To effectively communicate scientific principles and theories in the field of the Geoscicences to the general public is part of our responsibilities as university researchers. The following press releases and articles represent the efforts of the members of the Geology Department to convey the results of their research outside the academic world.
Knack, 23 January 2008, article: Geologie: "Nieuwe Leven"
Interview in "Le jardin extraodinaire" major scientific program of the RTBF (French speaking TV) of Philippe Claeys on the causes of the dinosaurs extinction 65 million years ago, the program was devoted to the reopening of the dinosaurs gallery at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.
Interviews on the French- and Dutch-speaking Radios and Televisions in Belgium related to the presentation of the large iron-meteorite of Mont Dieu recently acquired by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (download regionieuws, VTM Nieuws 13 uur, 1ereRTBF)
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 23 March 2006, "Scientists peruse unearthed cores from ancient Chesapeake bay crater" (link to online article)
Natuurwetenschap & Techniek, December 2005, "Hoogteziekte in Pangea, gebrek aan zuurstof droeg bij aan massale uitsterving" (Download)
Voor de Dag on Radio 1, 20 May 2005: VRT journalist Ben Vanheukelom interviews Philippe Claeys
Nieuws Radio 1 VRT, Eddy Keppens comments the Earthquake and Tsunami of 26 December 2004 in the Indian Ocean
TV program "Over leven, Flemish TV Canvas, 08 February 2004: Het verdronken land van Hoegaarden"
Knack, 08 September 2004: Article "Twee Asteroiden" by journalist Dirk Draulans
MSNBC News on the web 31 July 2004, article "Asteroids may have created ancient craters"
New Scientist, v. 183, no 2458, p. 8, 31 July 2004, article " Dual asteroid stirke hits comet theory"
Astronomy Magazine (online edition) 29 July 2004, article "Those weren't Snowballs"
Chemical and Engineering News, 26 July 2004, Article "Asteroids, not comets in Eocene"
The Sun, (Baltimore), 26 July 2004, Article p. 9A "Hits from Heaven"
New Scientist, May 2004, Article "Four days that shook the world" by Kate Ravilious, Philippe Claeys express his hiogh degree of skepticism over the recently proposed Mega-volcanism theory of VERNESHOT
Science & Vie, May 2004, article "dinosaures: vive polémique autour de leur extinction" (Download)
Space.com, article "Double Whammy: asteroids delivered one-two punch", May 2004
Dallas Morning News, Article by Journalist Alex Witze, 31 May 2004 "new evidence for big die-off" (Download)
TV program "C'est la vie" on the RTBF, 6 April 2004, interview of Philippe Claeys related to flooding risks in Uccle (Brussels), related to large construction project close to a Natura 2000 nature reservation
TV program Over leven, Canvas VRT: "Moordenaar uit de ruimte", 45 minutes documentary on the end of the dinosaurs, filmed in Spain, Italy and Mexico for the Flemish Televison. The crew of Over leven followed Philippe Claeys in Spain and Mexico in search for the crater that killed the dinosaurs.
"Meteoritten der forandrede verden" in journal "Ingeniøren" (in Danish!) of 25-4-2003, science journalist Rolf Nielsen interviews Philippe Claeys.
ARD radio (Berlin), 21-11-2002, Philippe Claeys took part in a debate on the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Jongens & wetenschap, Radio 1.
Deutsche Welle, August 2002, Sabine Goldhahn interviews Philippe Claeys to comment on the latest scientific developments presented in the session "Impact hasards from comets and asteroids" at the Goldschmidt conference in Davos.
EOS "Wetenschap en Technologie voor Mens en Maatschappij, July 2002, article "Stalagmieten stille getuigen" over the research of Sophie Verheyden (Download)
Nieuws Radio 1,VRT, Philippe Claeys comments the Earthquake of Eschweiller that was felt in Belgium that morning
Knack, 5 June 2002: Article “diepte krater”
Voor de Dag on Radio 1, 12 May 2002: VRT journalist Ben Vanheukelom interviews Philippe Claeys
New Scientist, no 23412, 4 May 2002, article by Kate Ravilious: Last days of the Dinosaurs, Prof. Philippe Claeys comments the drilling of the Chicxulub crater in Yucatan (download)
Ciel & Espace magazine, no 388, September 2002, article by Charles Frankel, "Extinction des dinosaures, la preuve au fond du cratère"
Press release VUB Persbericht: 03 May 2002"Onderzoek kraterboorkernen verklaart mogelijk plotse uitsterven dinosauriërs" (download)
Còmo ves, Mexican scientific journal article "El crater de la muerte"
Natuurwetenschap & Techniek, August 2002, article "Stalagmieten als klimaatmeters"
De Telegraaf, Article "Stalagmieten vertellen verhaal van het klimaat"
Financieel-Economische Tijd, 14 July 2001, article "De krater van het laatste oordeel" by Tom Dieusaert
And this has been going on for quite a while...