Near Surface Geoscience Conference and Exhibition 2019

The World's Most Significant Near Surface Event

8 - 12 September
The Hague, Netherlands
Call for papers

Welcome from the Local Advisory Committee 

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Near Surface Geoscience Conference and Exhibition 2019, which will be held between 8 and 12 September, 2019 in The Hague, The Netherlands, under the auspices of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. The following three conferences will take place in parallel: 25th European Meeting of Environment and Engineering Geophysics, 1st International Conference on Geophysics for Geothermal and Renewable Energy Storage, and 1st International Conference on Geophysics for Infrastructure Planning, Monitoring and BIM. Registering for this meeting will give you the opportunity to benefit from all 3 conferences. Because of the challenging geological and geotechnical conditions in the Netherlands, the need of utilization of the subsurface space and diverse energy resources, and the proximity to a number of key academic and industrial research centres, the city of The Hague is especially befitting to host these conferences.)

We anticipate a vibrant meeting with participation of a large number of professionals from academia and industry. The meetings and the networking opportunities will benefit geologists, geophysicists, geotechnical engineers, civil engineers, construction engineers, hydrologists, and energy scientists, among others. Participants will enjoy a unique platform to exchange knowledge on the recent developments in near-surface geosciences, on breakthroughs in geophysical exploration, assessment of geothermal energy and underground storage of renewable energy, and on geophysics applied to underground infrastructure projects. During these meetings, field trips and instrument and field method demonstrations will take place. Research workshops on geophysics for geohazards, benchmark testing for GPR, and forensic geophysics will be organized.

In addition to the technical sessions and the exhibition, the conference will have an enjoyable social programme. The seaside boulevard and the downtown of The Hague are a stone’s throw from the conference venue. We also invite you to spend some time in Amsterdam, the lively capital of the Netherlands. We hope that attending the Near Surface Geoscience Conference and Exhibition 2019 will be an enriching professional experience and a lot of fun for you.

We are looking forward to meeting you in September 2019 in The Hague.


Local Advisory Committee
Evert Slob (Co-Chair)
TU Delft
Ranajit Ghose (Co-Chair) TU Delft
Deyan Draganov
TU Delft
Dominique Ngan-Tillard TU Delft
Elmer Ruigrok KNMI
Ivan Vasconcelos University of Utrecht
Johannes Singer Fugro
Robert van Ingen T&A Radar
Richard de Kunder Seismic Mecahtronics;


Welcome from the Scientific Committee

The growing population and limited space are continuously challenging our needs and usage of energy, resources, agriculture, infrastructure, geo-engineering structures, and cultural heritage. The changing perception of the human role in the world and the environment poses growing demands for characterization and monitoring of the processes and conditions in the subsurface for a sustainable use and preservation. The Near Surface Geoscience Conference and Exhibition 2019 embraces these challenges and demands, and answers them with a multitude of imaging, characterization, and monitoring methods and techniques at different scales making use of the newest theoretical, laboratory, and field developments in geophysics and geotechnics, but also in computer power and algorithms.

Technical Programme
The programme includes oral and poster sessions on the multitude of geophysical methods and their airborne, borehole, land, and marine modelling and applications for archaeology, agriculture, environmental and hydrogeophysics, cold zones, geotechnical engineering, hot zones, and mining and mineral exploration. Attention will also be payed to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and autonomous platforms. All these will be combined in dedicated sessions. Furthermore, three one-day dedicated workshops are planned to address geophysics for geohazards, forensic geophysics, and benchmark testing for GPR.
The scientific committee invites you to contribute to the technical programme by submitting an expanded abstract. For this, please refer to


Scientific Committee

Deyan Draganov (Chair) TU Delft
Antonis Giannopoulos University of Edinburgh
Elmer Ruigrok KNMI
Evert Slob  TU Delft 
Ivan Vasconcelos University of Utrecht
Johannes Singer Fugro
Ranajit Ghose TU Delft