2nd Conference on Geophysics for Mineral Exploration and Mining

Near Surface Geoscience Conference & Exhibition 2018

9 - 13 September
Porto, Portugal
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Highlights of the Near Surface Geoscience 2018

Aside from our three impressive technical programmes and world class exhibition of companies in the near surface industry, the Near Surface Geoscience 2018 Conference and Exhibition has a number of other highlights. Use these to help you plan your time in Porto!

Welcome Reception

Monday 10 September, 17:10 - 19:00 hrs

Meet with exhibitors, catch up with your colleagues and expand your network, while enjoying delicious Portuguese food and drink.

Conference Evening

Tuesday 11 September, 19:00 - 23:30 hrs

Join us for an informal dinner on Tuesday evening at the Real Companhia Velha, the oldest and most emblematic wine company in Portugal.

All registered full delegates are invited to come and enjoy an evening filled with hospitality, gastronomy and entertainment.

EU Affairs

At the Near Surface Geoscience 2018 Conference and Exhibition, EAGE will have the pleasure of hosting Dr Marcin L. Sadowski, Head of Sector for Raw Materials at the European Commission.

During the Opening Session (Monday 10 September, 08:45-11:00 hrs), Dr Sadowski will speak on the relationship between the European Union and the near surface geoscience industry, specifically regarding EU policies on raw materials.

Dr Sadowski will also host a dedicated session on EU policies and funding opportunities in relation to raw materials, minerals and mining, adding a practical emphasis to our Near Surface programme.


The 2nd Conference on Geophysics for Mineral Exploration and Mining is delighted to welcome its exciting array of keynote speakers to NSG2018. These keynotes will set the stage for this innovative conference and bring added depth to the individual sessions.


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Open Discussion: Bridging the Gap between Geotechnical and Geophysical Data

Tuesday 11 September 2018, 12:00-15:20 hrs


Join the 3rd  Applied Shallow Marine Geophysics Conference for this innovative Open Discussion. 

Will Geotechnical Engineers ever trust geophysical data? This open forum is designed to generate quality discussion on the progress made to integrate geotechnical and geophysical data more effectively, to better inform foundation design and become more efficient in the process. There are genuine engineering problems that geophysicists currently struggle to provide data to image sufficiently, or cost-effectively (e.g. buried boulders, extensive areas of gas). In this forum, we will explore some of these challenges, review the current state of the art in terms of acquisition tools, processing and analysis techniques, and explore the potential impacts of machine learning and automation. Potential outcomes of the forum would be defining a way-forward for the Site Investigation Community, and identify opportunities for R&D projects, JV’s and Lessons sharing.