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...This month we update you, among others, on the outcomes of the first EuroWorkshop "Geothermal - the Energy of the Future" held in Santorni, Greece, on 18 and 19 May 2017. We also invite you to have a look at the new issue of the European Geologist Journal that is dedicated to geothermal energy as well. 

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Welcome to GeoNews May...

...This month we update you, among others, on the outcomes of the first EuroWorkshop "Geothermal - the Energy of the Future" held in Santorni, Greece, on 18 and 19 May 2017. We also invite you to have a look at the new issue of the European Geologist Journal that is dedicated to geothermal energy as well. 

Are you in a hurry? Then scroll directly to News from EFG & its membersEurGeol of the monthMiscellaneous; Panels of Experts or Jobs & Training

News from EFG & its members

EuroWorkshop on Geothermal Energy: EFG taking action today for better energy sources tomorrow
The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and the Association of Greek Geologists (AGG) coorganised the first EuroWorkshop on Geothermal Energy in Fira on the island of Santorini (Greece) on 18 and 19 May 2017.
Read the full press release here

New EFG member: EurAsian Union of Experts in Subsoil in Subsurface Management (EUES)
EFG is glad to welcome a new member, the EurAsian Union of Experts in Subsoil in Subsurface Management (EUES). EUES is a non-profit organisation operating in accordance with Russian legislation and has been established in February 2016. It is a voluntary association of experts aiming to present and protect the professional interests.
EUES has unanimously been elected as a new EFG member during the association’s summer Council meeting held in Santorini, Greece, on 20 and 21 May 2017. EFG now has two Russian members, with the National Association for Subsoil Auditing (NAEN) continuing to be a member.

EFG’s annual report 2016: one yearly publication, a plethora of varied activities
9 panels of experts, 211 experts, 25 National Associations representing together 43677 members…
With numbers so high and growing every year, it is safe to say the EFG is constantly busy and 2016 has not been an exception.
The 2016’s edition of the annual report is now available here.
Call for articles European Geologist: Geology and a sustainable future
The Editorial Board of the Journal of the European Federation of Geologists invites you to submit articles for the 44th issue of the journal. The theme of this issue is “Geology and a sustainable future”. We expect contributions related to the topic. Please send your article proposal (name of the author(s), working title of the article and a short abstract of about 10 lines) by 15 July 2017 to the Editor-in-Chief ( and cc to staff and layout editor Anita Stein ( The Editorial Board of EGJ will decide about the acceptance of the article proposals and selected articles shall be submitted in their full version by 15 September 2017. The articles will be peer reviewed and also reviewed by a native English speaker. You may find the guidelines for authors at

European Geologist journal: a detailed insight into the future of geothermal energy
Our planet is a very effective energy source. Yet, the large majority of the population does not perceive it as a source of energy. This contradiction is what our new topical issue of the “European Geologist” journal confronts upfront, as part of the EFG’s constant mission to inform the public and share the innovative work of its members. Throughout this publication and its 15 articles, you will therefore learn more about geothermal energy, its applications and future perspectives. And probably rejoice with us at the energetic potential of our Planet Earth. Find this issue here and read our previous issues here.

Obituary of EFG’s First President, John Kenneth Shanklin, 28th July 1926 – 4 May 2017
The death has occurred (peacefully) of John Shanklin in the Countess of Chester hospital, England. John Shanklin gave some 20 years of his life to the European Federation of Geologists (EFG). At the end of the Seventies, with Gerald Clement of France, Eric Groessens of Belgium, José Martins Carvalho of Portugal, Renzo Zia of Italy, Santiago Leguey of Spain and others, he was one of this group of far-sighted geologists who understood the necessity for geologists across Europe to join together to protect and to develop their profession, through an European community of geologists stretching from the Atlantic to the Urals. Following two years of meetings and drafting, the Federation was officially formed at the Inaugural Council Meeting in July 1980 at the Maison de la Géologie in Paris, France. John Shanklin was elected to be the first President. He successfully guided the EFG through its formative years, helping to develop its policies, to draft the first dossiers and to start the process of enlargement. Read the full obituary here.

EAGE/EFG photo contest 2017: Vote now for your favourite ‘Geoscientists at work’ pic!
All EAGE and EFG members are invited to cast their vote online for their favourite photograph among nearly one hundred entries. The 12 most stunning photographs will be printed and exhibited during the 79th EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition (12 - 15 June 2017, Paris, France) and other EAGE and EFG events.
More information:

EFG becomes knowledge partner of MINEX Europe 2017
The 2nd MINEX Europe Mining & Exploration Forum will be held from 14 to 16 June 2017 in Belgrade (Serbia). The European Federation of Geologists supports the event as a knowledge partner and, on 14 June, President Vitor Correia will deliver a keynote presentation about the INTRAW project that is coordinated by EFG and the forthcoming launch of the International Raw Materials Observatory (IRMO) in November 2017. More information about MINEX Europe:

EFG projects | Positive results for the ¡VAMOS! underwater Positioning, Navigation and Awareness system
On 29 and 30 March 2017 the partners of the ¡VAMOS! Project came together at INESC (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science) facilities in Porto. The participants had the opportunity to present their work to the Advisory Board and they discussed ongoing tasks with the other project partners. 
Read more

EFG projects | MINATURA2020 second round of stakeholder workshops
The EU-funded MINATURA2020 project intends to discuss with all stakeholders a concept of Mineral Deposits of Public Importance (MDoPI) focusing on delivering solutions for a sustainable and holistic approach to mineral resource planning and management. The consortium partners are currently organising the second round of stakeholder consultations at national level. Find the dates here.
On 8 November 2017 the project’s final stakeholder workshop will be held in Brussels, as a side event of the high level conference of the EIP's Raw Materials Week.  
In addition to the stakeholder consultations organised at national level, the project team has created a discussion forum on LinkedIn to encourage discussions about the concept of Mineral Deposits of Public Importance (MDoPI). We invite you to join the discussion forum to stay up to date about the project activities and share your views about the concept of MDoPI.

EFG members | DGF, Denmark
33rd Nordic Geological Winter Meeting
Copenhagen, Denmark, 10-12 January 2018 Read more
Call for sessions open until 15 June 2017

EFG members | BDG, Germany
3. Meggener days of natural resources
13-15 September 2017, Lennestadt-Meggen, Germany Read more

EFG members | GSL, UK
Fermor Meeting 2017: Factory Earth

25-27 September 2017, London, UK Read more
Abstract Deadline: 1 July 2017

EurGeol of the month: Joan Escuer Solé  

Each month we ask one of the European Geologist title holders to tell us about his professional experiences and which role the title has played for his career. This month we have talked to Joan Escuer Solé, member of the Spanish association ICOG. Joan Escuer Solé currently works in a project of 3D geological modeling to be used by a large mining company in the environmental control of its activity and he collaborates with a law firm in case of rock fall with serious consequences. He is also the co-founder of a cooperative dedicated to the storage of electric energy from renewable sources and this also takes part of my working time. Joan Escuer Solé has participated in the creation of COLGEOCAT, the professional association of Catalan geologists and has chaired the association for ten years. Read more


EAGE Annual Meeting
12-15 June 2017, Paris, France Read more
4th World Young Earth Scientists Congress
27-30 August 2017, Tehran, Iran Read more
AIPG 2017 Annual National Conference: Music City Rocks — Geology in the Past, Present, and Future
23-26 September 2017, Nashville, Tennessee, USA Read more
Hyperthermals – rapid and extreme global warming in our geological past
London, UK, 25-26 September 2017 Read more
Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) 
Vancouver, Canada, 16-21 June 2018 Read more
EFG is now a technical partner of RFG 2018. Please note that the call for short courses is still open and that the call for sessions will open on 1 July 2017.

European Institutions
Call for applications for the selection of members of the Commission expert group "Support to Circular Economy Financing Expert Group" Read more
Deadline for application: 9 June 2017


Call for project ideas GeoERA
The Horizon 2020 ERA-Net “Establishing the European Geological Surveys Research Area to deliver a Geological Service for Europe (GeoERA)” has recently launched a Call for Project Ideas as Stage One of the Joint Call. The Call for Project Ideas is open to everybody to encourage input from all stakeholders that require and use, data, information and services in the applied geosciences. Project Ideas must target the themes: 
Geo-energy; Groundwater; Raw materials (minerals); and the information platform. The deadline for submitting project ideas is 7 June 2017Read more

Panels of Experts

European Institutions

Launch of the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS)
The European Commission Joint Research Centre’s RMIS version 1.0 provides a structured repository of knowledge on non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials from primary and secondary sources.
In the context of the European Union Raw Materials Knowledge Base (EURMKB), the RMIS was established for identifying and serving key information and knowledge needs of governments, business and research stakeholders, as well as to facilitate dissemination on raw materials information. Read more


OECD NEA & IAEA Report Uranium 2016: Resources, Production and Demand Read more


Miningforum 2017
1-2 June 2017, Berlin, Germany Read more
The Potash Industry in the 21st Century: Exploration, Mining, Processing and Disposal of Resulting Residues
8-10 June 2017, Erfurt, Germany Read more
EuroNanoForum 2017
21-23 June 2017, Valletta, Malta Read more
The Energy, Mineral and Resource-Recovery Nexus: Sustainability and Engineering
Goldschmidt 2017 (Theme 18, Session 18B)

13-18 August 2017, Paris, France Read more
European Parliament Gypsum Forum
27 September 2017, Brussels, Belgium
European Minerals Day 2017: From mineral raw materials to sustainable regions and cities
22 September 2017: European Launch Event in Estonia (kindly hosted by Nordkalk)
22-24 September: European Minerals Days
Week 9 October: North American Minerals Days
6-10 November: Brussels event during Raw Materials Week reporting on the Open Days
Register now your local event at
Real Time Mining Conference
10 to 11 October 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Read more
6th International Congress of Mining Machinery and Technologies (IMMAT)
18 – 21 October 2017, Izmir, Turkey Read more
World Resources Forum
24-25 October 2017, Geneva, Switzerland  Read more
Deadline for submitting papers: 3 May 2017
6th International Symposium on Occupational Health and Safety in Mining`2017

2-3 November 2017, Adana, Turkey Read more


EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2017)
19-25 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium Read more


EGEC Market Report 2016: European geothermal energy needs regulatory certainty to sustain its steady growth Read more

Call for proposals

Geothermica joint call Read more
Deadline for application: 10 July 2017

European Institutions

EC consultation on the list of proposed Projects of Common Interest - Additional projects in oil and smart grids  Read more
EC consultation on the list of proposed Projects of Common Interest in energy infrastructure Read more


Water Innovation Europe
14-15 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium  Read more

Flowpath 2017
14-16 Jun 2017, University of Cagliari, Italy Read more

Man and Karst 2017
26-29 Jun 2017 – Zadar, Croatia Read more

IAH 44th Congress
25-27 September 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia  Read more


Geohazards Conference
1-2 June 2017, Fonyód, Hungary Read more
4th International Disaster Law Course
12-16 June 2017, Sanremo, Italy Read more
Deadline for application: 26 May 2017
2nd IFIP Conference on Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction (ITDRR 2017)

25-27 October 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria Read more


1st World Conference on Soil and Water Conservation under Global Change (CONSOWA)  
Lleida, Spain, 12–16 June 2017  Read more


Eight Geological sites in Asia, Europe and Latin America become UNESCO Global Geoparks Read more


4th European Geoparks Conference 
7-9 September 2017, Azores, Portugal Read more

9th International Symposium ProGEO "Geoheritage and Geoconservation: Modern Approaches and Applications Towards the 2030 Agenda"
25 - 28 June, 2018, Chęciny, Poland Read more

Jobs & Training

Summer school: "Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life"
25 July - 3 August 2017 Saaremaa, Estonia Read more

Dubrovnik International ESEE Mining School
20-25 Nov 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia Read more
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