EFG Executive Director’s digest – Summer 2022 – Part 2

Sep 8, 2022 | 2022

Dear all,

Welcome to the second part of my Summer Newsletter, giving details of the current policy-related activities that I’ve been involved with in the past few months.

As we return to our desks after a summer where any relaxation has been tempered by nervousness about the coming winter, how we resource ourselves in Europe has become the centre of attention for everyone, from the highest policymakers to the average person in the street.

There has never been a more important time in the last half-century to show why geology and its practitioners matters: We have multiple solutions ready to go.

Yes, we need the money to back them but for the right project that investment potential is there on a huge scale from both public and commercial side.

Yes, we need the support of policymakers to create the right legislation and signalling, but arguably our biggest barrier is ourselves and our ability to explain why these projects are beneficial and not detrimental to our society

So, the focus of my attention and collaboration with our Executive Board, others within the EFG community and beyond is to equip ourselves and our profession for this challenge.

A key component of this – with a very keen eye to the bigger picture – is design with the EFG Executive Board of the next 5-Year Strategy later this month in Ljubljana, amid what is one of the most extraordinary geostrategic situations in decades.

As with all forthcoming newsletters, I look forward to your constructive comments, ideas and offers of collaboration on these topics at this pivotal time.

#strongertogether #geologymatters

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Glen Burridge is Executive Director of the European Federation of Geologists. Glen’s work with EFG draws on over 20 years of global experience spanning a broad range of organisations and cultures. This includes as a front-line project geoscientist and, ultimately, management advisor on large oil & gas projects, where he became a trusted voice on technical assurance, project governance and capability development.

As a keynote speaker and workshop organiser, he has tackled topics as diverse as novel ways of viewing resource exploration risk and the future of geomechanics as a discipline, to the human factor in geomodelling and the importance of intercultural competence in management.

He has also driven several cross-industry efforts concerning the handling of risk and the use of geological models, including several pioneering conferences for the Geological Society of London.

Glen holds a Bachelors of Science in Geophysics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and a Masters of Science and Diplôme d’ingénieur in Petroleum Geoscience from IFP’s Ecole du Pétrole et des Moteurs in Paris.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors, Chatham House, European Society of Association Executives, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Platinum member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers.