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
Supporting organisations: CRIRSCO, EAGE, EGU, EuroGeoSurveys, Geological Society of Africa (GSAf), PERC
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.
Early bird registration applies until 15 January 2017!
More information and registration: http://eurogeologists.eu/efg-unece-conference/
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and cc staff and layout editor Anita Stein (email@example.com). 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/.
EFG Medal of Merit awarded to Iain Stewart
During its 72nd meeting, the EFG Council decided unanimously to award the EFG Medal of Merit for 2016 to Professor Iain Steward. The award ceremony is scheduled for the next EFG Spring Council meeting, in Santorini, Greece, on 20-21 May 2017. Iain Simpson Stewart is a Scottish geologist and currently Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth. Internationally known both for his academic expertise and charismatic ability to communicate with the general public (he was a child actor on TV at the age of 14), Professor Stewart’s expertise is in the area of Earth hazards and natural disasters, particularly in identifying past major earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions in the Mediterranean region. Through his television programmes he has brought the reality of geology to everyone in showing globally how geology has generated the environment in which we live, the catastrophic forces that have affected mankind and the climate change issues that shape our future. The award of the EFG’s Medal of Merit recognises his outstanding contribution in elevating the profile of geology around the world.
EFG Projects | FORAM: Launch of the “Towards a World Forum on Raw Materials (FORAM)” project
The FORAM project was launched on 30 November 2016 in Brussels, during the first Raw Materials Week organised by the European Commission. To date FORAM is the largest collaborative effort to improve worldwide cooperation on securing access, promoting innovation and fostering sustainable mining, recycling and use of raw materials. Apart from key stakeholders from governments, research and industry in Europe the project brings together partners from Japan, the USA, and other G20 countries, as well as key countries active in the mining and other raw materials sectors.
The FORAM project is coordinated by the World Resources Forum Association (WRFA) and supported by eleven additional leading organisations (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.
Read the full press release concerning the project launch here.
EFG Projects | Press release INTRAW scenario workshop: the world of raw materials in 2050
In the framework of the first EU raw materials week, the INTRAW project consortium organised, on 30 November 2016, a scenario workshop in Brussels where three scenarios describing the world of raw materials in 2050 were discussed. Read the full press release here.
EFG members | SGF, France
2nd Workshop Volcanic plumes: observation, modelling and impacts
20 January 2017, Paris, France | Read more
4rd Young Natural History Scientists Meeting
Paris, France, 7-11 February 2017 | Read more
EFG members | GSL, UK
William Smith Meeting 2017: Plate Tectonics at 50
London, UK, 3-5 October 2017 | Read more
Registration and call for abstracts now open