Geoscience, Policy and Society

Transatlantic Perspectives of Geological Surveys

Online event | 7 to 11 June 2021 | 10.00 am (EDT) / 4.00 pm (CEST)


The Geoscience, Policy, and Society (GPS) 2021 free online event aims to discuss the crucial role of the subsurface and its resources in the transition of our society with focus on renewable energy, sustainable use of resources, and low-climate impact.

This event is being organized by Geological Survey Organizations in Europe BRGM, EGS, GBA and GSB, and the U.S. Geological Survey, which have been engaged in providing the needed science for improved sustainable subsurface management and policy.

The GPS 2021 event addresses policy makers, regulators, interest groups, geoscientists and representatives from industry and the research community dealing with the multiple uses and management of underground resources. We also welcome anyone with a broad interest in geoscience or any of the specific topics presented to join the discussions.

The main event will be held from 7 to 11 June 2021. Each day will address a different aspect of geoscience-related subsurface use, management, planning, and policy, comparing and learning from innovative science and experiences of both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Side sessions are planned between 7 and 14 June 2021 to complement these discussions by addressing more specific topics.


Main event

Monday 7 June

GeoStar Challenge finals: Which geosites best represent the potential of the subsurface?

Tuesday 8 June

Bridging geothermal energy to the next level in the United States and the European Union

Wednesday 9 June

Towards Multi-Resource Assessments for Improved Sustainable Natural Resource Management

Thursday 10 June

Managing the multiple uses of the subsurface

Friday 11 June

Final debate: Geoscience, Policy and Societal Challenges

Side events

Monday 7 June

Virtual field trip: The potential hidden in the subsurface

Thursday 10 June

GeoConnect³d project: Geological information and knowledge for policy support

Monday 14 June

MUSE project: Urban Geothermal energy use with special reference to shallow subsurface application

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