URBAN UNDERGROUND is a full-day program which addresses how careful deployment of the sub-surface can improve the value of life above ground. Increasing urbanisation throughout the world challenges the sustainable development and resilience of cities. Despite this, the importance of the ground beneath cities is under-recognised and often overlooked. The main aim of this URBAN UNDERGROUND day is to provide a long-needed contribution to greater interaction and networking, and so transform the relationship between experts who develop urban subsurface knowledge and those who can benefit most from it: urban planners, urban decision makers and the community.

The programme consists of:

a symposium during which urban developers and underground specialists from various european cities discuss the urgent issues concerning the urban underground.

an underground experience: 3D models and visualisations, serious game, demo sessions, profiles, cores.

The programme will be plenary introduced by:

Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Cramer, former Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment in the Netherlands, currently director of the Utrecht Sustainability Institute, Professor sustainable innovation at Utrecht University and COB Ambassador.

Dr. Diarmad Campbell, Chief Geologist, British Geological Survey, Scotland and Chair of the COST - SUB-URBAN programme.


COST Action TU1206 - SUB-URBAN; City of Rotterdam, Engineering MRO; TNO Geological Survey; COB; Strategis; RO2.
With participation of: Ministry of I&M (STRONG), Ministry of Economical affairs (EBN), City of Amsterdam and Geo-Impuls.

In cooperation with IABR.

English language; Free participation; for registration please send an email to: connecting_underground@rotterdam.nl

Download the conference flyer here.