GeoConnect³d - Promoting geoheritage and geotourism

Monday, 22 June 2020 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM CET

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Monday, 22 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.




In Europe, there are endless geologic features with significant scientific, educational, cultural, and/or aesthetic value. These areas are commonly well-known by local communities, but rarely incorporated into geological models. GeoConnect³d is a cross-disciplinary project, funded under the GeoERA geo-energy theme, with a focus on providing relevant geological context for anyone interested in geology at surface and subsurface. This is being done through the structural framework model and annotated geomanifestations, which define any distinct local expression of ongoing or past geological processes. These manifestations, or anomalies, often point to specific geologic conditions and, therefore, can be important sources of information to improve geological understanding of an area.








In this ‘geoheritage and geotourism session’ of our series of online events, we will start from a European overview of these topics and align that with the GeoConnect³d methods and preliminary results in order to explore the relevance of the project for promoting geoscience value.





Welcome and instructions for interactive session



Geoheritage: Protecting geodiversity and raising the visibility of geology in our lives | Guest speaker: Mónica Sousa (Portuguese Association of Geologists)



Geotourism: A prominent commercial and outreach opportunity for geoscience | Guest speaker: Glen Burridge (European Federation of Geologists)



Tackling the fundamental blind spot: can geology be explained and understood intuitively? | GeoConnect³d speaker: Kris Piessens (Geological Survey of Belgium)



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



General recap of the online event series




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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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Mónica Sousa
Guest external speaker

Born in Porto, Mónica holds a Master's degree in Prospecting and Evaluation of Geological Resources by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, where she graduated in Geology in 2002. She is finishing at the same faculty the PhD thesis in Geosciences, in the specialty of Petrology and Geochemistry. She worked as a geologist at the Metro do Porto, S.A. and at the Porto Municipality. She also developed training courses for geosciences teachers. She was a research fellow at the Geology Centre of the University of Porto and has published several articles in scientific congresses and national and international journals. She is co-author of geology field guides and of the book “Geological Heritage. Geosites to visit in Portugal” edited by Porto Editora, in 2012. In addition to the research activities in Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry and Geochronology she has dedicated particular attention to Geological Heritage, namely on the conservation, valorisation and dissemination of the Foz do Douro Metamorphic Complex, being responsible for the development of the “Foz do Douro Geological Walk” Project. She has participated in numerous scientific dissemination activities, namely the ones developed in the scope of the Project “Geology in the Summer” (promoted by Ciência Viva Agency), as well as the ones promoted by the Project Porto Cidade da Ciência (“Porto City of Science”) and by the Portuguese Association of Geologists. Since 2010, she has been a member of the Board Commission of the Portuguese Association of Geologists (APG) and in 2016 she became also the APG’s Executive Director. She is a European Federation of Geologists (EFG) delegate. She is also the Coordinator of the EFG Panel of Experts on Geological Heritage.

About Mónica Sousa

Guest external speaker
Glen Burridge
Guest external speaker

In 2019, Glen became the European Federation of Geologist’s Executive Director, responsible for delivering the strategic objectives of the organisation, management of its Brussels Secretariat and relationship with its 26 national association members. He brings more than 20 years of global experience as a geologist and management advisor on subsurface energy projects, where he built a reputation as a trusted voice on technical excellence, project governance and capability development. Drawing on a professional experience that spans an exceptionally wide spectrum of disciplines, industry and research organisations, a major focus of his work in recent years has been the effective translation of the power of geoscience and its messages into meaningful results for society. His keynote talks at international conferences have tackled topics as wide-ranging as novel ways of viewing resource exploration risk and the future of geomechanics as a discipline, to the human factor in geomodelling and the importance of intercultural competence in management. He has conceived and driven several cross-industry efforts concerning risk and the use of geological models, including three pioneering conferences for the Geological Society of London. He has a Bachelors of Science in Geophysics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and a Masters of Science and Diplôme d’ingénieur in Petroleum Geoscience from IFP’s Ecole du Pétrole et des Moteurs in Paris. He has lived and worked in multiple locations across Europe, North Africa, Middle East, India and Australia.

About Glen Burridge

Guest external speaker
Kris Piessens
GeoConnect³d speaker

Kris Piessens 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