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...This month we invite you to register for the first EuroWorkshop "Geothermal - The Energy of the Future" organised jointly by EFG and the Assoociation of Greek Geologists on 18 and 19 May 2017 on the island of Santorini (Greece). EFG offers a special grant for young professionals - apply by 31 March!

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News from EFG & its members

EuroWorkshop "Geothermal - the Energy of the Future", Santorini, Greece, 18-19 May 2017
The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and the Association of Greek Geologists (AGG) will coorganise the first EuroWorkshop on geothermal energy in Fira on the island of Santorini (Greece) on 18 and 19 May 2017.
EFG and AGG offer special support for ten young professionals. If you have less than 30 years and are a student or young professional in geosciences, you may apply for a grant of 180 EUR supporting your travel and accommodation costs. If you are interested in this offer, please write a short story of maximum 400 words about “Geothermal – the Energy of the Future” and return it together with the following form to The deadline for application is 31 March 2017 and we will inform you in the first half of April if you were selected for the travel grant.
The organisers also invite you to submit your proposals for posters by 15 April 2017. The theme of the call relates to the workshop topic: Geothermal – the Energy of the Future. Poster submissions must be in English.
More information about the EuroWorkshop on geothermal energy:

TAEG constitutes National Vetting Committee for EurGeol title applications
EFG’s Turkish member TAEG, the Turkish Association of Economic Geologists, successfully applied to establish a National Vetting Committee (NVC) for European Geologist title applications. This new status allows TAEG members to apply for the European Geologist (EurGeol) title directly through their association.
The EurGeol title is a professional title created by the European Federation of Geologists which recognises the ability to deliver a high quality of services within the practice of geology. EurGeol title holders also undertake continuing education and training activities, thus demonstrating their personal commitment to stay up to date and informed within the sphere of their professional work.
More information about the European Geologist title and how to apply:

European Committee of the Regions on Natural Disaster: a sense of priorities shared by EFG
EFG attended on the 23 March the 122nd Committee of the Regions (COR) plenary session. During the session, the Action Plan on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was subject to debate, as well as the more general work of the COR on Natural Hazards. The debates were particularly interesting and all highlighted the consensus on the importance of greater and closer collaboration inside of Europe for better prevention and intervention in case of Disaster. Many comments made during the debate echoed sentiments shared by the EFG and proved the relevance of both COR and EFG’s work. 
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EFG projects | KINDRA edutainment video

In the frame of the World Water Week 2017, the EU funded KINDRA project released an edutainment video on YouTube. This short video provides some basic information about groundwater in Europe for children aged from 11 to 14. Enjoy! More edutainment material is available on the project website at…

EFG projects | MICA Side Event to the World Circular Economy Forum

In the frame of the World Circular Economy Forum 2017, a MICA Side Event is scheduled for 7 June 2017This event introduces the “Mineral Intelligence Capacity Analysis” (MICA) project to its stakeholders who work and stay up-to-date with developments in mineral intelligence, such as resource/reserve assessments, investment in mineral exploration, mineral life-cycles, socio-economic relevance of minerals, urban mining, and other. MICA provides an open-access platform to be released in early 2018 which is constructed on a complex ontology that enables to systematically source and present data from numerous databases and provide intelligence to its user.
EFG is a partner of the MICA project and supports the dissemination activities.
To register for this event please use the following link.
More information on MICA:

EFG projects
 | FORAM Newsletter
In this first edition you can learn directly from the Core Team, the Work Package Leaders. Find out more about FORAM, its objectives and the way it will make a difference. This first edition of the FORAM newsletter also includes an interview with EFG President Vitor Correia, leader of Work Package 3 on Strategic Planning. Read more

EFG members | CGS, Croatia
7th International Workshop "Neogene of Central and South Eastern Europe"

28-31 May 2017, Velika, Croatia  Read more

EFG members | GSL, UK
William Smith Meeting 2017: Plate Tectonics at 50
3-5 October 2017, London, UK 
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Call for papers open until 31 May 2017

EFG associated members | AIPG webinar - Best Practices in Mineral Resource Estimation and Reporting (presenter: Abani Samal)
12 April 2017, 1:00pm EDT 
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EurGeol of the month: Anthony Cooper  

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 Dr Anthony Cooper, member of the Geological Society of London (GSL). After his PhD, Anthony Cooper started work as a geological surveyor with the British Geological Survey (BGS) and continued that for 38 years becoming more interested in geological hazards as he progressed. After “retiring” he moved into independent consulting, but remains attached to the BGS as an honorary research associate.
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European Institutions
European Commission published second State of the Energy Union Report Read more
Infopoint Lunchtime Conference: "PanAfGeo: an unprecedented pan-African training programme"
31 March 2017, 12:30 – 14:00, Brussels, Belgium Read more

EGU General Assembly 2017 Read more
Vienna, Austria, 23-28 April 2017

PAGES 5th Open Science Meeting  
Zaragoza, Spain, 9–13 May 2017 Read more
EAGE Annual Meeting
12-15 June 2017, Paris, France Read more
Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) 
Vancouver, Canada, 16-21 June 2018 Read more
EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2017)
19-25 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium Read more

Hyperthermals – rapid and extreme global warming in our geological past
London, UK, 25-26 September 2017 Read more

Geology in History: The geologist: an unknown actor in many historical events
The latest EuroGeoSurveys publication “Geology in History” has been launched on 28th March 2017 during the EuroGeoSurveys 42nd General Meeting. Read more
Call for Papers: Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece
The Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece – BGSG (ISSN 2529-1718) is an international, professional, peer-reviewed, and interdisciplinary journal published in English by the Geological Society of Greece and the National Documentation Centre of Greece, Athens. The journal welcomes papers in both standard and developing fields of geology, as well as papers highlighting the interaction between geological disciplines and other disciplines. It publishes original research papers, research and policy reviews and notes, and book reviews in English. Read more


Panels of Experts



ERA-MIN Joint Call 2017 and webinar
The H2020 ERA-MIN 2 consortium has open a joint call "Raw materials for the sustainable development and the circular economy" with a total budget of 15 million Euro including EU co-funding. The deadline for the pre-proposals submission is 5th May, 17:00 (CEST). The scope of the call is to support transnational collaborative projects on demand-driven research and innovation on primary and secondary resources of metallic, construction and industrial minerals and substitution of Critical Raw Materials in a circular economy approach.
A webinar on ERA-MIN Joint Call 2017 that will take place on 30 March 2017 at 13:00 (CET) for one hour. The link of the Webinar is:
This Webinar will provide information of the topics and detailed explanations on the submission, evaluation, selection and funding procedures. This Webinar is the virtual place to answer online questions of the applicants.
More information of the ERA-MIN Joint call 2017 is available on:


25th International Mining Congress and Exhibition of Turkey
Antalya, Turkey, 11-14 April 2017 Read more
Mines and Technology
29-31 May 2017, Helsinki, Finland Read more
Miningforum 2017
1-2 June 2017, Berlin, Germany Read more
EuroNanoForum 2017
Valletta, Malta, 21-23 June 2017 Read more
The Energy, Mineral and Resource-Recovery Nexus: Sustainability and Engineering
Goldschmidt 2017 (Theme 18, Session 18B)

13-18 August 2017, Paris, France Read more
Abstract deadline: 1 April 2017
European Minerals Day 2017: From mineral raw materials to sustainable regions and cities
22 September 2017: European Launch Event in Estonia (kindly hosted by Nordkalk)
22-24 September: European Minerals Days
Week 9 October: North American Minerals Days
10-11 October: EMD workshop and networking event under the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels
6-10 November: Brussels event during Raw Materials Week reporting on the Open Days
Register now your local event at
Real Time Mining Conference
10 to 11 October 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Read more
World Resources Forum
24-25 October 2017, Geneva, Switzerland  Read more
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 3 April 2017


Geothermal Cross Over Technology Workshop
25-26 April 2017, Durham, United Kingdom Read more
Energy Cities Conference 2017
26-28 April 2017, Stuttgart, Germany Read more
#DecarbHeat 2017: The European Forum for a decarbonised heating sector
10-12 May 2017, Brussels, Belgium Read more

European Institutions

Roadmap: Revision of the Drinking Water Directive Read more


Water Innovation Europe
14-15 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium  Read more

IAH 44th Congress
25-27 September 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia  Read more
Call for abstracts now open!


Climateurope Festival 2017
5-7 April 2017, Valencia, Spain Read more
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe 2017
9-11 May 2017, the Hague, Netherlands Read more
2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
22-26 May 2017, Cancún, México Read more
Geohazards Conference
1-2 June 2017, Fonyód, Hungary Read more
4th International Disaster Law Course
12-16 June 2017, Sanremo, Italy Read more
Deadline for application: 26 May 2017
2nd IFIP Conference on Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction (ITDRR 2017)

25-27 October 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria Read more


1st World Conference on Soil and Water Conservation under Global Change (CONSOWA)  
Lleida, Spain, 12–16 June 2017  Read more


European Institutions
Roadmap: An agenda for the modernisation of higher education Read more

Jobs & Training

Summer school: "Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life"
25 July - 3 August 2017 Saaremaa, Estonia Read more
Deadline for application: 30 April 2017
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