A follow-up committee evaluates the progress of the project and steers the valorization of the thematic geo-scientific data into resource information that is meaningful to a broad range of end users. Specific objectives relate to the integration of specialized knowledge into policy making, and to the translation of geological potential into social and economic health and wealth. Representatives of public authorities (land and sea) and industries have accepted to join the follow-up committee. Yearly meetings are foreseen.

Dr. Marc Roche
Belgian Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-employed and Energy, Continental Shelf Service

Dr. Saskia Van Gaever
Belgian Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Marine Environment Service

Mrs. Romina Vanhooren
Kabinet Philippe De Backer, Staatssecretaris Noordzee

Eng. Elias Van Quickelborne
Flemish Authorities, Maritime Services - Coast

Ir. Youri Meersschaut; Ir. Jurgen Suffis
Flemish Authorities, Maritime Entrance

Mrs. Katrien De Nil and Dr. Griet Verhaert
Flemish Authorities, Department of Natural Resources and Energy

Ir. Tom Janssens; Mr. Christophe Matton
DEME Group and representative of the Federation of aggregate industries, ZEEGRA vzw

Mr. Ad Stolk
Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Rijkswaterstaat Sea and Delta
Chair of Expert Group on the Effects of Extraction of Marine Sediments on the Marine Ecosystem <WGEXT> within the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea <ICES> and member of the Advisory Committee of the European Marine Sand and Gravel Group <EMSAGG>

Dr. Kris Piessens
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Directorate Earth and History of Life, Geological Survey of Belgium

Dr. Steven Degraer
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Directorate Natural Environment

Mrs. Brigitte Lauwaert
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Directorate Natural Environment/Management Unit North Sea Mathematical Models. Member of <ICES-WGEXT> and <EMSAGG>

Dr. Mieke Mathys
International Marine and Dredging Consultants

Project funding


This project is funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office (contract BR/121/A2/TILES)


Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks (BRAIN-be)

Project Partners

Active cooperation with


Federal Public Service Economy, SME’s, Self-Employed and Energy (FPS Economy), Continental Shelf Service