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The participant of the EAGE/EFG photo contest 2015 writes about his photo: "Canyonlands National Park in Utah [USA] where the Colorado River cuts deep into the Earth, is a marvellous place to practice geology. During a fieldtrip for petroleum geologists we came across this superb example of a natural fracture. Good opportunity to discuss ‘fracking’."

Welcome to GeoNews November...

...This month we invite you to save the date of the EFG/UNFC workshop "International cooperation on natural resources: geoscientists’ contribution to enhanced governance, policy making and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals" that will be held on 9 and 10 February 2017 in Brussels. We also invite you to submit your articles on geothermal energy for the next issue of the European Geologist Journal. 

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News from EFG & its members

EFG/UNFC workshop: International cooperation on natural resources:
geoscientists’ contribution to enhanced governance, policy making and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals

Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium, 9 (afternoon) and 10 (full day) February 2017
Co-organisers: EFG, UNECE
Aim: This conference will foster the convergence of terminology and the comparability/compatibility of data, thus contributing to the creation of a solid European Knowledge Database on mineral and energy resources. Such harmonization is equally important to government policymakers and to companies and regulators within the energy and minerals industries, including the users and providers of data on energy and minerals reserves and resources and renewable energy. UNFC will be reviewed, including its potential for application in Europe and beyond and its relationship with other classification and public reporting systems.

Audience – who should attend? The conference provides a unique opportunity to discuss a transparent and harmonized classification framework for fossil and renewable energy sources and minerals in a cross-disciplinary environment, including EU policymakers, UN representatives, international energy experts, national government officials, academics, energy and minerals company executives, as well as finance, industry and environment experts.
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European Geologist Journal (EGJ) 43rd issue: Call for articles on geothermal energy
The Editorial Board of the Journal of the European Federation of Geologists invites you to submit articles for the 43rd issue of the journal. The theme of this issue is geothermal energy. We expect contributions related to the topic. The journal will be linked to a workshop with a similar theme, to be held in May 2017, in Santorini, related to the EFG Council Meeting. Please send your article proposal first (name of the author(s), working title of the article and a short abstract of about 10 lines) by 15 January 2017 to the Editor-in-Chief ( and cc staff and layout editor Anita Stein ( The Editorial Board of EGJ will decide about the acceptance of the article proposals and selected articles shall be submitted in their full version by 15 March 2017. The articles will be peer reviewed and also reviewed by a native English speaker. You may find the guidelines for authors at

News from the 72nd EFG Council Meeting, 19 and 20 November 2016, Brussels

Board members elected:
During the meeting two Board members were elected. Vitor Correia was re-elected as EFG President.
Marko Komac has been elected to the position of External Relations Officer. Marko is currently an independent consultant and researcher, an occasional lecturer at two Slovenian universities as the associated professor and an ardent sportsman. He has been involved in several international organisations in the past, more precisely from 2006 on and during that time he has gained excellent networking, facilitating and diplomatic skills, excellent managing and organisational skills in the field of research institutions and teams (also at the international level). In the period 2006 – 2014 he was a director of the Geological Survey of Slovenia and from 2013 to 2016 he was a Managing Director of OneGeology Consortium. In the years 2011 and 2012 he was the EuroGeoSurveys President and in the period of 2012 to 2016 was the Vice-President of the IUGS. From 2015 on he is also the officially appointed delegate of the Slovenian Geological Society (SGD) at EFG. Marko holds a PhD in geology and is specialized in GIS application in geological sciences, spatial analyses, remote sensing, satellite imagery and graphical analysis, geohazard analysis and assessment, landslide susceptibility analysis, and spatial modelling. He speaks Slovenian, English, less advanced French, Croatian, Serbian, and has just started to learn Russian.
New EFG member: Bulgarian Geological Society (BGS)
EFG is glad to welcome a new full member, the Bulgarian Geological Society (BGS). BGS was founded in 1925 and is presently headquartered in Sofia. The BGS mission is contributing to the geological knowledge and the active protection of geological heritage of Bulgaria, promoting the achievements of the BGS’ members and the national geology, advancing cooperation with similar organizations in Bulgaria and abroad, supporting the development of geological education and raising the qualification of workers in the field of earth sciences and geological practice, taking care for raising the prestige of the geological profession and protection of the interests of Bulgarian geologists and to be the public corrective of state policy in the field of geology. EFG now counts 25 national membership associations in 26 European countries.

Update to the EFG Code of Ethics in relation to the working environment
An update to the EFG Code of Ethics (Regulation C1) related to the working environment was unanimously approved and agreed upon by the EFG Council at the 72nd EFG Council meeting held in Brussels on 19 and 20 November 2016. This important update relates to the maintenance of a high level of professionalism in a working environment:  
‘A respectful and fruitful working environment is fundamental for maintaining a high level of professionalism. Therefore, discrimination or harassment, either sexual or of any other kind, is unacceptable because it offends the dignity of persons and seriously undermines the atmosphere of trust essential to the work of all geologists’.

This is particularly pertinent as geoethics and professionalism are core objectives of the EFG. Read more 

EFG Projects | FORAM: Launch of the “Towards a World Forum on Raw Materials (FORAM)” project
The Project Consortium will launch the ‘Towards a World Forum on Raw Materials (FORAM)’ project on Tuesday 29 November 2016, from 17:00 to 18:30, during the 1st edition of the Raw Materials Week (28 November – 2 December) in Brussels. FORAM is setting up an EU-based platform of international experts and stakeholders that will create the basis to establish a World Forum on Raw Materials (WFRM). The FORAM project is coordinated by the World Resources Forum Association (WRFA) and supported by eleven additional leading organizations (EuroGeoSurveys, European Federation of Geologists, United Nations University, Leiden University, University Kassel, Clausthal University of Technology, ESM/Matsearch, Gondwana Empreendimentos e Consultorias, Servicio Geológico Colombiano, MinPol GmbH and La Palma Research Centre for Future Studies SL), which compose the FORAM consortium.

EFG Projects | INTRAW Workshop: Future scenarios on mineral raw materials provision
Brussels, Belgium, 30 November 2016, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The INTRAW Consortium is co-organising a workshop in the framework of the Raw materials week (Brussels, 28 November – 2 December 2016 organised by European Commission, DG Growth). In this workshop participants will be invited to comment and elaborate on three different possible futures for global raw materials provisioning in 2050. Read more

EFG members | SGF, France
2nd Workshop Volcanic plumes: observation, modelling and impacts
20 January 2017, Paris, France 
Read more


European Institutions
Horizon 2020 interim evaluation: public stakeholder consultation
Deadline for participation: 15 January 2016Read more

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

EGU General Assembly 2017 Read more
Vienna, Austria, 23-28 April 2017
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 11 January 2017

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

IAPG releases "Cape Town Statement on Geoethics"
The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) considers the 35th IGC - International Geological Congress, held in Cape Town (South Africa) as the scientific event that opens a new phase for Geoethics and for the Association. In order to celebrate this passage, the IAPG has put together the "Cape Town Statement on Geoethics", a document to be considered as the product of an international effort to focus the attention of geoscientists on the development of shared policies, guidelines, strategies and tools, with the long-range goal of fostering the adoption of ethical practices in the geoscience community. The final document (that can be downloaded at sums up all the values, concepts, contents developed in the first 4-year activity of IAPG, giving a perspective for the future development of geoethics. 

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

MIN-GUIDE Annual Conference
Brussels, Belgium, 2 December 2016 Read more

25th International Mining Congress and Exhibition of Turkey
Antalya, Turkey, 11-14 April 2017 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


European Energy Transition Conference
24-26 January 2017, Bordeaux, France Read more
Registration opens on 1 December 2016
World Sustainable Energy Days
1-3 March 2017, Wels, Austria Read more


Cultural heritage, disaster resilience and climate change: the contribution of EU Research and Innovation
7 December 2016, Brussels, Belgium 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

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