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...This month we inform you about the launch of the European Inventory of Groundwater Research developed by the KINDRA project. We also invite you to follow the seven-weeks-long social media campaign INTRAW is running about the project's operational reports and we remind you of the possibility to register for the first EuroWorkshop "Geothermal - The Energy of the Future". The deadline for early bird fees has been extended until 30 April 2017. 

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 Geothermal Energy: Updated programme and speaker information available
The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and the Association of Greek Geologists (AGG) will coorganise the first EuroWorkshop on geothermal energy in Fira on the island of Santorini (Greece) on 18 and 19 May 2017. EuroWorkshops are a new form of professional training that EFG proposes to European Geologist title holders and other geoscientists. This new type of training activity intends to intensify the professional exchange of ideas and the contacts between geologists from all over Europe and also to strengthen the European idea within the family of geoscientists. 
The aim of this EuroWorkshop is to provide a glimpse to the future of geothermal energy, facilitating cross-fertilisation between different scientific areas and contributing to bringing society a step closer to reaching the goal of zero CO2 emissions.
Note that the deadline for early bird registrations has been extended until 30 April.
More information and registration:

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 projects | KINDRA project has launched the European Inventory of Groundwater Research

On 24 April 2017, the EU funded KINDRA project has officially launched the European Inventory for Groundwater Research (EIGR) to the public. Based on a unique classification system, the Inventory allows to showcase research to other professionals working in the water sector. It allows for the inclusion of a wide range of information sources, ranging from scientific papers, hydrogeological maps, technical reports, book chapters to position papers.
More information:

EFG projects | INTRAW operational reports

The INTRAW consortium has recently launched three operational reports providing insights on best practices and weaknesses of raw materials research & innovationeducation & outreach and industry & trade in the project’s five Reference Countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States of America.
The findings of these operational reports also contribute to the design of the International Observatory on Raw Materials that is to be launched by the end of 2017. The Observatory will be a permanent international body that will remain operational after the end of the project, aiming at the establishment and maintenance of strong long-term relationships with the world’s key players in raw materials technology and scientific developments.
The operational reports and their summaries are available through the project website at We also invite you to follow the project’s seven-weeks-long social media campaign that provides further insights into the operational reports on FacebookTwitter and Linkedin.
EFG projects
 | CHPM2030 consortium meeting

The third CHPM2030 consortium meeting was held in Keyworth, Nottingham, on 28-29 March. During the two days, representatives of the project partners from different European countries discussed the latest updates on their work. They also planned the future steps that ought to be taken to guarantee the development of the project that aims at converting ultra-deep metallic mineral formations into an orebody-Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) in order to satisfy European needs for energy and strategic metals in a single interlinked process.

EFG members | CGS, Croatia
7th International Workshop "Neogene of Central and South Eastern Europe"

28-31 May 2017, Velika, Croatia  Read more

EFG members | GSL, UK
William Smith Meeting 2017: Plate Tectonics at 50
3-5 October 2017, London, UK 
Read more
Call for papers open until 31 May 2017

EurGeol of the month: James Codd  


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 James Codd, member of the Geological Society of London (GSL). James serves as a Technical Advisor in Geotechnics to the UK Department for Transport’s highways authority and represents the company on the British Standards Institution committee for Ground Investigation & Testing and the UK Site Investigation Steering Group. He was formerly an Engineering Geologist and a Land Surveyor for Owen Williams Consultants and Weeks Consulting and has lectured to postgraduate students at the University of Brighton. James also has an active interest in travel and photography. Read more


PAGES 5th Open Science Meeting  
Zaragoza, Spain, 9–13 May 2017 Read more
1st AGES/SEG/EAGE Congress & Technical Exhibition Geosciences applied to solve humanitarian problems all over the world
24-26 May 2017, Belgrade, Serbia 
Read more
World Conference on Research Integrity
28-31 May 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 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
Abstract submission deadline: 15 May 2017
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. Note that the call for sessions has been extended to May 1, 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
ON THE ROCKS: the first geological video contest for everybody
The Italian Geological Society (SGI) has launched a video contest dedicated to a broad audience of “geologists” - from students, to scientists, professionals to amateurs. The idea is to share our “passion” for the Earth across disciplines, education and countries. 
Submit a 180 second, creative, informal video explaining your research, passions or new ideas regarding the Earth. There are three entry categories and a prize of up to 1000 Euro to be won. 
Passionate contributions utilising tools such as animations, stop-motions, cartoons, time-laps, interviews, music, poems or dance, to demonstrate geological ideas to non-specialists, are welcome.
Video's should focus on the wonders, dangers and surprises of an adventurous, geological journey, which could take place indoors, outdoors, in a lab, in the mountains, at sea or in outer space.
Deadline for participation: 7 May 2017
 Read more

Panels of Experts


European Institutions

EC: Call for applications for "Support to Circular Economy Financing Expert Group"
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) has launched a call for applications to set up a new expert group on the circular economy. The group's task will be to provide recommendations regarding concrete measures to facilitate circular economy project financing. The deadline for applications is Friday 28 April 2017Read more


ERES 2017 – The 2nd conference on European Rare Earth Resources
28-31 May 2017, Santorini, Greece Read more
Mines and Technology
29-31 May 2017, Helsinki, Finland Read more
Miningforum 2017
1-2 June 2017, Berlin, Germany Read more
EuroNanoForum 2017
Valletta, Malta, 21-23 June 2017 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
3. Meggener days of natural resources
13. – 15. September 2017, Lennestadt-Meggen, Germany Read more
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
10-11 October: EMD workshop and networking event under the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels
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


#DecarbHeat 2017: The European Forum for a decarbonised heating sector
10-12 May 2017, Brussels, Belgium Read more
Euroheat & Power Congress
14-17 May 2017, Glasgow, UK Read more
Geothermal Energy Conference – GeoEnergi2017
22-23 May 2017, Bergen, Norway Read more
EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2017)
19-25 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium Read more


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

IAH 44th Congress
25-27 September 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia  Read more
Call for abstracts now open!


Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe 2017
9-11 May 2017, the Hague, Netherlands Read more
2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
22-26 May 2017, Cancún, México Read more
4th World Landslide Forum
29 May – 2 June 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia 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


LuWQ2017 – International conference on LAND USE and WATER QUALITY
29 May – 1 June 2017, The Hague, The Netherlands Read more
1st World Conference on Soil and Water Conservation under Global Change (CONSOWA)  
Lleida, Spain, 12–16 June 2017  Read more

Jobs & Training

Summer school: "Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life"
25 July - 3 August 2017 Saaremaa, Estonia Read more
Deadline for application: 30 April 2017
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