GeoConnect³d - Framing groundwater management

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM CET

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Tuesday, 23 June 2020 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM CET

GeoConnect³d is promoting a series of four online events aiming to demonstrate how the innovative methodology being developed by the project can be used to improve the geological understanding and, consequently, to identify geological potential and opportunities within a region.


Which topics will be covered?

The events are subdivided in the following themes and dates:

1) Geoheritage & Geotourism - 22 June 2020

2) Groundwater - 23 June 2020

3) Geothermal energy - 24 June 2020

4) Subsurface management - 26 June 2020


Who can be interested?

The events have a focus on the Roer-to-Rhine area of interest (crossing Belgium-France-Germany-Luxembourg-Netherlands). Any stakeholders interested in any of the four themes in this region are welcome to join us and give their valuable feedback about what we are developing in the project. The invitation is also extended to stakeholders in other regions with an interest in the project and its goals.




Groundwater is a crucial resource for humankind, as well as for natural ecosystems. Therefore, any subsurface use considers how it will affect shallow groundwater reserves. At least, that is how it should be, because these interactions are complex and uncertain.


This problem is approached by two GeoERA projects. VoGERA is a groundwater project that looks unidirectionally how groundwater is affected and aims at building generic schemes aided by results from case studies. GeoConnect³d is a cross-disciplinary project, funded under the geo-energy theme, focusing on providing the correct geological context to properly identify and evaluate pathways for interaction, also between the deeper and shallower subsurface.







In this ‘groundwater session’ of our series of online events, we will start from the VoGERA case and then align that with the GeoConnect³d methods to explore the relevance of those techniques for groundwater management.





Welcome and instructions for interactive session



Groundwater at the receiving end: taking into account deep subsurface activities | Guest speaker: Koen Beerten (Belgian Nuclear Research Center)



The deep and the drinkable: linking and understanding these subsurface worlds | GeoConnect³d speaker: Kris Piessens (Geological Survey of Belgium)



Q&A and interactive session focusing on receiving feedback from guest speaker and audience about the GeoConnect³d method



Recap of lessons and expectations towards GeoConnect³d




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GeoConnect³d is a Horizon 2020-GeoERA-funded project developing and testing a methodology to prepare and disclose geological information through an open access online platform. The goal is discussing the use of the subsurface.

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Koen Beerten
Guest external speaker

Koen started his professional career with geological mapping projects at the KULeuven, around 20 years ago (Quaternary geological maps of NE Belgium), and then moved into geochronology with his PhD (Electron spin resonance dating of sedimentary quartz). In 2005, he took up a post-doc at the University of Cologne, still working in the field of Quaternary geochonology. Since 2009, he is a team member of the Waste&Disposal group at SCK CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre), where he works as researcher and project leader in projects related to the safe disposal of radioactive waste (geological and surface disposal).

About Koen Beerten

Guest external speaker
Kris Piessens
GeoConnect³d speaker

Kris joined the Geological Survey of Belgium (RBINS-GSB) as a geologist in 2002, and was one of the founders of the GeoEnergy research group. He has been carrying out fundamental and applied research on various topics, with a focus on CO2 capture and storage (CCS) and the interface between geological, economic, policy, engineering and regulatory aspects. He has been involved in several EU-funded projects such as GESTCO, CGS Europe, EuroGeoSource and ACCESS. He was the coordinator of GeoConnect³d until December 2019.

About Kris Piessens

GeoConnect³d speaker

Renata is the coordinator of GeoConnect³d since January 2020. She graduated with a BSc in Geology from University of São Paulo in 2012 and obtained a PhD in Petrology applied to mineral deposits from University College Dublin in 2017. She is currently part of the GeoEnergy research group at the Geological Survey of Belgium (RBINS-GSB). Her expertise spans different geological uses of the subsurface, especially those regarding mineral exploration for sustainable sourcing of critical metals with a focus on battery metals. Her current research is focused on subsurface management in Europe, with a strong emphasis on the dissemination of subsurface management and geoenergy concepts to stakeholders with varied backgrounds. She is a science communicator actively engaged in the outreach activities of GeoConnect³d, RBINS-GSB and as part of the volunteer team of the Pint of Science festival in Belgium.

About Renata Barros


Andrei is the communication and project manager on behalf of TNO (The Netherlands) for the GeoConnect³d. He has BSc and MSc in Geology and Geophysics and Environmental Geology Engineering at University of Bucharest Romania) and a PhD in Geosciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands) where he graduated in 2010. He is currently part of the Geomodelling Department of the Geological Survey of the Netherlands (TNO-GDN)) where he holds the position of International Project Manager since 2019. He has a background in Education, Policy, Energy, Climate Change, Environment and Space Industry. Before joining TNO he worked for European Commission (JRC) and University of Bucharest. Presently, he is also an entrepreneur being involved with several Space Industry start-ups focusing on mapping and tracking social and environmental impact using earth observations and big data.

About Andrei Bocin-Dumitriu