Geology for Society report launch at the European Parliament

Geology for Society

Geology is the study of the Earth’s structure and history. It underpins the provision of resources to society and industry, delivers a wide range of essential services, and helps us understand how we can live more sustainably on our planet. Industries which depend on geology are major contributors to economic growth and stability, generate significant tax revenues, and provide employment to many millions of people across Europe.

In the light of the major role geology plays (often unknowingly) in a multitude of economic areas, the Geological Society of London (GSL) produced in 2014 a major report named “Geology for Society” that has been translated, thanks to the collaboration of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and its national membership associations, into 14 languages so far. This European report has been officially launched at the European Parliament on 2 June 2015 with the aim of outlining to MEPs and EU policy makers the importance of geology and qualified professionals to our society, covering areas such as energy, minerals, water, waste management, construction, land contamination and natural hazards. The session hosted by MEP Carlos Zorrinho (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy) was attended by members of EFG’s national associations and representatives of the European Commission’s DG Energy, DG Environment, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and DG Research & Innovation and intended to promote dialogue between policy makers and geoscientists at a European and national level.

In his words of welcome MEP Carlos Zorrinho underlined the often missing understanding of geology in policy circles and the central role geosciences play however for various topics currently under discussion at the European Parliament such as fracking, conflict minerals, natural hazards or climate change. Nic Bilham, Director for Policy and Communication at the Geological Society of London and UK delegate to EFG, introduced the ‘Geology for Society’ report stating the importance of communicating science appropriately to make the role it plays intelligible to policy makers, industry, young people and the media in spite of its complexity. EFG President Vitor Correia illustrated examples of the impact geology has had on society from a historical point of view. These included early innovations in the Iron Age where new tools raised societal standards; the Lisbon earthquake in 1749 that influenced the perception of Europe’s citizens and the origins of romanticism in fine arts and literature; and the creation of the European Coal and Steel committee that ‘made war not only unthinkable but materially impossible’ according to the Schuman declaration of 9 May 1950. In his conclusion Vitor Correia confirmed the support the European Federation of Geologists as the professional body certifying skilled European Geologists can provide to support future EU policy relating to today’s major global challenges.

The representatives of DG Energy, DG Environment, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and DG Research & Innovation concurred in their statements that the ‘Geology for Society’ report is considered as an extremely valuable document for the European Commission and that the input of geologists (and other science branches) will be essential to tackle the 21st century’s societal and environmental challenges.

The ‘Geology for Society’ report is available for download via the EFG website

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About EFG: The European Federation of Geologists is a non-governmental organisation that was established in 1981 and includes today 24 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. EFG’s members are National Associations whose principal objectives are based in similar aims. 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.

About GSL: The Geological Society of London was founded in 1807. It is the oldest geological society in the world. The Society provides a wide range of professional and scientific support to its members. It has one of the most important geological libraries in the world. It is also a global leader in Earth science publishing, and is renowned for its cutting edge science meetings. It is a vital forum in which Earth scientists from a broad spectrum of disciplines and environments can exchange ideas, and is an important communicator of geoscience to government, media, those in education and the broader public.

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A Geologist in Afghanistan – the adventures of a foolish geoscientist?

A Geologist in Afghanistan – the adventures of a foolish geoscientist?

GPIC February talk, Tuesday 10th February 2015, presented by James Llorca FAIG, FAusIMM, FSEG, Team Leader – Component II Mineral & Capacity Development, USAID – MIDAS Project.

James Llorca and Field Assistant

The talk is a presentation on the adventures of a possibly misguided geologist working in a war zone. It covers an overview of Afghanistan, its brief geology, prospectivity and the activities involved in conducting geological field work.

Also, it is understood that for the first time in GPIC history this talk will be delivered remotely. James’s talk will be something of an experiment: he will not be with us at the Basement on View. He will be giving his talk via Skype, from Kabul.

On the off-chance modern technology fails us on the night, bring an interesting rock – and we can discuss our disparate collection over our favourite drinkies.

About the Presenter

James is a qualified geologist with more than 30 years practical experience in both technical and management roles in the exploration and mining industry in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Zambia, Africa and most recently, Afghanistan. This experience has resulted in highly developed technical skills in mineral exploration, geological interpretation and resource modelling in addition to JORC competency level resource estimations across various commodities. James also has significant experience in resource due diligence, technical exploration and mining appraisals, JORC and NI 43-101 compliance reviews.

James’ expertise in geological field mapping, mine geology, 3D orebody modelling, geostatistical analysis and estimation of resources and reserves, valuation and project management of natural resources has led him to his current role with MIDAS (Mining Investment and Development for Afghan Sustainability) which is a USAID funded project. His current role as Team Leader for Component Ii of the MIDAS Project is involved in Mineral Exploration and Capacity Development of the Afghanistan Geological Survey and the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.

Download the talk flyer.

Geology from Geophysics

Geology from Geophysics – a one day symposium presented by ASEG in conjunction with ASEG-PESA 2015

With exploration increasingly taking place ion areas with poor outcrop or under significant cover, the need for explorationists to obtain geological information from geophysical data has never been greater.

Intended for geoscientists working in the minerals industry, this 1 day symposium brings together industry and academic geoscientists who are world-leaders in the fields of practical geophysical data interpretation and integration of geoscientific datasets for mineral exploration applications.

Click here for the symposium brochure.

Terroir of the Adelaide Hills Wine Region

AIG’s South Australia Branch is conducting a study tour examining the terroir of the Adelaide Hills Wine Region, 6th December 2014.  

The tour will visit four wineries in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region: Murdoch Hill, Goldings Wines, Paracombe Premium Wines and Ngeringa; to study aspects of the terroir of the various vineyards. We will be talking to the winemakers at each location to discuss the important contributors to terroir: geology, regolith, soil, altitude and microclimate, sun aspect, vine selection, trellising and pruning practices, picking parameters (baumé, acidity), picking technique and oenological practices.

The purpose of the tour is:

  • To critically examine and discuss the terroir of several Adelaide Hills vineyards
  • To appreciate some of the variations of terroir within a single wine region
  • To taste and appreciate the fine wines produced at each location
  • If desired, to purchase some fine wines.

We would like our members to contribute their geological ideas to these discussions especially since our vi-gneron friends are as keen to learn from us as we are from them.  Click here for further information and to book your place.

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BIG Data: Inspiring Information and Strategic Knowledge

8 CPD hoursBIG Data, Inspiring Information and Strategic Knowledge, is being presented in Perth WA 23-24 March 2015 by AIG and Geoscientists Symposia.

This international symposium will examine data management and effective data conversion to knowledge that delivers growth in the exploration and mining sectors.

The latest symposium circular is available here

If you are interested in presenting a paper, exhibiting or sponsoring the symposium contact

Big Data