NAC 2018 will be held on 15 March 2018 & 16 March 2018 at NH Koningshof, Veldhoven.
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.
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.
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
More information about the keywords can be found here:
The safe, efficient and cost-effective use of the subsurface for the exploration and exploitation of natural resources and the construction of transport and storage infrastructures require a thorough knowledge of the geological and geophysical heterogeneity. Projects dealing with geothermal energy production, CO2 storage, groundwater extraction, hydrocarbons exploitation and subsurface infrastructures all depend on reliable static and dynamic computer models to assess the economic, safety and environmental risks. The models should adequately describe the subsurface architecture in combination with the heterogeneity of relevant rock properties enabling proper simulations.
We invite contributions on case studies and innovative approaches to construct static earth models based on, e.g., process-based numerical forward modeling, seismic, well logs and core studies, and hybrid outcrop – stochastic – laboratory studies as well as dynamic models simulating processes in and around natural resource exploitation as well as underground infrastructure facilities.
Presentations on studies and proposals related to the recent KEM and DeepNL research programs are especially welcomed.
The session welcomes geological, geomorphological, pedological and botanical work carried out in archaeological context, applied and academic.
Monitoring, modelling and prediction are basic issues in hydrology and geohydrology. In this theme we invite contributions that pay attention to the quantitative and qualitative aspects of fresh and saline groundwater and surface water systems, their dynamics and their interrelationships with the surrounding geology and ecosystems. This may also include research in reservoir engineering, civil engineering, soil sciences en environmental sciences.
In this session we would like to highlight recent advances in Dutch Planetary Geosciences, including geological, morphological, geophysical, astronomical and geochemical studies of planet- and moon interiors, surfaces, and atmospheres. This includes remote sensing based studies, numerical and analogue modelling studies, extra-terrestrial sample analysis, and terrestrial analogue studies.
Earth sciences, not in the least through the availability of ever more Earth observation satellite data, like from the European Copernicus Sentinel satellite program, but also the increasing capabilities of drones and (often commercial) small-sat constellations This theme will focus on exchanging information on the use of Earth observation and the best practices and available tools for Earth science applications, including upcoming BigData/BigScience issues. Abstracts are invited in all Earth science fields including solid earth, geology, geomorphology, oceanography, atmosphere science, air-quality, glaciology, soil sciences, ecology, vegetation, land surface, hazards, climate, safety & security, and natural resources.
Under the Solid Earth theme we solicit contributions on the structure, properties and dynamics of the Solid Earth and its constituent materials. The anticipated scope ranges from the core to the Earth’s surface and includes the effect of deep processes on (near-)surface evolution and their role in the context of System Earth. Studies on the coupling of solid earth geophysical phenomena to the ocean and atmosphere, and vice verse, are welcomed. We also welcome Solid Earth contributions to studies of geohazards and energy resources.
All contributions related to biogeochemical cycling are welcome in this theme. The (microbial) ecology of elemental cycles in modern ecosystems (terrestrial and marine) as well as studies that relate biogeochemical cycling to past environmental change, including reconstructions of abrupt changes and their impact on biota over long time scales, are of special interest.
In this theme we invite contributions in the area of paleoclimatology based on reconstructions using marine, terrestrial and ice archives as well as model studies offering understanding of individual processes, thresholds and tipping points. In particular studies focusing on the feedbacks, between the various components of the Earth system are encouraged. Furthermore, we invite contributions on model-data comparison in paleoclimatology.
We welcome contributions dealing with biosphere-geosphere interactions in the past and in the future, and research at the interface of (micro)biology and earth sciences. The development and calibration of proxies and their use to reconstruct paleoenvironments from the Precambrian to the Anthropocene are of special interest.
We invite contributions on sedimentary processes and products in terrestrial, coastal, and marine clastic and carbonate settings. Ongoing processes, young sedimentary records, ancient outcrop studies, numerical and analogue modeling efforts are all welcome. Contributions that integrate the sedimentary and geomorphological records with (paleo-)biological and (paleo-)climatic data sets are welcomed too. Returning issues have been physical genesis of landforms and sedimentary rocks, their age, their heterogeneity in composition and structure, the controls on their formation and their preservation, postdepositional processes such as compaction -- and the relevance of this all in applied contexts.
No life without soil. Soils foster above and below surface biodiversity and record the interaction between lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Today's soils link to a wide range of societal issues such as food security, water availability and climate change. We welcome all soil science contributions, and particularly encourage you to present research relating soil science with climate change mitigation and adaptation.
This session covers research topics on atmosphere (e.g., numerical weather prediction, clouds, boundary-layer meteorology, air quality, weather extremes), ocean (e.g. large-scale circulation, coastal oceanography, sea level change), cryosphere (land/sea ice mass balance) separately, or on interactions between these three components of the climate system. We welcome contributions on theory, observation and modelling.
This session welcomes contributions in the field of modern ecology, flora and fauna, and vegetation science in relation to geomorphological and geological science.
In this session we welcome any contributions on research performed within the Netherlands Earth System Science Center, an NWO Gravity program funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. A selection of the contributions will be presented at a dedicated NESSC parallel session at the NAC, another selection of contributions will be presented at the NESSC day which is preceding the NAC, while the remaining contributions will be presented as posters on the NESSC day as well as the NAC.
There are a number of general trends that currently affect the teaching and learning environment for Earth Scientists, varying from a gradual shift in the way humanity is exploring and exploiting our planet, via changes in the labour market asking for a new type of professional, to the introduction of new styles of teaching such as blended learning and flipping the classroom. We invite contributions that, in some way or another, respond to such trends and (may) result in enhanced teaching and learning. We are interested in best practices (e.g., new courses, innovative IT applications, examples of interdisciplinary student projects, etc.), as well as innovative ideas and suggestions for future improvements (e.g., serious games, ideas for strengthened career orientation, proposals for structured mobility, etc.).
Land subsidence may have potentially catastrophic consequences, particularly in densely populated low-land areas, like the Netherlands. It results from the interplay of different processes ranging from drainage of shallow clay and peat deposits, extraction of groundwater or hydrocarbons from deeper-seated reservoirs, to large-scale tectonic movements.
We particularly welcome contributions on the physical and chemical processes causing subsidence, and on methodologies to predict and monitor subsidence in time scales relevant to mankind.
Organisers: Dutch Consortium on Land Subsidence: Utrecht University, Delft University of Technology, Wageningen Environmental Research, Deltares Research Institute, and TNO - Geological Survey of The Netherlands
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:
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
presentations in 10 sessions
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Accommodation for students, PhD students and postdocs is subsidised. Students and PhD students will be accommodated in double rooms with two beds.
The price covers coffee/ tea, lunches and drinks during the social hour mentioned in the programme. Early-bird discount is available until 07 February 2018.
The registration period is from 01 December 2017 until 07 March 2018.
At NAC there will be a photo competition. Every participant in NAC 2018 can submit one photo on any theme related to the broad field of earth sciences. To submit a photo for the competition, one must be registered for NAC 2018 (see terms and conditions). Submitted photos will be exhibited at the conference.
Here we see ‘all hands on deck’ a positive alternative to the 21st century’s ‘all hands on desk’. These scientists are drilling for peat cores below the North Sea. Coming out of the last glacial cycle, the rising seas eventually submerged the old island, Doggers Bank. An island with a peaty landscape, the peat growth itself can be used as a proxy of sea level rise. Furthermore, these scientists are checking for large reservoirs of trapped methane that, if released could significantly contribute to a warming climate. This is the first ever attempt of mapping sea level rise and trapped methane in the North Sea. A large network of participators rather than spectators is evidence of relevance and that those conducting the science are knowledgable, effective communicators and teachers. A good show is usually measured by the number of spectators but with this image, I propose, empty seats and participation, as a method of measuring good science.
Credit: Tanya Lippmann | When: - | Where: -
Lupra fault, few kilometers north of Jomsom on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki river (Nepal), juxtaposes Triasic to Early Jurassic rocks in its hanging wall over folded Jurassic rocks in its footwall
Credit: Katharina Boehm | When: 19 November, 2017 | Where: Kali Gandaki Valley, Nepal
Colourful microbanding visible in freshly drilled core intersecting the top of the Paleoproterozoic Kuruman Iron Formation.
Credit: Margriet Lantink | When: 22-9-2017 | Where: Kuruman (Zuid-Afrika)
Surveying the field with a coffee in hand works best! View of the Grand Canyon from the North Rim, coffee from the Coffee Shop 'Roughrider Saloon'.
Credit: Anne Pluymakers | When: August 2017 | Where: Grand Canyon North Rim, Arizona
Field trip, fumaroles near Larderello, Itally
Credit: Alexandros Daniilidis | When: 11/03/2014 | Where: Larderello, Tuscany, Italy
A mature supercell has been roaming across the high plains of eastern Colorado for over six hours. When a storm persists for such a long time, it has complete control of its surroundings and acquires incredible structure. The updraft base has become rain-wrapped and looks like a multi-layered column of clouds, which among storm chasers is occasionally referred to as a 'wedding cake'.
Credit: Michiel Baatsen | When: 26 May 2017 | Where: Near Burlington, Colorado, USA