ITC dean prof. Freek van der Meer has been appointed as the chairman of the Geoscientific Knowledge Committee within the Geological Survey of the Netherlands (GDN), which is a part of TNO. The committee will provide advice on the research tasks undertaken by GDN, with Van der Meer's term extending for the next four years.
TNO is an independent non-profit research organization comprising units, boards, and a services organization. It was founded in 1932 and established by law as the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. The Geological Survey of the Netherlands (GDN) is, as part of TNO, the primary independent knowledge and research center for the Dutch subsurface. GDN applies fundamental and applied knowledge about the subsurface for the benefit of society. GDN's three main tasks include gathering, managing, interpreting, and disseminating data and information on the subsurface (information task); providing national and local governments with advice on subsurface use (advisory task); and conducting applied geoscientific and related technological research. The information and advisory tasks are defined and/or mandated by the Mining Act and the Key Register of the Subsurface Act.