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The participant of the EAGE/EFG photo contest 2015 writes about his photo: "This photo pictures an eruption of the Strokkur Geysir in Iceland. I captured this image on February 22, 2014 around 16:00 in the afternoon. The low winter sun added a nice pink color to the sky that was picked up by the water droplets during the eruption."

Welcome to GeoNews December...

...This month we invite you to register for the EFG/UNFC workshop "International cooperation on natural resources: geoscientists’ contribution to enhanced governance, policy making and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals" that will be held on 9 and 10 February 2017 in Brussels. 

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News from EFG & its members

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:

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 ( and cc staff and layout editor Anita Stein ( 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

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

One Day in Europe: Switzerland 

Each month we travel to one of EFG’s national membership associations and discover their main activities and challenges. In December we visited Switzerland. The Swiss Association of Geologists CHGEOL unites more than 500 Geologists from private companies, industry, universities and governmental authorities. The organization promotes high quality work of geologists in Switzerland and aims to demonstrate the significance of the geological profession as well as geology itself to society. Read more

EurGeol of the month: Michael Haschke  

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 talked to Dr. Michael Haschke, member of the German association BDG. Michael Haschke is currently Innovation Manager at DMT and in charge of developing new projects and products for the exploration and mining industry. | Read more


European Institutions
Horizon 2020 interim evaluation: public stakeholder consultation
Deadline for participation: 15 January 2016 Read more
Public stakeholder consultation – Interim evaluation of Joint Undertakings operating under Horizon 2020
Deadline for participation:
10 March 2017 Read more
EGU General Assembly 2017 Read more
Vienna, Austria, 23-28 April 2017
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 11 January 2017

PAGES 5th Open Science Meeting  
Zaragoza, Spain, 9–13 May 2017 Read more

Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) 
Vancouver, Canada, 16-21 June 2018 Read more
Call for sessions now open!
Hyperthermals – rapid and extreme global warming in our geological past
London, UK, 25-26 September 2017 Read more
Call for posters now open!

Panels of Experts


European Institutions

European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials calling for applications to renew its membership Read more


European Robotics Forum 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 22-24 March 2017 Read more
25th International Mining Congress and Exhibition of Turkey
Antalya, Turkey, 11-14 April 2017 Read more

European Institutions
European Commission (EC) releases Clean Energy for All Europeans package Read more
EC releases proposal for a revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) Read more


European Energy Transition Conference
24-26 January 2017, Bordeaux, France Read more
World Sustainable Energy Days
1-3 March 2017, Wels, Austria Read more


2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
22-26 May 2017, Cancún, México Read more


Erosion modelling workshop
Ispra, Italy, 20-22 March 2017 Read more
1st World Conference on Soil and Water Conservation under Global Change (CONSOWA)  
Lleida, Spain, 12–16 June 2017  Read more
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15 January 2017


Study on International Sectoral Qualifications Frameworks and Systems
This study reflects on the potential role of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) in supporting recognition of International Sectoral Qualifications and related initiatives. The EQF is a common European reference framework. It acts as a translation device to make qualifications acquired within the different education and training systems in Europe more readable and understandable. Read more

Second (Geo)Science Communication School  
Castiglione del Lago, Italy, 27 March – 1 April 2017  Read more
Deadline for submitting abstracts 31 January 2017

Jobs & Training

Germany | Science Policy officer 
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is looking to hire a Science Policy Officer to continue developing the EGU’s policy programme, which is aimed at building bridges between geoscientists and European policymakers, engaging the EGU membership with public policy, and informing decision makers about the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The officer will be tasked with mapping out policy opportunities for the EGU, setting up links between EGU members and European decision makers, and developing training and networking events for scientists to engage with policy. More information here.
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