We will be celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Geological Survey of Belgium with a two-day event on the 9th and 10th of June 2022.
During the first day of the event taking place in the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, we will be looking at the history and achievements of the GSB over the last 125 years. Speakers include the Van den Broeck Medal Lecture, given by Michiel Dusar, as well as discussions on the importance of surveys in Earth Research, and a look at the global challenges and the responsibilities of local surveys. The day also includes lunch, demonstrations and tours of the facilities and collections.
The second day of the event will be dedicated to field excursions to the UNESCO Geopark Famenne-Ardenne and famous Belgian ornamental stones from Devonian and Carboniferous.
As a satellite event, the project ROBOMINERS organises the seminar “Innovation in Selective Mining: new trends and technological advances to reduce the environmental footprint of mineral extraction” on Wednesday 8th June 2022, also at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels.
Welcome and Opening – Patricia Supply, Director, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
09:40 – 09:50
Celebrating geology as a part of Science Policy – Belgian Science Policy Office
09:50 – 10:00
Be.Geology – Serving Society – Vanessa Heyvaert, Director, Geological Survey of Belgium
10:00 – 10:05
Presentation of the book celebrating GSB’s 125 years – Marleen De Ceukelaire, GSB
10:05 – 11:05
GSB as Catalyser of Earth Research 10:05-10:25 When FSIs join forces – Koen Van Noten,Royal Observatory of Belgium 10:25-10:45 Two decades of cooperation with the GSB – Jean-Marc Baele, University of Mons 10:45-11:05 Hazard research around the globe – Marc De Batist, University of Ghent
11:05 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:30
Serving society as a GSB Geologist – Van Den Broeck Medal Lecture – Michiel Dusar, GSB
12:30 – 14:30
LUNCHING WITHIN A SURVEY: Walking lunch, demonstrations, tours of facilities and collections
14:30 – 15:55
Global challenges and local Surveys: responsibilities and actions 14:30-14:35 Introduction by GSB-moderator 14:35-14:50 Cross-Border Cooperation in the Low Countries – Making Political Boundaries Invisible – Michiel van der Meulen, TNO 14:50-15:05 Geology and the breadth of climate research – Slavko Solar, UNECE 15:05-15:20 USGS Science and Its Cooperation with Europe – Ingrid Verstraeten,USGS 15:20-15:45 Moderated panel debate