Geological research

Research assignment and vision

Geology at the service of people and society

The members of the Department are engaged in research into the Earth’s origin, structure and function, and into the origin and evolution of life on Earth.
Into ... the origin and occurrence of natural resources, such as minerals, ores, sand and groundwater, and into how these can be used in the most sustainable way possible.
Into ... ways to use the Earth's natural resources in order to  of the Earth to generate energy responsibly (e.g. geothermal energy), thus enabling our society’s energy transition to non-fossil fuels.
Into ... the natural risks associated with life on a dynamic Earth (earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, climate extremes), in order for mankind to better protect itself against those risks.
Into ... the evolution of life and the climate throughout the geological time, in order to gain a better understanding on the possible impact of ongoing global warming on our environment, on the oceans and the ice caps, and on life.

Research groups

Research groups within the Department of Geology:

  • Laboratory of Applied Geology and Hydrogeology (LTGH)
  • Mineralogy & Petrology Research Group (MinPet)
  • Paleontology and Paleo-environments research group
  • Pore-scale Processes in Geomaterials (PProGRess) research group
  • Renard Center of Marine Geology (RCMG) research group

Research output

Cooperation with Databank Ondergrond Vlaanderen (DOV)

UGent and DOV are collaborating to expand the scientific data set on the Flemish subsurface as much as possible. Digitizing the geological archives of Prof. dr. Em. De Breuck was the main motivation behind this collaboration between UGent and DOV.