15 Mar - 16 Mar Veldhoven, The Netherlands

NAC 2018

The NAC (Nederlands Aardwetenschappelijk Congres) conferences bring together all fields of research within the Earth Sciences.

Conference details

NAC 2018 will be held on 15 March 2018 & 16 March 2018 at NH Koningshof, Veldhoven.

About NAC 2018

The Nederlands Aardwetenschappelijk Congres (NAC) bring together all fields of research within the Earth Sciences. The NAC conferences aim to provide a true interdisciplinary forum for discussion and for young researchers to present their results in a way that is accessible to a broad audience.
The meeting consists of plenary sessions, with invited presentations by (inter)national speakers, parallel sessions with oral presentations and poster sessions.

If you wish to attend NAC 2018, you can register via this website from 01 December 2017 until 07 February 2018. If you register after this date, conference fees will be 20% higher and is only possible through the website no longer than 07 March 2018. After the deadline registration is only possible at the conference (no garanty for accommodation).

Posters should be: A0, portrait, in order to fit on the posterboards available at NH Koningshof.


NAC 2018 will be programmed around a number of broadly defined geoscientific keywords which serves as the main entrance for submission of abstracts. Depending on the number abstracts and the issues presented the program committee will arrange the abstracts in specific sessions. Sessions will be focused on specific issues relevant to the main keywords (e.g. feedback mechanisms in climate change, coastal geology, geothermal energy, etcetera) or can group contributions which have a methodological similarity (e.g. dating techniques, scientific drilling). Subsequently, the program committee decides if an abstract will be accepted as oral or poster presentation.
The oral presentations (15 minutes including discussion/questions) will take place in parallel sessions spread over the two days of the congress. Each day there will be ample time for poster presentations. Scheduling the sessions will take place in the second half of January 2018. Directly afterwards applicants will be informed if their contribution is approved as oral or poster presentation. As NAC 2018 will be an interdisciplinary meeting place for geoscientists, this procedure is aimed to encourage researchers from all fields in Earth Sciences to present their progress of research.

How to submit abstracts

You have to register first! Please choose 'yes' by submit abstract. You will receive an unique link by email. This link can be used to login and submit your abstract. Abstracts (250 words) can be submitted until 10 January 2018

Invitations for poster or oral presentations

The Program committee will compile the program on the basis of the abstract received by 10 January 2018. From all abstracts received, a selection of authors will be invited to give an oral presentation. Oral as well as poster presentations at NAC 2018 will be in English.

In February 2018 the final program will be announced and successful applicants will receive invitations for oral or poster presentations.

Size posterboard: A0 - portrait

Abstract keywords

More information about the keywords can be found here:


The NAC Posterprize, Photoprize, NJG publication award, Escherprijs and the Vening Meinesz Award will be given during the plenary closing session of NAC on March 16, 2018 (16.15-17.00).

The NAC attracts about 300 scientists within the field of Geosciences. Most presentations will be in posterform. The top-three posters will be awarded with 250 € (first place), 150 € (second place) and 100 € (third place). The selection will be performed by the posterjury, formed by the chairman of the program committee and a member of the program committee and one of the organizing committee. The posterjury will use the following criteria for assessment:

  1. Lay Out – is your attention drawn or not?
  2. Accessibility – Is the explanation of the research readable for outsiders?
  3. Content – How much is explained in how few words, and does the text encourage to read on?
  4. Composition – Is there a clear build up of arguments/explanations

For winning the posterprize, it is required that the first author is present at the plenary closing session.

Every participant in NAC 2018 can submit one photo on any theme related to the broad field of earth sciences. During the conference participants will vote for their favorie phote.

NJG publication award 

Every two years the Editorial Board of the Netherlands Journal of Geosciences presents a publication award, recognizing the best NJG paper first-authored by a young and promising scientist.
Besides the award document the price includes a book voucher and the author is offered publication space in KNGMG's Geo.Brief. 


De Escherprijs, ingesteld in 1994, is genoemd naar de Leidse Hoogleraar Algemene Geologie prof. dr. B.G. Escher (1885-1967). De prijs kan jaarlijks worden toegekend aan de auteur(s) van de door de Jury als de beste beoordeelde afstudeerscriptie in de (toegepaste) aardwetenschappen in de ruimste zin van het woord. Dit jaar wordt de prijs uitgereikt tijdens het NAC.

Vening Meinesz prijs

Om de twee jaar reikt NWO de Vening Meinesz prijs uit. Deze persoonlijke prijs is bestemd voor jonge aardonderzoekers.
De prijs is vernoemd naar prof.dr.ir. Felix Vening Meinesz (1887-1966), één van de grondleggers van de Nederlandse aardwetenschappen en van NWO zelf. Hij werd bekend door zijn onderzoek van de zwaartekracht, waarbij hij regelmatig meevoer met onderzeeboten van de Nederlandse marine. NWO kan de prijs uitreiken vanuit zijn financiële nalatenschap. Hij wilde hiermee veelbelovende aardwetenschappers stimuleren.
For more information go to: Vening Meinesz prijs


keynote speakers


presentations in 10 sessions






Location: Aula
Location: Aula
10:00 - 10:40: Keynote speaker: The geodynamic evolution of continental margins
Susanne Buiter, Geological Survey of Norway
Abstract: The geodynamic evolution of continental margins
10:40 - 11:00: Keynote referent: The nanoscale control of geological processes within the solid Earth
Oliver Plümper
Abstract: The nanoscale control of geological processes within the solid Earth

Location: Tbd
11:30 - 11:45: Kampenhout, Leo van
Abstract: Regional grid refinement in an ESM: application to Greenland
11:45 - 12:00: Meer, Anne van der
Abstract: Carbonate clumped isotope thermometry: recent developments and application in Plio-Pleistocene climate reconstructions
12:00 - 12:15: Weijst, Caroline van der
Abstract: Tracing late Pliocene Atlantic thermohaline circulation using paired δ13C-δ18O of benthic foraminifera
12:15 - 12:30: Papadomanolaki, Nina
Abstract: Controls on marine organic carbon burial and its impact on the global carbon cycle during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum
Earth Observation
11:30 - 11:45: Levelt, Pieternel
Abstract: OMI, TROPOMI, TROPOLITE: towards 1 x 1 km2 Air Quality and Emission monitoring
11:45 - 12:00: Aben, Ilse
Abstract: 1st results TROPOMI : carbon monoxide and methane
12:00 - 12:15: Su, Bob
Abstract: Land-Atmosphere Interactions on the Tibetan Plateau: In-situ Observation, Remote Sensing and Modeling
12:15 - 12:30: Loozen, Yasmina
Abstract: Sensing canopy nitrogen at regional and European scale
Teaching & Learning in Earth Sciences
11:30 - 11:45: Cammeraat, Erik
Abstract: Using the collector app for fieldwork
11:45 - 12:00: van der Meijde, Mark
Abstract: Taming the wicked education
12:00 - 12:15: Thieulot, Cédric
Abstract: From state-of-the-art numerical modelling research to computer practicals for students - the life cycle of famous geodynamics modelling papers
12:15 - 12:30: Kriegsman, Leo
Abstract: How to build a geologist
Applied Earth Sciences
11:30 - 11:45: -
11:45 - 12:00: Agrawal, Priyanka
Abstract: Pore shape evolution in different transport regimes: Single-pore scale simulations in carbonate rocks
12:00 - 12:15: Houben, Maartje
Abstract: Permeability and pore pathways of the Whitby Mudstone
12:15 - 12:30: Lapperre, Rimbaud
Abstract: A review of fault zone permeability and associated groundwater level steps in the Roer Valley Rift System
Solid Earth
Location: tba
11:30 - 11:45: Cobden, Laura