European Federation of Geologists
European Federation of Geologists
Welcome to GeoNews June...
This month we are thrilled to present a new issue of the European Geologist journal which is dedicated to the chances and challenges for domestic production of mineral raw materials in Europe. We are now starting to prepare issue 50 of the Journal, an anniversary edition on a topic essential for the future of the profession: ‘Geoscience education in Europe’. Submit your abstracts by 15 July! We also invite you to sign up to our new EFGeoMentoring programme which offers support to geoscience professionals at all career stages. Last but not least we hope you will enjoy our latest EFGeoBlog post on ‘Communicating geoscience: time to do better’. Enjoy the reading!
News from EFG & its members
EFG News
New issue of European Geologist Journal: “Mineral raw materials in Europe – Chances and challenges for domestic production”
EFG is pleased to release a new issue of its biannual open access journal European Geologist. The 49th issue provides an overview of “Mineral raw materials in Europe – Chances and challenges for domestic production” and features the following contributions:
  • Battery minerals from Finland: Improving the supply chain for the EU battery industry using a geometallurgical approach by Quentin Dehaine, Simon P. Michaux, Jussi Pokki, Mari Kivinen & Alan R. Butcher
  • The Zinnwald Lithium Project: Transferring legacy exploration data into new mineral resources by Thomas Dittrich, Matthias Helbig, Kersten Kühn, Wolf-Dietrich Bock & Armin Müller
  • How can universities and students increase domestic raw material knowledge to help production? Possibilities through examples by Máté Zs. Leskó, Lívia Majoros, Gábor Jakab, Richárd Z. Papp, Ferenc Kristály
  • Considerations for financing and encouraging successful exploration within the EU by Eamonn F. Grennan
  • The Italian Database GeMMA: from monitoring production to cataloguing mining wastes, a starting point for recovering critical raw materials from abandoned mines? by Mauro Lucarini, Roberta Carta, Fiorenzo Fumanti, Lucio Martarelli & Monica Serra
  • Hidden graphite resources in Turkey: a new supply candidate for Europe? by Alp İlhan, Ramazan Sarı & Yonca Yıldırım
  • Are the pan-European seas a promising source for critical metals supply? The project GeoERA-MINDeSEA by Javier González, Teresa Medialdea, Henrik Schiellerup, Irene Zananiri, Pedro Ferreira, Luis Somoza, Xavier Monteys & the MINDeSEA Team
You may access the full issue via
Call for articles: Challenges and opportunities in geoscience education in Europe
The Editorial Board of the European Geologist Journal (EGJ) invites you to submit articles for the 50th issue of the journal. The theme of this special edition is essential for the future of the profession: Geoscience education in Europe. Its title will be ‘Let’s become geologists! Challenges and opportunities in geoscience education in Europe‘. The issue will be published in November 2020.
We expect contributions related to the topic. The focus will be on challenges and opportunities in higher education and CPD/vocational training. However, articles on good practices at schools are also welcome as the role of schools can be crucial in raising interest in geology as a profession. The introduction of running or completed educational projects will also be possible in the ‘Projects’ section.
Please send your article proposal first (name of the author(s), the working title of the article and a short abstract of about 10 lines) by 15 July 2020 to Editor-in-Chief Eva Hartai ( and cc Maria A. Lopez (
The Editorial Board will decide about the acceptance of the article proposals before the end of July, and selected articles shall be submitted in their full version by 15 September 2020. The articles will be peer-reviewed and also reviewed by a native English speaker. Please find the guidelines for the authors at
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: 
EFGeoBlog: Communicating geoscience: time to do better
The latest EFGeoBlog post by Renata Barros is an engaging reflection on communicating geoscience, and lessons learnt from GeoConnect³d and Pint of Science Belgium: “...without a link to our everyday lives, geological information is hard to decipher – even between the different communities in the field!”
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Vote for the best ‘Legends of geoscience’ pictures!
The 12 finalists of the EAGE/EFG Photo Contest have been selected. EAGE members and members of the EFG’s National Associations now have the opportunity to cast their vote online to determine the winners. The final voting will be open until the 30th of August. The winners will be announced in November 2020. Check the finalists and cast your vote for the best pictures at
EFG Projects
Best practises for the use of alternative financing in the development of renewable energy projects
CROWDTHERMAL partner CrowdfundingHub has analysed 10 best practise cases for the use of alternative financing in the development of renewable energy projects. The focus in these case studies is on inclusive and community-based financing models where financing is also used as a means to raise awareness around the potential of renewable energy sources.
Indeed, in several renewable energy sectors such as wind or solar, the use of alternative finance mechanisms is growing rapidly. A strong emphasis is in general on community-based financing models, such as crowdfunding, financing local projects of all sizes. Other innovative financing mechanisms include Social Impact Bonds, public match funding, guarantee schemes or green bonds.
The 10 case studies selected by CrowdfundingHub are currently presented in a social media campaign. The examples are part of a benchmarking exercise that will help the project team develop concepts for alternative financing mechanisms for geothermal energy. | Read more
EFG Members
KNGMG, Netherlands
GeoUtrecht 2020
24-26 August 2020, online | Read more
Deadline for registration: 13 August 2020
GeoNews sponsors
European Institutions
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
Girls into Geoscience (GiG)
6 July 2020, online | Read more
GeoConnect3d webinars
GeoConnect3d has recently held a series of four online events aiming to demonstrate how the innovative methodology being developed by the project can be used to improve the geological understanding and, consequently, to identify geological potential and opportunity within a region. The four sessions focused on Geoheritage and Geotourism; Groundwater; Geothermal Energy; and Subsurface management. The webinar 'Promoting geoheritage and geotourism' focused on the aesthetic and educational elements of geology. The Coordinator of the EFG Panel of Experts on Geological Heritage, Mónica Sousa, and EFG’s Executive Director Glen Burridge participated as guest speakers. You may find the recordings of all webinars here

AAPG Let’s connect webinar series
Since the lockdown started, AAPG Europe has been working to bring to your screens geoscience - case studies, knowledge sharing and new learnings in an engaging and informal way. | Read more
AGU open access publication: Carbon in Earth's Interior
Editor(s): Craig E. Manning, Jung‐Fu Lin, Wendy L. Mao
Carbon in Earth's Interior presents recent research on the physical and chemical behaviour of carbon-bearing materials and serves as a reference point for future carbon science research. | Read more
ScienceIBusiness: COVID and Horizon 2020: Can Europe bridge the gap? | Read more

ScienceIBusiness: No money from the recovery fund for the European Research Council | Read more

AGI Geoscience COVID-19 Survey- Impacts of COVID-19 on the Geoscience Enterprise: How Permanent Will Academic Program and Workforce Changes Be?
The American Geosciences Institute is conducting a year-long study to capture the nature and extent of impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the geoscience workforce and academic programs. This study aims to understand how geoscience employers and educational institutions are changing their workplace and instructional environments and to discover which of these changes will become permanent. A brief online survey will be sent to study participants twice a month and will only take a few minutes to complete. | Read more
Panels of Experts
European Institutions
EC Roadmap: Batteries - modernising EU rules
Deadline for feedback: 9 July 2020 
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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

EIT RawMaterials survey: Shape the new Master Programme in Mineral Exploration Geology | Read more
EurActiv: Wales in line for latest battery mega-factory | Read more

EurActiv: US hopes to expand strategic minerals initiative | Read more
Fairphone: Towards fair recycling of Tin | Read more
Responsible Raw Materials conference
The abstracts, slide decks & presentations held during this free virtual event are now available on the conference website. | Read more

MINEX Europe online event
1 July – MINEX Western and Northern Europe
2 July – MINEX Southern Europe
EFG is a media partner of this event. | Read more

6th Meggen Raw Material Days
16-18 September 2020, Online-Conference | Read more
Note: BDG offers special rates for EurGeol title holders.
Mineral Exploration Symposium
17-18 September 2020, online
The Symposium organised by EASME and EAGE will serve as a forum for presentations and discussions with the main topic of mineral exploration & innovation. | Read more

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
| Read more
EC: In focus: National energy and climate plans | Read more

EC public consultation: Energy efficiency in buildings – consultation on ‘renovation wave’ initiative
Deadline for participation: 9 July 2020 | Read more
EGEC policy paper: An industrial strategy for a geothermal lithium battery value-chain in Europe | Read more

Renewables 2020 Global Status Report | Read more
EGEC webinars
The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) is organising a series of webinars. Check the EGEC website for further information.

100% RHC EVENT 2020 / The RHC ETIP Annual Conference Online
15 October 2020 – Online – 2 pm to 5.30 pm (CET) | Read more

Digital German Geothermal Congress 2020
9-13 November 2020, online | 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.
Water JPI Vision 2030: “Together for a Water-secure World” | Read more
Petroleum Geoscience Call for papers: Geoscience for CO₂ storage
Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2020 | Read more

EU plans Eur1 billion call for renewables, hydrogen, CCS projects | Read more

Hydrogen and CCS could be the energy road-map winners | Read more
EurActiv: Europe’s oil refiners outline path to climate neutrality by 2050 | Read more

EurActiv: Natural gas is a ‘caveat’ in energy transition, EU admits | Read more
DRMK: EU research leads to new international standard for the seismic design of precast buildings | 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.
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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