The goal of this newly developed network is to promote the integration of social sciences into hydrogeology and to include local perspectives into hydrogeological assessment by developing concepts how inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation and research can be carried out. Furthermore, IAH-SHG aims to highlight the importance of science communication and to serve as a platform for hydrogeologists who already work at the interface between society and groundwater.
The UNESCO emphasizes the importance of “Taking Science to the Society” in the following words:
“Science must respond to societal needs and global challenges. Public understanding and engagement with science, and citizen participation through the popularization of science, are essential to equip citizens to make informed personal and professional choices.” (UNESCO)