I-DUST (Inter-Disciplinary Underground Science and Technology) is a biennial international conference since 2005, supported by the LSBB. It presents advances in all the scientific disciplines concerning the underground environments, all around the world. Beyond the presentations of the latest scientific spin-offs, this event aims to promote exchanges between disciplines and laboratories from diverse backgrounds to initiate and strengthen national and international collaborations.
Because underground environments allow direct access to the subsoil, are expected contributions on the theme of geological reservoirs for storage, resource management with imaging techniques, temporal evolutions and complex processes modeling, but also observations and modeling of the critical zone involving hydraulic interactions between the atmosphere, the soil and the subsoil, making it possible, among other things, to analyze the risks of human activities in the context of global change. Again in this context, contributions dealing with the analysis of the microorganisms living in the underground funds will be welcome, in particular those studying the extremophile fauna and the geographical areas of observed species.
Because of the natural protection to external disturbances, the underground environments also make it possible to carry out observational studies on specific processes such as interactions between the solid earth, the atmosphere and the near universe notably through the couplings between magnetic, seismic and electro-kinetic signals or between energy and radiation exchanges in the atmosphere. In this context, experimental contributions dealing with high sensitivity of measurements, noise attenuation, rare or very low amplitude phenomena, interactions between radiations and micro or nanometric devices, or the problematic of changes in spatial scales on themes such as gravimetry, magnetometry, inclinometry, electronics in severe environments. The buried galleries also make it possible to detect astro-particles, for a fundamental purpose, or direct exploitation such as muography or studies on neutron environments. Gravitational waves have been detected for two years and a gallery has been pierced inside the LSBB to accommodate a prototype of a new type of gravitational wave telescope (MIGA).
I-DUST is an open conference where any contribution, including theoretical or numerical modeling, related to the underground environment, is welcome.