Subsidence and Society Day

The last day of TISOLS2023 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 strategies and solutions. The aim is to exchange Dutch and international experiences and best practices to learn from each other.

When: Friday 21 April 2023
Where: St. Jan Church, Gouda
Who: (inter)national scientists, experts, decision makers and policy makers
Costs: 100 euro including lunch and land subsidence excursion, the fee is included in the TISOLS2023 full programme fee.

Programme Subsidence and Society Day

Programme may be subject to change.

9:00 – 12:00      Morning program

  • Registration, coffee & tea, exhibition booths
  • Welcome and opening TISOLS - Gilles Erkens on behalf of TISOLS committee
  • Land subsidence in The Netherlands – political view point
  • World tour Sinking cities:
      • New Orleans
      • Bangkok
      • Shanghai

12:00 – 13:00    Lunch, Genius Bar and exhibition booths

13:00 – 15:30    Afternoon program

  • Matchmaking Mackathon in cooperation with 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

  • Panel discussion with experts: International approach vs Dutch approach

15:30 – 17:00    Land subsidence city walk tour Gouda and visit Knowledge Centre Subsidence & Foundations


This day is organised by Knowledge Centre Subsidence & Foundations (, Soft Soils Platform (Platform Slappe Bodem) and TISOLS.