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...This month we invite you to discover the activities of the EFG Panel of Experts on Geological Heritage which is presented by the Panel’s coordinator Mónica Sousa. You can also read more about the outcomes of the Horizon 2020 geoscience survey which has evaluated the perceived success of the Horizon 2020 funding programme among geoscientists. Last but not least, have a look at the recent UNEXMIN press release about the successfully conducted tests of the UX-1 robot at the Idrija mine, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Are you in a hurry? Then scroll directly to News from EFG & its members; Interview with Mónica SousaMiscellaneousPanels of Experts and Training

News from EFG & its members

EFG mentees and mentors have teamed up for the Geoscience for Society Challenge

Early in 2018, EFG has kicked-off the first season of its International Mentoring Programme which brings together early-career geoscientists with experienced professionals who support them in better defining and pursuing their career goals. Since the programme’s scope is international, most meetings between mentees and mentors take place virtually using different telecommunication methods.
EFG’s Geoscience for Society Challenge has offered one of this year’s mentoring teams to meet face-to-face in Brussels, at the occasion of the Horizon Geoscience Dinner Debate which was held on 26 September 2018 and brought together EU policymakers and geoscientists to discuss how the geosciences can support policymaking more efficiently, especially in the light of the forthcoming Horizon Europe framework programme for research and innovation.
For Antonio Polo and Christian Schaffalitzky, the winners of the Challenge, this was indeed the first time they could meet face-to-face and they appreciated this occasion offered by EFG to deepen their cooperation and network, at the same time, with other European geoscientists.
You can read the full story here
More information about the EFG Mentoring Programme:

Geoscientists evaluate perceived success of Horizon 2020 funding programme
In spring 2018, EFG and the European Geosciences Union (EGU) jointly conducted a survey among geoscientists from across Europe, but also from abroad, to evaluate the perceived success of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme that is allocating almost 80 billion euros to research and innovation over 7 years (until the end of 2020). A report featuring the key findings of this survey as well as suggested improvements for the forthcoming Horizon Europe framework programme has officially be launched during the Horizon Geoscience dinner debate held on 26 September in Brussels.
For more information you can read the survey’s key facts in a two-page summary or access the full report here.  

EFG/EAGE Photo Contest winner announced

"Class in the desert" has been selected as the best photo for 2018. It has been an exciting run for this year’s EAGE/EFG Photo Contest, with 167 photos submitted and over 4600 votes. The 12 finalists represent a range of countries, different fields of activity, with highlights on young professionals and female geoscientists. The winning photo was taken by Ahmad Gholami in the Shahrud Desert, Semnan Province, Iran. Click here to discover all winners. 

EFG Projects | INTERMIN survey on mineral raw materials training programmes

Since February 2018, EFG participates in the INTERMIN project which is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. One significant part of this project is to make an inventory of all the post-graduate training programmes in the field of raw-materials engineering that are available (not just in the EU but worldwide). In order to facilitate this task, the project team has prepared an electronic survey.
Based on this survey and a thorough assessment of the future technological development and prospective shortages of specific skills, the project will identify possible gaps and build on this, preparing the community (not just the partners of the project-consortium) for the future. 
We would be grateful if you could spend a few minutes of your time and complete the survey which can be accessed at the following link. Participation in the survey takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Philipp Hartlieb from Montanuniversitaet Leoben ( who compiled the survey.

EFG Projects | UNEXMIN field trials in Slovenia were successful

UNEXMIN is an EU-funded project that develops a novel robotic system, primarily for the autonomous exploration and mapping of Europe’s flooded mines. The second trials with the new UNEXMIN technology took place in the Idrija mercury mine, in Slovenia, from the 10 to 21 September. In the Idrija mine, an UNESCO’s world heritage site, the UX-1 robot managed to explore and map the accessible parts of the underground flooded mine. The trials at the Idrija mine went by without a single accident and with no human harm or damage of the equipment or the mine itself, resulting from careful planning and execution by the UNEXMIN team, making this trial a success. The robot now travelled to Porto, Portugal, where further development of the technology will take part with special focus on the UX-1’s autonomy. Read more

Interview with Mónica Sousa, Coordinator of the EFG Panel of Experts on Geological Heritage

EFG’s Panels of Experts (PE) have been set up to provide high-quality advice and information to the European institutions, to international NGO’s and to other global professional associations. EFG has currently 10 Panels of Experts active in the fields of CCS, Education, Geological Heritage, Geotechnics, Geothermal Energy, Hydrogeology, Natural Hazards, Minerals, Oil & Gas and Soil Protection. The Panels involve more than 200 voluntary experts from over 20 different countries and all aim at emphasising the importance of geology to society, the benefits of incorporating geological advice and to promote the importance of the geoscientific profession.
To raise awareness about the existence of these Panels of Experts, EFG is presenting its coordinators in an interview series. In October 2018, we have talked to Móncia Sousa, the coordinator of the Panel on Geological Heritage.
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European Institutions

Roadmap: Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reductions Read more


Geoscience and Society Summit
18-21 March 2019, Stockholm, Sweden Read more
A “Call for Innovations” is open until 8 November 2018

81st EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition

3-6 June 2019, London, UK Read more
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15 January 2019

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


AGI offers free subscriptions to EARTH magazine

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is now offering free subscriptions to the digital edition of EARTH Magazine to all licensed and/or professional geoscientists worldwide. Subscriptions also include access to EARTH’s complete archive. To subscribe, please go to


New IPCC report
On 8 October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of scientists convened by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to inform world leaders, published their latest report on the impacts of global warming. The report will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, where governments will review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. Full report - Summary for policymakers

Panels of Experts


European Institutions

European Battery Alliance: investing in lithium-ion battery plants
On 15 October 2018, the European Commission has confirmed its plan to allow state aid for electric battery research and to support companies willing to build giant plants. Read more


2018 Mining Industry Survey
State of Play is an independent research institute focused on strategy and innovation in the global mining industry. The institute’s biennial Mining Industry Survey has become the world’s largest mining industry survey. EFG supports this initiative and invites you to complete the 2018 edition of the survey which will provide insight into the changing global mining ecosystem and its effect on innovation. Completing the survey will take you approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
Building on data gathered in 2013, 2015 and 2017, the 2018 survey responses will be used to produce a report that takes an in-depth look at key industry drivers, strategic responses and innovation activity. For more information, the 2017 Global Mining Report is available here.
You can access the survey here.


EFG Endorsed Training Course: Geochemical Interpretation Tools for Exploration and Mining Geologists: Examples from SE Ireland, Finland and Sub-Saharan Africa
12 November 2018, London, UK Read more

International Conference for Research on Phosphates and Derivatives
(Phosphate days 2018)

12-13 November 2018, Benguerir, Morocco Read more

Raw Materials Week 2018
12-16 November 2018, Brussels, Belgium

CRM Data Management and European Scandium inventory-Exchange Meeting
26-27 November 2018, Berlin, Germany Read more

European Resources Forum 
27-28 November 2018, Berlin, Germany  Read more

Prometia Annual Seminar
13-14 December 2018, Berlin, Germany Read more

3rd MIN-GUIDE Annual Conference: “The Future Perspective of Minerals Production in the Circular Economy”
11-12 December 2018, Brussels, Belgium Read more

26th International Mining Congress and Exhibition (IMCET 2019) 
16-19 April 2019, Antalya, Turkey Read more



ETIP-DG releases fact sheet on the Vision for Deep Geothermal
The European Technology & Innovation Platform on Deep Geothermal (ETIP-DG) has recently released a fact sheet on its vision for the future of deep geothermal energy. Read more


2nd GEORG Geothermal Workshop, GGW2018
14-15 November 2018, Reykjavik, Iceland Read more
German Geothermal Congress
27-29 November 2018, Essen, Germany Read more
RENEXPO: International Trade Fair for Water & Energy professionals
24-25 April 2018, Belgrade, Serbia Read more
European Geothermal Congress
11-14 June 2019, The Hague, Netherlands Read more
World Geothermal Congress 2020
27 April – 1 May 2018, Reykjavik, Iceland Read more
Call for abstracts open until 31 January 2019


European Institutions

Consultation: Fitness Check of the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive
Deadline for participation: 4 March 2019 Read more
Global hotspots for potential water disputes
Scientists at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) have identified hotspots where competition over the use of shared water resources could lead to disagreements between countries. Read more


EWA EU Water Policy Seminar: A Guide to the EU Water Policy
26 November 2018, Brussels, Belgium Read more
27-30 November 2018, Venice, Italy Read more
International Conference & Exhibition on Water Management in Industry
27-30 November 2018, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Read more
Water Knowledge Europe 2018 
28-29 November 2018, Brussels, Belgium Read more
3rd EWA Spring Conference: Advanced Technologies and Solutions for Groundwater Management and Use for Drinking Water Supply
9-10 May 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark Read more
Geoethics & Groundwater Management Congress (GEOETH&GWM’19)
21 -25 October 2019, Porto, Portugal Read more



Training course on drought risk assessment (Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ) and Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Center (DRMKC) of the European Commission)
6-8 November 2018, OMSZ (Hungarian Meteorological Service), Budapest, Hungary Read more
Disaster Risk Reduction Training Course
19-21 November 2018, London, United Kingdom Read more
European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction 2018
21-23 November 2018, Italy Read more
24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
3-14 December 2018, Katowice, Poland Read more
ICLEI Resilient Cities 2019
26-28 June 2019, Bonn, Germany Read more

European Institutions

Consultation: Directive on safety of offshore oil and gas operations 
Deadline for participation: 21 December 2018 Read more


EFG Endorsed Training Course: Reservoir Quality Analysis of Siliciclastic and Carbonate Rock-Types
5-7 November 2018, 12-14 December 2018, 14-15 January 2019 or 16-17 January 2019 Read more
The course will provide training of advanced petrographic techniques of analysis, which are very useful for better understanding of sandstone and carbonate reservoirs. It will help to conduct better estimations of reservoir/facies distribution and its performance, needed for reserve estimation, well performance and hence well design, field development planning and exploration drilling, having a direct impact on costs. The course is interesting for oil industry geologists, academic PhD or postgraduate students looking to learn oil industry methodologies, petrophysicists/geophysicists/reservoir­ engineers/drillers. European Geologists benefit from reduced registration fees. 


International Soil Modeling Consortium conference
5-7 November 2018, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands Read more
World Soil Day
5 December 2018 Read more


Norway’s latest CCS revival attempt meets lukewarm EU response
According to EurActiv, the European Commission has given only cautious support to a project led by Norway that would see carbon dioxide emissions captured at source from industrial installations and shipped offshore to depleting oil and gas fields where they would be buried more than 1,000 metres underground.  Read more



International symposium on climate change and the role of education
12-13 April 2019, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK Read more
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 October 2018


Hypatia project presents its final newsletter
The Hypatia project aims at changing the way sciences are communicated to youth, in and out of school, and open possibilities for both girls and boys to know and pursue a variety of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The project has just issued its final newsletter. Read more

Jobs & Training


5 Postdoctoral Researcher positions available at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
The Geological Survey of Finland has initiated a new Postdoctoral program for which it invites applications from enthusiastic, highly motivated PhD graduates. The applicants must have completed their PhD at the time of the submission of the application, but preferably no longer than five years ago. Fluency in English is a minimum language requirement, and the candidate should also demonstrate a commitment to work and communicate effectively within a team environment. The successful applicants will be partly assigned to GTK`s ongoing research and innovation projects, and they will be expected to participate in new project development within international innovation ecosystems.
The Postdoctoral Researcher positions can start as early as 1st January 2019, or sometime during Q1 2019, and will be filled initially for 2 years, with the possibility of renewal for a further 2 years and the possibility of permanent employment at the GTK. Read more


According to an agreement between the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and EFG, the Federation now officially recognises, within its own CPD system, the points (CEUs) awarded via the AGI/AIPG Geoscience Online Learning Initiative GOLI. This is particularly interesting for all European Geologist title holders because they also benefit from reduced registration fees for all courses.

Next live webinar:   

15 November - 1 p.m. EDT - Well Re-Development Permitting Considerations and Costs.
1 hour 20 minutes (0.13 CEUs) | Presenting Authors: Raymond Talkington, J. Theodore Morine, Frank Getchell.
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