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
BIRTHDAY CAKE – First cut by RBINS General Director Patricia Supply
University of Mons
Jean-Marc Baele was graduated as civil engineer in Mining and Geology in 1994 and obtained his PhD in Applied Sciences in 2002 at the Mons Institute of Technology, Belgium. He is now professor at the Geology and Applied Geology department of the University of Mons. He teaches various disciplines of Earth Sciences to students in Mining and Geology Engineering and Biology (mineralogy, petrography, general geology, field geology, analytical techniques in geology, paleontology). His main research activities focus on regional geology and the development and application of unconventional analytical techniques such as luminescence and laser-based spectroscopy to various problems in geology.
Marc De Batist
Marc De Batist is Full Professor in Marine and Sedimentary Geology at Ghent University, where he is also Head of the Department of Geology and of the Renard Centre of Marine Geology. Over the years, in his research he has addressed topics like Cenozoic and Quaternary geology of the North Sea, marine geophysics, seismic stratigraphy of continental margins and of large rift lakes, polygonal fault systems, gas hydrates and gas seeps, underwater mass wasting processes, limnogeology, paleoclimatology, paleoseismology, geohazards, etc. He is author of nearly 200 articles (H-index 44), and was/is supervisor of 28 PhD researchers and 80 MSc students. He has been involved in 18 EU-funded projects, of which 6 as coordinator. He is currently also President of EGU’s Division on Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Paleontology.
Geological Survey of Belgium
Michiel Dusar obtained his PhD in Geology at the KU Leuven. After starting his career in southern Africa in diamond exploration, he was hired by the Geological Survey of Belgium and specialised in geo-energy, regional geology and geological heritage, while also taking up a teaching position in the Univ Hasselt Faculty of Architecture & Arts. He later became Director of the Survey. Ever since he officially retired, Michiel remains very active as a scientific collaborator. In this voluntary engagement, he offers extensive expertise to both his direct colleagues and external project partners.
Dr. Slavko Solar is a Mineral Resource Geologist who worked as an exploration geologist, Head of Department, consultant, policy adviser for the Slovenian government and industry on minerals, resource management and sustainability, besides he was coordinator of many projects and the Mining Public Service, all at the Geological Survey of Slovenia. In last 10 years, before becoming Economic Affairs Officer at UNECE in July 2021, he was a Secretary General of EuroGeoSurveys, a Senior Scientific Officer at DG Joint Research Centre (JRC), and a Seconded National Expert to DG GROW. He has an extensive list of publications related to his expertise published in journals and conference proceedings.
Michiel van der Meulen
Geological Survey of the Netherlands
Michiel J. van der Meulen studied geology at Utrecht University. After obtaining his PhD in 1999, he started working on mineral resources and supplies at Rijkswaterstaat (directorate-general of Public Works and Water Management). In 2003, Michiel joined the Geological Survey of the Netherlands, part of TNO, where he continued working on minerals and the relationship between land use and geology. Since 2006, he held various leadership positions, and his scope and responsibilities have broadened to the delivery of geological information in general. Michiel is firmly committed to advance our understanding of geology for the public good.
Koen Van Noten
Royal Observatory of Belgium
Koen Van Noten is a structural and earthquake geologist working at the Seismology-Gravimetry section of the Royal Observatory of Belgium. His research focuses on crustal deformation, linking earthquakes and inherited tectonic structures using geophysical techniques, analysing earthquake site effects, and studying the relation between the distribution of felt earthquake reports and the local geology. Koen is a devoted student coach and an enthusiast Earth Science communicator. Personal URL: https://sites.google.com/site/koenvannoten/
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Dr. Ingrid Maria Verstraeten currently is the Senior Regional Science Advisor/Chief of USGS Programs with Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Circum Arctic, and International Organizations, Office of the Director, International Programs, U.S. Geological Survey. She participated in numerous high level bilateral S&T meetings led by State Department in her region. She is the co-founder of the Central Asia and Afghanistan Women and Water Association in 2016. During her tenure at USGS, she also has focused on the implementation of water resources and environmental projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Madagascar, Cape Verde, Uzbekistan and worked on transboundary groundwater resources efforts in the Americas. She has encouraged US-EU cooperation with European Geological Surveys and universities, Central Asia cooperation focused on water resources, US-Uzbekistan cooperation in energy, critical mineral and water resources, US-Ukraine cooperation in geological sciences, Pakistan-Afghanistan cooperation in water quality, and Arctic cooperation in geography and minerals. Her degrees are in hydrogeology, geochemistry, geology, and soil science obtained from the University of Nebraska (PhD and MS) and the Catholic University of Leuven (Licenciaat and Kandidatuur), Belgium.
Field excursions – 10th June 2022
Be aware that the fieldtrips have limited places, register soon!
Program: Field excursion 1, Geopark Famenne-Ardenne & Han-sur-Lesse cave