GeoNews October
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...we kindly invite you to register for the KINDRA hydrogeology workshop that EFG co-organises with Sapienza University on 24 and 25 October in Brussels. You will hear more about the state of the knowledge for hydrogeology research in Europe and we are glad to confirm the presence of several speakers of the European Commission. You will also read our interview with the EurGeols of the month, Dominique Fournier and Béatrice Fournier-Angot, a couple of French mineral exploration specialists. 

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

News from EFG & its members

EFG Council meeting
EFG will celebrate its 70th Council meeting on 21 and 22 November 2015 in Brussels

EFG projects | Register now: KINDRA hydrogeology workshop, Brussels, Belgium, 24-25 November 2015
In the framework of the KINDRA project, a workshop entitled “State of the knowledge for hydrogeology research in Europe – KINDRA orientation workshop for national experts” will be organised in Brussels in November. 
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EFG projects ¡VAMOS! 
¡VAMOS! will enable access to high grade EU reserves of deeper seated minerals by providing a new Safe, Clean and Low Visibility Mining Technique and will prove the Environmental and Economic Viability of extracting currently unreachable mineral deposits, thus encouraging investment and helping to safeguard the EU access to strategically important minerals. The ¡VAMOS! mining technique will enable: Re-opening abandoned mines; Extensions of opencut mines which are limited by stripping ratio, hydrological or geotechnical problems; and opening of new mines with limited environmental impacts in the EU.
¡VAMOS! delivers conceptual design plans for submerged mining prototype
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Recent visit to four locations in Portugal where the ¡VAMOS! System will be tested Read more

BDG | Germany: GEC Geotechnics 
Offenburg, Germany, 29-30 October 2015
This is the third edition of GEC Geotechnics  expo & congress in combination with the ninth meeting of German geologists. 
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GSL | UK: Puzzle of Earth's Uninterrupted Habitability
London, UK, 11 November 2015
This meeting would be suitable for anyone interested in the long-term habitability of the Earth, its long-term climate history, geo-biochemical cycles, the highly controversial Gaia hypothesis or the likelihood of habitable worlds beyond the solar system. Read more

EurGeol of the month

This month we interview a couple of French European Geologists. Dominique Fournier is currently consulting geologist. He served before as exploration manager of Asarco in French Guiana and Alamos Gold in Turkey and vice president exploration for Canadian junior companies working in Africa. His wife Béatrice Fournier-Angot has been an independent consulting geologist for over 20 years working in mineral exploration for North-American clients such as Cominco, Placer Dome, Asarco, Alamos Gold, Western Prospector, MDN or Midlands Minerals. Read more


European Institutions
The Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 in the area of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials has been published on 13 October. 
Some relevant calls:
SC5 - 08 - 2017: Large - scale demonstrators on nature - based solutions for hydro - meteorological risk reduction
Hydrogeology: WATER
SC5-11-2016: Supporting international cooperation activities on water
SC5-12-2016: Food systems and water resources for the development of inclusive, sustainable and healthy Euro-Mediterranean societies
SC5-16-2016-2017: Raw materials international co-operation
SC5-10-2016: Multi-stakeholder dialogue platform to promote innovation with nature to
address societal challenges
Questions about Horizon2020? 
EC Roadmap: Mid-term evaluation of the LIFE programme for the environment and climate action Read more

EC Roadmap: Evaluation of the European Institute of Innovation Technology (EIT) Read more
Mid-term conference on the Environmental Footprint pilot phase
The Egg, Brussels, Belgium, 3-4 November 2015 
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7th European Innovation Summit
Brussels, Belgium, 7-10 December 2015 Read more

35th International Geological Congress
Cape Town, South Africa, 27 August – 4 September 2016
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Some relevant calls for abstracts:
Theme: Global Geoscience Professionalism and Geoethics
Theme champion: Ruth Allington, EFG Past President and Chair of IUGS Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism
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Theme: Resourcing Future Generations
Session: Developing Europe's International Observatory for Raw Materials
Convenership: Vitor Correia, EFG President
Session: Geoethical perspectives on meeting the resource needs of future generations"
Convenership: Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG), Nic Bilham (GSL), Vitor Correia (EFG), Luca Demicheli (EGS)
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General deadline for submitting abstracts: 31 January 2016

“Drawing the earth’s skin”: Geological Survey of Spain publishes video on the making of a geological map. View it here

International Lead and Zinc Study Group: Forecasts for 2015 and 2016 Read more 

32nd Nordic Geological Winter Meeting
Helsinki, Finland, 13-15 January 2016 
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Panels of Experts

European Institutions

Save the date: Third annual High Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials and Horizon 2020 Brokerage Event on Raw Materials
Brussels, Belgium, 9-10 December 2015  Read more
Eurogypsum Parliament Gypsum Forum, The Gypsum Experience: A Circular Economy for the Construction Sector
Brussels, Belgium, 17 November 2015 | Read more 
European Minerals Day launch
Minerals matter Read more
Official launch of the European Minerals Yearbook, the first digital reliable source of information on minerals statistics and intelligence in Europe.
Brussels, Belgium, 15 October 2015
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Raw material university days “Enhancing the development of the mining regions”
Rovaniemi, Finland, 2-3 November 2015 Read more
10th Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining
Levi, Lapland Finland, 3 - 5 November 2015 Read more
First International Metallic Mining Trade Show
Seville, Spain, 3-5 November 2015 Read more
Exchange of good practices on metal by-products recovery – technology and policy challenges"
Brussels, Belgium, 12-13 November 2015 Read more
Integra Gold Rush Challenge: one of the largest ever mining industry incentive prize competitions to hunt down the next big gold discovery in Val-d'Or, Canada. Read more

Mining metals from heat-treated landfill proven to be economically viable Read more


IYS Closure Event
Rome, Italy, 5 December 2015 
The World Soil Day 2015 will host the ‘closure’ event of the International Year of Soils. It will also coincide with the launch of the first ‘Status of the World Soil Resources Report’.


European Water Association: 1st EWA Brussels Conference “Water Challenges in Europe” and EU Policy Seminar
Brussels, Belgium, 16-18 November 2015 
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GeoPower & Heat Summit
Istanbul, Turkey, 1-2 December 2015 Read more
Der Geothermiekongress 2015 
Essen, Germany, 2-4 November 2015 Read more

European Institutions

European Parliament Hearing on CCS - Towards a global CCS breakthrough: Lessons from abroad & a plan for the EU
Brussels, Belgium, 12 November 2015 Read more


2015 Annual Conference of ECHO partners
Brussels, Belgium, 12-13 November 2015 Read more
3rd Meeting of the Community of Users on Disaster Risk and Crisis Management
Brussels, Belgium, 24 November 2015 Read more
Science for Policy and Operations: First Scientific Seminar of the DRMKC
London, UK, 24-25 November 2015 Read more
UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
Geneva, Switzerland, 27-29 January 2016 Read more
Abstracts can be submitted until 31 October 2015.
Course: Geo-Information in Disaster Situations (GIDS)
Geneva, Switzerland, 28 February – 11 March 2016 Read more
Deadline for registration: 30 October 2015

Jobs & Training

The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. | Read more
Specialist in coal mining for a project in Dubai. Coal mining operations (specifically kick start a coal mine) and experience in valuing coal mines (specifically in Indonesia)". Please contact for more information.

Sibelco has a vacancy for a Senior Geotechnical Geologist or Engineer. Possible locations could be Maastricht (NL), Ransbach-Baumbach (GY), Compiegne (FR), Moro (SP), Sandbach or Newton Abbott (UK). | Read more 

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