Pre-Conference Mini – Workshops

PRE-CONFERENCE MINI-WORKSHOPS will be held at the premises of the Department of Geology and the Museum of Sciences and Technology in the campus of the University of Patras.

A minimum of 15 participants is required for any mini-workshop to be included in the final program of GSG2022. Therefore, dates and time intervals are preliminary.

Attendance of mini-workshop(s) is covered by the conference registration fee.


W1. Geology in Everyday Life

The Science and Technology Museum, School of Natural Sciences, University of Patras invite secondary school teachers to discover the Museum’s educational programme “Geology in everyday life”, to exchange innovative ideas about designing educational activities that promote Earth Sciences to students and to explore ways of collaborating to make geosciences accessible for all.

The goal of the workshop is to illustrate ways to familiarize the students with the important contribution of Geology in everyday life by participating in STM’s educational programme “Geology in everyday life” from one side and performing interactive and flexible, non-formal educational activities in school from the other.

Furthermore, the workshop will offer teachers opportunities to develop their teaching skills and to transmit knowledge to young people in a communicative way. Animated stories, games, experiments, and other student-centred methods are funny and vivid activities that stimulate students’ interest and will be included in the workshop.

Some interesting topics to discuss include the use of Geology in house building, technology, the environment, and human life in general. In this light, the aim of the workshop is to highlight the important contribution of Earth Sciences in everyday life so that students can seek in the various aspects of their daily lives, this fascinating scientific field and enchase their awareness of geological heritage as well.

Penelope Theologi-Gouti, Museum of Science and Technology, University of Patras;
Ioannis Iliopoulos, Associate Professor, Department of Geology, University of Patras;
Kiki Makri, Postdoctoral Researcher, National Observatory of Athens – Curriculum Designer, Institute of Education Policy/Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs;
Ioanna Papaioannou, Environmental Education, Secondary Education of Achaia;
Maria Kokkaliari, PhD Student, Department of Geology, University of Patras

W2. Laboratory chemical methods for assessing environmental and health risks of Potentially Toxic Elements in earth materials

Potentially Toxic Elements (PTEs) in various earth materials such as rock, soil, sediment and dust are distributed among different fractions and forms with different solubility and reactivity in relation to plant uptake, leaching to groundwater and absorption by the human body. As such, the determination of total or pseudototal concentrations of PTEs in is of little significance for evaluating potential risks for the environment because it is assumed that 100% of the contaminant is released and subsequently involved in chemical and biological processes. As an alternative, within the trending risk based environmental management, chemical methods for evaluating the environmental availability of PHEs have been proved to be very useful tools at hands of geochemists. Such methods include single extraction procedures and in vitro digestion models that have been developed to provide a conservative measure of the relative hazard to ecological and human receptors. Prospective applicants to this mini workshop are undergraduate and postgraduate students and all geo-environmental scientists that would like to expand their knowledge on availability and use of such methods.

Workshop Goals

  • Provide an overview of currently available laboratory methods and discuss the latest practices for assessing environmental and health risks of earth materials including soil, sediment, indoor and outdoor dust etc.
  • Describe methods of measurement uncertainty estimation and how it is affected by such issues as sample preparation, sample heterogeneity and data acquisition.
  • Discuss and provide hands-on practice and guidance for data treatment and interpretation for the estimation of risks associated with ecological and human health.

Workshop Content

  • Presentation of a set of available methods commonly used by geoscientists in the chemical laboratory for assessing environmental risk of PTEs in earth materials
  • Examples of use of such methods in various environmental geochemistry studies from Greece and abroad

Practical- computer based exercises on data analysis and interpretation of geochemical data available by the organizers

Ariadne Argyraki, NKUA;
Efstratios Kelepertzis, NKUA

W3. THE GEOHERITAGE OF PLANET PETRO: Methods of promoting geological awareness and a “cutting-edge” Geoheritage outlook

This workshop is appropriate for interested minds of all ages and educational levels: it has been successfully presented to children as well as professors emeritoi of geology. Its goal is to engage the participant to “think” in geological concepts and inspire a recognition of the inherent importance of geoheritage in mankind’s evolution and civilization.

Exercises involved are “hands-on” examination of geologic materials. These include:

  • The participant’s description of the history of Planet Petro from “random” geological specimens from the planet.
  • The participant’s examination and explanation of several archeological artefacts: what were these for? How and why were they constructed? How does the rock material play a role in the design and use of the artefact? If our “stone age” ancestors (who had no “geologic” knowledge-base) could designate the best rock type for a specific tool use, can’t we do as well?
  • Examples will be shown on screen of geosites to demonstrate that some are beautiful, but others are rather dull and boring looking but far more important than the beautiful ones.
  • The “geoheritage” of an individual will be shown, with emphasis on participants to recognize their own individual geoheritage background. Discussion of personal geoheritage will forward recognition of each person’s respective geoheritage with emphasis on geography and inspiration.
  • If specific geologic processes had not occurred – would there be monasteries on Meteora? Would there be democracy in the world today? Would there have been a Roman Empire? World events affected by geologic events that occurred millions of years in the past will be presented to influence the “thinking” of the participants.
  • Depending on time and number of participants, a “scavenger hunt” of key geoheritage present within the University of Patras will be conducted to interpret its own world history.

UNESCO Geopark Grevena-Kozani team members including
Dr Annie Rassios,
Ms Dina Ghikas,
Ms Anna Batsi
and Mr Mike Rassios

W4. Current trends and future perspectives of Machine Learning applications in Geoscience and Engineering

The workshop will focus on applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence within the domains of geoscience and engineering geology. Specialists from academia and leading companies will come together to exchange insights on the pros and cons, the latest developments and new technologies and applications. For attendees, the workshop will be not only an easy way to learn about and train themselves on the latest tools and technologies related to ML, but also allows them to hear from the best minds of the industry on relevant topics. The proposed event aims to teach the attendees the practical applications of machine learning with hands-on project experience. In technical demonstrations and hands-on training participants can learn how to implement machine learning in their research.


  • Technical / hands-on lectures
  • Demonstration from Invited Speaker 1 & hands on (Test dataset)
  • Demonstration from Invited Speaker 2 & hands on (Test dataset)

Dr. Efstratios Karantanellis, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan, USA
Dr. Anika Braun, Engineering Geology Department, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Workshop is supported by the Young committee of Greek Engineering Geology (ΕΤΤΓ) and the International Young Engineering Geology committee (IAEG)

W5. Ionian Islands: A rapidly deformed area

The Ionian Islands region is characterized by intense activity, exhibiting the highest seismicity rate in the whole Euro-Mediterranean region. Large and destructive earthquakes have occurred during both the historical and instrumental periods. One of the most destructive earthquakes rocked the Kefalonia Island and its surroundings during 1953. The causative fault is considered the crustal–scale Kefalonia Transform Fault Zone (KTFZ). However, remain in general unclear if strands of this fault are crossing through the islands or if syn–orogenic faults remain active. One of the targets of this mini-workshop is to provide new data on active faults crossing the Ionian Islands, but also on the linked ones in the surrounding near–shore and onshore coastal areas. Among the crucial questions to be addressed area are related with strain accumulation in the interseismic period and its distribution as well as the ratio of seismic to aseismic (slow slipping) strain release. The workshop targets new research related to Tectonics, Seismology, Geohazards, Tsunami Hazards and Crustal Deformation studies, the latter based on satellite geodesy (GNSS) and Interferometry. We invite new research related to geodynamics, seismotectonics, seismic source, fault geometry and kinematics, earthquake swarms, and sequences, statistical seismology, seismic anisotropy, crustal and deep structure, engineering seismology, tsunami science, marine geology, earthquake – induced landslides, seismic hazard, and seismic risk and disaster mitigation.

Session 1: Active Faulting
Koukouvelas I.-UP, Lekkas E.-NKUA & Chatzipetros A.-AUTH

Session 2: Seismology & Seismotectonics
Karakostas, V.-AUTH, Kaviris G.-NKUA & Papadimitriou E.-AUTH;

Session 3: Geodesy
Elias P.-NOA, Nikolakopoulos K.-UP & Sakkas V.-NKUA;

Session 4: Seismic Hazard
Ganas, A.-NOA, Kouskouna, V.-NKUA & Valkaniotis, S-DUTH

W6. Raw Materials in Education and Society

The goal of the workshop is to increase societal awareness of the importance of expertise in geoscience and geo-engineering for the supply of mineral raw materials by stimulating young people and stakeholders. Furthermore, the workshop aims to encourage sustainable collaboration on gender equality in science by connecting schools, science museums, research centers and industry representatives.

The workshop is addressed to geoscientists active in the educational sector. In particular, they can be teachers, educators and trainers in schools, science museums and research centers.

Invited Speaker: Eva Hartai, Honorary Professor, Institute of Mineralogy and Geology University of Miskolc, H-3515 Hungary,

Dr Kiki Makri, Postdoctoral Researcher, National Observatory of Athens – Coordinator, ENGIE Project/AGG Greece;
Dr Christos Roumpos, Head of Mining Engineering Department of Lignite Generation Business Unit, Public Power Corporation, Greece;
Dr Tzamos Evaggelos, Managing Director GrawMat Innovation Cluster;
Professor Katerina Adam, School of Mining & Metallurgical Engineering, NTUA

W7. Join Upatras, AUTH and NKUA SEG Student Chapters Workshop “The role of Exploration Geologist: Best Practices and Key learnings from the Industry”

The Joint UPatras, AUTH and NKUA Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) Student Chapters Workshop is addressed primarily to students of both undergraduate and graduate level who already completed one semester in Economic Geology subjects. Members of the Society of Economic Geologists Student Chapters are particularly welcomed. However, early career geologists can also participate. The maximum number of participants is set to 40.

This one-day training workshop (20 Oct 2022), will include both seminar and field-based sessions at the karst-associated bauxite deposits in the Parnassos-Ghiona Unit, Central Greece.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop for the practical sessions.

The following topics will be covered:

  1. Bauxite as “critical raw material” in supporting Europe’s transition to a Green and Digital Economy in a Zero-Carbon World
  2. Principles of Minerals Exploration
  3. Handling of Karst Bauxite Exploration Data: from acquisition to modelling
  4. Field-based exercise in karst-bauxite mining-wall mapping

Stavros Kalaitzidis, UP;
Vasileios Melfos, AUTH;
Stephanos Kilias, NKUA;
Dr. Panagiotis Zachariadis, IMERYS – Bauxite Operations Greece

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