With the E-TEST activities, we want to reach out to all parts of the EMR region around the possible future Einstein Telescope site. To inform you about activities and developments being made, to invite you to join activities with your expertise, etc…

E-TEST Workshop n°3 at the Three Countries Festival

The Three Countries Festival, organised by AG Charlemagne, is a micro-project supported by the People to People 2 Fund.

As the name suggests, this festival celebrates our border triangle, our Euregio Meuse-Rhine.

Anyone can take part in the information events. However, citizens of the municipality of Plombières have priority. The events will be held in French.

The conferences will be held 

  • at the M&T Bar Rétro, Rue de l’Eglise 20 in Plombières 
  • from 10:30 am till 12:30 am.

1. Einstein Telescope

Annick Pierrard from the University of Liege will present the infrastructure of the Einstein Telescope:

  • what is it for?
  • what will be the potential inconveniences during the works?
  • Will there be any inconvenience during the 50 years of its use? 

In addition, Ms Pierrard will explain some points about the sustainability of the works and infrastructure and will end by presenting some preparatory projects currently underway.

If you want to get an idea of the project before the conference, then take a look at our Central Information Point.

2. Cross-border landscape park “bocage”

There is no denying it: The landscape around the three-country point in Wallonia, Flanders and the Netherlands is like two peas in a pod. Green, lush meadows, hedgerows and gentle hills dot the landscape.

In order to protect and foster this landscape, 7 border municipalities (Voeren, Aubel, Plombières, Dalhem, Eijsden-Margraten, Gulpen-Wittem and Vaals) have joined forces and answered the call of the Flemish Region to submit a candidature to become a “Landscape Park”.

The municipalities have until May 2023 to come up with a master plan on how they want to protect nature.

Ann-Sophie Debergh from the ‘Haspengouw en Voeren Regionaal Landschap’, project manager of the candidature, will explain the master plan to those present and answer questions.

Workshop n° 2:

Life Cycle Assessment
of Groundwater

Renewebility of freshwater can only be assessed at a local (regional) scale. Water consumption should not be confused with water production or withdrawals.

Globally, about 30% of the available and renewable freshwaters are ‘used’ while less than 15% are actually ‘consumed’.

Water shortage are due to the uneven spatial and temporal distributions of freshwater conjugated to inadequate local management.

Water issues are not only quantity problem but also quality problem. Groundwater reserves are 77 x surface-water reserves.

Rigorous LCA analysis and water footprint assessments remain challenging.

Life Cycle Assessment of Groundwater

Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Val-Dieu 227
4880 Aubel

Wednesday, 15.02.2023, from 1:30 till 5:30 pm

This workshop is fully booked
1.30 p.m.Welcome and registration
Welcome of the participants – Meeting room of Chateau de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu – welcome coffee
2.00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Talks & Workshop, including Q&A
Sustainability of groundwater resources versus Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of water: challenges and lessons.
by Prof. Dr. Alain Dassargues, ULiège , Urban and Environmental Engineering

Re-use and Hybrid Networks in Wallonia: 10 projects for a better use of surface and groundwater.
by Mathieu Veeckmans, Project Engineer at the SPGE ((Public Company for Water Management in Wallonia)
4.15 p.m.Visit of the Abbaye du Val-Dieu Brewery 
4.45 p.m.The Val-Dieu visit wouldn’t been complete without tasting 2 beers & cheese
5.30 p.m.End of the workshop

E-TEST Workshop n°1: Einstein Telescope Sensibilisation Meeting with Citizens at the Kiwanis, 20.12.2021 at Thimister-Clermont, BE