Society and subsidence

This day is dedicated to the interaction between science and policy. Land subsidence is a global problem. We need scientists, policy makers, decision makers and other experts  to team up and come with approaches and solutions. During this day science interacts with policy. The aim is to exchange Dutch and international experiences and best practices to learn from each other.
When: Monday 20 April 2020
Where: St. Jan Church, Gouda
Who: (inter)national scientists, experts, decision makers and policy makers
Costs: 50 euro including lunch and land subsidence excursion

Programme Subsidence science and society day

Program may be subject to change.

9:00 – 12:00      Morning program

  • Registration, coffee & tea, exhibition booths
  • Welcome and opening TISOLS2020 - Gilles Erkens on behalf of TISOLS committee
  • Land subsidence in The Netherlands - Hilde Niezen, Municipal executive councilor Gouda and chair of Soft Soils Platform
  • Land subsidence the international perspective - Dora Carreón-Freyre, Chair UNESCO Land Subsidence International Initiative
  • Land subsidence part of Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme - Alice Aureli, UNESCO


12:00 – 13:00    Lunch and exhibition booths

13:00 – 15:30    Afternoon program

  • International match making scientists and policy makers

Organized discussions in groups on subjects such as:  Fissures and sinkholes; GHG emissions from subsiding peatlands; Strategies and pathways for subsidence; Energy transition and subsidence; Coastal lowlands, delta’s and sea level rise; Geodata

  • World tour Sinking cities:
      • Shanghai
      • New Orleans
      • Taiwan
      • Jakarta
  • Panel discussion with policy makers: International approach vs Dutch approach - Led by Robert van Cleef, coordinator implementation Dutch research programme Land Subsidence

15:30 – 17:00    Land subsidence city walk tour Gouda

This day is organised by National Research programme Land Subsidence (Nationaal Kennisprogramma Bodemdaling), Soft Soils Platform (Platform Slappe Bodem) and TISOLS.