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Symposium 'Towards a revised Neogene stratigraphy of Belgium', 19-20 May 2022

on Thu, 03/03/2022 - 08:34

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In 2020 the stratigraphic subcommission published a review of the current status of the Neogene of northern Belgium in Geologica Belgica. Thereby new insights arose and new paths for further research were defined. The review is furthermore the starting point for a new formal stratigraphy of the Belgian Miocene and Pliocene which will be published on the website of the National Commission for Stratigraphy of Belgium.

The results of the stratigraphical review will be presented during a one-day seminar. Special attention will be given to the cross-border integration and the correlation of the Miocene and Pliocene deposits. A one-day excursion is organised with a visit to some sediment repositories and geological sites of importance for Neogene sediments in Belgium.

  • 19 May 2022 Symposium, venue: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels
  • 20 May 2022 : One-day excursion in the Neogene of northern Belgium
  • Open, free event
  • Welcome to professional geologists, paleontologists, citizen scientists and professionals with interest in Neogene stratigraphy

To ensure the symposium complies with the COVID-safety regulations, the organisation aligns with the Belgian COVID-19 regulations.

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PROGRAM 19 May 2022 Symposium

Start End Session chairperson 19/05/2022: Symposium 'Towards a revised Neogene stratigraphy of Belgium'
9:00 9:30  
9:30 9:35   Welcome
Prof. Stephen Louwye (UGent), president Subcommission for Paleogene and Neogene Stratigraphy
9:35 9:45   The 'Neogene-2020' experience
Prof. Em. Noël Vandenberghe (KULeuven)
9:45 10:10 Session 1: Upper Oligocene to middle Miocene stratigraphy

N. Vandenberghe
New insights in the uppermost Paleogene-Neogene stratigraphy of the southern part of (Belgian/)Dutch North Sea Basin
Keynote by Dirk Munsterman (TNO)
10:15 10:35 Upper Oligocene lithostratigraphic units and the transition to the Miocene in Belgium: can we bring the Dutch, Belgian and German practice in line by using a common nomenclature ?
Michiel Dusar (RBINS), Noel Vandenberghe (KULeuven)
10:35 10:55 The Berchem Formation revisited: new insights on the early-middle Miocene transition near Antwerp
Stijn Everaert, Stephen Louwye (UGent)
10:35 11:15 The middle Miocene in and at the border of the Roer Valley Graben
Jef  Deckers (VITO), Stephen Louwye (UGent)
11:35 11:55 Session 2: Upper Miocene and Pliocene stratigraphy

K. De Nil
Excavators are a geologists’ best friend: temporary outcrops as unmissable opportunities in the study of Belgian Neogene stratigraphy – showcase Antwerp International Airport
Stijn Goolaerts (RBINS), Frank Wesselingh (Naturalis)
11:55 12:15 The Diest Formation: a review of insights from the last decades
Rik Houthuys, Rieko Adriaens (Qmineral), Stijn Goolaerts (RBINS), Piet Laga (RBINS), Stephen Louwye (UGent), Johan Matthijs (VITO),
Noël Vandenberghe (KULeuven), Jasper Verhaegen (Dep. OMG)
12:15 12:35 The importance of geotechnical and geophysical correlations to enhance our knowledge on the Neogene in Belgium
Jef Deckers (VITO), Ilse Vergauwen (dep. MOW), Chandra Algoe (dep. MOW), Marco Schiltz (Samsuffit)
12:35 12:55 The non-marine Pliocene units in the Belgian Campine and the Roer Valley Graben
Noël Vandenberghe (KULeuven), Jef Deckers (VITO), Jan Walstra (RBINS), Michiel Dusar (RBINS)
12:55 13:55   sandwich lunch
13:55 14:20
Session 3: Neogene mineralogy, paleontology and data strategy
R. Speijer
Neogene stratigraphy of the Lower Rhine Embayment, Germany
Keynote by Martin Salamon & Linda Prinz (GD NRW)
14:25 14:45 Quantitative clay mineralogy as a lithostratigraphic tool for the Neogene
Rieko Adriaens (Qmineral), Noël Vandenberghe (KULeuven)
14:45 15:05 Heavy minerals for stratigraphy and provenance of Belgian Neogene sediments.
Jasper Verhaegen (Dep. OMG)
15:05 15:25 Marine mammal fossils from the Neogene of Belgium and their contribution to local biostratigraphy: past studies,
limitations and perspectives

Olivier Lambert (RBINS), Mark Bosselaers (RBINS, Zeeuws museum) and Leonard Dewaele (RBINS, ULiège)
15:25 15:45 Interaction between DOV and RBINS-GSB data platforms: example for the Neogene reference dataset.
Katrien De Nil  (Dep. OMG), Marleen De Ceukelaire (RBINS), Kris Welkenhuysen (RBINS), Marleen Van Damme  (Dep. OMG)
16:05 16:15
Session 4: The future of the Neogene stratigraphy

S. Louwye
Synthesis of results and new stratigraphic insights.
Noël Vandenberghe (KULeuven)
16:15 16:45
An open discussion on future research paths.
16:45 16:50  
Closing of the Symposium
Prof. Stephen Louwye (UGent)


PROGRAM 20 May 2022 Excursion

Meeting point: Geotheek, Flanders government geological repository

  • Gustaaf Levisstraat 45, Vilvoorde
  • 12 minutes walk from Vilvoorde train station
  • Car parking

Details on shared cost transport and final program planning will be communicated to the participants.

1. Geotheek, Vilvoorde (9u-10u30) (samples borholes Antwerp Region)
    Transport Vilvoorde-Kesselberg: 10u30-11u
2. Kesselberg (11u-12u) (Hageland Diest Formation – contact Oligocene)
    Transport Kesselberg - Heist-op-den-Berg: 12u-12u30
    Lunch: 12u30-13u30
3. Heist-op-den-Berg (13u30-14u15) (Kasterlee Formation type section - contact Diest Formation)
    Transport Heist-op-den-Berg – Lichtaart: 14u15-14u45
4. Lichtaart (14u45-15u15) (Kasterlee Formation type section - contact Poederlee Member)
    Transport Lichtaart – ESV Euridice: 15u15-15u45
5. ESV Euridice, Mol (15u45-17u) (core samples Mol-Dessel)
    Transport Mol-Vilvoorde: 17u00-18u00