GeoNews June
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...This month we invite you to discover the new version of the EFG Code of Ethics released during the recent Santorini Council meeting. We also encourage you to check the ongoing call for abstracts for the next issue of the European Geologist Journal on “Geology and a sustainable future”.
We have also many news to share with you from the different H2020 projects in which EFG participates: a new brochure from CHPM2030, a market survey from VAMOS and some first insights into the events that EFG will co-organise in the frame of the EU Raw Materials Week such as the Launch of the International Raw Materials Observatory and the MINATURA2020 final conference.

Are you in a hurry? Then scroll directly to News from EFG & its membersEurGeol of the monthMiscellaneous; Panels of Experts or Jobs & Training

News from EFG & its members

Call for articles European Geologist Journal: Geology and a sustainable future
The Editorial Board of the Journal of the European Federation of Geologists invites you to submit articles for the 44th issue of the journal. The theme of this issue is “Geology and a sustainable future”. We expect contributions related to the topic. Please send your article proposal (name of the author(s), working title of the article and a short abstract of about 10 lines) by 15 July 2017 to the Editor-in-Chief ( and cc to 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 September 2017. The articles will be peer reviewed and also reviewed by a native English speaker. You may find the guidelines for authors at

EFG’s upgraded Code of Ethics:
a constant work towards an ethical European family of Geologists

Conscious that a set of principles only grows stronger the more it reflects the profession’s as well as society’s realities and changes, the EFG makes a point of constantly upgrading its “Code of Ethics” and presents now its newest version that includes an amendment (see paragraph 12) relating to the working environment. This updated version was unanimously approved by the EFG Council whose membered all agreed on the necessity to align with recent initiatives taken by several scientific societies. With this updated “Code of Ethics”, EFG therefore joins other scientific societies in taking a strong stand in favour of a respectful and safe working environment. 

EAGE/EFG photo contest 2017: Vote now for your favourite ‘Geoscientists at work’ pic!
All EAGE and EFG members are invited to cast their vote online for their favourite photograph to determine the winners of this year's competition. The Top 12 photos have been displayed during the 79th EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition (12-15 June 2017, Paris, France) and will be shown at other EAGE and EFG events in summer and autumn. 
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EFG projects | ¡VAMOS! Market Survey
As part of its efforts to extract more raw materials within the EU, the European Commission has funded the ¡VAMOS! project to design and build a novel underwater mining excavation system for flooded inland open-cut mines.
As the project approaches the site-testing and post-trial analysis phase, the consortium would like to ask experts in the mining industry for their impression of the concept and its applicability. Following this link, you will have access to an anonymous 5-minute ¡VAMOS! Market Survey, where you will be able to send your feedback as well as register your interest in an upcoming open-day.

EFG projects | CHPM2030 releases new project brochure
The CHPM2030 project is defining a technology pathway that could substantially decrease Europe’s dependency on both the import of critical metallic minerals and of energy. The project aims at new concepts coupling the production of geothermal energy and metals and thus improving the economic viability of EGS projects.
Discover more about the ongoing work and expected results in the new project brochure that you may download here.

EFG members | DGF, Denmark
33rd Nordic Geological Winter Meeting
Copenhagen, Denmark, 10-12 January 2018 Read more
Call for sessions open until 1 July 2017

EFG members | BDG, Germany
3. Meggener days of natural resources
13-15 September 2017, Lennestadt-Meggen, Germany Read more

EFG members | GSL, UK
Fermor Meeting 2017: Factory Earth

25-27 September 2017, London, UK Read more
Abstract Deadline: 1 July 2017

EFG associated members | AIPG, USA
Music City Rocks — Geology in the Past, Present, and Future

23-26 September 2017, Nashville, Tennessee
  Read more
Registration now open!

EurGeol of the month: Barry Hunt 

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 have talked to Barry Hunt, member of the Geological Society of London (GSL). Barry’s early career between 1988 and 2002 involved working for two civil engineering consultancies as a geomaterials scientist. In 2002 Barry started his own company, IBIS, specialising in the expert investigation of construction materials. The specialist knowledge and services provided by Barry have allowed him to be instrumental in the resolution of problems ranging from blastdamaged stone claddings in the City of London to advice on the quarrying and extraction of stone from abroad for import to the UK. Other areas of experience include the investigation of all types of building finishes, specialist advice on remedial treatments and the preparation of advice for actual and potential use in litigation, mediation and arbitration. Read more


European Institutions

Inception Impact Assessment: Review of the Construction Products Regulation Read more


VOLCANOES’ NIGHT was a Marie Curie Sklodowska Researchers’ Night project series running from 2012 to 2015 under three consecutive contracts funded by the European Commission. The aim of VOLCANOES’ NIGHT was to use volcanoes as a background against which the role of geoscientists could be explained to the public. EC funding for VOLCANOES’ NIGHT ended on 1 December 2015. The project is currently in a 5-year exploitation phase, during which the aim of the Project Coordinator is to maintain information services, promote the organisation of similar events, and widely disseminate the scientific achievements of this project. To safeguard the original non-commercial, non-partisan spirit of VOLCANOES’ NIGHT, the organisers are now converting the project into a flexible and inclusive scheme in which any organisation can participate. The aim is to encourage research teams, universities, municipalities, museums and geoscientists to join the initiative and organise their own VOLCANOES’ NIGHT on 29 September 2017.
How to get involved?
Download the 1-page Information Leaflet or go directly to Your Volcanoes’ Night for more details. Make sure you also check the Frequently Asked Questions section then get in touch with the Project Coordinator using the Contact Form of the project website or via direct e-mail: or

4th World Young Earth Scientists Congress
27-30 August 2017, Tehran, Iran Read more
Hyperthermals – rapid and extreme global warming in our geological past
London, UK, 25-26 September 2017 Read more
Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) 
Vancouver, Canada, 16-21 June 2018 Read more
As a technical partner of RFG 2018, EFG encourages you to submit your session proposals by 1 July 2017.

Panels of Experts



JRC science for policy report "Non-ferrous Metals Manufacturing: Vision for 2050 and Actions Needed" Read more
Encyclopedia of Mineral and Energy Policy, 2017, Springer, edited by Günter Tiess, Tapan Majumder and Peter Cameron Read more


European Minerals Day 2017: organise your own event!
The European Minerals Day celebrates a very special birthday with the 10th edition of this now famous event that will this year take place from 22 to 24 September 2017 and that EFG will once again gladly support! Each year, the European Minerals Day provides a unique way to inform, educate and enthuse around 30.000 European citizens in 27 countries about the importance of the minerals sector in providing raw materials that are essential for so many everyday products. If you are interested in organizing your own event, contact IMA-Europe for more information. 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
Resource Waste Management
12-14 September 2017, Birmingham, UK Read more
European Parliament Gypsum Forum
27 September 2017, Brussels, Belgium
Real Time Mining Conference
10-11 October 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Read more
6th International Congress of Mining Machinery and Technologies (IMMAT)
18–21 October 2017, Izmir, Turkey Read more
World Resources Forum
24-25 October 2017, Geneva, Switzerland  Read more
Registration is now open!
6th International Symposium on Occupational Health and Safety in Mining`2017
2-3 November 2017, Adana, Turkey Read more


5th Sustainable Places international conference (SP2017) 
Middlebrough, UK, 28-30 June 2017 Read more
European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment 2017
Brighton, UK, 7 - 9 July 2017 Read more
Workshop "Geochemistry of geothermal fluids"
26-27 October 2017, University of Miskolc, Hungary
Sharing the knowledge and technology of geothermal energy is crucial for the further development of this resource. This workshop brings together the running geothermal projects funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. The aim of the workshop is to provide a glimpse to the geochemical aspects of geothermal fluids, promoting cross-fertilisation between different projects, providing a forum for the exchange of scientific knowledge and facilitating synergies between the projects. Read more
Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017 
13 - 14 November 2017, Bonn, Germany Read more


IEA report: Tracking Progress: Renewable power Read more
EGEC’s policy paper on the European Commission scenarios for the Clean Energy Package Read more

Call for proposals

Geothermica joint call Read more
Deadline for application: 10 July 2017

European Institutions

EC consultation on the list of proposed Projects of Common Interest - Additional projects in oil and smart grids  Read more
EC consultation on the list of proposed Projects of Common Interest in energy infrastructure Read more


IAH 44th Congress
25-27 September 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia  Read more
13th EWA Brussels Conference: Recent Developments in the EU Water Policy
6-8 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium Read more
6th EWA/JSWA/WEF Joint Conference: Resilience of the Water Sector
15-18 May 2018, Munich, Germany Read more
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 25 September 2017

European Institutions
Analysis of open public consultation: Policy options to set minimum quality requirements for reused water in the EU Read more


AGI Critical Issues Webinar - Planning for Coastal Storm and Erosion Hazards
6 July 2017 Read more
2nd IFIP Conference on Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction (ITDRR 2017)
25-27 October 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria Read more

Scientia Issue #112: From climate change to the cosmic web Read more


4th European Geoparks Conference 
7-9 September 2017, Azores, Portugal Read more
Natural stone for cultural heritage: local resources with a global impact
19-22 September 2017, Prague, Czech Republic Read more
Deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended until 30 June.
9th International Symposium ProGEO "Geoheritage and Geoconservation: Modern Approaches and Applications Towards the 2030 Agenda"
25 - 28 June, 2018, Chęciny, Poland Read more


International Earth Science Olympiad – IESO
Côte d’Azur, France, 21-29 August 2017 Read more

Jobs & Training

Lisbon, Portugal: Common Secretary-General of ICGS/ILZSG/INSG 
The International Copper Study Group (ICSG), the International Lead & Zinc Study Group (ILZSG), and the International Nickel Study Group (INSG) are autonomous intergovernmental organizations. The purpose of each Group is to promote international cooperation on matters related to their specific metal or metals; to provide a global forum for discussion; and to increase market transparency by facilitating an exchange of information on production, usage and trade.
ICSG, ILZSG, and INSG are now seeking candidates to fill the position of Common Secretary-General located in Lisbon, Portugal. Read more
Internship in UNESCO's Section on Earth Sciences and Geo-Hazards Risk Reduction
Paris, France Read more

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

Dubrovnik International ESEE Mining School
20-25 Nov 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia Read more
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