GeoNews April
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This photo was taken during the "White Sea Field Camp on Shallow Geophysics", which was organised with the support of EAGE in 2014. All participants of the field camp worked all days and white night."

Welcome to GeoNews April...

...This month we are glad to draw your attention to the workshop co-organised by APG and EFG in May in Lisbon: "The importance of geological knowledge for sustainable land use". In the section 'Minerals' you will find more information about the international STONECHANGE 2016 conference that offers special conditions for all EurGeol title holders. 

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

News from EFG & its members

EFG | Workshop and summer Council meeting
The Portuguese Association of Geologists (APG) invites you to its 40th Anniversary and the EFG Workshop “The importance of geological knowledge for sustainable land use” that will be held on 19 and 20 May 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Subsequently, the 71st EFG Council Meeting is scheduled for 21 and 22 May.
More information: and

BDG, Germany | 2nd Meggener Days of Natural Resources
Lennestadt, Germany, 14-16 September 2016
The programme of this event is available here.
On 16 September a Conference Day on Water and Geothermal Energy will be organised in the framework of the EU-funded KINDRA project in which EFG participates.

AGG, Greece | Conference on "European programmes and geosciences"

On 30 March 2016 the Association of Greek Geologists (AGG) organised in Athens a conference entitled “European programmes and geosciences” where information about the EU's HORIZON2020 programme and the INTRAW, KINDRA, UNEXMIN and CHPM2030 projects was presented.

EurGeol of the month

This month we interview Michiel van der Meulen, member of the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands and EFG delegate. He works at the Geological Survey of the Netherlands and is responsible for the delivery of national 3D models. Read more


European Institutions
Public consultation on the development of a comprehensive, integrated
Research, Innovation, and Competitiveness Strategy for the Energy Union

Deadline for participation: 31 May 2016 Read more
Public consultation on Horizon 2020 ‘Science with and for Society’
Work Programme 2018-2020

Deadline for participation: 4 July 2016 Read more
Public consultation on a Space Strategy for Europe
Deadline for participation: 12 July 2016 Read more

Conference "From star and planet formation to early Life"
Vilnius, Lithuania, 25 -28 April 2017 Read more
European Space Solutions: Bringing Space to Earth
The Hague, The Netherlands, 30 May – 3 June Read more
8th International Siberian Early Career GeoScientists Conference 
Novosibirsk, Russia, 13-17 June 2016 Read more
35th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission
Trieste, Italy, 4-10 September 2016 Read more
Deadline for abstract submissions: 30 April 2016
88th National Congress of the Italian Geological Society

Naples, Italy, 7-9 September 2016 Read more
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 May 2016
2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference (VGC 2016) 

Bergen, Norway, 22-23 September 2016 
Read more
Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2016
INSPIRE Conference 2016

Barcelona, Spain, 26-30 September 2016 Read more
Deadline for abstract submission: 16 May 2016

‘Horizon 2020 Projects: Portal’ is the invaluable quarterly publication for scientists, policy makers and researchers involved in the Union’s largest ever RDI investment programme. This journal is the definitive guide to Horizon 2020 offering informative, in-depth and timely analysis and comment on the successor to FP7. The latest issue includes a special feature about the Arctics. Read more
Call for proposals
Resourcing future generations: The International Union for Geosciences (IUGS) invites bids for small top-up grants to take forward discrete pieces of work in support of Resourcing Future Generations (RFG). This invitation is open to all. Read more

Panels of Experts


Symposium "Substitution of Critical Raw Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Processing of New Advanced Materials in Optoelectronic and Magnetic Devices"
Lille, France, 2-6 May 2016 Read more
First International Conference "MINING IN EUROPE"
Aachen, Germany, 18-19 May 2016 Read more

STONECHANGE 2016 (16-17 June 2016) & PERC training course (15 June 2016)
Marina di Carrara, Italy Read more
The international conference STONECHANGE 2016 (“Stone Sector and Changing Trends”) to be held on 16 and 17 June 2016 intends to bring to the famous marble hub of Carrara the private sector and institutional stakeholders of the Dimension Stone Industry to discuss the sector’s changing trends and how to take advantage of existing opportunities for a sustainable development. STONECHANGE 2016 is intended as a key “turning point” for the modernisation of the EU stone sector in a global perspective with the aim of making the stone community aware that making the Dimension Stone Industry innovative and sustainable is the sole way to keep it alive and make it more mature and modern to face the present and next future global challenges.
A PERC training course on “Best practice for Assessment and Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves” will be held on 15 June 2016.
For both events a reduction applies for all European Geologists (EurGeols).
This event is supported by EFG and CNG.

New map of critical raw materials in Europe: The EGS Minerals Resources Expert Group of EuroGeoSurveys recently released a new map showing the occurrences of critical raw materials in Europe. Read more
MICA website now available: The H2020 funded Mineral Intelligence Capacity Analysis (MICA) project brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts from natural and technical sciences, social sciences including political sciences, and information science and technology to ensure that raw material intelligence is collected, collated, stored and made accessible in the most useful way corresponding to stakeholder needs. EFG is a partner in this project and supports the dissemination activities.
 Read more


IWA Specialist Belgrade Groundwater Conference 2016
Belgrade, Serbia, 9-11 June 2016 Read more
43rd IAH Congress
Montpellier, France, 25-29 September 2016 Read more
15th Water-Rock Interaction International Symposium 2016 - WRI-15 2016
Evora, Portugal, 16-21 October 2016 Read more


LAC Geothermal Energy Summit
Santiago, Chile, 12-13 May 2016 Read more
European Geothermal Congress
Strasbourg, France, 19-24 September 2016 Read more


International Conference on Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact
Lausanne, Switzerland, 2-4 May 2016 Read more
European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium 2016
Prague, Czech Republic, 9-13 May 2016 Read more
Adaptation Futures 2016 
Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 10-13 May 2016 Read more
Fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
Cancun, Mexico, 24-26 May 2017 Read more
10th International Conference on Risk Analysis
Crete, Greece, 25-27 May 2016 Read more
Call for abstracts now open
Third Course on International Disaster Law
Sanremo, Italy, 13-17 June 2016 Read more
1st International Conference on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure (ICONHIC)
Crete, Greece, 28-30 June 2016 Read more
6th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC
Davos, Switzerland, 28 August – 1 September 2016 Read more
Abstract submission now open!


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
Geological Boot Camp
Tremp, Catalonia, Spain, 4-9 September 2016
The Geological Boot Camp provides participants with an over­view of integrated play modelling as typically used for explora­tion and development of georesources. Geological models of a key area in the southern Pyrenees will be constructed almost directly at an outcrop face. Most of the input data required will be measured directly at the outcrop while the remaining data will be supplied in the form of seismic sections and well logs. It is a great opportunity for students and young professionals who have not been on the field and not had the opportunity to work in real situations to bring geological theory into practice together. | Read more

Jobs & Training

UK British Gypsum: Senior geologist:
A vacancy exists for a Senior Geologist based at East Leake site near Loughborough.  You would be part of a multidisciplinary team responsible for provision and delivery of geological services supporting our underground / surface mining operations and exploration to identify new sites.
More information:

USA | Executive Director - American Geosciences Institute
The American Geosciences Institute invites for applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director conducts the affairs of the Institute, with direction from the Executive Committee, including administering all planning and policies, supervising AGI staff and coordinating the various activities, projects and programs of the Institute. The Executive Director maintains and fosters relationships with the officers and administrators of the 51 AGI member societies, international and regional associates, and with other geosciences and science-related organizations in addition to academia, government agencies and industry representatives.
 | Read more

Spain | La Palma Research Centre for Future Studies (LPRC) has three open positions to be filled:

  • Raw materials technology analyst | Read more
  • Raw materials expert in robotics R&D | Read more
  • Raw materials Young Entrepreneurs programme | Read more
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