GeoNews July
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...This month there are lots of news from the EU-funded Horizon 2020 projects in which EFG is involved: The UNEXMIN team reports on its last field trials in Hungary and invites you to attend its final conference in Brussels, on 26 September, where you will have the chance to meet the UX-1 robot. CHPM2030 is now officially closed, but you can have a look at the last newsletter and check the roadmap for future technology development until 2030 and 2050. INFACT has recently completed its first round of field trials at the three reference sites in Finland, Germany, and Spain. Have a look at the latest press release to learn more. Last but not least, ROBOMINERS, EFG’s latest project presents its aim of developing a bio-inspired robot capable of mining underground mineral deposits in a press release.

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News from EFG & its members

EFG News

EFG News | Photo contest “Legends of Geoscience”: second round of public voting still open
The submission period for the 2019 edition of the EAGE/EFG photo contest has closed in March and we have received many stunning contributions. Thanks to all who have submitted their photos!
The second round of the public voting is currently determining the winners of this year’s contest. Cast your vote at:

EFG Projects

EFG Projects UNEXMIN final conference and field trials at Molnár János caves

UNEXMIN is an EU-funded project that develops a novel robotic system for the autonomous exploration and mapping of Europe’s flooded mines. To learn more about these innovative mineral exploration techniques, we invite you to register now for the project’s final conference which will be held on 26th September 2019 in Brussels. At this occasion, project results, including the presence of one of the UX-1 robots, will be shown, discussed and demonstrated. The programme will include high-level discussions on raw materials policies, support from the UNEXMIN project to those policies and the European industrial innovation, and on the capabilities and future application of the exploration system
From the 26th of June to the 5th of July the UNEXMIN team brought its robotic system to explore and map the cave system at Molnár János in Budapest, Hungary. The robots’ capabilities, with a focus on autonomy and navigation, were extensively tested. In total, more than 220m of the cave area were explored. You may read the full press release here

EFG Projects CHPM2030 newsletter and Roadmap for 2030 and 2050

The CHPM2030 project has officially closed on 30 June 2019. The fourth and last edition of the project newsletter provides you with information about the final conference in Delft, latest deliverables, a report on potential pilot sites, and a general overview of project outcomes and outlook. You may read the full newsletter here.
The CHPM roadmap for 2030 and 2050 is one of the project’s last deliverables. It has been developed using the synergetic combination of three future-oriented layers of studies: 1) The “CHPM component roadmap” study provides a direct follow-up of the current technological components (e.g. metal mobilization/recovery), by describing the state-of-the-art, immediate research plan (2025), pilot research plan (2030), and long term objectives (2050); 2) The “Preparation for future pilots” study investigates the pathway to pilot implementation by 2030, by providing a detailed description of the 5 areas in Europe (Cornwall, Iberian Pyrite Belt, Beius Basin/Bihor Mountains, Kristineberg and Nautanen) for CHPM potential with recommendation for future exploration, stakeholder engagement and funding opportunities. 3) The “Overall concept of CHPM” study investigates the feasibility of combining geothermal energy with mineral extraction with the use of foresight tools such as Horizon Scanning, Delphi survey and Expert workshops. Targets and actions have been identified related to exploration, development, operation, and market, all related to CHPM technology. 
In conclusion, the CHPM Roadmap for 2030 and 2050 delivered a timeline, including milestones, actions and targets to be achieved in order to arrive to pilots by 2030 and full-scale application by 2050.
Follow the related posts on the @CHPM2030 twitter account! You can read the full document here or browse through the content in a Prezi slideshow.

EFG Projects | Press release: EU-funded ROBOMINERS project will improve access to European raw materials by developing a bio-inspired, modular and reconfigurable robot-miner for small and difficult to access mineral deposits

ROBOMINERS is a new project funded under the European Union’s Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 (grant agreement n°820971) which aims at creating a bio-inspired robot capable of mining underground mineral deposits. The 48-months project has held its kick-off meeting in Madrid, on 13 and 14 June 2019. Benefiting from its broad network reaching out to more than 45,000 geoscientists across Europe, EFG will lead the dissemination and communication efforts within ROBOMINERS. Some of EFG’s national association members will also participate as Linked Third Parties in the project, supporting among others the creation of a European database of potentially suitable locations for the deployment of the novel technology. Read the full press release here.

EFG Projects | INFACT Press release - Sustainable mineral exploration in the EU

The EU-funded INFACT project recently collected a set of new geoscience data through airborne electromagnetic (AEM) surveys in southern Spain. The Horizon 2020 project aims to develop first-of-its-kind European “reference sites” for non-invasive mineral exploration technologies in three EU countries.
Read the full press release here.

EFG Members

EFG Members | SGF, France
27e Réunions des Sciences de la Terre
26-30 October 2019, Lyon, France Read more

EFG Members | BDG, Germany
5th Meggen Raw Material Days
11-13 September 2019, Lennestadt-Meggen, Germany Read more

EFG Associated Members | AIPG, USA
Annual Conference: Geology in the Green Mountains: Scenic Beauty
and Economic Engine

14-17 September 2019, Burlington, Vermont, USA Read more


European Institutions

EC consultation: Horizon Europe
Horizon Europe will be the successor programme for research and innovation in the new budget 2021-2027, building on Horizon 2020. A public consultation has been launched and the inputs of this consultation will feed in the ‘Strategic Plan’ for Horizon Europe.
Deadline for participation: 8 September 2019 Read more

EC consultation: Industrial emissions - evaluating the EU rules
Deadline for participation: 4 September 2019  Read more

LIFE programme
The new LIFE programme calls for proposals have been launched. €400 million of EU funding for environment, nature conservation and climate action projects are available in 2019. Read more

EC news: Commission to invest €11 billion in new solutions for societal challenges and drive innovation-led sustainable growth Read more

Science Business: European Parliament’s research committee chooses new leadership Read more
Science Business: Mariana Mazzucato: my guide to successful research missions Read more

Science Business: Commission shows its cards on implementing Horizon Europe Read more


Earth & Geo Science 2019 - 2nd International Conference on Earth Science & Geo Science, "Insight into Innovations in Earth System Sciences and Climate Change Challenges"
12 - 13 August 2019, Prague, Czech Republic Read more

Goldschmidt2019 - International Conference on Geochemistry and Related Subjects
18 - 23 August 2019, Barcelona, Spain Read more 

5th International YES Congress 2019
9 - 13 September 2019, Berlin, Germany Read more

WMESS 2019 - 5th World Multidisciplinary Earth Sciences Symposium
9 - 13 September 2019, Prague, Czech Republic Read more

AGSE 2019: Annual Conference - Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment
11-14 September 2019, Stuttgart, Germany Read more

European Research and Innovation Days
24-26 September 2019, Brussels, Belgium Read more

WCCC 2019 - 2nd World Congress on Climate Change
26 - 28 September 2019, Berlin, Germany Read more

GEC Geotechnik - expo & congress
23-24 October 2019, Offenburg, Germany Read more
AGU Fall Meeting 2019: “Celebrate the Past, Inspire the Future”
9-13 December 2019, San Francisco, USA Read more
Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 July 2019


ReSToRE summer school: Bringing geoscience and society together for sustainable resource development

How can we sustainably supply future generations with earth resources, i.e., energy, water and minerals? This was the challenge that a group of 42 early-career scientists and practitioners from geoscience and social science backgrounds set out to tackle at the inaugural Researching Social Theories, Resources, and Environment (ReSToRE) International Summer School. The event was hosted by the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) and organised under the patronage of UNESCO. It took place in University College Dublin, Ireland, from 1st to 5th July 2019.
Read the full blog post by Jen Roberts (University of Strathclyde), Anthea Lacchia (iCRAG at University College Dublin), & Geertje Schuitema (University College Dublin) here

Panels of Experts


EU Institutions

EC consultation: Sustainable batteries – EU requirements
Deadline for participation : 8 August 2019 Read more


JRC report: Recovery of critical and other raw materials from mining waste and landfills Read more


IMWA2019 - International Mine Water Association Conference
15 - 19 July 2019, Perm, Russia Read more
Future of Mining EMEA 2019
4-5 September 2019, London, United Kingdom Read more
Note: EurGeols benefit from a 15% discount on tickets. Please contact for more information. 

Potential and Limits of Geophysics for Mining Exploration
13 September 2019. Meggen, Germany Read more
The worldwide mining exploration demands high quality and cost-effective geophysical methods. Nowadays, it is well understood that the application of one geophysical technique, only, is rarely sufficient to identify new ore deposits, especially for deep mining projects. Each additional geophysical method applied, progressively adds more information towards making the most important decision to drill-test targets. It is extremely necessary to improve the geological interpretation of recorded geophysical data (anomalies) leading to a better understanding of the defined exploration targets. In order to explore new deposits, or to better understand operating mining areas, Geophysicists can choose from a variety of different geophysical techniques, depending on the conditions of the deposit. Within this seminar, potentials and especially the limits for a variety of geophysical techniques will be presented.
Furthermore, it will be shown, in which way different methods can be combined for an easier and faster geological interpretation and for the generation of a better geological model of the deposit.
Note: This course is endorsed by the European Federation of Geologists and EurGeols benefit from reduced rates. 

European Minerals Day 2019
20-22 September 2019
Every two years, the European Minerals Day (EMD) event gives the opportunity to discover the world of minerals and the importance of the mineral sector in our daily life activities. This year’s event is scheduled for 20-22 September, when minerals producers all across Europe will again host the “Quarry and Plant Open Days”. In this context, EFG is joining its efforts again with a consortium of 11 European partners for supporting the event and reaching its main aims. Read the full press release in order to learn more.

IGF 15th Annual General Meeting: Mining in a Changing Climate
7-11 October 2019, Geneva, Switzerland Read more

MINEX Russia Mining and Exploration Forum
8-10 October 2019, Moscow, Russia Read more

World Resources Forum “Anchoring Sustainable and Efficient Resource Management”
22-24 October 2019, Lausanne/Geneva, Switzerland Read more


“Safe Deep Mining” education programme: Advanced Rock Engineering Education for Deep Mines
The continuing education programme “Rock Engineering for Deep Mines” addresses the shortage of rock engineering personnel in the European mining industry. The emphasis of the education programme is on the application of rock engineering principles in the mining industry in order to make deep mining operations safer and more efficient. It provides the participants with the basic knowledge and skills required to address and solve practical rock engineering problems.
The program is tailored to the specific needs of working professionals: classes organized in blocked modules of one week with additional blended learning sessions and self-study periods will enable the participant to undergo two years of training without interrupting the career. It comprises eight compulsory and four elective modules out of which the participants have to select three. The first module starts on 7 October 2019.
The deadline for application for the program is 15 September 2019. Participation in the first season is free of charge as sponsored by EIT RawMaterials. Read more



ETIP Deep Geothermal recommendations for the European Energy Transition Fund Read more
ETIP Implementation roadmap for Deep Geothermal Read more


10-11 September 2019, Celle, Germany Read more
17-18 September 2019, Paris, France Read more
European Shallow Geothermal Days
24-25 September 2019, Brussels, Belgium Read more
DARLINGe: Danube Region Leading Geothermal Energy Final Conference
25 September 2019, Budapest, Hungary Read more
100% Renewable Heating & Cooling for a Sustainable Future
28 October 2019, Helsinki, Finland Read more
German Geothermal Congress 2019
19 - 21 November 2019, Munich, Germany Read more
World Geothermal Congress 2020
27 April – 1 May 2020, Reykjavik, Iceland Read more



Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science
8 - 13 September 2019, Vienna, Austria Read more
10th International Groundwater Quality Conference (GQ 2019)
9-12 September 2019, Liège, Belgium Read more
46th IAH Congress: Groundwater management and governance – coping with water scarcity
22-27 September 2019, Malaga, Spain Read more
Geoethics & Groundwater Management Congress (GEOETH&GWM’19)
21 -25 October 2019, Porto, Portugal Read more
14th EWA Brussels Conference
4-5 November 2019, Brussels, Belgium Read more
20th EWA Symposium: Integration of the Water Sector in the Circular Economy
6-7 May 2020, Munich, Germany
Deadline for abstract submissions: 20 October 2019



7th International Conference on Sustainable Development
4 - 5 September 2019 Rome, Italy Read more
Flood Expo 2019
11-12 September 2019, Birmingham, United Kingdom Read more
4th IFIP Conference on Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction (ITDRR-2019)
9-10 October 2019, Kyiv, Ukraine Read more
4th Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Warsaw
23-25 October 2019, University of Warsaw, Poland Read more
4th European Conference on Flood Risk Management - Science and practice for an uncertain future
31 August - 4 September 2020, Budapest, Hungary Read more



European High Level Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
5 September 2019, Oslo, Norway Read more



EIT RawMaterials event: The Future of Raw Material Higher Education
2-4 October 2019, Zagreb, Croatia Read more

Jobs & Training


EASME is recruiting project advisers
The European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) is looking for sustainable energy experts with knowledge and experience on energy in buildings, heating, cooling, industry, energy-related products, consumers, cities, regions, energy services, and/or sustainable energy finance. Project Advisers in the H2020 Energy Unit will manage projects funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 Programme. Read more

KPMG-Ukraine Ltd. is hiring a team lead
Key expert 1: Team Leader / Policy and institutional expert (min. 420 man-days)
Team Leader will be responsible for the overall planning, coordination and implementation of the project and will ensure achievement of the expected results of all components. The Team Leader will also work as Policy and institutional expert. Read more
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