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...This month we invite you to discover the EFG position paper on the energy transition recently released by the Federation which identifies geothermal energy (both shallow and deep geothermal), CO2 capture, and mineral extraction as answers to the challenges set out by the climate crisis. We currently also have an open call for abstracts for the next issue of the European Geologist Journal which will be dedicated to the “Geological heritage of Europe”. Last but not least, on the project side, we are glad to introduce ROBOMINERS, a new EU-funded project that aims at developing a bio-inspired robot capable of mining underground mineral deposits.   

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News from EFG & its members

EFG News

EFG News | Position paper on the energy transition
The European Federation of Geologists has recently released its position paper on the energy transition. As Europe is accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy to meet the goals set by the ratified Paris Agreement on climate, the EU will need to develop the means to achieve those ambitious targets. Based on the expertise that professional geologists provide, EFG believes geothermal energy (both shallow and deep geothermal), CO2 capture, and mineral extraction are part of the answer to the challenges set out by the climate crisis. All three geological activity areas are developed in our position paper that you may download here.

EFG News | Call for articles: Geological heritage of Europe
The Editorial Board of the European Geologist journal (EGJ) invites you to submit articles for the 48th issue of the journal. The theme of this issue is ‘Geological heritage of Europe’ and it will be published in November 2019. We expect contributions related to the topic.
Please send your article proposal first (name of the author(s), working title of the article and a short abstract of about 10 lines) by 20 July 2019  to the Editor-in-Chief ( and cc staff and layout editor Anita Stein (
The Editorial Board of EGJ will decide about the acceptance of the article proposals by the end of July and selected articles shall be submitted in their full version by 15 September 2019. The articles will be peer-reviewed and also reviewed by a native English speaker.
You may find the guidelines for authors at
EFG News | Bill Gaskarth received EFG Medal of Merit
In recognition of his major contribution to the development and wide recognition of the status of professional geologists both nationally and internationally, the Geological Society of London (the Society or GSL) has proposed, in 2018, Dr JW (Bill) Gaskarth for award of the EFG Medal of Merit in 2018. The official award ceremony took place during the recent EFG Council meeting in Delft, the Netherlands.
Bill, as he is universally known, was appointed as GSL’s first Chartership Officer in 2009 and was pivotal to the development and strengthening of the Chartership process within the Geological Society. In the light of his long-term commitment, exemplified by his exceptional and distinguished contribution to the geological profession, EFG considers that Dr Gaskarth is a very worthy recipient of the EFG Medal of Merit.
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EFG News | Photo contest “Legends of Geoscience”: second round of public voting still open
The submission period for the 2019 edition of the EAGE/EFG photo contest has closed in March and we have received many stunning contributions. Thanks to all who have submitted their photos!
The second round of the public voting is currently determining the winners of this year’s contest. Cast your vote at:

EFG Projects

EFG Projects UNEXMIN final conference and field trials at Ecton mines

UNEXMIN is an EU-funded project that develops a novel robotic system for the autonomous exploration and mapping of Europe’s flooded mines. To learn more about these innovative mineral exploration techniques, we invite you to register now for the project’s final conference which will be held on 26th September 2019 in Brussels. At this occasion, project results, including the presence of one of the UX-1 robots, will be shown, discussed and demonstrated. The programme will include high-level discussions on raw materials policies, support from the UNEXMIN project to those policies and the European industrial innovation, and on the capabilities and future application of the exploration system. The second event circular which features the programme and all further information is available here
From 13 to 31 May 2019 the UNEXMIN consortium was in the UK to continue its pilot trials itinerary. Ecton mine received the UNEXMIN team and the UX-1 robots in a trial that marked the fourth time in the field. At Ecton the objective was to dive into the most important flooded mine workings - shafts and galleries - and explore and map them. Geological and archaeological identification was also a main aim of the efforts. During the three-week period, UNEXMIN managed to test the technology in a representative, challenging site. The inspection activities with the UX-1 robots led to the exploration of three of the main flooded shafts in Ecton – the Great shaft, the Winding shaft and the Pipe – with relevant mapping results.
Other outcomes of relevance are as follows: Deepest dive to 125m in the Great shaft (26/05/2019); Geological features and mineralogy identified through visual clues; Archaeological discoveries of importance, including huge workings not seen since the 1850s and linking passages not marked on old plans. Read more

EFG Projects CHPM2030 report on pilots and info platform

One of the project’s latest achievements is a report on pilots compiled by La Palma Research Centre which presents an evaluation framework that facilitates the investigation of potential study areas for CHPM technology. The same methodology was applied to five European areas (South West England, Portuguese Iberian Pyrite Belt, Romania Beius basin and Bihor mountains, Nautanen and Kristineberg in Sweden) evaluating their CHPM potential and characteristics. The report on pilots has been completed by the compilation of a European database of potential sites identified by the European Federation of Geologists’ national associations which collaborate as Linked Third Parties in the project. This information platform covers 24 European countries and presents geological data relating to mineral deposits and geothermal potential. The data is presented in an online freely accessible ESRI© Story Map and is particularly relevant for technology developers, researchers, and policy makers at national and EU level, informing them about areas where CHPM could be developed in the future. The info platform is available at the following link:

EFG Projects New EU-funded ROBOMINERS project kicks off

ROBOMINERS is a new project funded under the European Union’s Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 (grant agreement n°820971) which aims at creating a bio-inspired robot capable of mining underground mineral deposits. The 48-months project has held its kick-off meeting in Madrid, on 13 and 14 June 2019. 
The project has been set up with the long-term strategic objective to facilitate EU access to mineral raw materials - including also those that are considered as strategic or critical for the energy transition - from domestic resources, and decreasing thus the European import dependency. ROBOMINERS’ innovative approach combines the creation of a new mining ecosystem with novel ideas from other sectors, in particular with the inclusion of disruptive concepts from robotics. The use of the robot miner will especially be relevant for mineral deposits that are small or difficult to access. This covers both abandoned, nowadays flooded mines, that are not accessible anymore for conventional mining techniques, or places that have formerly been explored but whose exploitation was considered as uneconomic due to the small size of the deposits or the difficulty to access them.
Led by the Centre for Automation and Robotics (CAR) of the Polytechnical University of Madrid (UPM), ROBOMINERS will be implemented by a consortium of 14 partners from 11 European countries, that covers a wide range of actors and specialities, consisting of geo-scientific SMEs, academics covering both mining and robotics, non-governmental organisations, and governmental bodies. Each of the partners will contribute to the success of the project with their unique know-how.
Benefiting from its broad network reaching out to more than 45,000 geoscientists across Europe, the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) will lead the dissemination and communication efforts within ROBOMINERS. Some of EFG’s national association members will also participate as Linked Third Parties in the project, supporting among others the creation of a European database of potentially suitable locations for the deployment of the novel technology.

EFG Members

EFG Members | SGF, France
27e Réunions des Sciences de la Terre
26-30 October 2019, Lyon, France Read more

EFG Members | BDG, Germany
5th Meggen Raw Material Days
11-13 September 2019, Lennestadt-Meggen, Germany Read more

EFG Associated Members | AIPG, USA
Annual Conference: Geology in the Green Mountains: Scenic Beauty
and Economic Engine

14-17 September 2019, Burlington, Vermont, USA Read more


European Institutions

EC Press release: Sustainable finance: Commission publishes guidelines to improve how firms report climate-related information and welcomes three new important reports on climate finance by leading experts  Read more
EC consultation: Industrial emissions - evaluating the EU rules
Deadline for participation: 4 September 2019  Read more
Roadmap: Trans-European energy infrastructure – evaluation of EU strategy
Deadline for feedback: 12 July 2019  Read more

LIFE programme
The new LIFE programme calls for proposals have been launched. €400 million of EU funding for environment, nature conservation and climate action projects are available in 2019. Read more


ReSToRE - Researching Social Theories, Resources, and Environment Summer School
30 June – 6 July 2019, Dublin, Ireland Read more

3rd International Congress on Stratigraphy (STRATI 2019)
2-5 July 2019, Milano, Italy Read more

Geoscience 2019 - World Congress on "Geology & Earth Science" - "Providing Innovative Research Methodologies for Geoscience"
11 - 13 July 2019, London, UK Read more 

Earth & Geo Science 2019 - 2nd International Conference on Earth Science & Geo Science, "Insight into Innovations in Earth System Sciences and Climate Change Challenges"
12 - 13 August 2019, Prague, Czech Republic Read more

Goldschmidt2019 - International Conference on Geochemistry and Related Subjects
18 - 23 August 2019, Barcelona, Spain Read more 

5th International YES Congress 2019
9 - 13 September 2019, Berlin, Germany Read more

WMESS 2019 - 5th World Multidisciplinary Earth Sciences Symposium
9 - 13 September 2019, Prague, Czech Republic Read more

AGSE 2019: Annual Conference - Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment
11-14 September 2019, Stuttgart, Germany Read more

European Research and Innovation Days
24-26 September 2019, Brussels, Belgium Read more

WCCC 2019 - 2nd World Congress on Climate Change
26 - 28 September 2019, Berlin, Germany Read more
AGU Fall Meeting 2019: “Celebrate the Past, Inspire the Future”
9-13 December 2019, San Francisco, USA Read more
Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 July 2019


Science Business: EU surpasses US in innovation league table as UK loses leader status in Europe Read more
EurActiv: National energy and climate plans will not meet targets, EU warns Read more

Panels of Experts


EU Institutions

EC consultation: Sustainable batteries – EU requirements
Deadline for participation : 8 August 2019 Read more


The Global Rare Earth Industry Association Conference on Rare earths & 1st General Assembly
25-27 June 2019, Brussels, Belgium Read more

MINEX Europe
25-27 June 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria Read more

15th Mining Forum
27-28 June 2019, Berlin, Germany Read more
Note: You can meet EFG at a booth we share with BDG and RohstoffWissen!
European Exploration Geochemistry Boot Camp
1-6 July 2019, Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France Read more
The workshop aims to solidify theoretical knowledge of exploration geochemistry obtained from working in industry, previous knowledge and/ or the Freiberg short course held in January 2019. The course runs over six days and will be based near Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Central Vosges Mountains, NE France. The study area is famous for Medieval base metal mining and has recently been recognised to potentially host Li-Cs-Ta and W deposits (Steiner, 2019).
Note: This course is endorsed by the European Federation of Geologists and EurGeols benefit from reduced rates. 

IMWA2019 - International Mine Water Association Conference
15 - 19 July 2019, Perm, Russia Read more
Potential and Limits of Geophysics for Mining Exploration
13 September 2019. Meggen, Germany Read more
The worldwide mining exploration demands high quality and cost-effective geophysical methods. Nowadays, it is well understood that the application of one geophysical technique, only, is rarely sufficient to identify new ore deposits, especially for deep mining projects. Each additional geophysical method applied, progressively adds more information towards making the most important decision to drill-test targets. It is extremely necessary to improve the geological interpretation of recorded geophysical data (anomalies) leading to a better understanding of the defined exploration targets. In order to explore new deposits, or to better understand operating mining areas, Geophysicists can choose from a variety of different geophysical techniques, depending on the conditions of the deposit. Within this seminar, potentials and especially the limits for a variety of geophysical techniques will be presented.
Furthermore, it will be shown, in which way different methods can be combined for an easier and faster geological interpretation and for the generation of a better geological model of the deposit.
Note: This course is endorsed by the European Federation of Geologists and EurGeols benefit from reduced rates. 

European Minerals Day 2019
20-22 September 2019
Every two years, the European Minerals Day (EMD) event gives the opportunity to discover the world of minerals and the importance of the mineral sector in our daily life activities. This year’s event is scheduled for 20-22 September, when minerals producers all across Europe will again host the “Quarry and Plant Open Days”.
In this context, EFG is joining its efforts again with a consortium of 11 European partners for supporting the event and reaching its main aims.
Read the full press release in order to learn more.

IGF 15th Annual General Meeting: Mining in a Changing Climate
7-11 October 2019, Geneva, Switzerland Read more

World Resources Forum “Anchoring Sustainable and Efficient Resource Management”
22-24 October 2019, Lausanne/Geneva, Switzerland Read more


“Safe Deep Mining” education programme: Advanced Rock Engineering Education for Deep Mines
The continuing education programme “Rock Engineering for Deep Mines” addresses the shortage of rock engineering personnel in the European mining industry. The emphasis of the education programme is on the application of rock engineering principles in the mining industry in order to make deep mining operations safer and more efficient. It provides the participants with the basic knowledge and skills required to address and solve practical rock engineering problems.
The program is tailored to the specific needs of working professionals: classes organized in blocked modules of one week with additional blended learning sessions and self-study periods will enable the participant to undergo two years of training without interrupting the career. It comprises eight compulsory and four elective modules out of which the participants have to select three. The first module starts on 7 October 2019.
The deadline for application for the program is 15 September 2019. Participation in the first season is free of charge as sponsored by EIT RawMaterials. Read more


European Institutions

EC/UN webinar on “Experiences in bridging the gap between Investors and Project Developers”
27 June 2019, 10-12 am CEST Read more


EGEC Geothermal Market Report 2018 Read more


10-11 September 2019, Celle, Germany Read more
17-18 September 2019, Paris, France Read more
100% Renewable Heating & Cooling for a Sustainable Future
28 October 2019, Helsinki, Finland Read more
The call for abstracts is now open! 
German Geothermal Congress 2019
19 - 21 November 2019, Munich, Germany Read more
Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 May 2019
World Geothermal Congress 2020

27 April – 1 May 2020, Reykjavik, Iceland Read more



Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science
8 - 13 September 2019, Vienna, Austria Read more
10th International Groundwater Quality Conference (GQ 2019)
9-12 September 2019, Liège, Belgium Read more
46th IAH Congress: Groundwater management and governance – coping with water scarcity
22-27 September 2019, Malaga, Spain Read more
Geoethics & Groundwater Management Congress (GEOETH&GWM’19)
21 -25 October 2019, Porto, Portugal Read more
14th EWA Brussels Conference
4-5 November 2019, Brussels, Belgium


Euopean Institutions

Disaster Risk Management Centre: Science for Policy Report: "Recommendations for National Risk Assessment for Disaster Risk Management in EU: Approaches for identifying, analysing and evaluating risks, Version 0" Read more


ConTEL 2019 Special Session: Information and Communication Technologies for Crisis and Disaster Management
3-5 July 2019, Graz, Austria Read more
7th International Conference on Sustainable Development
4 - 5 September 2019 Rome, Italy Read more
Flood Expo 2019
11-12 September 2019, Birmingham, United Kingdom Read more
4th IFIP Conference on Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction (ITDRR-2019)
9-10 October 2019, Kyiv, Ukraine Read more
4th Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Warsaw
23-25 October 2019, University of Warsaw, Poland Read more
4th European Conference on Flood Risk Management - Science and practice for an uncertain future
31 August - 4 September 2020, Budapest, Hungary Read more



EIT RawMaterials event: The Future of Raw Material Higher Education
2-4 October 2019, Zagreb, Croatia Read more

Jobs & Training


EASME is recruiting project advisers
The European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) is looking for sustainable energy experts with knowledge and experience on energy in buildings, heating, cooling, industry, energy-related products, consumers, cities, regions, energy services, and/or sustainable energy finance. Project Advisers in the H2020 Energy Unit will manage projects funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 Programme. Read more

KPMG-Ukraine Ltd. is hiring a team lead
Key expert 1: Team Leader / Policy and institutional expert (min. 420 man-days)
Team Leader will be responsible for the overall planning, coordination and implementation of the project and will ensure achievement of the expected results of all components. The Team Leader will also work as Policy and institutional expert. Read more
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