Welcome to GeoNews May, EFG's monthly newsletter for the European geoscience community!
 
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Welcome to GeoNews May...
 
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Although the whole EFG team is still working from home, we had a very busy month full of new activities and publications: We are thrilled to launch EFGeoMentoring, an extension of our existing mentoring programme which now also addresses mid-career and senior professionals who are looking for career advice. In our Annual Report 2019 you can discover our main activities throughout the past year. The EFGeoBlog comes up with a couple of new articles featuring inspiring geoscience outreach activities. Last but not least, we kindly invite you to fill in our annual Employment Survey to help us produce a comprehensive report on the evolution of our profession in Europe and beyond. Enjoy the reading and stay safe!
 
News from EFG & its members
 
EFG News
 
 
EFGeoMentoring: Professional Career Mentoring & Coaching for Geoscientists
Mentoring has proved to be beneficial both for mentees and mentors at all career stages. EFG is therefore extending its current early career mentoring programme and is from now on offering mentoring and coaching services to mid-career and senior geoscience professionals. The new EFGeoMentoring scheme aims at increasing international networking and supporting the life-long learning and CPD requirements of experienced geoscience professionals. It allows mentees to benefit from insider knowledge about work perspectives in other geosciences sectors and countries.
As a complementary service, we aim at providing mentees with access to a database of professional coaches who may advise on specific aspects relating to their career planning.
The EFGeoMentoring scheme is running on a continuous basis, matching mentees and mentors upon demand. Participants collaborate over a fixed period of 9 months.
To participate, please check the conditions for participation and submit your application: 
 
 
Annual report 2019
EFG is glad to present its Annual Report for 2019 which introduces the Federation’s main activities throughout the past year. The Report is structured around the six strategic action areas of the EFG Strategic Plan “Towards a sustainable future”: Members, Network, Professional Expertise, Projects, Communication, Panels of Experts. The 2019 edition of the EFG Annual Report also comes up with a new format which we hope you will like! Read the report via the following link: https://bit.ly/3fijuMk
 
EFGeoBlog: RockCheck application rocks the world
This post submitted by our colleagues from the Slovenian Geological Society presents the RockCheck app, a free educational tool for the identification of rocks. Read more about this new digital educational tool that aims at contributing to the improvement and quality of teaching and learning of rocks and geological contents within natural science subjects in the formal school system.
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EFGeoBlog: Sustainability and Energy transition: an opportunity for the next generation of geoscientists
This contribution by Pierluigi Vecchia from StrataGeoResearch, a spin-off of the University of Chieti-Pescara (IT), is a note on a three-days course he held at the PhD school in Geological Sciences at University of RomaTRE, organised for PhD and Master students, just before the lockdown that affected Italy and the world. He presents his views on the role geoscientists can play within the energy transition.
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EFGeoBlog: Forum for Industrial Minerals: the economic geology meetings
Our colleagues from the Czech Association of Economic Geologists (CAEG) present in this post the Forum for Industrial Minerals, initially established in 1977 to help Czech economic geologists with their professional development. Nowadays the meeting is organised in a trilateral format in collaboration with the Slovak Association for Economic Geology, the State Geological Institute of Dionýz Štúr, and the Polish Academy of Sciences, Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute.
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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
 
 
EFG Projects
 
 
The CROWDTHERMAL video: Empowering EU citizens to develop geothermal
Despite its huge potential and its important role in decarbonising our society, geothermal energy represented only 3% of the European Union’s total energy consumption in 2017. The main goal of the Horizon 2020 project CROWDTHERMAL, which is coordinated by EFG, is to empower European citizens to directly participate in the development of geothermal projects. To do so, new financial models for crowdfunding will be formulated. In parallel, the CROWDTHERMAL team will analyse the perception of geothermal energy and will develop a public engagement approach making use of social media and other engaging communication tools. Three case studies in Hungary, Iceland, and Spain will validate the findings of the project. Watch the video at https://youtu.be/2trUcbXcisM
 
 
EFG Members
 
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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GeoNews sponsors
Miscellaneous
 
European Institutions
 
 
EC Roadmap: Clean energy – strategy for energy system integration
Deadline for feedback: 8 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
 
EC public consultation: Trans-European energy infrastructure – revision of guidelines
Deadline for participation: 13 July 2020 | Read more

EC public consultation: Adapting to climate change – EU strategy
Deadline for participation: 20 August 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

Scientia #130 – New horizons in earth science and astronomy | Read more
 
 
News
 
 
Eos: Geoscientists Help Map the Pandemic | Read more

ScienceBusiness: Elsevier signs open access agreement in the Netherlands | Read more

EurActiv: LEAKED: Europe’s draft ‘green recovery’ plan | Read more
 
Panels of Experts
 
News
 
 
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
 
Exploration radio: a podcast about the past, present and future of exploration | Read more

World Bank report: “Minerals for Climate Action: The Mineral Intensity of the Clean Energy Transition” | Read more 
 
 
Events
 
 
MINEX Europe online event
3 June – MINEX Eastern and Central Europe
1 July – MINEX Western and Northern Europe
2 July – MINEX Southern Europe
EFG is a media partner of this event and President Marko Komac will deliver a presentation on the INFACT project on 3 June. | Read more

6th Meggen Raw Material Days
16-18 September 2020, Online-Conference | Read more
Note: BDG offers special rates for EurGeol title holders.

Short course: Mineral Exploration via Satellite Remote Sensing
18 September 2020 · 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Read more
Lecturer: EurGeol. Dr Arda Arcasoy, Arcasoy Consulting & Eng. Inc., Turkey
Note: This course is endorsed by EFG. Special rates apply for EurGeol title holders.

 
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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EC: Energy Council discussion confirms key position for energy sector in economic recovery | Read more

EC: Commission outlines plan for EU financing mechanism to support new renewable energy projects | Read more

EC draft act: Renewable energy – financing mechanism for EU-wide projects | Read more
Deadline for feedback: 3 June 2020
 
 
News
 
 
ThinkGeoEnergy: European geothermal energy education network launched | Read more
 
 
Events
 
 
EGEC webinars
The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) will organise a couple of webinars in June. Check the EGEC website for further information.
 
EU Sustainable Energy Week
New theme: Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth
23-25 June 2020, now online | Read more
 
The Energy Transition Summit
1-2 October 2020, London, UK | Read more

 
Digital German Geothermal Congress 2020
9-13 November 2020, online | Read more
Deadline for abstract submissions: 1 June 2020
 
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.
 
 
News
 
 
Petroleum Geoscience Call for papers: Geoscience for CO₂ storage
Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2020 | Read more
 
 
News
 
 
IPG webinar on “Natural Source Zone Depletion (NSZD)"
What is it and where does it fit into petroleum NAPL Site Management? The webinar was delivered by Matt Rousseau, Senior Associate Engineer and NAPL technical lead with GHD based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It can be viewed via the link
 
European Commission: Baltic regional gas market roadmap will mark first cross-border merger between 4 EU countries | Read more

EurActiv: Gas industry urged to ‘accelerate’ transition to hydrogen | Read more

EurActiv: Coronavirus creates repair headache for oil and gas industry | Read more
 
 
News
 
 
DRMK: EU research leads to new international standard for the seismic design of precast buildings | Read more

JRC study: Measuring the performance of Natech risk management over time and across countries | 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.
 
 
News
 
 
IAPG survey on geoethics
The International Association for Promoting Geoethics has launched an international survey on geoethics. The goal is to receive indications about the geoscience community's perception of the importance of ethical and social aspects in geoscience research and practice. | Read more
 
Online training
 
SDG Academy
The SDG Academy creates and curates free massive open online courses and educational materials on sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals. | Read more

Micro my Earth
This web page has gathered more than 50 free online geology courses. | Read more

SPIRE events: Mining and energy virtual courses | Read more

Switch Energy Alliance
This platform develops non-partisan, interactive, film-based materials to inspire students, educators, professionals and general users to explore the world of energy. | Read more
 
 
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.
 
 
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