PProGRess members teach several courses in the BSc and MSc Geology programmes of Ghent University, including:

Optical Mineralogy and Petrography

Prof. Veerle Cnudde, assisted by Piet Reyniers

  • Acquiring theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of the optical behaviour of minerals.
  • Learning to identify the most important rock-forming minerals by using a petrographical microscope.
  • Learning to recognise and describe microtextural characteristics of sedimentary and crystalline rocks.
  • ECTS* file: Dutch , English

Geology of Building Stones

Prof. Veerle Cnudde, assisted by Stefanie Van Offenwert and Dulce Elizabeth Valdez Madrid

  • Recognising the discussed natural building stones based on information from several different research domains (petrography, microscopy, engineering ,...)
  • Being able to develop a research plan for the identification of natural building stones
  • Being able to report the results of the characterization research into a scientific report
  • Being able to define the history of the stone (origin of the stone, weathering processes, restoration) and to develop a conservation plan
  • ECTS* file: Dutch , English

Imaging Techniques of Consolidated and Unconsolidated Sediments

Prof. Veerle Cnudde and Dr. Tom Bultreys, assisted by Stefanie Van Offenwert

  • Provide an overview and insight of a selection of imaging techniques which can be used to study rocks both structurally as well as chemically.
  • Attention will be given towards a realistic outcome of the use of these techniques in order to answer specific geological questions.
  • Important recent developments in these technologies will be discussed and illustrations will be given how they may be applied to geological problems.
  • ECTS* file: Dutch , English

3D Digital Rocks

Dr. Tom Bultreys, assisted by Stefanie Van Offenwert

  • Understanding how fluids occupy and migrate through porous media is of great importance in many geological fields like petroleum engineering, hydrology and environmental engineering.
  • Provide a better understanding of the inner workings of rocks that challenge traditional laboratory testing has led to a new approach known as digital rock physics.
  • ECTS* file: Dutch , English

* ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and accumulation System. This guarantees a uniform description of every course, improving transparency and comparability in Europe.

Master projects


Visualizing two phase fluid flow at the pore-scale: Event-based contact angle measurements using µCT (Sharon Ellman)


Multi-scale analysis of the influence of NOx on SO2 acid weathering of Lede Stone (Maxim Steurbaut)


Monitoring freeze-thaw action in partly and fully water saturated natural stone (Lotte Hermans)


Colloid transport visualization in sediments and rocks using dynamic X-ray imaging (Benjamin Blykers)

Stone weathering in urban environments: an assessment under full climatic monitoring (Daphne Guilbert)