Opening Lecture

The Lands of Karst: A Visual Story

Professor Dr. Zoran Stevanović

Dr. Neven Kresic

Professor Dr. Zoran Stevanović is Head of the Centre for Karst Hydrogeology at the Department of Hydrogeology of the University of Belgrade, Serbia. He is Consultant of the United Nations organizations FAO and UNESCO and has extensive international experience in projects involving hydrogeological exploration, groundwater management, and aquifer utilization and protection in Algeria, Iraq, Georgia, Bhutan, Seychelles, Somalia, Ethiopia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, and North Macedonia. Dr. Stevanović was invited lecturer and member of scientific committees of numerous professional gatherings in Serbia and abroad. He has published more than 350 papers, four textbooks, and authored, co-authored, and edited fifteen monographs including Karst Aquifers – Characterization and Engineering (Springer, 2015) and Karst without boundaries (CRC, 2016). Dr. Stevanović is former Co-chair of the Karst Commission of the International Association of Hydrogeologists and is Co-chair of the Board on Karst and Speleology of the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts.

Dr. Neven Kresic is Senior Consultant with Geosyntec Consultants based in Washington, D.C., the United States. He has extensive experience focused on groundwater and surface water related consulting, research, and teaching. Dr. Kresic has worked on major projects in the United States, Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa, and South America for U.S. and international clients including industry and government agencies. He taught academic courses and professional workshops in hydrogeology, groundwater modeling, and groundwater remediation at universities, government agencies, and conferences in the United States and around the World. Dr. Kresic authored and co-authored numerous papers and seven books on the topic of groundwater, including Water in Karst, Management, Vulnerability, and Restoration (McGraw Hill, 2013) and Groundwater Hydrology of Springs (with Dr. Stevanović;Elsevier/B-H, 2010). Dr. Kresic is former Co-chair of the Karst Commission of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Karst Waters Institute, the United States.

Joanna Doummar

American University of Beirut

Joanna Doummar is an Associate Professor of Groundwater Hydrology in the Department of Geology at the American University of Beirut. She holds a PhD in Hydrogeology from Georg- August University Göttingen (Germany), and an MSc. in Hydrogeology from the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). Her various research projects focus on the assessment of recharge and flow in karst aquifers via integrated numerical modelling, as well as the investigation of transport using contamination indicators. For this purpose, she is gradually building a high-resolution monitoring network of water resources and climatic parameters in poorly investigated sites in
Lebanon partly supported by a PEER Science Project (USAID and NAS). Her research in the framework of internationally funded collaborative projects is specifically centered around the characterization of karst aquifers in the Mediterranean region (KARMA), the relationship between snow melt and flow (SNOWFLOW), the testing of Managed Aquifer Recharge potential in Lebanon on a pilot scale (MAR and FEMAR). She is the Vice President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists for the MENA region. She has been selected by the World Economic Forum Young Scientists Community Class of 2020. Additionally, she aims at applying the research outcome at a local scale to overcome national water quality and quantity problems and make science accessible to non-technical people.

Andreas Hartmann

Technical University of Dresden

Andreas Hartmann is Professor of Groundwater Systems and the Director of the Institute of Groundwater Management at the Technical University of Dresden since October 2021. After finishing doctorate in karst hydrogeology, he worked as a postdoc in 2013 and 2014 at the Civil Engineering departments of the University of Bristol and McGill University. After a three-year period as lecturer at the University of Freiburg, he was successful in recruiting his own research group and becoming Assistant Professor of Hydrological Modelling and Water Resources in 2017. Hartmann’s research focuses on translating experimental understanding and experiences from parsimonious mechanistic modelling at the aquifer scale using water and tracer fluxes into large-scale karst recharge and groundwater simulations. His work contributed to advancing our predictive understanding of karst aquifers and their availability as water resources from local to global scales.