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November 2015

Master Day 2015

3 November 2015
Royal Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS)

Dear Young Geologists,

Welcome to Geologica Belgica association !

We hope that you will accepted to present your master research thesis to our community. You will become a young member of Geologica Belgica for one year and the abstract of your presentation will be published in one of the next issue of Geologica Belgica journal.

For the presentation, you will have 20 minutes (15 minutes of talk and 5 minutes for questions and discussion).
Each participant can submit to Geologica Belgica an abstract related to his/her master thesis for being published in one of the following issues of Geologica Belgica.
The price for the best presentation of the Master Day is 250 EUR.

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Mineral extraction vs Ecology: adversaries or allies ?

27 November 2015
Small Auditorium, RBINS, Vautierstraat 29, rue Vautier, B-1000 Brussels

As a first step, BLUG/UBLG and Geologica Belgica invite you to participate in a brainstorming session with the purpose of defining the agenda for demonstrating the benefits of geodiversity for biodiversity to the public. The meeting will start with presentations on the clash of geo-bio paradigms, success stories and failures of geo-bio cooperation to end with the creation of a working group and discussion on the next steps.  

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June 2016

Work group excursion

23 June 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Villers le Gambon (Philippeville) and Resteigne (Tellin) Belgium + Google Map

Excursion (Mineral extraction vs Ecology)

BLUG/UBLG & Geologica Belgica

Mineral extraction vs Ecology work group excursion

Management of active and abandoned limestone quarries

Villers le Gambon (Philippeville) and Resteigne (Tellin)
Thursday 23 June 2016, 10h – 16h30.

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September 2016

BELQUA 2016 annual excursion

10 September 2016
Kikbeek quarry & Nationaal Park Hoge Kempen
Field Trip 2016 Kempen

Mineral extraction vs Ecology working group excursion 10.00h: meeting place Parking "Aen 't Venne", Kikmolenstraat 3, 3630 MaasmechelenTravel in group to entrance of “Kikbeekgroeve”. Introduction to former Sibelco sand pit and its evolution after closure by Isaac Berwouts (Sibelco). Walking trip exposing silversand, Kikbeek lignite, pedogenetic quartzite, cryoturbations and polygonal soils, Usselo and Bolling soils, groundwater level changes & gravel counting and geotourism, guided by Dany Van Uytven (LIKONA-Geolim, NPHK ranger) & Roland Dreesen (LIKONA-Geolim, Geological Survey of Belgium) Afternoon:…

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November 2016

Symposium Mineral Extraction vs Ecology

24 November 2016
Brussels, Natural History Museum

After a workshop organised 27 November 2015 and a series of excursions to different types of raw materials extraction conducted this year, the ad-hoc working group observed that former or reclaimed mining sites regain valuable ecological functions and may even attain a higher level of biodiversity than the original lands before mining. Multiple former extraction sites are transformed into Natura 2000 or other protected sites, or even are becoming new wilderness areas. The ad-hoc working group has concluded that mining and ecology should become allies and agreed to the organisation of a symposium, with the intention to promote a better understanding of the mutual interests by the industry and the conservationists and at informing a wider audience.

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March 2018

National geological job fair

March 9
UGENT Belgium + Google Map

Ten companies - large or SME - made use of this opportunity. About 60 students/job seekers participated.

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September 2018



September 12 - September 14
Celestijnenlaan 200C
Leuven, 3001 Belgique

The next Geologica Belgica Congress will be held in Leuven (KUL) from 12 to 14 september 2018. Registration, conference themes, abstract submission,... all informations available on the meeting website https://ees.kuleuven.be/gb2018/

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