Welcome to GeoNews January, EFG's monthly newsletter for the European geoscience community
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Welcome to GeoNews January...
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…This month we invite you to submit your applications for the new season of the EFG International Mentoring Programme. We welcome applications both from students and early career professionals (mentees) and from geoscience professionals (mentors). We currently also have an open call for submissions for the EFG/EAGE photo contest 2020. The topic is “Legends of geoscience”. Participate now! Last but not least, we welcome Maria Tzima as the new coordinator of the EFG Panels of Experts on Education. Enjoy the reading!
News from EFG & its members
EFG News
Mentees and mentors wanted!
Are you a young earth scientist interested in a unique opportunity to move your career forward? Are you an experienced geoscientist willing to share your knowledge and lend a hand to the new generation? 
The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) invites you to participate in the new edition of its International Mentoring Programme. The programme aims at building an informal network of geoscientists that will link up experienced geoscientists with the new generation of earth scientists.
Post-Bachelors students and early-career professionals with less than 4 years of professional experience are invited to submit their applications to participate in this initiative. EFG also welcomes the applications of European Geologist title holders who want to share their knowledge and experience as mentors. Over a fixed period of 9 months, the mentees will receive targeted support from the mentors they have been matched with based on their career plans. | Read more 
Maria Tzima, the new Coordinator of the PE on Education
The Panel of Experts (PE) on Education was established in 2011. It intends to deal with educational questions in geology (earth sciences) at all education levels from primary school to postgraduate courses. Maria Tzima recently took over the coordination of the panel from Éva Hartai, Honorary Professor at the University of Miskolc, editor-in-chief of EFG’s European Geologist journal, and coordinator of EU funded projects (CHPM2030 and ENGIE). Maria Tzima has an MSc in Management of Water Resources from the National Technical University of Athens. She has more than 18 years of professional experiences in hydrogeological studies for groundwater aquifers, exploitation studies for groundwater bodies, water management, quality and quantity protection of groundwater resources, modelling groundwater flow and environmental impact assessments for technical projects. | Read more
EuroWorkshop, PERC seminar and EFG Council meeting
20-24 May 2020, Bor, Serbia
20 May: EFG endorsed PERC Seminar
The PERC Seminar is designed for geologists and mining engineers who are working or are planning to work as Competent Persons. Its aim is to provide an overview and examples of the application of all aspects of the PERC Standard.
21-22 May: EuroWorkshop on “Porphyry Deposits in Serbia”
The EuroWorkshop 2020 aims to understand;
  • How the porphyry deposits were formed
  • Metallogeny and current understanding of the porphyry deposits
  • Mining and production challenges in porphyry deposits in Serbia.
23-24 May: EFG Council meeting

The registration for these events will open soon.
Obituary Harry McDougal Parker
The Board of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) expresses its heartfelt condolences to Harry’s family. Harry made a lasting impression on all those in the EFG who met him during his long and distinguished international career, both through participation in PERC/CRIRSCO meetings in Europe and through Harry’s membership of the advisory panel for the INTRAW project 2014-2016. He was a consummate professional, combining his wealth of expertise and experience with his considerable and unique communication skills – particularly his special gift of listening more and speaking and writing sparingly, only after first giving his response careful consideration.
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Legends of Geoscience: submit now your photos to the EAGE/EFG photo contest 2020
The 2020 edition of the EAGE/EFG photo contest is now open for entries! All members of EAGE and EFG’s National Associations are invited to submit their photos under the theme “Legends of Geoscience”.
You can submit your photos in three subcategories:
  • Geosciences for Society
  • Women Geoscientists
  • Landscape and Environment
The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2020.
Great prizes will be awarded for the top 3 photographs that will be announced in October 2020. | Read more
EFG Projects
ROBOMINERS defines next steps for the development of its bio-inspired robot miner
On 14 and 15 January 2020, the partners of the EU-funded ROBOMINERS project gathered in Tallinn, Estonia, to discuss the current state of work and define potential scenarios for the robot miner design and application, taking into consideration both economic and political factors such as the need for certain commodities or their criticality in the EU. By developing a bio-inspired robot for mining deposits that are small or difficult to access, ROBOMINERS aims at facilitating EU access to mineral raw materials – including those that are considered as strategic or critical for the energy transition – from domestic resources and thus decreasing the European import dependency. | Read more
EFG Members
Geological Society of Estonia | Estonia
PERC Reporting Standard: Context, requirements and application
13-14 March 2020, Tallinn, Estonia
This course co-organised by the Geological Society of Estonia provides an introduction to the principles underlying the reporting codes and standards with particular reference to the PERC Reporting Standard 2017. The main focus of the course is on the role and responsibilities of the Competent Person when preparing assessments and reports in compliance with the PERC Reporting Standard 2017. 
| Read more
SGF | France
27e Réunions des Sciences de la Terre
26-30 October 2020, Lyon, France | Read more
GeoNews sponsors
European Institutions
Roadmap: European climate law – achieving climate neutrality by 2050
This act writes into law the goal set out in the European Green Deal – for Europe’s economy and society to become climate-neutral by 2050.
This means achieving net-zero emissions for EU countries as a whole, mainly by cutting emissions, investing in green technologies and protecting the natural environment.
The act will ensure that all EU policies contribute to this goal and that all sectors of the economy and society play their part. | Read more
Deadline for feedback: 6 February 2020
EU Just Transition Mechanism and the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan
The Just Transition Mechanism will provide tailored financial and practical support to help regions most affected by the transition, while the Investment Plan will mobilise public investment and help unlock private funds through EU financial instruments. | Read more

Roadmap: Gender equality strategy 2020-2024
This initiative calls for a new policy framework so the Commission can continue tackling gender inequality in the EU and beyond. It will focus on: 
violence against women, pay transparency/gender pay gap, gender balance on company boards, work-life balance, and gender issues related to climate change and artificial intelligence. | Read more
Deadline for feedback: 13 February 2020
36th International Geological Congress
2-8 March 2020, Delhi, India | Read more
Workshop: ‘Uncertainty Quantification and Visualization in Geological modelling’
7 June 2020, Amsterdam, the Netherlands | Read more
Abstract submission deadline: 15 February 2020
As a kick-off of the coming EAGE Annual Meeting in Amsterdam, we draw to your attention this workshop organised by the Dutch European Geologists Denise Maljers, Johan ten Veen, Jan Stafleu and Freek Busschers (TNO – Geological Survey of the Netherlands).
For more events, please check the EFG events calendar.
Panels of Experts
Highgrade Poll: Why does the market still value men higher than women?
In a video interview series, Highgrade has explored why men still dominate the mining industry. The full series is accessible at www.highgrade.media.

Sweden: Lithotectonic framework, tectonic evolution and mineral resources
Edited by: M. B. Stephens and J. Bergman Weihed
The solid rock mass of Sweden forms a natural field laboratory revealing insight into the westward growth and reworking of one of the planet’s ancient continental nuclei. Three major geological units are exposed in different parts of the country: the western part of the Fennoscandian Shield, mainly sedimentary rocks deposited on this crystalline rock mass and the Caledonide orogen. This volume synthesizes the tectonic evolution of Sweden over more than 2500 million years from the Neoarchean to the Neogene. Following an introduction describing the lithotectonic framework of the country and the organization of the volume, the tectonic evolution is addressed essentially chronologically. Different phases of intracratonic rifting, accretionary orogeny, continent-continent collisional orogeny and platformal sedimentation are identified. Sweden is one of Europe’s major suppliers of metals, and the country’s mineral resources are also presented in the context of the lithotectonic framework. Sweden: Lithotectonic Framework, Tectonic Evolution and Mineral Resources has been designed to interest a professional geoscientific audience and advanced students of Earth Sciences. |
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Future of Mining Australia 2020
23-24 March 2020, Sydney, Australia | Read more
Note: Members of EFG’s National Associations and European Geologist title holders are entitled to a 15% discount to tickets with promo code FMA15 when registering.
For more events in the field of minerals, please check the EFG events calendar.
Tackling environmental concerns for deploying geothermal energy in Europe
4-5 February 2020, Brussels, Belgium | Read more

9th International Conference on Clean and Green Energy - ICCGE 2020
10-12 February 2020, Barcelona, Spain | Read more

For more events in the field of renewable energy, please check the EFG events calendar.
Geoethics & Groundwater Management: theory and practice for a sustainable development
18-22 May 2020, Porto, Portugal | Read more
For more events in the field of hydrogeology, please check the EFG events calendar
Copernicus MOOC - Learn how to harness the power of space data to innovate and solve societal and business problems
Participants will learn how Copernicus data and services can be used to address societal challenges and generate business opportunities. In particular, they will learn how Copernicus – and space data in general – can be used to support evidence-based public policy, as well as to develop new products and services, open up new markets, improve quality of life, and make the most of limited resources in a sustainable way.
The Copernicus MOOC will be held twice in 2020:
  • MOOC 1: February – April 2020
  • MOOC 2: September – December 2020
Each MOOC will consist of 12 lessons of 2 hours each, over a period of 12 weeks.
The course is funded by the EU and registration is free and open to all. | Read more
FRIAR 2020: 7th International Conference on Flood and Urban Water Management
11 - 13 May 2020, Valencia, Spain | Read more

Remtech Europe
23-25 September 2019, Ferrara, Italy | Read more

For more events in the field of natural hazards, please check the EFG events calendar.
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