EuroWorkshop: Geothermal – The Energy of the Future

18 – 19 May 2017

Fira, Santorini, Greece

European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and Association of Greek Geologists (AGG)


The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and the Association of Greek Geologists (AGG) will coorganise the first EuroWorkshop on geothermal energy in Fira on the island of Santorini (Greece) on 18 and 19 May 2017. An optional fieldtrip about the geology of Santorini will be organised on 17 May and the 74th EFG Summer Council meeting will be held on 20 and 21 May (for EFG delegates only).

EuroWorkshops are a new form of professional training that EFG proposes to European Geologist title holders and other geoscientists. This new type of training activity will intensify the professional exchange of ideas and the contacts between geologists from all over Europe and will also strengthen the European idea within the family of geoscientists. The EuroWorkshops will also provide applied training for students and young professionals, offering special conditions for them. This way, young geologists will become familiar with the vision and mission of EFG, while EuroGeologists will have the chance to upgrade their knowledge and experience since the workshop are CPD certified.

The radioactive decay that feeds the flow of heat from Earth’s interior to the surface is, from the perspective of the longevity of mankind, an infinite source of energy, making our planet, alongside with the Sun, a very effective source in the long run. This is in line with the World Energy Assessment published by the United Nations in 2000, where it was underlined that geothermal energy has twice the potential of all other renewables combined.

However, and despite the fact that geothermal energy is reliable, weather-independent and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Earth is not perceived by a large majority of the population as a source of energy. There are locations where geothermal plays a core role in the energy supply system (best examples came from Iceland, but there are also inspiring examples from developing countries, from El Salvador or Kenya to Indonesia), but technological difficulties and investment costs have been deterring the use of geothermal energy.

No renewable energy source is strong enough to win over and replace conventional energy sources. Building a superior strategic position to renewables (and especially to geothermal energy) requires an integrated approach, supported by technological leaps, instead of just incremental innovation. And we are on the dawn of key enablers that deserve a closer look, because they can boost the use of geothermal energy.

The aim of this EuroWorkshop is to provide a glimpse to the future of geothermal energy, facilitating cross-fertilisation between different scientific areas and contributing to bringing society a step closer to reaching the goal of zero CO2 emissions.


17 May 2017: Fieldtrip “Geology of Santorini”

Regular price 120€/early-bird 100€/ EurGeol early bird 90€/ Student 90€. The price includes lunch, wine tasting, travel, guide, entrance in archaeological sites. Wines are free of charge, courtesy of the Union of Santorini Cooperatives. 

Accompanying persons: The price for lunch is set at 50 € (including lunch + bus).

Field trip in Akrotiri – Red Beach

9:00-10:00 Registration (base location in Fira – Bellonio Cultural Foundation)

10:00-10:15 Bus (2 – 3 mini bus) departure from Fira to Akrotiri

10:15-12:30 Visit to the ancient settlement of Akrotiri with emphasis given to the geological importance of the findings

12:30-12:45 Bus, transport from Akrotiri to Red Beach

12:45-13:00 Visit to the exposed geological section to the coastal zone of Red Beach

13:30-13:45 Bus, transport from Red Beach to Pyrgos

13:45-15:30 Lunch at the local winery “Santo Wines” – Union of Santorini Cooperatives” (in Pirgos, Santorini 84701, +30 22860 22596).

15:30-15:45 Bus, return to Fira

Free time Recommendation to visit Oia and watch the famous sunset

18-19 May 2017: EuroWorkshop “Geothermal: the Energy of the Future”

Regular price 250€/ early bird 230€/ EurGeol early bird 180€/ Student 180€. The price includes all meals, coffee breaks, bus and boat field trip.

Accompanying persons: 

  • The price for dinner on 18 May 2017 is set at 50 € (including dinner + bus).
  • The price for the field trip on 19 May 2017 is set at 100 €.
  • The price for dinner on 19 May 2017 is set at 50 € (including dinner + bus).

18 May 2017: Workshop sessions

The workshop will be held at Bellonio Conference Centre in Fira. The Belloniο Cultural Foundation is situated near the main square at the center of Fira (Mitropoleos and Dekigala, Fira Τ.Κ. 84700 Santorini, tel. +30.22860.24960).

09:00-09:30 – Registration

Session 1: Opening Session

Chairperson: Marko Komac (EFG External Relation Officer)

09:30 – Welcome speech by the Mayor of Thira (Santorini) – Anastasios Nikolaos Zorzos

09:40 – Welcome speech by the AGG President – Xenofon Stavropoulos

09:50 – Welcome speech by the EFG President – Vitor Correia

10:10Mattia Pellegrini (European Commission, DG Grow)

10:30 – Geothermal Energy in Greece: Exploration – Fields – Exploitation – Legal Framework – Dr. Apostolos Arvanitis (AGG expert on Geothermal Energy)

10:50 – Coffee break

Session 2: Projects on Geothermal Energy

Chairperson: Michael Neumann (EFG Vice President)

11:30 – Europe: H2020 geothermal R&D projects – perspectives and potential synergies – Tamás Madarász (University of Miskolc) and Thomas Reinsch (GFZ Potsdam)

11:50 – Metal recovery and geothermal energy production in a single interlinked process – the CHPM2030 project – Eva Hartai (University of Miskolc)

12:10 – Fluid-rock reactions: drivers for increasing metal leaching and their potential impact on rock permeability –Christopher Rochelle, Andrew Kilpatrick (British Geological Survey)

12:30 – Geological specifications of metallic mineral formations for potential conversion into orebody enhanced geothermal systems – Dr Petros Koutsovitis, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)

12:50 – Electrochemical metal recovery and power generation from geothermal brines – Joost Helsen, Xochitl Dominguez, Jan Fransaer (VITO, Flemish Institute for Technological Research)

13:10 – Geothermal district heating – Case study of Szeged, Hungary. – János Szanyi, Máté Osvald, Balázs Kóbor, Tamás Medgyes, Tivadar M. Tóth (University of Szeged)

13:30-15:00 – Light lunch and poster session

15:00-17:00 – Free time

Session 3: Santorini geology and geothermal potential

Chairperson: Evangelos Spiridonos (AGG)

17:00 – CO2 Geological Storage and Natural Analogues related to Geothermal Energy – Dr.Nikolaos Koukouzas (Director of CERTH)

17:20 – The Santorini project: Geology the amazing volcano from the land till the sea – Paraskevi Nomikou (Ass. Prof. Geology and Geo-Environment Faculty, University of Athens)

17:40 – Use of terrestrial laser scanner on volcanic rocks geotechnical problems – Dr. Triantafillos Kaklis (Laboratory of Geology Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

18:00 – Fault geometry and kinematics of the broader Santorini area in relation to seismic activity and volcanism – Spyros Pavlides (Prof. of Geology Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Session 4: Discussion panel on Geothermal – the Energy of the Future

Moderator: Vitor Correia (EFG President) and Isabel Fernandez (EFG Executive Director)

18:20 – Panel discussion

  • Eva Hartai (CHPM2030)
  • Nikolaos Koukouzas (AGG)
  • Luca Demicheli (EGS)
  • Aaron Johnson (AIPG)
  • Rueter Horst (IGA Service GmbH)
  • János Szanyi (EFG Panel of Experts on Geothermal Energy Coordinator)

Open discussion

Poster Session

  • The Geothermal Potential in Isla Campuzano, Nicaragua. Analysis of geochemistry in hot springs – Manuela Stierna (Lund Institute of Technology)
  • The role of ground source heat pumps (GSHP) in heating in Ireland – Katherine Dooley (Geological Survey of Ireland)
  • Applications of geothermal energy in different sectors – Aikaterini Myriam (TU Clausthal)
  • The geothermal waters from the basin of Beius – Diana Persa (Geological Institute of Romania)
  • Geothermal Energy & the Resource Potential of the Azorean Hydrothermal Vents

19:30 – End of day one

20:30-22:30 – Bus departure at the central station of Fira to dinner at “Aquarius Restaurant” in Perissa Beach.

19 May 2017: Field Trip in the Caldera of Santorini

The boat trip includes admission to the famous caldera, transport to the harbour with mini buses, and the lunch.  

9:00-9:15 – Transfer with cable car to the port of Fira

9:15-9:40 – Travel to Nea Kameni by boat

9:40-11:30 – Visit at Nea Kameni, observation of the volcano craters and the successive layers from the eruption events

11:30-12:40 – Geological setting

12:40-13:00 – Travel to Palea Kameni island (geothermal borehole) by boat

13:00-14:30 – Travel to Thirasia island by boat

14:30-15:00 – Light lunch

15:30-17:30 – On board workshop session: Speeches during the travel around the island on geological point of interests. Time slots reserved for AGG and EFG on volcano and geothermal topics.

17:30 – Return to Fira by cable car

20:30 – Bus departure at the central station of Fira, to dinner at the local winery “Santo Wines” – Union of Santorini Cooperatives” (at Pirgos Santorini 84701, +30 22860 22596, in the main hall where there is a stunning view of the Caldera). Wine is free of charge, courtesy of the Union of Santorini Cooperatives. A spirit contest will be held during the dinner, replacing the traditional wine contest. If you are interested in taking part, bring a bottle from your own country.


This event is sponsored by: 

Municipality of Thira

Boatman Union of Santorini

Union of Santorini Cooperatives

Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company

Hellas Gold



Marko Komac (EFG, External Relation Officer): Assoc. Prof. Marko Komac, Ph.D., is currently an independent consultant, an external researcher at the Faculty for civil engineering at the University of Ljubljana, an Associate Professor for GIS I and GIS II at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Nova Gorica, and from November 2016 the member of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) Board in the role of the External Relation Officer. Between 2006 and 2014 Marko was the director of the Geological Survey of Slovenia where he also worked as a researcher. From 2012 to 2016 he was a Vice-President of the IUGS, and in years 2011 and 2012 he was the President of the EuroGeoSurveys. He has more than 19 year experiences in the field of landslide analyses, geographical information systems (GIS), application of remote sensing in geology, spatial analyses and modelling, geostatistics, mass-movements analyses. He’s an author or co-author of over 480 bibliographic units mainly from the above listed research areas.

Michael Neumann (EFG, Vice President): Michael Neumann is a mining and environmental geologist, based in Germany with more than 30 years of expriece in exploration, mining and mine site remediation. He worked in many countries around the world for Metallgesellschaft, Sachtleben Bergbau and other companies. Recently he retired from the position of the Chief Geologist and Operations Manager. Among others Michael was involved in the development of the Cayeli copper mine and the exploration Ovacik Au deposit in Turkey, the Nanisivik lead/zinc mine in Canada, iron-manganese deposits in Kazakhstan, copper in Armenia, gold in Siberia as well as lithium and fluorite / barite in Germany. During his career he was involved in 3D modelling of deposits, resource / reserve estimation, preparation of due diligence and feasibility studies. Michael is member of the BDG (Professional Association of German Geoscientists) since 2003 and is since 2015 the press officer in the Board of Directors. He is Eurogeologist since 2005 and was in 2016 elected as the Vice-President of the European Federation of Geologists.

Vitor Correia (EFG, President): Vitor is the President of the European Federation of Geologists, a professional organisation that represents the professional geoscientists from 25 European countries. He is the coordinator of the project INTRAW, which aims to launch in 2017 the European Observatory of Raw Materials. Vitor founded and managed several companies working in geosciences, and he has over 25 years of experience in strategic management, innovation and organizational effectiveness. He began his career as a mining geologist and he worked in mineral exploration, geological engineering and environmental geology in Europe, Africa and South America. Vitor holds a BSc in Geology and a MBA, both from the University of Lisbon. He is registered as a Eurogeologist.

Isabel Fernandez (EFG, Executive Director): Dr Isabel M Fernández Fuentes is Executive Director of the European Federation of Geologists since 2008. She is an engineering geologist with over 25 years of professional experience, graduated from the Granada University, 1987, Master Engineering Geology, 1990, and PhD in Geology, 1997, from the University Complutense in Madrid, Spain. Since 1987 she worked as a researcher in applied Geophysics in the Centre for Studies and Experimentation of the Ministry of Public Works, Madrid, Spain. From 2001 onwards, she works for the European Federation of Geologists, EFG, covering expertise and professional input especially in the field of geothermal energy and environmental protection. In 2008 she was appointed as Executive Director of EFG. Working with EFG, Isabel has coordinated and participated in different European projects, and supports the coordination of EFG’s Expert Groups, among others activities.

74th EFG Council meeting (EFG delegates only & invited observers)

19 May 2017: Optional dinner for EFG delegates with the EuroWorkshop participants

The price, both for Council meeting participants and accompanying persons, is set at 50 € (including dinner + bus). Wine is free of charge, courtesy of the Union of Santorini Cooperatives.

20:30 – Bus departure at the central station of Fira, to dinner at the local winery “Santo Wines” – Union of Santorini Cooperatives” (at Pirgos Santorini 84701, +30 22860 22596, in the main hall where there is a stunning view of the Caldera). A spirit contest will be held during the dinner, replacing the traditional wine contest. If you are interested in taking part, bring a bottle from your own country.

20 May 2017

The Council meeting will be held at Bellonio Conference Centre ( in Fira. 

Regular price 120€/early bird 100€. The price includes dinner on Saturday 20 May, transportation to and from the restaurant, light lunches and administration charges for the council room.

Accompanying persons: the price for dinner is set at 50 € (including bus + dinner).

9:00-13:00 – Council meeting

13:30-14:30 – Light lunch

14:30-17:00 – Council meeting

20:30 – Dinner and Medal of Merit award ceremony at “Forty One” restaurant (Agios Georgios, Perivolos 847 00, Santorini).

21 May 2017

9:00-12:30 – Council meeting

The island of Santorini is situated in the south Aegean volcanic arc, parallel to the Hellenic Trench subduction zone. The current physical activities make the island an ideal geological laboratory for scientific observations. Its current shape together with the flooded caldera is the result of a series of volcanic eruptions. The decline of the Minoan civilisation is attributed to the Late Bronze eruptions (1627-1600 BC). Part of these eruptions have covered with volcanic ash the ancient settlement of Akrotiri, open to public after the relatively recent excavation works.

Climate in combination with the fertile volcanic ash soil makes Santorini home to unique cherry tomatoes and the Assyrtiko wine. Santorini with its unique cuisine, spectacular caldera views and beautiful beaches is ranked as one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

The central place of all events will be the City of Fira, capital of Santorini. The workshop and the EFG Council meeting will both take place at the Bellonio Conference Centre (, courtesy of Santorini’s local authorities. Transportation from the city of Fira to all other places (taverns, sites, museums, etc.) will be arranged with minibuses and is included in the registration price.

Please note that Santorini is a top tourist destination and May is high season for the island. We advise that hotel bookings should be made very early in advance to secure close proximity accommodation at affordable price.

Are you a student or young professional?
EFG and AGG offer special support for ten young professionals. If you have less than 30 years and are a student or young professional in geosciences, you may apply for a grant of 180 EUR supporting your travel and accommodation costs.

How to apply?
Please write a short story of maximum 400 words about “Geothermal – the Energy of the Future” and return it together with the following form to

The deadline for application is 31 March 2017 and we will inform you in the first half of April if you were selected for the travel grant.

Please note that Fira offers different possibilities for low cost accommodation (less than 50 EUR per night), such as guest houses or even a campsite. Another suggestion would be to look for accommodations in nearby villages. We advise to book as soon as possible because May is high season on Santorini and prices are evolving quickly.

Call for posters: Geothermal – the Energy of the Future

The organisers invite you to submit your one-page abstract by 15 April 2017. The theme of the call relates to the workshop topic: Geothermal – the Energy of the Future. Poster submissions must be in English.

Please note that we require at least one presenter per accepted poster to attend the conference. Final posters should be in either portrait or landscape format with the following maximum dimensions: 594 x 841 cm.

Please send your submission to

Please note that the early-bird rates have been extended until 30 April 2017.

Accompanying persons:

  • 17 May 2017: The price for lunch is set at 50 € (including lunch + bus).
  • 18 May 2017: The price for dinner is set at 50 € (including dinner + bus).
  • 19 May 2017: The price for the field trip is set at 100 €. The price for dinner is set at 50 € (including dinner + bus).
  • 20 May 2017: The price for dinner is set at 50 € (including dinner + bus).

To register, please fill in the following form: