GeoNews September
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Welcome to GeoNews September...

...This month we invite you to learn more about our German membership association BDG in the section "One day in Europe" and to read the inspiring interview with Pierre Dr Geest in the section "EurGeol of the month".

Are you in a hurry? Then scroll directly to News from EFG & its members; One day in EuropeEurGeol of the month; Miscellaneous; Panels of Experts or Jobs & Training

News from EFG & its members

Save the date - EFG/UNFC workshop: International cooperation on natural resources: geoscientists’ contribution to enhanced governance and policy making
Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium, 17 and 18 November 2016
Co-organisers: EFG, UNECE, PERC, European Commission, Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences
In collaboration with: African Union and EuroGeoSurveys
Audience: This workshop is directed to policy officials from the EU and Member States, alongside with professional geoscientists working in companies, geological surveys, governments and research centres active on mineral exploration, oil and gas, CCS and geothermal energy.
Programme: During the first day the natural resources classification systems and the role of Competent Persons will be introduced. On the second day four sessions will cover the UNFC areas relevant for geoscientists: Minerals, Oil and Gas, CCS and Geothermal Energy.

Pre-register now by sending an email to

EFG Past President Christer Åkerman recently elected Geologist of the Year in Sweden
Christer Åkerman was EFG President from 2002 to 2005, and was awarded with the EFG Medal of Merit in 2011. He has made geology interesting to a wider audience, that is why Naturvetarna, the Swedish Association of Professional Scientists, elected him as Geologist of the Year 2016.
The Awards Ceremony will take place on 10 November 2016 in the Auditorium at the Geological Institute in Uppsala. You are welcome to attend his lecture, related to this occasion, titled: “From BIGBANG to senior”. Congratulations!

One day in Europe: Germany

One Day in Europe is a feature of EFG’s monthly newsletter GeoNews. Each month we travel to one of EFG’s national membership associations and discover their main activities and challenges. In September we visited Germany. The Professional Association of German Geoscientists (Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenchaftler e.V., BDG) represents the professionals from different fields of Earth sciences (geologists, geophysicists, mineralogists and other geoscientists) since more than 25 years. EurGeol Michael Neumann, EFG’s Vicepresident, answered our questions.  Read more

EurGeol of the month

Each month we ask one of the European Geologist title holders to tell us about his professional experiences and which role the title has played for his career. This month we talked to Pierre De Geest, member of the Belgian Luxembourg Union of Geologists (BLUG/UBLG). He is currently working as a senior geologist for the Dredging Environmental Marine Engineering-group (DEME), executive committee member of the Friends of Soqotra and obtained the EurGeol title in 2015. Read more


European Institutions
Consultation on the Evaluation of Directive 2009/119/EC imposing an obligation on Member States to maintain minimum stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products
Deadline for participation: 11 November 2016 Read more
Consultation on the Interim evaluation of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology

Deadline for participation: 20 November 2016 Read more
Live panel debate ‘How far can the circular economy package take Europe?’
29 September 2016, 9.45 am Read more

AGU fall meeting 2016
San Francisco, USA, 12-16 December 2016 Read more

Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) 
Vancouver, Canada, 16-21 June 2018 Read more
Call for sessions now open!

Panels of Experts



Raw Materials Week
Brussels, Belgium, 28 November – 2 December  Read more
29 November: "6th EU-US-Japan Trilateral Conference on Critical Raw Materials" (on invitation only)
30 November (morning): "Education and training as a vehicle to improve competitiveness and business creation", a half day event co-organized with the EIT Raw Materials.
30 November (afternoon): "Horizon 2020 Brokerage event"
1 December: "4th annual High Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials".

Mines and technology
London, UK, 29 November – 1 December 2016 Read more
Enquire now about speaking opportunities!
25th International Mining Congress and Exhibition of Turkey
Antalya, Turkey, 11-14 April 2017 Read more
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 28 October 2016


15th Water-Rock Interaction International Symposium 2016 - WRI-15 2016
Evora, Portugal, 16-21 October 2016 Read more
EWA Brussels Days: 12th EWA Brussels Conference “EU Policy and Sustainable Development” and EWA EU Policy Seminar
Brussels, Belgium, 8-9 November 2015 Read more
3rd edition of the course: Specialist on research and recovery of groundwater and contaminated soils (Spanish)
Online course, 3 October 2016 – 15 April 2017 Read more


Brazil International Renewable Energy Congress
7-10 November 2016, São Paulo, Brazil Read more
Geotherm 2017
Offenburg, Germany, 15-16 February 2016 Read more
A reduction applies for all European Geologists. Please contact the EFG office for more information.  


Seventh Annual Meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction
Helsinki, Finland, 3-5 October 2016
Cultural Heritage - Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery
Lisbon, Portugal, 3-4 November 2016 Read more


Call for participation: The EFG Panel of Experts on Education is currently carrying out an online survey to assess the role and state of geology in public education in Europe.
You are invited to fill in the survey here

Jobs & Training

Belgium | PhD or Postdoc 
PhD or Postdoc Position at KU Leuven: Soil Moisture Data Assimilation
More information:

France | Internship with UNESCO
Internship in UNESCO's Section on Earth Sciences and Geo-Hazards Risk Reduction
Paris, France 
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