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...This month has been very busy at EFG with the organisation of the EuroWorkshop “Geology and the energy transition” and the 77th EFG Council meeting in Delft, the Netherlands. Complimentary with the EuroWorkshop we have also recently released a new issue of the European Geologist Journal which features several interesting contributions on the link between geology and the energy transition. Last but not least, we also invite you to have a read through the Federation’s 2018 Annual Report and the results of the 2018 Geoscientists Employment Survey.   

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News from EFG & its members

EFG News

EFG News | 77th EFG Council meeting
The delegates of EFG’s national association members gathered in Delft, the Netherlands, on 25 and 26 May 2019 for the 77th EFG summer Council meeting. The aim of the meeting was to review the overall progress on the implementation of the EFG Strategic Plan 2018-2022 “Towards a sustainable future”. The gathering also allowed to exchange best practices from the different national associations, notably in terms of education and outreach initiatives.

EFG News | New Board members
The Council meeting also saw the end of the term of President Vitor Correia (Portugal) who was thanked by Council for his dedicated work for EFG throughout the past six years. He has been replaced by former External Relations Officer Marko Komac (Slovenia) who was already appointed as the President-elect during the November 2018 Council meeting. Consequently, a new External Relations Officer had to be appointed and the only candidate, Pavlos Tyrologou (Greece), was elected unanimously.

EFG News | Two full members join the EFG family
During the Council meeting, two associations presented their application to become members of the EFG: the Austrian Mining Association (Bergmännischer Verband Österreichs, BVÖ) and the Geological Society of Estonia (EGEOS). Both organisations were accepted unanimously as new full members. Welcome to the EFG family!

EFG News | EFG Executive Director
During the Council meeting, the current Executive Director Isabel Fernández Fuentes has informed the delegates about her wish to resign from her position at the end of September 2019. The Council members have unanimously expressed their gratitude towards Isabel for her enthusiasm and dedicated work throughout the last 17 years. 
The call for the EFG Executive Director position is now open and the deadline for applications is 21 June 2019.

EFG News | Press release EuroWorkshop “Geology and the energy transition”
The EU-funded CHPM2030 project, the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands (KNGMG) and the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) have co-organised a EuroWorkshop on “Geology and the energy transition” on 23 May 2019 in Delft, the Netherlands. The aim of the EuroWorkshop was to provide insights into the energy transition and how it has affected geosciences. You may read the press release here

EFG News Annual Report 2018
EFG’s new Strategic Plan 2018-2022 “Towards a Sustainable Future” was the driver for the Federation’s activity in the past year and the present annual report is based on the implementation of the six thematic action plans approved by Council. Accordingly, you can discover in this report the main actions in the areas EFG Members, EFG Network, Professional Expertise, EFG Projects, EFG Communication, and Panels of Experts. Read the full report here.

EFG News New issue of European Geologist Journal on “Geology and the energy transition” now online
EFG is pleased to release a new issue of its biannual open access journal European Geologist. This thematic issue provides an overview about “Geology and the energy transition” and features the following contributions:

You may access the full issue via

EFG News EFG presents results of its first annual “Geoscientists employment survey”
In 2018, EFG has conducted the first edition of its new annual employment survey which gathers information about the employment situation of geoscientists across Europe and beyond. The survey has been answered by 740 participants in 2018 who provided information about their academic qualifications, current work conditions, professional experience, areas of activities, salaries, and professional mobility. Discover now the main results in a two-page report.

EFG News | Photo contest “Legends of Geoscience”: second round of public voting now open
The submission period for the 2019 edition of the EAGE/EFG photo contest has closed in March and we have received many stunning contributions. Thanks to all who have submitted their photos!
The second round of the public voting is currently determining the winners of this year’s contest. Cast your vote at:

EFG Projects

EFG Projects UNEXMIN final conference and field trials at Ecton mines

The Horizon 2020 funded UNEXMIN project will hold its final conference on 26th September 2019 in Brussels, ahead of the project’s closing. Project results, including the presence of one of the UX-1 robots, will be shown, discussed and demonstrated. The programme will include high-level discussions on raw materials policies, support from the UNEXMIN project to those policies and the European industrial innovation, and on the capabilities and future application of the exploration system. Several speakers already have confirmed their attendance and the registration for the event is now open. Read more

The UNEXMIN team is currently in the UK, at the Ecton mines, to once again test its innovative exploration technology in real life conditions, after the field test at KaatialaIdrija and Urgeiriça mines. The final aim of this trial is to map the most important flooded sections of the underground mine, at the same time as the team improves the operability of the surveying process. You can read a summary of the first week on the field with the UX-1 robot here.

EFG Members

EFG Members | BDG, Germany
5th Meggen Raw Material Days
11-13 September 2019, Lennestadt-Meggen, Germany Read more

EFG Members | SGS, Serbia
Obituary Prof. Dr. Nenad Banjac

The former president of the Serbian Geological Society, Prof. Dr. Nenad Banjac, passed away after a severe illness on April 23rd, 2019 in Belgrade. Serbian Geological Society greatly enhanced its activity and role in the EFG during Mr Banjac's presidency. Lately he was an active member in EFG Panel of Experts on Education. Read more


European Institutions

EC Stakeholder dialogue: progress and outcomes of the technical expert group’s work on sustainable finance
In June, the European Commission’s technical expert group (TEG) on sustainable finance will publish three new reports:

  • a final report on the EU taxonomy;
  • a final report on the EU Green Bond Standard;
  • and an interim report on Climate benchmarks.

To accompany these reports and provide a venue for an open exchange with stakeholders, the Commission will organise a Stakeholder dialogue on sustainable finance on 24 June 2019. The reports are expected to be published on 18 June.  Read more

Science Business: European Commission starts planning for €91.4B Horizon Europe implementation Read more

Science Business: EU Commission opens recruitment for Horizon Europe mission boards  Read more

EC Consultation on the list of PCI candidate projects for cross-border carbon dioxide transport infrastructure and smart grids
Deadline for participation: 9 June 2019  Read more

LIFE programme
The new LIFE programme calls for proposals have been launched. €400 million of EU funding for environment, nature conservation and climate action projects are available in 2019. Read more


81st EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition
3-6 June 2019, London, UK Read more

ReSToRE - Researching Social Theories, Resources, and Environment Summer School
30 June – 6 July 2019, Dublin, Ireland Read more

3rd International Congress on Stratigraphy (STRATI 2019)
2-5 July 2019, Milano, Italy Read more

5th International YES Congress 2019
Berlin, Germany, 9 - 13 September 2019 Read more

AGSE 2019: Annual Conference - Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment
11-14 September 2019, Stuttgart, Germany Read more


CGI Competition - Applying International Geoscience Standards
The IUGS Commission for the Management and Application of Geoscience Information (CGI) has launched a competition on the application of CGI standards for geoscience data delivery. CGI will support the travel costs of successful applicant(s) to present (poster or oral) their research at the 36th International Geological Congress in New Delhi, India in March 2020. Read more


IUGS annual report 2018
The International Union of Geological Sciences has recently released its annual report for 2018. Read more
New Scientia issue: Combatting climate change & ecological collapseRead more

Panels of Experts


EU Institutions

EC report: Progress of the Battery 2030+ large-scale research initiative Read more


World Circular Economy Forum 2019
3-5 June 2019, Helsinki, Finland Read more
APCOM 2019: Mining goes digital
4-6 June 2019, Wroclaw, Poland Read more
Mining Investment Europe
18-19 June 2019, Frankfurt, Germany Read more
EFG is pleased to partner with Mining Investment Europe Conference. The 3rd edition of this event, to be held in Frankfurt, Germany from 18-19 June, connects miners, investors and various mining stakeholders for new business opportunities. European Geologists benefit from a 10% reduction on the registration fee. For more information, please contact 

One day EIG technical meeting: quarry and surface mine geotechnics
19 June 2019, Exeter, UK Read more

The Global Rare Earth Industry Association Conference on Rare earths & 1st General Assembly
25-27 June 2019, Brussels, Belgium Read more

MINEX Europe
25-27 June 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria Read more

15th Mining Forum
27-28 June 2019, Berlin, Germany Read more
Note: You can meet EFG at a booth we share with BDG and RohstoffWissen!
European Exploration Geochemistry Boot Camp
1-6 July 2019, Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France Read more
The workshop aims to solidify theoretical knowledge of exploration geochemistry obtained from working in industry, previous knowledge and/ or the Freiberg short course held in January 2019. The course runs over six days and will be based near Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Central Vosges Mountains, NE France. The study area is famous for Medieval base metal mining and has recently been recognised to potentially host Li-Cs-Ta and W deposits (Steiner, 2019).
Note: This course is endorsed by the European Federation of Geologists and EurGeols benefit from reduced rates. 
European Minerals Day
21-22 September 2019 Read more

IGF 15th Annual General Meeting: Mining in a Changing Climate
7-11 October 2019, Geneva, Switzerland Read more

World Resources Forum “Anchoring Sustainable and Efficient Resource Management”
22-24 October 2019, Lausanne/Geneva, Switzerland Read more


UN Environment report: Rising demand for sand calls for resource governance Read more


Eramet Open Innovation Challenge - Topic: Silica Management in Eramet Lithium process
Deadline for participation: 5 June 2019 Read more


European Institutions

Clean energy for all Europeans package completed: good for consumers, good for growth and jobs, and good for the planet Read more

EU Sustainable Energy Week: policy conference 2019
18-20 June 2019, Brussels, Belgium Read more
Registration now open! 


Joint Position: Renewable energy associations’ joint messages on the draft National Energy and Climate Plans  Read more

ETIP-DG releases Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for Deep Geothermal Read more


European Geothermal Congress
11-14 June 2019, The Hague, Netherlands Read more
World Geothermal Congress 2020
27 April – 1 May 2018, Reykjavik, Iceland Read more
GeoPLASMA-CE final conference
21-22 May 2019, Freiberg, Germany Read more
EU Sustainable Energy Week
17-21 June 2019 Read more
GeoEnergy Days 
25-27 June 2019, Pau, France Read more
10-11 September 2019, Celle, Germany Read more
100% Renewable Heating & Cooling for a Sustainable Future
28 October 2019, Helsinki, Finland Read more
The call for abstracts is now open! 
German Geothermal Congress 2019
19 - 21 November 2019, Munich, Germany Read more
Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 May 2019



IAH report: Human Health and Groundwater Read more


LuWQ2019 – International Conference on LAND USE and WATER QUALITY: Agriculture and the Environment
3-6 June 2019, Aarhus, Denmark Read more 
12-14 June 2019, Milano, Italy Read more
12th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse
16 - 20 June 2019, Berlin, Germany Read more
11th World Congress on Water Resources and Environment “Managing Water Resources for a Sustainable Future”
25-29 June 2019, Madrid, Spain Read more
Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science
08 - 13 September 2019, Vienna, Austria Read more
10th International Groundwater Quality Conference (GQ 2019)
9-12 September 2019, Liège, Belgium Read more
46th IAH Congress: Groundwater management and governance – coping with water scarcity
22-27 September 2019, Malaga, Spain Read more
Geoethics & Groundwater Management Congress (GEOETH&GWM’19)
21 -25 October 2019, Porto, Portugal Read more
14th EWA Brussels Conference
4-5 November 2019, Brussels, Belgium


European Institutions

EC Press release: Commission and European Space Agency plan Earth-system science initiative to address critical environmental challenges Read more


European Climate Change Adaptation conference
28-31 May 2019, Lisbon, Portugal Read more
ICLEI Resilient Cities 2019
26-28 June 2019, Bonn, Germany Read more
ConTEL 2019 Special Session: Information and Communication Technologies for Crisis and Disaster Management
3-5 July 2019, Graz, Austria Read more
7th International Conference on Sustainable Development
4 - 5 September 2019 Rome, Italy Read more
Flood Expo 2019
11-12 September 2019, Birmingham, United Kingdom Read more
4th IFIP Conference on Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction (ITDRR-2019)
9-10 October 2019, Kyiv, Ukraine Read more
4th Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Warsaw
23-25 October 2019, University of Warsaw, Poland Read more
4th European Conference on Flood Risk Management - Science and practice for an uncertain future
31 August - 4 September 2020, Budapest, Hungary Read more



Heraklion 2019 - 7th International conference on sustainable solid waste management
26-29 June 2019, Crete Island, Greece Read more

Jobs & Training


EASME is recruiting project advisers
The European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) is looking for sustainable energy experts with knowledge and experience on energy in buildings, heating, cooling, industry, energy-related products, consumers, cities, regions, energy services, and/or sustainable energy finance. Project Advisers in the H2020 Energy Unit will manage projects funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 Programme. Read more

KPMG-Ukraine Ltd. is hiring a team lead
Key expert 1: Team Leader / Policy and institutional expert (min. 420 man-days)
Team Leader will be responsible for the overall planning, coordination and implementation of the project and will ensure achievement of the expected results of all components. The Team Leader will also work as Policy and institutional expert. Read more
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