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This month we remind you of the opportunities offered by the EU Green Deal Call. You still have until 26 January 2021 to submit your project proposals! We also draw your attention to a public consultation by the European Committee of the Regions on a "European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience". The deadline for participating is 31 December 2020. You will find more EU policy news under the Panels of Experts section below!
At EFG, the pandemic made it unfortunately impossible for the Council to gather this month in Brussels for its traditional autumn meeting. The National Association delegates will get together for an informal, virtual Christmas party in December and a follow-up workshop is planned for early 2021. All compulsory business will be handled before the end of the year via an electronic vote.
Enjoy the reading and stay safe! 🍂 📖 ☕
This month's headlines
Call for articles European Geologist journal: Geotechnics
The Editorial Board of the European Geologist journal (EGJ) invites you to submit articles for issue 51 of the journal. The theme of this issue is ‘Geotechnics - Building sustainable foundations’ and it will be published in May 2021. We expect contributions related to the topic.
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 20 December 2020 to Editor-in-Chief Pavlos Tyrologou ( and cc staff and layout editor Anita Stein (
The Editorial Board of EGJ will decide about the acceptance of the article proposals by the end of December and selected articles shall be submitted in their full version by 1 March 2021. The articles will be peer-reviewed and also reviewed by a native English speaker.
You may find the guidelines for authors at
Coffee with Geoscience: EU policymakers meet geoscientists to exchange on the role mineral raw materials play for the EU Green Deal
On 16 November 2020, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) gathered in a virtual Coffee with Geoscience event to exchange with a panel of geoscience experts on the importance of mineral raw materials for the achievement of the EU’s Green Deal goals. The event was hosted by the Portuguese MEPs Carlos Zorrinho (S&D Group) and Maria da Graça Carvalho (EPP Group), both Members of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. The dialogue focused on the social, economic and political aspects that must be addressed to ensure reliable, secure and sustainable access to mineral raw materials for Europe’s industry. Coffee with geoscience has been organised by the International Raw Materials Observatory in collaboration with the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and the American Geosciences Institute (AGI). EFG President Marko Komac was one of the geoscience experts who participated in the discussion panel. 
Geosektionen, Sweden
EFG’s Swedish member Geosektionen, a branch of Naturvetarna, the Swedish Association of Professional Scientists, awards each year a geologist with the title “Geologist of the Year”. This year’s laureate is Emma Rehnström. She received the award for her ability to popularise geology towards society. Read more in the EFGeoBlog
EAGE Annual event: discount for EFG members
The European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) will hold its 2020 annual conference online from 8 to 11 December. As a partner association of EAGE, EFG has negotiated a discount for National Association members and European Geologist title holders. The coordinator of the EFG Panel of Experts on Geothermal Energy, Dr. János Szanyi, will co-host a topic room on 8 December, 17:00-18:00 CET, with Prof. Hadi Hajibeygi (TU Delft) on decarbonisation patterns.
SUMEX launch
SUMEX - SUstainable Management in EXtractive industries - is a 36-months project funded by the European Commission that has started on 1 November 2020. The project supports the set-up of a European sustainability framework to improve the permitting procedure along the extractive value chain. EFG is leading the project’s outreach activities. The project consortium hosted an online event on 17 November 2020 to start shaping a common definition for sustainability for the extractive industries. 
Can mining make the world a greener place?
The registration for this major virtual event co-organised by INFACT, PACIFIC and the Natural History Museum of London is now open. On 3 and 4 December, the event will gather personalities with diverse backgrounds and views to debate how mining should be part of our society.
Project partners have submitted a session on 'Automation and robotics for raw materials exploration and production' at the virtual EGU 2021 General Assembly (#vEGU2021). The session targets current research helping operation of an autonomous or semi-autonomous underground platform in mineral exploration or extraction. Make sure you submit your abstract by 13 January 2021 at 13:00 CET!
Professional expertise
Practical Geocommunication
This course will be comprised of a series of lessons that dovetail communications theory into application, combined with a series of practical exercise which will allow the learner to implement the teaching into their own personal context. The course is aimed at university students, academics wishing to undertake more outreach, business who are interested in enhancing their corporate image and wish to develop their communication strategy.
This course is endorsed by EFG. European Geologists benefit from reduced registration fees.
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Announcing the winners of the “Legends of Geoscience” Photo Contest 2020
EFG and EAGE are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 edition of the “Legends of Geoscience” Photo Contest. We have received amazing pictures for the different categories: Geosciences for Society, Women Geoscientists and, Landscape and Environment. Thanks to all participants!
EFGeoBlog: In between Barrandian and eternity
Our latest EFGeoBlog post is a beautiful story of the friendship between two Czech geologists: Jiří Kovanda and Vojen Ložek. Alžběta Kovandová writes about her grandfather's fantastic search to collate all of Ložek's published works: 
Panels of Experts
The European Commission has two open public consultations: “EU energy efficiency directive (EED) – evaluation and review” 
and “EU renewable energy rules – review”. Both are open until for feedback until 9 February 2021.
The Commission has also approved €150 million for a Romanian scheme to support investments in district heating systems based on renewable energy sources including geothermal. 
On the event side, the 2nd edition of the “European Shallow Geothermal Energy Days” will connect on 4, 9 and 11 December policymakers, scientists and professionals to discuss ways to boost the market uptake of geothermal heat pumps and underground thermal energy storage.
We draw your attention to two EU consultations: Until 25 December you can contribute to the review of the EU rules for construction products and the EU rules for land use, land use change and forestry are under review until 5 February 2021.
EFG has negotiated discounted registration fees for the European Mining Convention which will be organised in a totally virtual format on 8 and 9 December 2020.
Natural Hazards
The Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre has released a special newsletter issue showcasing recent EU projects that contribute directly or indirectly to better tsunami risk management.
The European Commission has published its roadmap for the new Soil Strategy. It welcomes stakeholders’ feedback until 10 December 2020. 
The EU has also published its Action Plan “Towards a Zero Pollution Ambition for air, water and soil”. A public consultation is running until 10 February 2021.
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