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This photograph won the third prize of the EAGE/EFG photo contest 2015. It has been taken in Petra, Jordan, in August 2012.

Welcome to GeoNews March...

...This month we are glad to draw your attention to the workshop co-organised by APG and EFG in May in Lisbon: "The importance of geological knowledge for sustainable land use". 

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

EFG | Workshop and summer Council meeting
The Portuguese Association of Geologists (APG) invites you to its 40th Anniversary and the EFG Workshop “The importance of geological knowledge for sustainable land use” that will be held on 19 and 20 May 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Subsequently, the 71st EFG Council Meeting is scheduled for 21 and 22 May.
More information: and

SGS, Serbia | 125th anniversary 
We are very proud to inform our colleagues throughout Europe and the world that on 23rd February Serbian Geological Sоciety celebrated its 125th anniversary. It is also with great pleasure that we inform the EFG that Serbian Geological Society received the „Sretenje Order“ of second degree, which is awarded for outstanding achievements and contribution to development of scientific and technical thought and practice in the field of geological sciences. The Order was awarded at the ceremony of celebrating the Statehood Day of Serbia, on 15th February, by President of Serbia Mr Tomislav Nikolić, and received by the President of Serbian Geological Society, Dr Zoran Stevanović. Throughout this jubilee year, our Society has planned other activities, including the Jubilee Monography of Serbian Geological Society, prepared by our renowned lecturers and scientists Aleksandar Grubić and Ljupko Rundić.
Photo: the President of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolić, with this year’s laureates of Sretenje Order, including Zoran Stevanović, President of Serbian Geological Society.

EurGeol of the month

This month we interview Marino Trimboli, member of the Italian Council of Professional Geologists and former EFG Board member. He has more than 30 years of international experience in different engineering geology projects, hydrogeology, raw materials, quarries and in landfill design. Read more


European Institutions
External stakeholder consultation to shape the SC5 Work Programme 2018-2020
Deadline for participation: 8 April 2016 Read more

Public consultation on non-financial reporting guidelines
Deadline for participation: 15 April 2016 Read more
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

Conference "From star and planet formation to early Life"
Vilnius, Lithuania, 25 -28 April 2017 
Read more
8th International Siberian Early Career GeoScientists Conference 
Novosibirsk, Russia, 13-17 June 2016 
Read more
Deadline for abstract submission: 1 April 2016
Summer school „Biosignatures and the search for life on Mars“

Iceland, 4 – 16 July 2016 Read more
Deadline for application: 31 March 2016
35th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission

Trieste, Italy, 4-10 September 2016 Read more
Deadline for abstract submissions: 30 April 2016
88th National Congress of the Italian Geological Society

Naples, Italy, 7-9 September 2016 Read more
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 May 2016
2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference (VGC 2016) 

Bergen, Norway, 22-23 September 2016 
Read more
Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2016
SEG Annual Conference Tethyan Tectonics and Metallogeny (SEG 2016)
Çesme, Izmir, Turkey, 25-28 September 2016 
Read more
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 31 March 2016

Panels of Experts


Portugal International Mining Business & Investment Summit And Exhibition
Lisbon, Portugal, 12-14 April 2016 Read more
MINEX Central Asia 2016 
Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, 19-21 April 2016 Read more
UNECE Resource Classification Week 2016, UNFC Workshop & EGRC Seventh Session 
Geneva, Switzerland, 26 - 29 April 2016 Read more
Symposium "Substitution of Critical Raw Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Processing of New Advanced Materials in Optoelectronic and Magnetic Devices"
Lille, France, 2-6 May 2016 Read more
First International Conference "MINING IN EUROPE"
Aachen, Germany, 18-19 May 2016 Read more

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.


43rd IAH Congress
Montpellier, France, 25-29 September 2016 Read more
15th Water-Rock Interaction International Symposium 2016 - WRI-15 2016
Evora, Portugal, 16-21 October 2016 Read more


EFG President Vitor Correia delivered key note speech at GeoTHERM
The tenth edition of GeoTHERM, Europe’s biggest meeting place for geothermal energy, took place on 25 and 26 February 2016 at Offenburg, Germany. The event was attended by more than 3.500 visitors from 44 nations and 180 exhibitors benefited from the concentrated expertise to prepare and settle business transaction. The congress programme gathered national and international focus points of the deep and shallow geothermal energy in over 30 lectures. EFG President Vitor Correia delivered at this occasion a key note speech about the importance of geothermal energy as a clean energy source in the future. Read more

European Geothermal Congress
Strasbourg, France, 19-24 September 2016 Read more
Registration now open!


International Conference on Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact
Lausanne, Switzerland, 2-4 May 2016 Read more
European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium 2016
Prague, Czech Republic, 9-13 May 2016 Read more
Adaptation Futures 2016 
Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 10-13 May 2016 Read more
10th International Conference on Risk Analysis
Crete, Greece, 25-27 May 2016 Read more
Call for abstracts now open
Third Course on International Disaster Law
Sanremo, Italy, 13-17 June 2016 Read more
1st International Conference on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure (ICONHIC)
Crete, Greece, 28-30 June 2016 Read more
6th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC
Davos, Switzerland, 28 August – 1 September 2016 Read more
Abstract submission now open!


Jobs & Training

Finland | Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) has six open positions to be filled:
Research professor geomaterials
Chief expert in Geoscientific City Modelling
Research Professor in Mine and Industrial Environments
Research professor hydrogeology
Chief expert geoenergy
Chief Expert in Geology Applied to Underground Construction
Deadline for application: 4 April 2016

USA | Executive Director - American Geosciences Institute
The American Geosciences Institute invites for applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director conducts the affairs of the Institute, with direction from the Executive Committee, including administering all planning and policies, supervising AGI staff and coordinating the various activities, projects and programs of the Institute. The Executive Director maintains and fosters relationships with the officers and administrators of the 51 AGI member societies, international and regional associates, and with other geosciences and science-related organizations in addition to academia, government agencies and industry representatives.
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USA | Assistant Professor Strategic Natural Mineral Resources – Economic Geology - Missouri University of Science and Technology
The Department of Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in economic geology - strategic natural mineral resources, at the Assistant Professor level, to begin August, 2016.
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Spain | La Palma Research Centre for Future Studies (LPRC) has three open positions to be filled:

  • Raw materials technology analyst | Read more
  • Raw materials expert in robotics R&D | Read more
  • Raw materials Young Entrepreneurs programme | Read more
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