Program

All sessions


Main event

Monday 7 June

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

What exactly lies beneath the ground? The subsurface is built up by past and present geological processes, and it is a challenge to communicate its complexity to those involved in policy development and strategy. One way to access and understand these hidden processes is to look at their expressions reflected at the surface.

With this in mind, for the opening of GPS 2021 we invite you to think about the subsurface through sites of geological interest around the world – a beautiful outcrop, a notable rock formation, an extraordinary groundwater spring – any sites that have unique potential for communication about the subsurface. How can they improve our understanding of subsurface processes? Are they being used to raise awareness to bring the importance of geology to the attention of society?

After picking your favorites through the interactive selection process throughout May 2021 in our Twitter, in the opening session of GPS 2021 the finalists will be presented and you in the audience will vote to pick the winners of each category.


Opening of the webroom at 9.55 am EDT / 3.55 pm CEST

10.00 – 10.05 am EDT
4.00 – 4.05 pm CEST

Welcome

Renata Barros
GSB– Geological Survey of Belgium

10.05 – 10.30 am EDT
4.05 – 4.30 pm CEST

Keynote speeches – Promoting the importance of geoscience to society

GeoHeritage: The Earth's Geological Legacy
Mónica Sousa
Executive Director of the APG, University of Porto & Coordinator of the Panel of Experts on Geological Heritage (EFG – European Federation of Geologists)

The role of geoscience in society
Ed Robeck
AGI – American Geosciences Institute

10.30 – 11.35 am EDT
4.30 – 5.35 pm CEST

GeoStar Challenge Finals

Which site best demonstrates the potential of geothermal energy?

Which site best demonstrates breadth of potential geologic resources?

Which site best demonstrates the importance of thoughtful management of subsurface systems?

Which site best demonstrates the importance of geology for society?

Surprise guest presentations and interactive polls

11.35 – 11.40 am EDT
5.35 – 5.40 pm CEST

Première of the 360° Virtual field trip: The potential hidden in the subsurface

11.40 – 11.55 am EDT
5.40 – 5.55 pm CEST

Q&A & Panel discussion – Challenges and opportunities in geoscience communication

11.55 am – 12.00 noon EDT
5.55 – 6.00 pm CEST

Concluding remarks

End of the session at 12.00 noon EDT / 6.00 pm CEST

Tuesday 8 June

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

Geothermal energy used for electricity production, heating, cooling and seasonal heat storage still covers a niche inside the global energy market but has the potential to become a key player in the coming decades regarding the clean energy transition. To enter the “geothermal decade” as proposed by the European Geothermal Energy Council, still several technological as well as socio-economic barriers need to be addressed by policy makers and researchers.

This session aims at providing transatlantic views on the expected future opportunities and prevailing challenges of geothermal energy with emphasis on the role of Geological Survey Organizations providing an important link between academic research, industry and administration. In this context, attention is paid to the research and innovation roadmaps of the United States Geological Survey and EuroGeoSurveys as well as to showcasing the latest research activities inside these organizations.


Opening of the webroom at 9.55 am EDT / 3.55 pm CEST

10.00 – 10.05 am EDT
4.00 – 4.05 pm CEST

Welcome

Philippe Dumas
European Geothermal Energy Council

10.05 – 10.30 am EDT
4.05 – 4.30 pm CEST

Keynote speeches – The role of geothermal in the energy transition

Future of US Geothermal
Lauren Boyd
USDOE – US Department of Energy

Innovation & momentum for deep geothermal in Europe
Gerdi Breembroek
Chair of the Implementation on Deep Geothermal, SET Plan

10.30 – 11.00 am EDT
4.30 – 5.00 pm CEST

Keynote speeches – Geothermal research and innovation at Geological Surveys from a transatlantic view

Role of Geologic Survey Organizations for the future
Erick Burns
USGS – US Geological Survey

Geothermal energy – an important aspect of subsurface resource management
Serge van Gessel
TNO – Geological Survey of the Netherlands & GeoEnergy Expert Group chair, EGS – EuroGeoSurveys

11.00 – 11.40 am EDT
5.00 – 5.40 pm CEST

Short notes on research needs addressing barriers

Technical challenges in the US: High-Temperature Resources
Doug Blankenship
USDOE – US Department of Energy & Sandia National Lab

The development of high-temperature geothermal energy in mainland France: a technological and societal challenge
Mariane Peter-Borie
BRGM – French Geological Survey

Technical challenges in the US: Low-Temperature & Underground Thermal Energy Storage Resources
Colin Williams
USGS – US Geological Survey

Managing urban shallow geothermal energy – the GeoERA MUSE project
Cornelia Steiner
GBA – Geological Survey of Austria

11.40 am – 12.00 noon EDT
5.40 – 6.00 pm CEST

Open forum – The path forward to bring geothermal to the next level

End of the session at 12.00 noon EDT / 6.00 pm CEST

Wednesday 9 June

Towards Multi-Resource Assessments for Improved Sustainable Natural Resource Management

Activities that affect the subsurface naturally affect the surface resources as well. Thus, assessments of subsurface resources tell only part of the story that is of interest to policy makers, resource managers, and the public. How do past, current, and future uses of the subsurface affect the multiple natural resources to which they are connected? For example, how do old mining sites affect current and future water and ecosystem quality? How does hydraulic fracturing for energy production affect water availability for other necessary uses? How does geologic sequestration of carbon affect future agricultural or recreational uses of the landscape? Multi-resource assessments aim to provide decision-makers with more holistic assessments of natural resources to enable them to answer these important questions. Multi-resource assessments require working across disciplines and developing and using innovative tools for improved decision support, including scientific and technological advances such as improved sensor technologies, integrated modelling, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and high-performance computing.


Opening of the webroom at 9.55 am EDT / 3.55 pm CEST

10.00 – 10.05 am EDT
4.00 – 4.05 pm CEST

Opening, introduction

Sarah Ryker
Associate Director Minerals and Energy Resources, USGS – US Geological Survey

10.05 – 10.45 am EDT
4.05 – 4.45 pm CEST

Keynote speeches

USGS Perspective on Multi-Resource Assessments
Sarah Ryker
Associate Director Minerals and Energy Resources, USGS – US Geological Survey

Serving multifunctional use of the subsurface: changing policies and perspectives
Michiel Van der Meulen
Chief Geologist, TNO – Geological Survey of the Netherlands

10.45 am – 12.00 noon EDT
4.45 – 6.00 pm CEST

Panel discussion – Towards improved multi-resource assessments

A framework for planning, conducting, and communicating multi-resource assessments
Karen Jenni
Senior Staff Scientist, Energy and Mineral Mission Area, USGS – US Geological Survey

CO2 storage in Europe - will it finally set off?
Vit Hladik
Research Co-ordinator Geo-Energy, CGS – Czech Geological Survey

Subsurface Carbon and Energy Storage Resource Assessments
Peter Warwick
Research Geologist, USGS – US Geological Survey

The application of UNFC – a valuable tool for a holistic approach on natural resources?
Erika Ingvald
Head of Division, Mineral Information & Mining Industry, SGU – Geological Survey of Sweden

Quantifying possible water and land change impacts of oil and gas resource development
Seth Haines
Research Geophysicist, USGS – US Geological Survey

12.00 – 12.25 noon EDT
6.00 – 6.25 pm CEST

Q&A session with the speakers

12.25 – 12.30 noon EDT
6.25 – 6.30 pm CEST

Concluding remarks

End of the session at 12.30 noon EDT / 6.30 pm CEST

Thursday 10 June

Managing the multiple uses of the subsurface

Climate change, together with demographic, socioeconomic and geopolitical trends, are increasing the demand and utilization of subsurface resources for energy, water supply and infrastructure. The use of the subsurface will require planning and prioritizing among subsurface uses, in particular looking at conflicts and synergies between them. The management of subsurface resources and uses should be included in spatial planning and governance strategies at regional, national, and local scale.

The main topic of this session is to present through practical and concrete examples “How the Subsurface Management and Subsurface Spatial Planning occurs in EU and USA - Their Advantages and Obstacles”. From the operator side and Geological Surveys’ experience, this session will share their views and research on how to prioritize and optimize competing subsurface uses taking into account economic, societal and environmental considerations.


Opening of the webroom at 9.55 am EDT / 3.55 pm CEST

10.00 – 10.05 am EDT
4.00 – 4.05 pm CEST

Welcome

10.05 – 10.45 am EDT
4.05 – 4.45 pm CEST

Sharing different perspectives – Geological Surveys

The USGS Earth Mapping Resources Initiative–a partnership with U.S. State Geological Surveys
Warren Day
Earth Mapping Resources Initiative Science Coordinator, USGS – US Geological Survey

Paradigm shifts in subsurface management and planning
Serge van Gessel
TNO – Geological Survey of the Netherlands & GeoEnergy Expert Group chair, EGS – EuroGeoSurveys

10.45 – 11.25 am EDT
4.45 – 5.25 pm CEST

Sharing different perspectives – State (USA) / Operational (Europe)

Challenges and Opportunities from a State Geological Survey Perspective in Meeting Diverse Societal Needs: Importance of State and Federal Partnerships
James Faulds
NBMG – Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

Sustainable Geothermal Development of a Large Sedimentary Aquifer System: the Paris Basin Case History
Pierre Ungemach & Miklos Antics
GeoFluid

11.25 – 11.45 am EDT
5.25 – 5.45 pm CEST

Sharing different perspectives – European Commission

The legal governance of underground space in Europe
Tamas Hamor
JRC Joint Research Centre

11.45 am – 12.15 noon EDT
5.45 – 6.15 pm CEST

Q&A session with the speakers

12.15 – 12.30 noon EDT
6.15 – 6.30 pm CEST

Concluding remarks

End of the session at 12.00 noon EDT / 6.00 pm CEST

Friday 11 June

Final debate – Geoscience, Policy and Societal Challenges

The final session of the GPS 2021 webinar series aims to give a comprehensive review of the whole weeks’ sessions, with an added perspective on need for further developing the interactions between geoscience and policy as well as society. The complexity of this interaction poses many questions for each of the parties involved; geoscience can provide a sound base for policymaking, with society expecting improved outcomes. When the desired outcomes are not met, the gaps along the science and communication chain need to be identified and corrected where possible.

This session will begin with high-level keynote speakers’ reflections on the overarching needs and expectations in the science-policy-society triangle, including interventions by representatives of the US Government and the Geological Surveys of Europe. This will be followed by a panel discussion with scientific experts, who will deliberate on the outcomes of the webinar series and discuss how the lessons learned could be reflected upon in view of current and future geoscience-related policy and research agendas in order to increase its impact for an improved society.


Opening of the webroom at 9.55 am EDT / 3.55 pm CEST

10.00 – 10.05 am EDT
4.00 – 4.05 pm CEST

Opening, introduction

Slavko Solar
Secretary General, EGS – EuroGeoSurveys

10.05 – 10.20 am EDT
4.05 – 4.20 pm CEST

A review of the GPS Webinars

Session I, GeoStar Challenge finals: Renata Barros (GSB – Geological Survey of Belgium)

Session II, Geothermal Energy: Gregor Götzl (GBA – Geological Survey of Austria)

Session III, Multi-Resource Assessment: Sarah Ryker (USGS – US Geological Survey)

Session IV, Subsurface Management: Isaline Gravaud (BRGM – French Geological Survey)

10.20 – 10.50 am EDT
4.20 – 4.50 pm CEST

Keynote speeches – Essential role of geology in support of policy and addressing societal challenges

USGS: Science to Support Decision Making
Dave Applegate
Associate Director for Natural Hazards Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Director, USGS – US Geological Survey

The role of geology in political and societal discourses – a particular challenge in Europe?
Ralph Watzel
President, EGS – EuroGeoSurveys & BGR – German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources

10.50 – 11.20 am EDT
4.50 – 5.20 pm CEST

Keynote speeches – The Strategic role of knowledge of geoscience in subsurface policy making

Meeting 21st century global challenges with transdisciplinary earth and biological system science—the USGS perspective
Geoff Plumlee
Chief Scientist, USGS – US Geological Survey

The Strategic role of knowledge of Geoscience in policy making
Koen Verbruggen
Director, GSI – Geological Survey Ireland

11.20 – 11.55 am EDT
5.20 – 5.55 pm CEST

Q&A & Panel discussion – The way forward: contributions of Geological Surveys towards a more sustainable and safe use and management of the underground space

11.55 am – 12.00 noon EDT
5.55 – 6.00 pm CEST

Concluding remarks

Dave Applegate (USGS) & Ralph Watzel (EGS & BGR)

End of the session at 12.00 noon EDT / 6.00 pm CEST


Side events

Monday 07 June

Virtual field trip: The potential hidden in the subsurface

The main goal of the 360° virtual field trip is to demonstrate the importance of geosites for discussing the significance and potential of the subsurface. In geosites such as the UNESCO Global Geopark Famenne-Ardenne, several crucial aspects of geology are visible at (or near) the surface. We will take the audience to a selection of outcrops that unveil and help the understanding of the potential of the subsurface.

The virtual field trip will be premièred in the interactive opening session of GPS 2021 on Monday 7 June. After the launch, the video will be accessible on the YouTube channel of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

No registration needed.

Thursday 10 June

GeoConnect³d project: Geological information and knowledge for policy support

It is a challenge to disclose and discuss geological information and knowledge. This challenge was accepted by the GeoConnect³d project, and a new methodological approach was developed to provide the information and knowledge needed for policy support, with a special focus on subsurface management.

This workshop aims at demonstrating the results of the application of the new methodology to specific policy challenges in Europe.

Opening of the webroom at 9.55 am CEST

10.00 – 10.05 am CEST

Opening, introduction

Renata Barros
Project coordinator, GSB – Geological Survey of Belgium

10.05 – 10.20 am CEST

The Subsurface Management issue

Isaline Gravaud & Monika Konieczyńska
BRGM – French Geological Survey & PIG-PIB – Polish Geological Institute - National Research Institute, Poland

10.20 – 11.30 am CEST

Structural Framework and Geomanifestations: new ways to prepare and disclose geological information

Introduction to the Structural Framework
Kris Piessens
GSB – Geological Survey of Belgium

Implementation of the Structural Framework - Ireland case study
Russell Rogers
GSI – Geological Survey Ireland

Introduction to Geomanifestations
Johanna Van Daele
VPO – Vlaams Planbureau voor Omgeving

Answering policy questions in the Roer-to-Rhine area of interest
Helga Ferket
VPO – Vlaams Planbureau voor Omgeving

Answering policy questions in the Pannonian Basin
Gyula Maros & Nina Rman
MBFSZ – Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary & GeoZS – Geological Survey of Slovenia

11.30 – 11.55 am CEST

Q&A & Panel discussion

11.55 am– 12.00 noon CEST

Concluding remarks

End of the session at 12.00 noon CEST

Monday 14 June

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

Urban areas are key nodes for energy transformation and climate change mitigation as they are on the one hand very vulnerable but on the other hand represent innovation and efficiency hubs. Shallow geothermal energy is expected to become an important technology for providing heating and cooling for buildings and supply low temperature heat storage. Deep geothermal energy may play an important role for supplying conventional district heating systems and the cogeneration of electricity. Using geothermal energy in urban conglomerates offers great opportunities and challenges at the same time when it comes to the interaction with groundwater bodies or the use of the surface and subsurface space.

This workshop aims at providing transatlantic views on the future of managing geothermal energy in urban areas. Special attention is paid on the inputs of Geological Survey Organizations on data assessment, governance and management.

This session addresses researchers, local authorities and other stakeholders dealing with the use of geothermal energy in urban areas.

Opening of the webroom at 9.55 am EDT / 3.55 pm CEST

10.00 – 10.05 am EDT
4.00 – 4.05 pm CEST

Welcome

10.05 – 12.30 noon EDT
4.05 – 6.00 pm CEST

Introduction talks and Q&A

Overview of legal framework for shallow geothermal use in Europe
Maciej R. Kłonowski
PIG-PIB – Polish Geological Institute - National Research Institute, Poland

Exploring the need for an adaptive management concept in urban shallow geothermal use
Alejandro Garcia Gil
IGME – Geological Survey of Spain

The significance of groundwater and underground infrastructures to shallow geothermal system
Yu-Feng F. Lin
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States

Recent and planned USGS research on thermal energy storage and low-temperature geothermal energy
Erick Burns
USGS – US Geological Survey
Abstract available here

Resource maps - important inputs for management decisions
Cornelia Steiner
GBA – Geological Survey of Austria

Case study Munich: Investigation of urban groundwater temperatures and the development of a groundwater management tool for the thermal use
Kai Zosseder & Fabian Boettcher
Technical University of Munich, Germany

12.00 noon – 12.30 noon EDT
6.00 – 6.30 pm CEST

Panel discussion – New horizons and challenges for the use of geothermal energy in urban areas

End of the session at 12.30 noon EDT / 6.30 pm CEST