GeoNews September
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...we are happy to present a new look for EFG's monthly newsletter. After 5 years we thought it was time to refresh GeoNews a little. From now on the cover will feature one of the EAGE/EFG photo contest pictures. We also introduce a new category: the "European Geologist of the month". Each month we will ask one of our EurGeol title holders to tell us about his professional experiences and which role the title has played for his career. We hope you will enjoy reading! 

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

On 17 September 2015, EFG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Association for Geoethics (IAGETH) to enhance mutual collaboration. 
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EFG projects Save the date: KINDRA 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 INTRAW 1st Joint Panels of Experts Workshop held in Slovenia
As part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research & Innovation (R&I), the 36-months project INTRAW that started in February 2015 aims to map best practices and develop new cooperation opportunities related to raw materials between the EU and technologically advanced countries. The experts appointed to the three INTRAW Panels on “Research & Innovation”, “Education & Outreach” and “Industry & Trade” gathered in Bled (Slovenia) on 15 and 16 September 2015 to provide their views on international raw materials policies and the key factors that are most influential in developing and sustaining successful raw materials sectors. 
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GSL | UK: Registration open for the GSL Careers Days 2015
The Geological Society’s Careers Days (
Nottingham (18 November 2015) and Edinburgh (25 November 2015)) are the essential meeting place for Geoscience and Earth Science students and industry leaders, institutions and employers.
CHGEOL | Switzerland: Special volume on Hydraulic Fracturing
Vol. 19/2, 2014 on HYDRAULIC FRACTURING of the Swiss Bulletin for Applied Geology is published exclusively and for non-commercial purpose on the EFG-website.
Publishers: SASEG ( and SFIG ( All articles represent the opinion of their respective authors. Both SASEG and SFIG might not agree with the provided ideas. The content of the individual articles is therefore under the sole responsibility of their authors.

EurGeol of the month

To open this new section we are proud to kick off with John Clifford. He is currently responsible for mineral exploration in Europe and Central Asia on behalf of Antofagasta Minerals, the major Chilean copper producer. He was awarded the EFG Medal of Merit for his exceptional and distinguished contributions to the EFG and to the geological profession in Europe. John Clifford served on the EFG Board from 2002 to 2005 as EU Delegate and has always been a strong defendant of the EurGeol title. Read more


European Institutions
Draft Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 in the area of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials. 
The adoption and the publication of the work programme by the Commission is expected by mid-October. Only the adopted work programme will have legal value.
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: State of the Energy Union 
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EC Roadmap: Evaluation of the INSPIRE Directive 2007/2/EC 
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Mid-term conference on the Environmental Footprint pilot phase
The Egg, Brussels, Belgium, 3-4 November 2015 
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Call for applications: EU Prize for Women Innovators rewarding three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market. The prize aims to raise awareness of the need for more female entrepreneurs and to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps. | 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

Geomodels in Engineering Geology – an Introduction by Peter Fookes, Geoff Pettifer & Tony Waltham, Whittles Publishing, September 2015 
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GeoBerlin 2015: DYNAMIC EARTH – from Alfred Wegener to today and beyond
Berlin, Germany, 4 October 2015 
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32nd Nordic Geological Winter Meeting
Helsinki, Finland, 13-15 January 2016 
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Abstract deadline: 19 October 2015

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
Eurogypsum Parliament Gypsum Forum, The Gypsum Experience: A Circular Economy for the Construction Sector
Brussels, Belgium, 17 November 2015 | Read more 
Seminar: Raw materials sustainability
Brussels, Belgium, 15 October 2015 Read more
10th Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining
Levi, Lapland Finland, 3 - 5 November 2015 Read more
Raw material university days “Enhancing the development of the mining regions”
Rovaniemi, Finland, 2-3 November 2015 Read more


4th Meeting of European Network on Soil Awareness
Milan, Italy, 21 October 2015 
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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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Renewable Energy

Workshop: Financing Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Heating & Cooling
Brussels, Belgium, 14 October 2015 Read more
3rd Geothermal Congress and Exhibition of Turkey
Ankara, Turkey, 14-15 October 2015 Read more
GeoPower & Heat Summit
Istanbul, Turkey, 1-2 December 2015 Read more
Der Geothermiekongress 2015 
Essen, Germany, 2-4 November 2015 Read more

Oil & Gas

European Institutions
EC Roadmap: Review of Commission Recommendation on minimum principles for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons by fracking. Read more

Natural Hazards

Large-scale early flood warning systems in Europe can provide significant monetary benefits by reducing flood damage and associated costs. 
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6th Annual Meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR)
Paris, France, 7-9 October 2015 Read more
European Union Committee of the Regions Open Days: Building Resilience to Disasters
Brussels, Belgium, 13 October 2015 Read more
Course: Geo-Information in Disaster Situations (GIDS)
Geneva, Switzerland, 28 February – 11 March 2016 Read more
Deadline for registration: 30 October 2015



Geological-cultural heritage of the Stavelot-Venn Massif. This is the first contribution on Belgian geoheritage in the international journal Geoheritage (Springer). 
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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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