European Federation of Geologists
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Welcome to GeoNews July...
It’s summer time in Europe and we took this occasion to compile a selection of UNESCO Global Geoparks all across the continent. Have a look and pick your geo-spot for this year’s summer vacations - why not within your home country to avoid long-distance travels and stay safe! EFG recently also organised a virtual COVID19 summit gathering all National Association members: discover here how the pandemic is affecting geoscientists throughout Europe. Last but not least we congratulate Iris Vuković and Gabriele Ponzoni on their election as EFG Board members (Vice-President and Secretary General). Enjoy the reading! 
News from EFG & its members
EFG News
EFG Board Elections: New Vice-President and Secretary General re-elected
The elections for the EFG Vice-President and Secretary General positions were held in June. Gabriele Ponzoni, from the Italian National Council of Geologists (CNG) was re-elected as EFG’s Secretary General. For the Vice-President position, Iris Vuković, from the Serbian Geological Society, presented her candidacy and was elected unanimously by the delegates who participated in the electronic voting.
Iris Vuković graduated from the Faculty of Mining and Geology in Belgrade and has more than 20 years of professional experience in Geology. She has been an active member of the Serbian Geological Society for 15 years and led its Division of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics.
Her election means the end of the term of Vice-President Michael Neumann from the German Association of Professional Geologists (BDG). EFG Board, Members and Office thank Michael Neumann for his dedicated work and commitment throughout the past four years and congratulate Gabriele and Iris on their election as EFG Board members.
Geotourism: EFG presents a selection of UNESCO Geoparks all across Europe
UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education, and sustainable development. EFG is presenting you one of the most important geo-spots in each country:
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. Check the finalists and cast your vote for the best pictures at
EFG Members
KNGMG, Netherlands
GeoUtrecht 2020
24-26 August 2020, online | Read more
Deadline for registration: 13 August 2020
APG, Portugal
Online course : Exploration and Evaluation of Geological Resources – Tools and Methods / Prospeção e Avaliação de Recursos Geológicos – Ferramentas e Métodos

21 September – 13 November 2020, online | Read more
Note: This course is endorsed by EFG. EurGeols benefit from reduced registration fees.
EFG Projects
The recently released GUIDE portal (Geoscience University Degree) will serve future students looking for suitable Bachelor or Master degree programs in geosciences. The portal has been developed by EFG and the German Professional Association of Geoscientists (BDG) within the EU-funded INTERMIN project. Have a look at the portal here:
INFACT: Surveys at the reference sites during summer
During July, two surveys will take place at the INFACT reference sites. The project’s reference sites in Finland, Germany and Spain constitute a platform to demonstrate the social, environmental and technical performance of exploration technologies and to provide the industry with a transparent track-record of technologies in a given context. The first survey will take place in Geyer, the German test site. The Helmholtz-Centre Postdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences will conduct a passive-seismic experiment during the second half of July. 400 seismometers will be deployed in Geyer and record noise signals from the environment such as traffic, ocean waves or smaller earthquakes over a period of two weeks. With the help of the detected signals, a tomographic image of the subsurface will be created. The second survey will take place at the Spanish reference sites, in Andalusia. The company Dimap, specialised in airborne hyperspectral imaging will deploy the full range of remote sensing imaging sensors over Rio Tinto and Cobre Las Cruces starting on 27 July. | Read more
ProSkill: Questionnaire on missing skills on the demand side
The EIT RawMaterials funded ProSkill project aims at developing a high-skill ecosystem to tackle skill problems in the mineral raw materials industry. The project team invites you to complete a questionnaire focusing on missing skills on the demand side, mainly in the business sector. The Visegrád 4 partners strive to develop a set of competencies in line with the environment so that one can reduce the negative effects of the gaps related to missing skills. The vision of ProSkill is to combine basic engineering and other human skills in order to train uniquely creative and critical-minded individuals who are perfectly prepared to be successful in the aspects of business use of technical knowledge as well, besides having professional expertise in narrower fields. The survey is primarily aimed at the Visegrád 4 countries: Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic. Completing the survey takes approximately 20 min. 
You are invited to complete the survey using this link:
REFLECT: Sampling in Bad Blumau, Austria
On June 29th, a REFLECT team of geochemists and microbiologists from Hydroisotop (HI) and the University of Neuchâtel (UniNe), visited the geothermal site in Bad Blumau (Austria). The polyvalent power plant produces water with 1,555,200 l/day at 104°C as well as CO2 at 0.5 tons/h. Heat is used for electricity production and CO2 is used by various industries. Moreover, the power plant supplies water for the thermal bath in the beautiful Rogner Bad Blumau Hotel & Spa.
REFLECT aims to fully understand fluid reactions considering physical, chemical, and microbial properties. Samples were taken for analysis of organic (GFZ) and inorganic composition (HI), as well as for microbial analysis (UniNe) before and after the heat exchanger. Samples from a middle point between the production and injection wells were also taken, along with corrosion samples.
All the data collected during the project life will be implemented in a European geothermal fluid atlas and in predictive models allowing to provide recommendations on how to best operate geothermal systems for sustainable use.
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European Institutions
EC Roadmap: Research & innovation – future of the European Research Area (communication)
Deadline for feedback: 3 August 2020 | Read more
EC public consultation: Adapting to climate change – EU strategy
Deadline for participation: 20 August 2020 | Read more
EC Roadmap: Environmental claims based on environmental footprint methods
Deadline for feedback: 31 August 2020 | Read more
EC Innovation fund: call for experts
DG CLIMA and INEA are looking for experienced and motivated experts to evaluate projects applying for funding from the Innovation Fund, one of the world's largest funding programmes for the first of a kind demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies.
The projects to be evaluated will deal with the decarbonisation of energy-intensive industries, renewable energy, energy storage, and carbon capture use and storage. | Read more

EurActiv: EU, China and Canada renew pledge for climate action, despite virus | Read more

ScienceIBusiness: Budget commissioner, ERC scientific council in last minute attempts to defend 2021 – 2027 research programme | Read more

University associations renew call for higher R&D budget | Read more
Panels of Experts
Petroleum Geoscience Call for papers: Geoscience for CO₂ storage
Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2020 | Read more
Launch of the world’s first independent catalogue of CO₂ storage resource for CCUS | Read more
European Institutions
EC press release: Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen | Read more

Public consultation: Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) strategy
Deadline for participation: 24 September 2020 | Read more
EC call for proposals: 2020 call for energy efficiency
Around €64 million of EU funding is available for energy efficiency innovation and market uptake projects. The deadline for applications is 10 September 2020
| Read more
European Commission: Towards an inclusive energy transition in the European Union. Confronting energy poverty amidst a global crisis | Read more

EGEC European Geothermal Market Report 2019 | Read more

IEA report: Clean Energy Innovation | Read more
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: 15 August 2020

For more events in the field of renewable energy, please check the EFG events calendar.
United Nations World Water Development Report | Read more
EurActiv: EU climate transition needs mineral miners, not coal miners | Read more
6th Meggen Raw Material Days
16-18 September 2020, Online-Conference | Read more

Short course: Mineral Exploration via Satellite Remote Sensing
18 September 2020 · 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Read more
The seminar will explain the use of remote sensing and remotely sensed data in mineral exploration and geology. A general approach in mineral exploration will be adapted in satellite remote sensing with several techniques, especially in metallic mineral exploration. The participants will learn about the components of remote sensing, the application of satellite image processing techniques in different minerals, detection limits, statistical methods. The advantages and disadvantages of both satellite images and the detection techniques will be compared.
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.
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.
European Institutions
European Commission: Market reports highlight turbulent quarter for electricity and gas
Online 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.
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.
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