The "Integrated Basin Studies" project (IBS) originates in Geosciences consultation meetings, the first of them being one held in Strasbourg in June 1989 under the auspices of the French Ministry for Research and Technology and the other ones in Brussels. These consultation meetings have resulted in the conclusion that a main axis of future research in Geosciences should be the study of sedimentary basins, upstream of industrial activities such as the oil and gas industry, water resources management, the mining industry, the storage of undesirable products and coastal engineering. They also resulted in the conclusion that future research on sedimentary basins should fulfill two key requirements: integration of disciplines and modelling . Such a conclusion may now seem trivial, particularly to attendees of an EAPG meeting, but was not so generally accepted at that time.


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