EFG/UNFC workshop: International cooperation on natural resources:
geoscientists’ contribution to enhanced governance, policy making and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals
Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium, 9 (afternoon) and 10 (full day) February 2017
Co-organisers: EFG, UNECE
Aim: This conference will foster the convergence of terminology and the comparability/compatibility of data, thus contributing to the creation of a solid European Knowledge Database on mineral and energy resources. Such harmonization is equally important to government policymakers and to companies and regulators within the energy and minerals industries, including the users and providers of data on energy and minerals reserves and resources and renewable energy. UNFC will be reviewed, including its potential for application in Europe and beyond and its relationship with other classification and public reporting systems.
Audience – who should attend? The conference provides a unique opportunity to discuss a transparent and harmonized classification framework for fossil and renewable energy sources and minerals in a cross-disciplinary environment, including EU policymakers, UN representatives, international energy experts, national government officials, academics, energy and minerals company executives, as well as finance, industry and environment experts.
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More information: www.eurogeologists.eu
European Geologist Journal (EGJ) 43rd issue: Call for articles on geothermal energy
The Editorial Board of the Journal of the European Federation of Geologists invites you to submit articles for the 43rd issue of the journal. The theme of this issue is geothermal energy. We expect contributions related to the topic. The journal will be linked to a workshop with a similar theme, to be held in May 2017, in Santorini, related to the EFG Council Meeting. 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 15 January 2017 to the Editor-in-Chief (email@example.com) and cc staff and layout editor Anita Stein (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 March 2017. The articles will be peer reviewed and also reviewed by a native English speaker. You may find the guidelines for authors at http://eurogeologists.eu/journal/.
News from the 72nd EFG Council Meeting, 19 and 20 November 2016, Brussels
Board members elected:
During the meeting two Board members were elected. Vitor Correia was re-elected as EFG President.
Marko Komac has been elected to the position of External Relations Officer. Marko is currently an independent consultant and researcher, an occasional lecturer at two Slovenian universities as the associated professor and an ardent sportsman. He has been involved in several international organisations in the past, more precisely from 2006 on and during that time he has gained excellent networking, facilitating and diplomatic skills, excellent managing and organisational skills in the field of research institutions and teams (also at the international level). In the period 2006 – 2014 he was a director of the Geological Survey of Slovenia and from 2013 to 2016 he was a Managing Director of OneGeology Consortium. In the years 2011 and 2012 he was the EuroGeoSurveys President and in the period of 2012 to 2016 was the Vice-President of the IUGS. From 2015 on he is also the officially appointed delegate of the Slovenian Geological Society (SGD) at EFG. Marko holds a PhD in geology and is specialized in GIS application in geological sciences, spatial analyses, remote sensing, satellite imagery and graphical analysis, geohazard analysis and assessment, landslide susceptibility analysis, and spatial modelling. He speaks Slovenian, English, less advanced French, Croatian, Serbian, and has just started to learn Russian.
New EFG member: Bulgarian Geological Society (BGS)
EFG is glad to welcome a new full member, the Bulgarian Geological Society (BGS). BGS was founded in 1925 and is presently headquartered in Sofia. The BGS mission is contributing to the geological knowledge and the active protection of geological heritage of Bulgaria, promoting the achievements of the BGS’ members and the national geology, advancing cooperation with similar organizations in Bulgaria and abroad, supporting the development of geological education and raising the qualification of workers in the field of earth sciences and geological practice, taking care for raising the prestige of the geological profession and protection of the interests of Bulgarian geologists and to be the public corrective of state policy in the field of geology. EFG now counts 25 national membership associations in 26 European countries.
Update to the EFG Code of Ethics in relation to the working environment
An update to the EFG Code of Ethics (Regulation C1) related to the working environment was unanimously approved and agreed upon by the EFG Council at the 72nd EFG Council meeting held in Brussels on 19 and 20 November 2016. This important update relates to the maintenance of a high level of professionalism in a working environment:
‘A respectful and fruitful working environment is fundamental for maintaining a high level of professionalism. Therefore, discrimination or harassment, either sexual or of any other kind, is unacceptable because it offends the dignity of persons and seriously undermines the atmosphere of trust essential to the work of all geologists’.
This is particularly pertinent as geoethics and professionalism are core objectives of the EFG. | Read more
EFG Projects | FORAM: Launch of the “Towards a World Forum on Raw Materials (FORAM)” project
The Project Consortium will launch the ‘Towards a World Forum on Raw Materials (FORAM)’ project on Tuesday 29 November 2016, from 17:00 to 18:30, during the 1st edition of the Raw Materials Week (28 November – 2 December) in Brussels. FORAM is setting up an EU-based platform of international experts and stakeholders that will create the basis to establish a World Forum on Raw Materials (WFRM). The FORAM project is coordinated by the World Resources Forum Association (WRFA) and supported by eleven additional leading organizations (EuroGeoSurveys, European Federation of Geologists, United Nations University, Leiden University, University Kassel, Clausthal University of Technology, ESM/Matsearch, Gondwana Empreendimentos e Consultorias, Servicio Geológico Colombiano, MinPol GmbH and La Palma Research Centre for Future Studies SL), which compose the FORAM consortium.
EFG Projects | INTRAW Workshop: Future scenarios on mineral raw materials provision
Brussels, Belgium, 30 November 2016, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The INTRAW Consortium is co-organising a workshop in the framework of the Raw materials week (Brussels, 28 November – 2 December 2016 organised by European Commission, DG Growth). In this workshop participants will be invited to comment and elaborate on three different possible futures for global raw materials provisioning in 2050. | Read more
EFG members | SGF, France
2nd Workshop Volcanic plumes: observation, modelling and impacts
20 January 2017, Paris, France | Read more