Welcome to the Near Surface Geoscience Conference & Exhibition 2022

Welcome by Alireza Malehmir, NSG Division Chair

On behalf of the EAGE Near Surface Geoscience Division, I cordially invite you to attend the Near Surface Geoscience Conference & Exhibition to be held in Belgrade, Serbia from 18-22 September 2022.

We are pleased to announce that after our successful virtual conference in 2020 and our first ever hybrid in Bordeaux in 2021, we will return in-person to Belgrade and host it for the first time there. For the NSG2022, we’ll introduce the first of its kind or rebranded 3rd Conference on Airborne, Drone and Robotic Geophysics along with the 28th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, and the 4th Conference on Geophysics for Mineral Exploration and Mining in this attractive region of Europe. Balkans and especially Serbia is a region that our near-surface geoscience community would benefit to be present and exchange knowledge on a variety of emerging topics and societal challenges from access to the critical raw materials in this important era of energy transition and climate action to environmental issues as well as geohazards, water accessibility for agriculture, and archaeology. We have deliberately combined the newly branded conference of “robotic geophysics” with mineral exploration and mining geophysics to showcase new technologies emerging from these sectors so that the two parallel conferences would complement each other and attract new faces to our events.

The local advisory committee and division members have now worked for more than two years to make sure a carefully selected programme with numerous highlights will make the event not only fruitful but also memorable for you. I personally welcome our exhibitors and technology providers to bring their newest achievements, best service practices and equipment along with the technical talks. We intend to reinitiate our popular “rapid-fire presentations” on geo-innovation with networking possibilities for both young professionals as well as companies in order to present cutting edge ideas from various sectors related to the topics of the three conferences. The local advisory committee and the chairs of the conferences have approached a number of key players in the sectors to be present and we hope that NSG 2022 Belgrade will be a milestone in the history of our events.

Join us and discover both the city and how the near-surface geosciences have advanced, meet your colleagues, expand your network and enjoy the great atmosphere our event will offer you; it will be an incredible conference! I look forward to seeing and welcoming you in Belgrade for NSG 2022!

Welcome from the Local Advisory Committee

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the Conference and Technical Exhibition Near Surface Geoscience 2022, which will take place on 18 – 22 September 2022 in Belgrade (Republic of Serbia).

The following three conferences will take place as parallel programs:

• 28th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics;

• 4th Conference on Geophysics for Mineral Exploration  and Mining;

• 3rd Conference on Airborne, Drone and Robotic Geophysics.

Registering for the Near Surface Geoscience 2022 will give you the opportunity to benefit from all conferences.

It is important to highlight that the Technical Exhibition will be held parallel to the three conferences. It will be the central meeting place where companies display products and services that are relevant to all events, introducing new products and services, but also demonstrating novel technology and equipment. During the event, instrument and field method demonstrations will take place. The exhibition will be a nice opportunity for exhibitors and participants to monitor the competition and expand their network in the Balkan region.

Furthermore, all participants will have the opportunity to attend a number of interesting side events. Special attention will be given to hands-on learning workshops, dedicated sessions and more. We expect the highest level meeting with a large number of professionals from academia and industry, as well as a large number of young professionals and students. The meetings, workshops and networking opportunities will be a benefit to all of us in the field of geosciences.

In addition to the technical sessions and the exhibition, the conference will have an enjoyable and unique social program. Belgrade is located at the confluence of the two rivers. All geological locations in Serbia are a few hours away from the city, but Belgrade itself has a unique history, architecture and the most important – interesting geological settings and landscape (29 hills, two rivers, one plain, and a mountain).

After the Conference, unforgettable field trips will take place. We will start from Kalemegdan fortress, visiting the natural monument – the profile of the marine Neogene sandbank, but also discovering Belgrade underground, as Kalemegdan Fortress reveals the most hidden secrets of this city (Geoscientists at walk – Witchery of the old Fortress).

As Belgrade is a perfect starting point of an adventure-filled, EAGE Conference participants may choose a field trip to Western Serbia – A never-ending story (two days by bus, boat and train with steam locomotive at the Europe’s most attractive narrow gauge museum railway, Šargan Eight). So, you will learn a lot about the geological diversity/ heritage of Serbia, but also discover magnificent nature, monasteries, archaeological sites, wineries, and ethno villages. With these field trips, LAC really wishes to leave EAGE delegates breathless!

We hope that attending the Near Surface Geoscience Conference and Exhibition 2022 will be an enriching professional experience, with a lot of networking and sharing experiences and a lot of fun for you. We are looking forward to meeting you in September 2022, in Belgrade!