WONDER WATER – THE VALUE OF WATER
“Wonder Water – the value of water” is an educational/entertaining book on groundwater. We are often spending our free time at hot springs or SPA resorts, but we rarely have the chance to know why these places are so special for our well-being. The book brings you on a fantastic geological journey around European thermo-mineral springs, thermal baths, SPAs, pools, etc. The reader finds out more about the health benefits of groundwater, on which geology has a mayor impact, and some of the most beautiful places where they can enjoy this important resource. 32 Geological Surveys contributed to this publication through the work of geologists of the EGS Water Resources Expert Group.
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MINERALS IN YOUR LIFE
This educational book combines a hilarious comic strip storyline with an extensive description of minerals, along with stunning images. Through one adventurous day of the cartoon protagonist, Norman, we find out the minerals used in very common objects of our everyday life, from paper to shampoo, from a bike to a television. Fifty-one top expert geologists contributed to communicate the fascinating qualities of each mineral, for a total of 30 minerals. Whatever curiosities you may have about minerals, “Minerals in your life” satisfies them with an approach that it is as scientifically precise as entertaining.
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GEOLOGY AT THE TABLE – Cooking without borders
EuroGeoSurveys has published a unique new book to promote the variety of geology that can be found across Europe. This geologically flavoured cook-book is believed to be the first of its kind in the world! 28 European Geological Surveys have shown how their own national dishes contain references to our past, to the present, and to the future, which can easily be analysed and explained through geology. This cookbook offers you a little taste of geology through wonderful recipes from all around Europe!
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EuroGeoSurveys Annual Report 2016 – information related to the year 2015
The most concrete EuroGeoSurveys success in 2015 is certainly the publication of the first official European Minerals Yearbook and the consequent set up of the Minerals4EU Foundation. Huge steps forward were made to coordinate the consortium to prepare to respond to an EC Call for Tenders on a geoscientific European Research Area Network (ERA-Net), which is expected to be a key pillar of the EGS Strategy.
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EuroGeoSurveys Annual Report 2015 – information related to the year 2014
The EuroGeoSurveys Annual Report 2015 has been released online. 2014 has again been an extremely intense year for EGS strategically. Not only the EGS Strategy Task Force, but also several Expert Groups, were particularly engaged. A major effort was put in the EGS continuing attempt to better serve the EU institutions, in view of providing a routine Geological Service in the future. In 2014, a considerable number of meetings and dialogues with several EU institutions was held, which allowed to finalise the discussions for the launch of a geoscientific ERA-NET under the EC Framework Programme for Research ‘Horizon 2020’. The ERA-NET is expected to pave the way towards the application of an Art. 185 TFEU on geosciences.
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EuroGeoSurveys Annual Report 2014 – information related to the year 2013
The EuroGeoSurveys Annual Report 2014 has been released. This report features all the highlights of EuroGeoSurveys activities to better serve the society by providing the European Institutions with unbiased pan-European advice in the field of geosciences. 2013 has been an extremely intense year for EGS strategically. The EGS Strategy Task Forces had never been so engaged in the past. This resulted in the finalisation of the EGS Strategic Vision and of the EGS Strategy Position Paper. A major effort was put in the EGS continuing attempt to better serve the EU institutions. In 2013, a considerable number of meetings and dialogues with several EU institutions was held, which allowed to identify the ERA-NET (one of the tools of the EC Framework Programme for Research, now Horizon 2020, or H2020) as a suited tool to pave the way towards the application of an Art. 185 TFEU on geosciences.
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EuroGeoSurveys Annual Report 2013 – information related to the year 2012
The EuroGeoSurveys Annual Report 2013 has been released. Over the year 2012, not only the increasing importance that the EU institutions have been giving to geology has continued, but also EGS has not stopped to respond, further adapting its strategic approach toward the EU related policies. A big stimulus was generated by statements of the European Commission, which in February 2012 published the Communication ‘Making raw materials available for Europe’s future well being: proposal for a European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials’. A stimulating internal debate shown strong willingness of the EGS members to cope with those requests. In March 2012 the General Meeting confirmed the mandate of the Secretary General for a second term and it also gave to the President a mandate to set up a Task Force for drafting a White Paper outlining the future Strategy of EGS. The EGDI-Scope project was then launched in June 2012 with the participation of all the EGS members, as a feasibility study to prepare the development of a European Geological Data Infrastructure (EGDI). EGS undertook advanced talks with the European Commission’s in-house research body – DG JRC – to sign an agreement of cooperation. Other relevant milestones of EGS in 2012 have been the submission of the Minerals4EU proposal to set up a European Minerals Intelligence Network, the application to the High Level Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP RM), and the finalisation of the agreements required to establish the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP SMR) as a legal entity.
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EuroGeoSurveys Annual Report 2011
The EuroGeoSurveys Annual Report 2011 has been published. It is a useful tool to summarise EGS’ activities of the preceding year. The year 2011 marked the 40th Anniversary of EuroGeoSurveys, which has allowed EGS to look back at the past and see its transformation from a network for Geological Survey Directors to a melting pot of joint research and exchange of scientific competences, up to the current umbrella organisation regularly advising the EU Institutions and at the service of the 33 members to facilitate large pan-European actions. Such a transformation has significantly accelerated over the past few years, especially driven by the increasing demand by EU Institutions for both independent advice and geological data and information, in particular driven by the increasing importance of the raw materials supply policy and the attention given to emerging research needs, such as in the field of unconventional fossil fuels (e.g. shale gas). Interesting conclusions were revealed when comparing the investment data that show the opposite trend between the individual national governments who, mainly due to the financial crisis, had cut their budgets and were forced to reduce the number of geologists employed, and the European Union showing an increasing interest to consider geological surveys as important partners. Great attention was also devoted to the activities of the EGS Expert Groups throughout 2011, which were regularly approached by EU Institutions to provide advice on European policies.
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EuroGeoSurveys Annual Report 2010
The EuroGeoSurveys Annual Report 2010 was unveiled at the 31st EGS General Assembly (Warsaw, 20 September 2011). For the first time, EGS has produced a public summary of activities carried out in the preceding year. Among the data collected we can see a greater interest from the geological community towards the protection of the environment, as shown by an 8% increase of Surveys under the supervision of the Ministry of the Environment or equivalent government body (30% in 2005; 38% in 2010).Great attention was also devoted to the activities of the EGS Expert Groups which are regularly requested by EU institutions to advise on European policies. Interesting conclusions were revealed when comparing the investment data that show the opposite trend between the individual national governments who, mainly due to the financial crisis, do not feel the need to strengthen geological surveys with additional financing, and the European Union showing an increasing interest to consider geological surveys as important partners. Despite budget cuts due largely to the global economic crisis, a slight increase in the combined number of staff of EGS members was nevertheless recorded.
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