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The photo “A late Devonian Structure at Pease Bay” has been taken in October 2014 at Pease Bay, Edinburgh, Scotland. It has been submitted to the EAGE/EFG photo contest 2015 by Dayo Afekare.

Welcome to GeoNews July...

...This month we invite you to save the date of the EFG/UNFC workshop on "International cooperation on natural resources" that will be held in Brussels on 17 and 18 November 2016.  

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

News from EFG & its members

Save the date - EFG/UNFC workshop: International cooperation on natural resources: geoscientists’ contribution to enhanced governance and policy making
Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium, 17 and 18 November 2016
Co-organisers: EFG, UNECE, PERC, European Commission, Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences
In collaboration with: African Union and EuroGeoSurveys
Audience: This workshop is directed to policy officials from the EU and Member States, alongside with professional geoscientists working in companies, geological surveys, governments and research centres active on mineral exploration, oil and gas, CCS and geothermal energy.
Programme: During the first day the natural resources classification systems and the role of Competent Persons will be introduced. On the second day four sessions will cover the UNFC areas relevant for geoscientists: Minerals, Oil and Gas, CCS and Geothermal Energy.

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EAGE/EFG photo contest: vote now on your favourite photo! Read more

INTRAW project: Workshop at 35IGC
Cape Town, South Africa, 28 August 2016 Read more

As part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research & Innovation, the 36-month project INTRAW aims to map best practices and develop new cooperation opportunities related to raw materials between the EU and technologically advanced countries, in response to similar global challenges. In this workshop, a discussion of the most important factors which explain how and why each of the reference countries has become technologically and economically advanced during the 20th and 21st century will be the starting point to define cooperation opportunities built on best practices in research and innovation, education and outreach and industry and trade.

SGF, France | Source to sink - A long term perspective of sediment budgets and sources characterization
Rennes, France, 30 November – 2 December 2016 Read more
Deadline for abstract submission: 31 July 2016

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.

One day in Europe: Spain

One Day in Europe is a feature of EFG’s monthly newsletter GeoNews. Each month we travel to one of EFG’s national membership associations and discover their main activities and challenges. In July we visited Spain. The Spanish Official Professional Association of Geologists (ICOG – Ilustre Colegio Oficial de Geólogos) was created in 1978 as a public right corporation. It is the only legitimated corporation to defend and represent the geologist’s profession in Spain. During its almost 40 years of existence, the ICOG has assisted in building a common professional view in Europe, being one of the founding members of the European Federation of Geologists in 1981. Read more

EurGeol of the month

This month we talked to Pertti Sarala, member of the Finnish Union of Environmental Professionals (YKL). He is currently working as a Research Professor of geochemical exploration at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) and Oulu Mining School (OMS) of the University of Oulu and obtained the EurGeol title in 2011. Read more


European Institutions
Public consultation on the regulation of professions: Member States' National Action Plans and proportionality in regulation
Deadline for participation: 19 August 2016 Read more

Mid-term evaluation of the LIFE Programme
Deadline for participation: 9 September 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 
Read more
INSPIRE Conference 2016
Barcelona, Spain, 26-30 September 2016 Read more
AGU fall meeting 2016
San Francisco, USA, 12-16 December 2016 Read more
Call for abstracts: Deadline 3 August 2016
96ème congrès : des territoires à l’
Europe : construire ensemble les transitions environnementales (French)
Liège, Belgium, 6-9 June 2017 Read more
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15 September 2016

IUGS Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018)
Vancouver, Canada, 16-21 June 2018 Read more
Call for sessions now open!

Sentinels Scientific Data Hub provides free & open access to Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 user products Read more
Find earth sciences data through the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Read more

Panels of Experts


1st Copernicus thematic workshop on raw materials "Raw Materials and Copernicus"
Brussels, Belgium, 5 September 2016 Read more
First Vision Zero (VIZE) Europe conference
Georg Agricola University, Bochum, Germany, 7-9 September 2016 Read more
Save the date: Minatura2020 Pan-European workshop
Stockholm, Sweden, 7-9 September 2016 Read more about MINATURA2020
XXVIII International Mineral Processing Congress IMPC
Québec (CA), 11-15 September 2016  Read more
EU COST Action “Mining the European Anthroposphere (MINEA)
Free Workshop on Technologies for material recovery from landfills and mining residues
Novi Sad, Serbia, 22-23 September 2016 Read more
Mines and technology
London, UK, 29 November – 1 December 2016 Read more
Enquire now about speaking opportunities!
25th International Mining Congress and Exhibition of Turkey
Antalya, Turkey, 11-14 April 2017 Read more
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 28 October 2016

Raw materials scoreboard Read more


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
EWA Brussels Days: 12th EWA Brussels Conference “EU Policy and Sustainable Development” and EWA EU Policy Seminar
Brussels, Belgium, 8-9 November 2015 Read more
3rd edition of the course: Specialist on research and recovery of groundwater and contaminated soils (Spanish)
Online course, 3 October 2016 – 15 April 2017 Read more


International Conference on Energy, Environment and Economics (ICEEE2016)
Edinburgh, UK, 16-18 August 2016 Read more
H2020 Energy Efficiency Info Day
Brussels, Belgium, 19 September 2016 Read more
European Geothermal Congress
Strasbourg, France, 19-24 September 2016 Read more
Brazil International Renewable Energy Congress
7-10 November 2016, São Paulo, Brazil Read more
Geotherm 2017
Offenburg, Germany, 15-16 February 2016 Read more
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 9 September 2016
A reduction applies for all European Geologists. Please contact the EFG office for more information.  


Open for public comments: “Draft Specifications for the Application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) to Geothermal Energy Resources”
Deadline for participation: 4 August 2016 Read more


6th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC
Davos, Switzerland, 28 August – 1 September 2016 Read more
Cultural Heritage - Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery
Lisbon, Portugal, 3-4 November 2016 Read more


'Soil resource efficiency in urbanised areas - analytical framework and implications for governance’ edited by Geertrui Louwagie
Free download here

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

UK | Geologist/Senior Geologist
Tarmac currently have a vacancy for a Senior Geologist / Geologist in their South Region. Location could be flexible: Colchester, Essex / Panshanger, Hertfordshire / Stancombe, Bristol.
Closing date for applications: 29 July 2016
More information:

Belgium | PhD or Postdoc 
PhD or Postdoc Position at KU Leuven: Soil Moisture Data Assimilation
More information:

France | Géologue des processus de surface
BRGM, Orléans
Deadline for application: 19 August 2016
More information:

France | Internship with UNESCO
Internship in UNESCO's Section on Earth Sciences and Geo-Hazards Risk Reduction
Paris, France 
More information:

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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