmental Impacts of Produced Waters
  • Geophysics for Groundwater Model Development and Monitoring
  • Global Climate Change Impacts to Groundwater Availability, Quality, and Management in Headwater Areas
  • Groundwater and Energy
  • Groundwater and Integrated Water Management
  • Groundwater and Reuse
  • Groundwater Law, Allocation, and Policy
  • Groundwater Modeling
  • Groundwater Monitoring
  • Groundwater Remediation
  • Karst Hydrology
  • Lessons Learned from High-Frequency Monitoring
  • Managed Aquifer Recharge
  • Addressing PFAS Contamination
  • Surface Water/Groundwater Interaction
  • Sustainability and Planning
  • Transboundary Issues
  • Water Quality and Treatment
  • Weather Patterns, Landscapes and Fires Impacts to Groundwater
New Submissions Closed


Posters will be presented on Wednesday/Thursday in the exhibit hall. Those wishing to submit in this category should follow the instructions to submit a conference session abstract and then select “poster” in the appropriate prompt.  All submissions are captured electronically, and the content management system turns off at 11:59 p.m. PT on May 15, 2020.

*Students conducting academic research can enter their submissions from July 20 to September 1, 2020. (Those whose submissions are approved must be registered for the Groundwater Summit no later than 45 days prior to the event or NGWA will withdraw the submission.)

Topics are the same as for the conference platform presentations.

New Submissions Closed

Extended Learning Sessions

Extended Learning Sessions are allocated 90 minutes and will be scheduled either Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.  These are intended to facilitate a more in-depth exploration of cutting-edge groundwater topics and are technology transfer oriented.

New Submissions Closed

Field Trips


Workshops will be presented on Tuesday throughout the day, with limited times on Wednesday and Thursday and are allotted 60 minutes for presentation to include question and answer periods. They should be designed with learning objectives and an approach to engage the audience. Workshops must be noncommercial in nature and oriented toward technology transfer or skill enhancement.  Workshop content and presentations should be geared to at least an intermediate level. The numbers in parenthesis indicates the projected number of workshops NGWA will accept in that topic area. NGWA reserves the right to select on the criteria of highest quality, diverse information, and earliest time of submission—and to limit the number of workshops addressing any one topic.

All submissions are captured electronically, and the content management system turns off at 11:59 p.m. PT on May 15, 2020.

  • Business Management (6)
  • Drilling Operations and Well Construction (6)
  • Groundwater Modeling (3)
  • Groundwater Monitoring (3)
  • Hydrogeology (3)
  • Hydrogeophysics and Remote Sensing (3)
  • Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR)
  • Safety and Compliance (3)
  • Sustainable and Available Groundwater (3)
  • Water Systems (6)
  • Water Quality (3)
  • Well Maintenance and Rehabilitation (3)
New Submissions Closed

Product Demonstrations

An area for product demonstrations will be allocated on the exhibit hall floor and these offerings will be scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday during exhibit hall hours. A product demonstration will be allocated a total of 60 minutes.  (There will be a 15-30-minute set-up/teardown time scheduled between demonstrations.) Product demonstration slots will be available only to confirmed exhibiting companies.

New Submissions Closed