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Ben Craven, participant of the EAGE-EFG photo contest 2015, tells us about this photo: “I took this during my Masters project in Structural Geology with Geophysics at the University of Leeds. I was working with Kier Mining investigating the relationships between scales of faulting in the Midland Valley, but the continuity of the units here really struck me. Oh, and the diggers of course!”

Welcome to GeoNews June...

...This month we invite you to submit your abstracts for issue 42 of the European Geologist Journal, a special issue on international cooperation on raw materials. We also draw your attention to the launch of the CHPM2030 project in which EFG and several of its membership associations are involved. 

Are you in a hurry? Then scroll directly to News from EFG & its members; One day in EuropeEurGeol of the month; Miscellaneous; Panels of Experts or Jobs & Training

News from EFG & its members

Call for articles European Geologist 42: International cooperation on raw materials
The Editor-in-Chief of European Geologist invites you to submit article proposals for issue 42 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 July 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 September 2016. The articles will be peer reviewed and also reviewed by a native English speaker. You may find the guidelines for authors at

EAGE/EFG photo contest: vote now on your favourite photo! Read more

INTRAW project: Workshop at 35IGC
Cape Town, South Africa, 28 August 2016 Read more

As part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research & Innovation, the 36-month project INTRAW aims to map best practices and develop new cooperation opportunities related to raw materials between the EU and technologically advanced countries, in response to similar global challenges. In this workshop, a discussion of the most important factors which explain how and why each of the reference countries has become technologically and economically advanced during the 20th and 21st century will be the starting point to define cooperation opportunities built on best practices in research and innovation, education and outreach and industry and trade.

CHPM2030: project launch
CHPM2030 is a 42-months project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon2020 programme on Research and Innovation (grant agreement nº 654100) that started on 1 January 2016. The strategic objective of CHPM2030 is to develop a novel and potentially disruptive technological solution that can help satisfy the European needs for energy and strategic metals in a single interlinked process. In the CHPM technology vision the metal-bearing deep geological formation will be conducted in a way that the co-production of energy and metals will be possible, and may be optimised according to the market demands.
More information: Press releaseBrochurewebsite 

SGF, France | Source to sink - A long term perspective of sediment budgets and sources characterization
Rennes, France, 30 November – 2 December 2016 Read more
Deadline for abstract submission: 31 July 2016

BDG, Germany | 2nd Meggener Days of Natural Resources
Lennestadt, Germany, 14-16 September 2016
The programme of this event is available here. On 16 September a Conference Day on Water and Geothermal Energy will be organised in the framework of the EU-funded KINDRA project in which EFG participates.

AIPG, USA (EFG affiliated member) | New Executive Director
The American Institute of Professional Geologists has announced the selection of Aaron W. Johnson, PhD as its new executive director.  Johnson will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of William J. Siok, CPG. The selection was made after a national search and selection process. Dr. Johnson’s resume includes over 20 years of planning, administration, communications, fund-raising, and teaching experience in the academic sector.  He was awarded a doctorate in Geological Sciences in 2003 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his outstanding contributions to teaching and research. Dr. Johnson will officially assume the role beginning August 22.

One day in Europe: Ireland

Each month we travel to one of EFG’s national membership associations and discover their main activities and challenges. In June we visited the Republic of Ireland. The IGI was formed in 1999 to promote the geosciences in Ireland and to represent the professional interests of its members. The IGI is a very active National Association Member, as well as a National Licensed Body Member, of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG). It actively encourages its membership to apply for the EurGeol title and as such has the highest per capita title holders of any EFG member. Read more

EurGeol of the month

This month we interviewed Dr. Irma Dobos, member of the Hungarian Geological Society (MFT) and long-standing EurGeol title holder. In May MFT celebrated an extraordinary scientific conference at the occasion of the 90th birthday of Irma Dobos. She has been an active member of the Society since her graduation. Read more


European Institutions
Resolution by the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, work experience and university diplomas within the Bologna process  Read more
Public consultation on the regulation of professions: Member States' National Action Plans and proportionality in regulation
Deadline for participation: 19 August 2016 Read more

Public consultation on Horizon 2020 ‘Science with and for Society’
Work Programme 2018-2020

Deadline for participation: 4 July 2016 Read more
Public consultation on a Space Strategy for Europe
Deadline for participation: 12 July 2016 Read more

UCM Summer course: el futuro de la tierra: perspectivas geocientíficas, sociales y éticas (Spanish)
Madrid, Spain, 11-13 July 2016 Read more

35th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission
Trieste, Italy, 4-10 September 2016 Read more
88th National Congress of the Italian Geological Society
Naples, Italy, 7-9 September 2016 Read more
2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference (VGC 2016) 
Bergen, Norway, 22-23 September 2016 
Read more
INSPIRE Conference 2016
Barcelona, Spain, 26-30 September 2016 Read more
AGU fall meeting 2016
San Francisco, USA, 12-16 December 2016 Read more
Call for abstracts: Deadline 3 August 2016

IUGS Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018)
Vancouver, Canada, 16-21 June 2018 Read more
Call for sessions now open!

Panels of Experts


Save the date: Minatura2020 Pan-European workshop
Stockholm, Sweden, 7-9 September 2016 Read more about MINATURA2020
25th International Mining Congress and Exhibition of Turkey
Antalya, Turkey, 11-14 April 2017 Read more
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 28 October 2016


43rd IAH Congress
Montpellier, France, 25-29 September 2016 Read more
15th Water-Rock Interaction International Symposium 2016 - WRI-15 2016
Evora, Portugal, 16-21 October 2016 Read more


KINDRA national workshop Greece
The Greek KINDRA Workshop took place as part of the International Congress of the Geological Society of Greece ( at the afternoon of 26 May 2016. It was attended by around 65 participants and provided information about the KINDRA project, its web platform and how it works. More information on KINDRA


European Geothermal Congress
Strasbourg, France, 19-24 September 2016 Read more


Press release: Geoscience, a tool for civil protection against floods
The European Federation of Geologists is drawing the attention of policy makers at international, European, national, regional and local level to the paramount importance of geoscience in civil protection against natural hazards and especially in floods given the recent events in Germany, Belgium and France this
June. Read more


Resilient Cities 2016: 7th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation
Bonn, Germany, 6-8 July 2016 Read more
6th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC
Davos, Switzerland, 28 August – 1 September 2016 Read more
4th World Landslide Forum
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 29 May - 2 Jun 2017 Read more
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 30 June 2016


5th EUROSOIL International Congress
Istanbul, Turkey, 7-17 July 2016  Read more

JRC publishes Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas
Free download here


Call for participation: The EFG Panel of Experts on Education is currently carrying out an online survey to assess the role and state of geology in public education in Europe.
You are invited to fill in the survey here
Geological Boot Camp
Tremp, Catalonia, Spain, 4-9 September 2016
The Geological Boot Camp provides participants with an over­view of integrated play modelling as typically used for explora­tion and development of georesources. Geological models of a key area in the southern Pyrenees will be constructed almost directly at an outcrop face. Most of the input data required will be measured directly at the outcrop while the remaining data will be supplied in the form of seismic sections and well logs. It is a great opportunity for students and young professionals who have not been on the field and not had the opportunity to work in real situations to bring geological theory into practice together. | Read more

Jobs & Training

Belgium | Post-doc position land remote sensing
Post-doc position in land remote sensing (15 months) in the context of the THEO project supported by the Wallonie – Plan Marshall SKYWIN. THEO aims to develop a new type of observation platform capitalizing on previous Belgian experiences like the PROBA satellite series. UCL contribution in the THEO project concerns the definition of a new remote sensing instruments taking into account industrial constraints. UCL is also responsible for the demonstration of the relevant applications derived from such an instrument. Several stakeholders of the space industry are partners of this project. The candidate could start as soon as possible and no later than July 2016. More information:

Saudi Arabia | Structural geologist
The Exploration / Red Sea Department of Saudi Aramco is seeking a top Structural Geologist to join their team. The candidate will have 2D and 3D Structural Restoration experience in a variety of Tectonic Terrains. Structural Geology experience in Rift Basins, Active Rift Basins and Salt Tectonic Basins. 2D and 3D structural restoration from Prospect to regional scales, and experience of prospect scale trap analysis including fault and map QC and correction.
More information:

Saudi Arabia |Operations geologist:
The Exploration / Reservoir Characterization Department of Saudi Aramco are now actively seeking an Operations Geologist. The successful applicant will perform all drilling, and well operations, and handle all geological responsibilities associated with drilling operations with minimal supervision. Perform well planning, including creating well targets data with reservoir and drilling engineers; generating well trajectories and loading the directional data; prepare geological prognosis, including but not limited to tops, cross sections and correlation panels; ensure acknowledgments of the program by other concerned parties; monitor; and geosteer all types of wells both in the office or onsite when needed.
More information:


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