Research projects

15/12/2022 to 15/03/2025

NORSEAT - Storegga and beyond – NORth SEA Tsunami deposits offshore Shetland Islands

The recurrence rate of North Sea tsunamis may be underestimated due to the nature of its basin and coastlines, characterised either by limited accommodation space or by poor preservation of event deposits due to erosion or anthropogenic reworking.

WOODAN – Woodland Dynamics in the Anthropocene
01/09/2021 to 30/08/2031

WOODAN – Woodland Dynamics in the Anthropocene

Human land use and in particular deforestation has changed ecosystem pattern and processes of most of the terrestrial biosphere. It is therefore one of the elements used to define the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch characterised by anthropogenic changes in the Earth’s system.

Material used by PARADI2S to investigate Early Cretaceous systems of vertebrate parasitism: endoparasites from fossil feces, hematophagous arthropods of skin, feathers and furs, that could have been vectors to paleo-pathogens.
01/05/2021 to 30/04/2025

PARADI²S - PARAsitic DIversity, vectors, hosts and transfers in Early Cretaceous DInosaur-aSsociated vertebrates

Over geological times, biological crises and diversification events have fashioned the evolutionary history of plants and animals. Palaeontologists usually interpret the evolutionary success of a lineage and its demise in direct relation to environmental variations, including its food web and climate changes.

Device used at Synchrotron Soleil (Gif-sur-Yvette) with a reconstruction of Pikaia by N. Tamura (top left)
01/03/2021 to 28/02/2023

Deciphering early stages of VERTebrate evolution: insights from long IGnored Belgian Devonian fossil Organisms - VERTIGO

The evolutionary history of vertebrates began, at the latest, during the early Cambrian (c. 520 Myr) with the first occurrence of laterally flattened soft-bodied organisms known as chordates, possessing a notochord (the forerunner of the vertebral column) but devoid of backbone and jaw.

01/01/2021 to 31/12/2022

GEOWAL - Determination of the potential of shallow geothermal energy (less than 500m) for heat and cold production in Wallonia

The object of the study is the provision of services related to the determination of the technical and economic potential of shallow geothermal energy (less than 500m) for the production of heat and cold in Wallonia on one hand, and on the other hand to carry out two maps of the geothermal potential (according to the target audience) of Wallonia

01/01/2021 to 31/12/2022

HYSTORIES - Hydrogen Storage in European Subsurface

Renewable hydrogen combined with large scale underground storage enables transportation of energy through time, balancing out the impacts of variable renewable energy production. While storing pure hydrogen in salt caverns has been practiced since the 70s in Europe, it has never been carried out anywhere in depleted fields or aquifers.

01/03/2020 to 29/02/2024


While the EU is on track to meet its goal of 20% renewable energy production in 2020, Belgium’s target number, i.e. 13%, is projected not to be reached (European Commission, 2019).
01/01/2020 to 31/12/2024

LEILAC-2 - Low Emissions Intensity Lime & Cement 2: Demonstration Scale

LEILAC2 will build a Demonstration Plant that will intend to separate 20% of a regular plant’s process emissions –around 100 ktpa of CO2. This aims to also demonstrate the overall efficiency of the technology, as the reactor will be integrated into the kiln line in a kind of second preheater string configuration.

H3O - De Voorkempen
01/01/2020 to 31/12/2023

H3O – DE VOORKEMPEN - Cross-border geological and hydrogeological 3D model of the Cenozoic of the Pre-Campine region

The H3O-De Voorkempen project aims to develop a (hydro)geological 3-dimensional model of the subsoil of the border region of the Voorkempen. The cross-border character of the modeling is central. The clastic part of the Cenozoic is modeled in the Flemish and Dutch part of the border region.


CT-CEPH - A fresh look at Devonian, Early Carboniferous and Latest Cretaceous to Paleogene nautilid cephalopods from Belgium
01/01/2020 to 31/12/2023

CT-CEPH - A fresh look at Devonian, Early Carboniferous and Latest Cretaceous to Paleogene nautilid cephalopods from Belgium

Cephalopods (Class Cephalopoda, Phylum Mollusca) are amongst the most diverse, intelligent, and rapidly evolving marine invertebrates that have explored a multitude of evolutionary pathways since their entry point more than 500 myr ago.


Go to top