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The photo above shows a calcareous outcrop from Upper Cretaceous flysch. It served to correctly interpret data from research conducted by MASW for the design of an infrastructure project in Biscay, north of Spain.

Welcome to GeoNews May...

...This month we are glad to draw your attention to the recent publication of the EFG Annual report 2015 and issue 41 of the European Geologist Journal on sustainable land use. In the section 'Minerals' you will find more information about the international STONECHANGE 2016 conference and the PERC course that offer special conditions for all EurGeol title holders. 

Are you in a hurry? Then scroll directly to News from EFG & its members; EurGeol of the month; Miscellaneous; Panels of Experts or Jobs & Training

News from EFG & its members

APG/EFG Workshop on sustainable land use
At the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Portuguese Association of Geologists (APG) and the 71st EFG Council meeting, a workshop on “The importance of geological knowledge for sustainable land use” was held on 19 May 2016 in Lisbon. The workshop’s aim was to look at ways in which geological knowledge can contribute to the management of land use in order to provide a better policy-planning framework and counted with the presence of several international and Portuguese high-level speakers. The workshop was completed on Friday, 20 May, by a fieldtrip to the Lousal Mining Complex and Science Centre, an international example of success in socio-economic, environmental and mining heritage rehabilitation. Read more

71st EFG Council meeting
The 71st EFG Council meeting was held subsequently in Lisbon, Portugal, on 21 and 22 May. During the meeting two new Board officers were elected: Following the end of the term of Nieves Sánchez (ICOG), Michael Neumann from the German Association of Professional Geologists (BDG) has been elected to the position of Vice-President. Gabriele Ponzoni from the Italian CNG has been elected unanimously to the position of Secretary General.
EFG is also glad to welcome a new full member, the Turkish Association of Economic Geologists (TAEG). EFG now counts 24 national membership associations in 25 European countries. 
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European Geologist Journal 41 
Issue 41 of the Journal is dedicated to “Sustainable land use: How geology can contribute”. It is available for online reading and download at Printed copies may be purchased via the EFG office (

Call for articles European Geologist 42: International cooperation on raw materials
The Editor-in-Chief of European Geologist invites you to submit article proposals for issue 42 of the Journal. We expect contributions related to the topic. Please send your article proposal (name of the author(s), title of the article and a short abstract of about 10 lines) by 15 July 2016 to staff and layout editor Anita Stein ( and cc to the Editor-in-Chief ( The Editorial Board of EGJ will decide about the acceptance of the articles and selected articles shall be submitted in their full version by 15 September 2016. The articles will be peer reviewed and also reviewed by a native English speaker. You may find the guidelines for authors at

EFG Annual report 2015 
The annual review outlines the Federation's main activities over the past year according to the seven areas identified in the strategic plan for 2014 to 2017: EFG Members, European Network, Global Network, GeoExpert, Services, Projects and Communication. It is now available for online reading. | Read more

José Martins Carvalho receives EFG Medal of Merit 2016
EurGeol José Martins Carvalho, emeritus Professor of the Institute of Engineering of Porto (ISEP) was awarded the EFG Medal of Merit during the Federation’s Council Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, on 21 May 2016.
José was the Portuguese delegate to the EFG during its conceptual years, from 1978 to 1980 and then during its formative years, from 1980 to 1989. He was instrumental in helping to build the basic structure of the EFG, through its statutes, regulations, code of deontology (ethics), etc. In particular he was an active and dedicated Secretary-Treasurer of the Federation from 1983 to 1986.
In 2015 José’s many achievements were marked with the publication of a thematic issue of Environmental Earth Science (Volume 73, Number 6, March 2015) in his honour.
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EFG President Vitor Correia gives interview to Scientia Read more

BDG, Germany | 2nd Meggener Days of Natural Resources
Lennestadt, Germany, 14-16 September 2016
The programme of this event is available here. On 16 September a Conference Day on Water and Geothermal Energy will be organised in the framework of the EU-funded KINDRA project in which EFG participates.

IGI Ireland | Evening Seminar: Forensic Geology and its application to Crime, Police and Law Enforcement
Dublin, Ireland, 2 June 2016 Read more

MFT, Hungary | Birthday conference Irma Dobos
On 12 May the Hungarian Geological Society (MFT) celebrated an extraordinary scientific conference at the occasion of the 90th birthday of Dr. Irma DOBOS, hydrogeologist. Dr. Irma DOBOS (EurGeol No. 186) has been an active member of the Society since her graduation. She was greeted by her colleagues and students. The photo shows her and MFT President Dr. Csaba BAKSA (Photo by Z. Lantos).

AIPG, USA (EFG affiliated member) | 2016 National Conference
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 10-13 September 2016
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 6 June 
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EurGeol of the month

This month we interview Ana Meireles Serpa Santos, member of the Portuguese Association of Geologists (APG). She has 20 years of experience working in geotechnics. She has already worked with some firms of that area, such as Rodio, Geosoc or Ancorpor. For the last ten years she has been the sales representative of several materials for Geotechnics by the Israeli PRS, the German Dywidag and the Swiss Geobrugg. Read more


European Institutions
Public consultation on the development of a comprehensive, integrated
Research, Innovation, and Competitiveness Strategy for the Energy Union

Deadline for participation: 31 May 2016 Read more
Public consultation on Horizon 2020 ‘Science with and for Society’
Work Programme 2018-2020

Deadline for participation: 4 July 2016 Read more
Public consultation on a Space Strategy for Europe
Deadline for participation: 12 July 2016 Read more

EU Green Week 2016
Brussels, Belgium, 30 May – 3 June 2016 
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EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016 (EUSEW 2016)
All over Europe, 13 - 17 June 2016 
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8th International Siberian Early Career GeoScientists Conference 
Novosibirsk, Russia, 13-17 June 2016 Read more
UCM Summer course: el futuro de la tierra: perspectivas geocientíficas, sociales y éticas (Spanish)
Madrid, Spain, 11-13 July 2016 Read more

35th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission
Trieste, Italy, 4-10 September 2016 Read more
88th National Congress of the Italian Geological Society
Naples, Italy, 7-9 September 2016 Read more
2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference (VGC 2016) 
Bergen, Norway, 22-23 September 2016 
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INSPIRE Conference 2016
Barcelona, Spain, 26-30 September 2016 Read more

Call: Resourcing future generations 
The International Union for Geosciences (IUGS) invites bids for small top-up grants to take forward discrete pieces of work in support of Resourcing Future Generations (RFG). This invitation is open to all. Read more
Workshop: Developing Europe's International Observatory for Raw Materials
35 IGC, Cape Town, South Africa, 28 August 2016 Read more

Panels of Experts


STONECHANGE 2016 (16-17 June 2016) & PERC training course (15 June 2016)
Marina di Carrara, Italy Read more
The international conference STONECHANGE 2016 (“Stone Sector and Changing Trends”) to be held on 16 and 17 June 2016 intends to bring to the famous marble hub of Carrara the private sector and institutional stakeholders of the Dimension Stone Industry to discuss the sector’s changing trends and how to take advantage of existing opportunities for a sustainable development. STONECHANGE 2016 is intended as a key “turning point” for the modernisation of the EU stone sector in a global perspective with the aim of making the stone community aware that making the Dimension Stone Industry innovative and sustainable is the sole way to keep it alive and make it more mature and modern to face the present and next future global challenges.
A PERC training course on “Best practice for Assessment and Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves” will be held on 15 June 2016.
For both events a reduction applies for all European Geologists (EurGeols).
This event is supported by EFG and CNG.

UNECE EFG attended UNECE Resource Classification Week, Geneva, 26-29 April 2016 Read more


IWA Specialist Belgrade Groundwater Conference 2016
Belgrade, Serbia, 9-11 June 2016 Read more
43rd IAH Congress
Montpellier, France, 25-29 September 2016 Read more
Early bird rates available until 15 June
15th Water-Rock Interaction International Symposium 2016 - WRI-15 2016
Evora, Portugal, 16-21 October 2016 Read more

KINDRA project | During the last semester, work under KINDRA (GA 642047) was focussing on setting up a tool for inventorying information sources regarding Hydrogeological Research Knowledge and Innovation. During 2016, the National Experts identified by the European Federation of Geologists (EFG), will cooperate with KINDRA by populating the inventory with related and relevant contents and resources. Read more


European Geothermal Congress
Strasbourg, France, 19-24 September 2016 Read more


Third Course on International Disaster Law
Sanremo, Italy, 13-17 June 2016 Read more
Åre Risk Event 2016: Resilience – Opportunities and Challenges for Societal Crisis Management and Individual Safety
Åre, Sweden, 14–16 June 2016 Read more
1st International Conference on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure (ICONHIC)
Crete, Greece, 28-30 June 2016 Read more
Resilient Cities 2016: 7th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation
Bonn, Germany, 6-8 July 2016 Read more
6th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC
Davos, Switzerland, 28 August – 1 September 2016 Read more


European Society for Soil Conservation (ESSC) Conference
Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 15-18 June 2016 Read more

5th EUROSOIL International Congress
Istanbul, Turkey, 7-17 July 2016  Read more

JRC publishes Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas
Free download here


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
Geological Boot Camp
Tremp, Catalonia, Spain, 4-9 September 2016
The Geological Boot Camp provides participants with an over­view of integrated play modelling as typically used for explora­tion and development of georesources. Geological models of a key area in the southern Pyrenees will be constructed almost directly at an outcrop face. Most of the input data required will be measured directly at the outcrop while the remaining data will be supplied in the form of seismic sections and well logs. It is a great opportunity for students and young professionals who have not been on the field and not had the opportunity to work in real situations to bring geological theory into practice together. | Read more

Jobs & Training

Belgium | Post-doc position land remote sensing
Post-doc position in land remote sensing (15 months) in the context of the THEO project supported by the Wallonie – Plan Marshall SKYWIN. THEO aims to develop a new type of observation platform capitalizing on previous Belgian experiences like the PROBA satellite series. UCL contribution in the THEO project concerns the definition of a new remote sensing instruments taking into account industrial constraints. UCL is also responsible for the demonstration of the relevant applications derived from such an instrument. Several stakeholders of the space industry are partners of this project. The candidate could start as soon as possible and no later than July 2016. More information:

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