Welcome to the EFG, the Voice of European Geologists

About EFG

The European Federation of Geologists is a non-governmental organization that was established in 1981 and includes today 22 national association members. 

EFG is a professional organisation whose main aims are to contribute to a safer and more sustainable use of the natural environment, to protect and inform the public and to promote a more responsible exploitation of natural resources.  

The guidelines to achieve these aims are the promotion of excellence in the application of geology and the creation of public awareness of the importance of geoscience for the society.


Call for entries - EAGE/EFG Photo contest "Geoscientists at work"  

After the success of last year, EFG and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) are again jointly organizing the Photo Contest 2014. The 12 best photos will be presented at the 76th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2014, which will be held from 16-19 June 2014 in Amsterdam. Afterwards the top 12 will be exhibited at further EAGE and EFG events and will be also published in a calendar.

Once again, the theme of the Photo Contest 2014 will be 'Geoscientists at work'. We invite all EFG and EAGE members to submit photos that relate to this theme. The submitted photos should portray some aspect of the theme by, for example, depicting geological features of the earth relevant to geoscientific work, geoscientific activities (such as field geophysics, mapping or modelling) or the geoscientist’s role in particular sectors.

More information: http://www.houseofgeoscience.org/photocontest


Final Declaration EFG Hydrogeology workshop  

Final declaration from the European Federation of Geologist’s Hydrogeology workshop - European water policy: challenges for hydrogeologists

22-23 November 2013

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels

About 60% of all drinking water in Europe comes from groundwater. Considering the vital importance of ensuring the quality and the sustainable exploration of the European groundwater bodies, the European Federation of Geologists organised on 22 and 23 November 2013 a Hydrogeology workshop with the theme ‘European water policy: challenges for hydrogeologists’.

The workshop was attended by nearly 80 participants from 18 different countries including several representatives of the European Commission. This fact demonstrates the increasing interest of experts and policy makers in groundwater issues, in phase with the launch of the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020.

The public was composed of professionals active in all aspects of groundwater reaching from research to water management. The presence of professionals from different professional activity and countries provided thus an excellent basis for stimulating debates and experience exchanges setting the ground for future collaborations.

The aim of the workshop was to highlight those areas where hydrogeologists are playing an important role in the implementation of the European water policy. The first section provided an introduction to current water policy, including presentations from all relevant EU water policy areas. EFG thanks the support received by the European Commission and their broad representation by the participation as speakers and chairmen from DG Enterprise and Industry, DG Environment, DG Research and Innovation and of the European Environment Agency. This first section was followed by four technical sections on Land use and ecological status; Chemical status and pollution; Water efficiency and Vulnerability, with presentations from experts from EFG’s Panel on Hydrogeology and from the supporting organisations.

The workshop ended with a Final Declaration prepared by the EFG Panel of Experts on Hydrogeology. Stressing the importance of bringing groundwater to light in our everyday lives through education and training at all societal levels from secondary school education to continuing professional training, the European Federation of Geologists hopes that in the future groundwater issues will attract more attention within Horizon 2020 calls for proposals and other policy areas such as environment and development.

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EurGeol web tool now online  
EFG is glad to present its new web tool for European Geologists to the public.
The new EurGeol web tool provides services both to stakeholders interested in identifying EurGeol title holders and to European Geologists who are now able to renew their title online, and create their electronic CV or visit card.


EFG Annual report 2012
The annual report of activities for 2012 is now available for download.

This report contains information on Board and other EFG activities, projects, panels of experts, communication issues and financial matters.


EFG Office:

European Federation of Geologists
c/o Service Géologique de Belgique
13, Rue Jenner
B-1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Tel.: +32 02 788 76 36
Fax: +32 02 647 73 59


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