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...EFG invites you in the name of the Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism (TGGGP) to submit abstracts for the Champion Theme “Global Geoscience Professionalism and Geoethics”. You will find more information in the section “Miscellaneous”. Furthermore we interview EurGeol Koen Verbruggen, Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland and current President of EuroGeoSurveys. 

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

European Geologist 40 now online: The special issue on hydrogeology is now available for online reading. Paper copies may be purchased at a price of 15€ via the EFG Office ( Read more

Call for articles "Sustainable land use: How geology can contribute": The Editor-in-Chief of European Geologist invites you to submit article proposals for issue 41 of the Journal. We expect contributions related to the topic. Please send your article proposal (name of the author(s), title of the article and a short abstract of about 10 lines) by 15 January 2016 to staff and layout editor Anita Stein ( and cc to the Editor-in-Chief ( The Editorial Board of EGJ will decide about the acceptance of the articles and selected articles shall be submitted in their full version by 15 March 2016. The articles will be peer reviewed and also reviewed by a native English speaker. You may find the guidelines for authors at

EFG projects | KINDRA hydrogeology workshop postponed: The hydrogeology workshop to be held on 24 and 25 November 2015 in Brussels had to be postponed due to the maximum security alert level in Brussels. As a matter of consequence, the programme will be reduced to a one-day orientation workshop for national experts. More information on the new date and venue will shortly be communicated to all participants. Read more

EAGE/EFG Photo Contest Calendar 2016 “Geoscientists at work”: This desk calendar includes the top-12 pictures of the 2015 photo contest. The calendar features some amazing images including a volcano, the desert, a geyser and other special geological structures. All photos were taken by EAGE and EFG members. Read more

EurGeol of the month

This month we interview Koen Verbruggen, director of the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) and current President of EuroGeoSurveys who shares with us his views on the importance of professional titles. Read more


2016 EGU Annual meeting
Vienna, Austria, 17-22 April 2016  Read more
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 13 January 2015

35th International Geological Congress
Cape Town, South Africa, 27 August – 4 September 2016 Read more
Some relevant calls for abstracts: 
Theme: Global Geoscience Professionalism and Geoethics
Three sessions are promoted by the 5th International Professional Geology Conference (5IPGC), which is being organised by the member organisations of the IUGS Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism (TG-GGP, as part of 35IGC.

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Theme: Resourcing Future Generations
Convenership: Vitor Correia, EFG President
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General deadline for submitting abstracts: 31 January 2016 
How to submit an abstract
European Institutions
Call for project proposals Natural hazards
SC5-09-2016Operationalising insurance value of ecosystems Read more
Questions about Horizon2020? Contact
Public consultation: 
Streamlining monitoring and reporting obligations in environment policy Read more debate “State of the Energy Union: is there progress?” 
30 November 2015 
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Submit your suggestions via Twitter #viEUwsEnergy
7th European Innovation Summit
Brussels, Belgium, 7-10 December 2015 Read more

Financing the Circular Economy
EIB Headquarters, Luxemburg, 10 December 2015 Read more
“Drawing the earth’s skin”: Geological Survey of Spain publishes video on the making of a geological map. View it here

32nd Nordic Geological Winter Meeting
Helsinki, Finland, 13-15 January 2016 
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Panels of Experts

European Institutions

EFG attended European Parliament Gypsum Forum
Brussels, Belgium, 17 November 2015 Read more
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  Read more
Save the date: STONCHANGE 2016 - International Dimension Stones Conference
Marina di Carrara, Italy, 16-17 June 2016
This event is supported by EFG and CNG.
Integra Gold Rush Challenge: one of the largest ever mining industry incentive prize competitions to hunt down the next big gold discovery in Val-d'Or, Canada. Read more
2016 EGU Annual Meeting: Session ERE6.2 - Recent innovations in science and policy towards a sustainable mineral development future  
Convener: Christopher Keane, Co-Conveners: Vitor Correia, Maeve Boland Read more
Vienna, Austria, 17-22 April 2016  
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 13 January 2015

Economic incentives for bringing e-waste into the circular economy Read more

Asia Pacific Stock Exchange launches new rules by December Read more


IYS Closure Event
Rome, Italy, 5 December 2015 
The World Soil Day 2015 will host the ‘closure’ event of the International Year of Soils. It will also coincide with the launch of the first ‘Status of the World Soil Resources Report’.

Science for Environment Policy thematic issue: Soil and Water: a larger perspective Read more


Save the date: Next EIP Water Conference 
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 10 February 2016 Read more

European Institutions 
Public consultation: Preparation of a new Renewable Energy Directive for the period after 2020 Read more
Roadmap: Renewable Energy Package: new Renewable Energy Directive and bioenergy sustainability policy for 2030 Read more


GeoPower & Heat Summit
Istanbul, Turkey, 1-2 December 2015 Read more

Open call 

Under a newly announced EU-Mexico geothermal research cooperation program, activities on EGS research can now be proposed. Read more


Mobile carbon capture technology removes 1000 kg CO2/day from Polish coal
power plant Read more
The "Global Status of CCS" report released  Read more


EFG attended European Parliament Hearing on CCS - Towards a global CCS breakthrough:
Lessons from abroad & a plan for the EU
Brussels, Belgium, 12 November 2015 Read more


First Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies (NEEDS)
Copenhagen, Denmark, 9-11 December 2015 Read more
UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
Geneva, Switzerland, 27-29 January 2016 Read more
European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium 2016
Prague, Czech Republic, 9-13 May 2016 Read more
10th International Conference on Risk Analysis
Crete, Greece, 25-27 May 2016 Read more
Call for abstracts now open


Review of damage-reducing measures for floods | Read more
New flood simulation tool improves collaboration on flood management Read more


UNESCO gives Global Geoparks a new label Read more

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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