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…This month, as physical events have been cancelled or postponed and most of you are still working from home, we have tried to focus on a selection of online resources and webinars. We also invite you to complete the EFG Employment Survey 2020 which aims at assessing the work opportunities for geoscientists in Europe and abroad. Last but not least, we are glad to introduce EFGeoBlog, a new section of our news blog where we welcome contributions from our National Associations, Panels of Experts and external contributors. The first post presents a German non-profit organisation, “RohstoffWissen!”, which aims at reducing public concerns against mineral exploration and exploitation. Stay healthy and enjoy the reading! 
 
News from EFG & its members
 
EFG News
 
 
EFG Employment Survey 2020: Share now your views on the evolution of our profession!
In the annual ‘EFG Employment Survey’, the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) aims at taking a snapshot of the current labour market for geologists in Europe and beyond:
  • Which industries are professional geologists working?
  • What is their current employment state and security?
  • Do their professional activities align with their training?
  • Are they exploiting job opportunities in other European countries?
  • What are the prospects for the future?
To help us produce a comprehensive report about the evolution of our profession, we would appreciate if you could take our short survey. This report will be published later this year and provide a clear overview of work opportunities in Europe, helping (future) geoscientists to orientate their studies or career decisions and providing professional associations with a steer on which services to offer to their members. The survey is available here and answering it will take you approximately 10 minutes: https://bit.ly/34yUDilThank you in advance for your time! 
 
 
Introducing EFGeoBlog - EFG welcomes your contributions!
Our news blog informs readers about EFG activities and provides updates on the European projects in which we are involved in. Under the category EFGeoBlog, we welcome guest posts from our National Associations, our Panels of Experts, and from external contributors who would like to present recent research or professional developments in the field of geosciences. Posts may include reports from geosciences events, information on publications and relevant EU policy development. As one of EFG’s main missions is to create public awareness of the importance of geoscience for society, we are particularly interested in best practice reports about geoscience outreach initiatives.
Find all information on how to contribute in our guidelines. We look forward to receiving your contribution!
 
EFGeoBlog: RohstoffWissen! – a new organisation to increase the public awareness of raw materials in Germany
In this first EFGeoBlog post, Hans-Jürgen Weyer introduces the German non-profit organisation “RohstoffWissen!” (translated: knowledge of raw materials) which aims at reducing the public concern against raw materials exploration and exploitation. The goal of the association is to reduce the concerns of the public through education and knowledge, to spread facts about mining locally and worldwide, to diminish emotions and eventually to foster decision-making by the authorities, companies and the society as a hole on a rational and scientific base.  | Read more
 
Vote now for your favourite ‘Legends of geoscience’ pic!
Submissions to the EAGE/EFG photo contest are now closed – thank you for submitting your entries!
EAGE members and members of EFG’s National Associations now have the opportunity to cast their vote online to determine the best pictures. The 12 most popular entries will then be presented for a final voting round later this year to determine the winners who will be announced in November.
Vote now online for your favourite photo in the categories ‘Geosciences for Society’, ‘Women Geoscientists’ and ‘Landscape and Environment’: https://bit.ly/3av3jbr
 
Obituary Gunnar Hultquist
EFG past president Gunnar Hultquist passed away on 12th December 2019 of renal failure. The funeral ceremony took place in March 2020, close to Uppsala. Gunnar joined the EFG Board in 1991 as Vice-President working with President Richard Fox. They concentrated on contacting MEPs to get the EurGeol title recognised. He became President in 1993 and presented the first European Geologist title certificate to the distinguished German geologist Eva Paproth in 1994. He also concentrated on establishing connections with other European professional bodies and developing the relationship with the AIPG including visits to Columbus OH 1996 and Baton Rouge LA 1998. He brought in the Strategic Plan and recognised the importance of communication with members, geologists, the EU and the public.
The EFG community expresses its deepest condolences to his wife Anna and his family at their loss. 
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EFG Projects
 
Discover the new ROBOMINERS video!
ROBOMINERS is a project funded under the European Union’s Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 within the strategic objective to facilitate EU access to mineral raw materials. ROBOMINERS’ innovative approach combines the creation of a new mining ecosystem with novel ideas from other sectors, in particular with the inclusion of disruptive concepts from robotics. The project has recently launched its video: 
 
ENGIE (EIT RawMaterials): Encouraging girls to study geosciences and engineering
The ENGIE project is currently conducting two surveys:

Women in geoscience and geo-engineering
ENGIE intends to capitalise on the experience of successful women in the fields of geosciences and geo-engineering. Therefore the project team is currently conducting an online survey on the motivation and experiences of female geoscience professionals. The questionnaire is available at the following link: http://bit.ly/2TPH4px

Secondary school students
The ENGIE project aims to encourage girls to study geosciences and engineering, and thus to improve the gender balance in these disciplines. The project team is currently carrying out an anonymous survey among secondary school students across Europe to learn more about their career plans, and their knowledge and interest in geosciences. The survey is available here
We kindly invite you to forward this information to upper-secondary schools across Europe.
The deadline for participation is 15 May 2020.
 
 
EFG projects @ EGU 2020 online
Several of the EU projects in which EFG is involved are included in the online programme of the EGU General Assembly. The authors will be available to answer your questions during the chat timeslot of each session.

INFACT:
Modelling of airborne Full Tensor Magnetic Gradiometry using data from the INFACT project
Session: EMRP2.4 Advancements in magnetic field studies and natural resources exploration - Chat Thu, 07 May, 08:30–10:15
Theory of change for the mineral Exploration - INFACT project
Session: EOS5.1Geoethics: how and why should geosciences serve society? - Chat Thu, 07 May, 08:30–10:15

ENGIE:
ENGIE - promoting gender balance in the area of earth science and engineering
Session: EOS6.2 Enabling Women in Geoscience: Inspiration, Challenges and Best Practice - Chat Wed, 06 May, 08:30–10:15

ROBOMINERS:
Exploring geophysical properties of Sn-Cu-Pb-Zn deposits at depth using ROBOMINERS’ mid-perception capability
Session: ERE5.4 State-of-the-art in mineral exploration - Chat Fri, 08 May, 14:00–15:45
The ROBOMINERS “advanced mineralogical segment”: an in-stream, in slurry analytical module designed for robotic ore exploration and production
Session: ERE5.4 State-of-the-art in mineral exploration - Chat Fri, 08 May, 14:00–15:45
ROBOMINERS - Resilient Bio-inspired Modular Robotic Miners
Session: ERE1.1 Energy, Resources & the Environment - Chat Tue, 05 May, 08:30–10:15
 
 
EFG Members
 
ICOG | Spain
II Course on Underground Gas Storage
13 April – 17 May 2020, online (in Spanish)
Note: This course is endorsed by EFG. Special rates apply for EurGeol title holders. 
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APG | Portugal
Geophysical methods and the detection of environmental contamination
18 May – 3 June 2020, online
Note: This course is endorsed by EFG. Special rates apply for EurGeol title holders. 
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Miscellaneous
 
European Institutions
 
 
EC public consultation: European Climate Pact
Deadline for participation: 27 May 2020 | Read more

EC public consultation: Gender pay gap – transparency on pay for men and women
Deadline for participation: 28 May 2020 | Read more

EC public consultation: White Paper on Artificial Intelligence - a European Approach
Deadline for participation: 14 June 2020 | Read more

EC public consultation: Galileo satellite system – use for critical infrastructure (telecoms, energy, finance)
Deadline for participation: 15 June 2020 | Read more

EC public consultation: 2030 Climate Target Plan
Deadline for participation: 23 June 2020 | Read more
 
 
Publications
 
 
Glossary of Geology Online Service
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is providing free access to its Glossary of Geology Online Service until 30 June 2020. The online Glossary provides access to the more than 39,000 glossary entries contained in the Fifth Edition of the print Glossary. Users can learn the difference between look-alike pairs, such as sylvanite (a mineral) and sylvinite (a rock); the origin of terms; the meaning of abbreviations and acronyms common in the geoscience vocabulary; the dates many terms were first used; the meaning of certain prefixes; and the preferred term of two or more synonyms. Many Glossary entries contain a syllabification guide and background information. | Read more
 
 
News
 
 
ScienceBusiness: Researchers debate the long-term effects of COVID-19 induced recession on R&D budgets | Read more

EurActiv: How the coronavirus outbreak affects the EU’s 2030 climate targets | Read more
 
 
Events
 
 
EGU General Assembly
3-8 May 2020, now online | Read more
 
For more events, please check the EFG events calendar.
 
Panels of Experts
 
News
 
 
EurActiv: Lithium tipped for EU list of critical raw materials | Read more

Ore Deposits Hub – a platform for Open Geoscience Talks
Ore Deposits Hub started in March to fill the void left by conferences and meetings cancelled due to COVID 19. They invite ore deposit geoscientists at all professional levels to join online presentations every Wednesday. | Read more
 
 
Events
 
 
Free online workshop: “Industrial and Mine Wastes as a Source of Technology Critical Element”
5 May 2020, 9:00–13:30 CEST, EIT RawMaterials Morecovery project
Experts and scientists from the University of Huelva, University of Eastern Finland and Geological Survey of Finland will walk you through the mine waste characterisation methods and treatment technologies for mine waters. You will receive insightful views on rare earth elements, their extraction from acid mine drainage, sources and mobility. Also, you will find about leaching rare earth elements from mine waste based on different case studies. Registration for the meeting is required and will be possible until 3 May. | Read more
 
Responsible Raw Materials Conference 2020
11-15 May 2020, online  | Read more
 
For more events in the field of minerals, please check the EFG events calendar.
 
 
European Institutions
 
 
EC call for proposals: 2020 call for energy efficiency
Around €64 million of EU funding is now available for energy efficiency innovation and market uptake projects. The deadline for applications is 10 September 2020. 
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Preparing a future EU strategy on energy sector integration | Read more
 
 
Events
 
 
EGEC webinars
The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) will organise a couple of webinars in May:
  • Renovation Wave(s)
  • Oil prices and green stimulus
  • Heat infrastructure/CEF
  • 2030 perspectives, NECPs and next steps
Check the EGEC website for further information.
 
The Energy Transition Summit
1-2 October 2020, London, UK | Read more

 
1st EAGE Geoscience in Energy Transition Conference
16-18 November 2020, Strasbourg, France | Read more
Deadline for abstract submissions: 28 June 2020

For more events in the field of renewable energy, please check the EFG events calendar.
 
 
Events
 
 
Free EWA webinar: 'Water Utility Asset Management in Europe'
5 May 2020, 14:00 CET | Read more

 
Geoethics & Groundwater Management: theory and practice for a sustainable development
18-22 May 2020, now online | Read more
 
For more events in the field of hydrogeology, please check the EFG events calendar
 
 
News
 
 
Petroleum Geoscience Call for papers: Geoscience for CO₂ storage
Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2020 | Read more

MOOC: Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage, University of Edinburgh
Start: April 2020 | Read more
 
 
News
 
 
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: March – May 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
 
 
Events
 
 
Remtech Europe
23-25 September 2019, Ferrara, Italy | Read more
Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 May 2020 
 
For more events in the field of natural hazards, please check the EFG events calendar.
 
 
Publications
 
 
Jan Boon (2020). Relationships and the Course of Social Events During Mineral Exploration - An Applied Sociology Approach. SpringerBriefs in Geoethics, Springer International Publishing, pp. XIX + 125. ISBN 978-3030379254, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-37926- 1. | Read more

Mogk, D.W., Bruckner, M.Z. (2020). Geoethics training in the Earth and environmental sciences. Nat Rev Earth Environ 1, 81–83. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43017-020-0024-3. | Read more
 
Training
 
AGI/AIPG Geosciences Online Learning Initiative (GOLI)
According to the agreement between the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and EFG, the Federation officially recognises, within its own CPD system, the points (CEUs) awarded via the AGI/AIPG Geoscience Online Learning Initiative GOLI. This is particularly interesting for all European Geologist title holders because they also benefit from reduced registration fees for all courses.

Currently available GOLI courses:
  • Important Writing Skills for Careers in the Environmental Industry
  • An Introduction to Professional Writing for Geoscience Careers
  • Polishing Your Writing Skills for State Government Agency Careers
  • Telling your Geoscience Story with Story Maps
  • Professional Geologist Licensure Requirements and the ASBOG National Geology License Examinations
  • Understanding Professional Geologist License Requirements: California 2019
  • Geoethics in the Field: Integrating Ethical Principles into Geoscience Fieldwork Practices
  • Fundamentals of Professional Ethics: Elements and Examples
  • The Development of Geoscience-related Ethics Codes
  • Professionalism and Geoethics: Creating a Workplace Environment Where Everyone Can Succeed
  • Best Practices in Mineral Resource Estimation and Reporting
  • Tracking the Global Supply of Critical Materials
  • Desalination as a Source of Fresh Water
  • Techniques for Developing High Resolution LNAPL Conceptual Site Models
  • Converting Membrane Interface Probe Sensor Results into VOC NAPL Distribution Information
  • Well Re-Development in New England
  • Water as One Resource
  • Planning for Coastal Storm and Erosion Hazards
  • Making Produced Water More Productive
  • Induced Seismicity in the Mid-Continent
  • Basics of Seismic Petroleum Exploration for New Hires
  • The Lower Cretaceous of Texas
 
 
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