EuroWorkshop: Geology and the energy transition


23 May 2019


Delft, the Netherlands


CHPM2030 project, Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands (KNGMG), European Federation of Geologists (EFG)






TNO Geological Survey of the Netherlands & Deltares


EuroWorkshops are a platform to support the continuous professional development (CPD) for geologists worldwide and specifically in Europe, that the EFG proposes to European Geologist title holders and all other geoscientists. These activities will intensify the professional exchange of ideas and the contacts between geologists from all over Europe and will also strengthen the context in which we work within the EFG family. 

The EuroWorkshops also provide applied training for students and young professionals, by offering special conditions for them. A key objective of the EFG is to lower the threshold for attending such events for students. It is the vision and mission of EFG, that by creating access for young geologists to such events they become familiar with the professional world of geology. European Geologists in return will have the chance to meet young geologists with new ideas while maintaining their knowledge and expanding their experience. All the EuroWorkshops are CPD certified.


The European Federation of Geologists (EFG), the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands (KNGMG) and CHPM2030 (a Horizon 2020 project) will jointly organise a EuroWorkshop on Geology and the energy transition on May 23, 2019 in Delft, the Netherlands. 

An optional fieldtrip “Exploring the Anthropocene”, on the Sedimentary dynamics of the Dutch coast – showing how the current Dutch landscape was formed during the Holocene sea level rise – will be organised on May 24, 2019.

The 77th EFG Council meeting will be held on May 25 and 26, 2019 in Delft (for EFG delegates only).

The world is changing, the energy industry is changing, and geologist needs to change with it. As we consider renewable energies, new models on how to distribute energy to its users, policies to encourage initiatives and our remaining dependency on the traditional energy industry, it remains uncertain how our society will come through the energy transition and where geoscientists will fit in the mix. Will they still have a central role and how will geoscientists adapt to this new world?

The world is trying to find a way through these issues by diversifying into different types of energy, such as biofuels, hydrogen, solar and wind. We will show examples that geoscientists are showing the path on how renewable energy benefits from the knowledge of geoscientists. This geological knowledge enables a durable and safe transition.



The aim of this EuroWorkshop is to provide insights into the energy transition and how it has affected geosciences. The first session will be discussing the European policies that have been adopted to encourage the energy transition to gain an understanding of how these policies will provide directions for future developments: “Policy discussed by policymakers”.

The aim for the afternoon is to present actual projects where geoscience plays a key role in the realisation of the energy transition: “Projects presented by geologists for geologists”.

Furthermore, it is our aim that the provided information and knowledge will improve our understanding of the future role geoscientists have to play in the energy transition, facilitate cross-fertilisation between different scientific areas and contribute to the objective to bring our society a step closer to reaching the goal of zero CO2 emissions.

23 May 2019: EuroWorkshop “Geology and the energy transition”



The location is in the former faculty of Mining Engineering in Delft, a historic building dating from the start of the 20th century, specially built to house to universities collection of minerals and rocks. Recently the building was transformed to house the Science Center, a new facility to engage the public and specifically young people in science. Part of the Science Center are the unique meeting rooms that have been preserved in the original look and feel of the academic environment of the early 20th century.







Science Center of Delft University of Technology

Mijnbouwstraat 120, 2628 RX Delft, the Netherlands

Tel: +31 15 278 5200


Tentative Programme









Lucia van Geuns

President KNGMG

Vitor Correia

President EFG


EU Energy Policy discussed by policymakers

3 key-note speakers (tbc) will present their vision and discuss future challenges. The format will be interactive and provide opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback to the speakers by the audiences



Poster session

Results from student projects at Dutch Universities (e.g. DUT and UU) on the energy transition


Session I CHPM2030

Session II Geosciences in the energy transition

CHPM2030 aims to develop a novel and potentially disruptive technology solution that can help satisfy the European needs for energy and strategic metals in a single interlinked process. presentation of the final project results by all project partners.

Projects presented by geologists for geologists on:

– Geothermal Energy

– Subsurface Energy Storage and Buffering

-enabling renewable energy for windfarms and hydropower

– heat storage





Session I CHPM2030

Session II Geosciences in the energy transition


Drinks & Networking event


Dinner (not included in the EuroWorkshop fee)

Fees for the Euroworkshop, 23 May 2019

Type of registration

Rate for the EuroWorkshop


CHPM partners


Directly paid by the project

EurGeol title holders

25 EUR



25 EUR

Students need to provide proof of registration at an University

Members of a National Association (e.g. KNGMG) and an EFG member

45 EUR


Special offer for Dutch participants that are not a member of the KNGMG

90 EUR

This will include access to the workshop and the annual membership fee for 2019 of the KNGMG

All other participants

90 EUR


The fee for the Euroworkshop includes access, refreshments during the breaks, lunch and closing drinks.


Fee for the EuroWorkshop dinner, 23 May 2019

Type of registration



All participants or accompanying persons

60 EUR

Seating for the dinner may be limited. Please specify any dietary requirements during registration


Fee for the Excursion, 24 May 2019

Type of registration



All participants or accompanying persons

60 EUR

Number of participants is limited to approx. 40.

The fee for the excursion includes bus travel, refreshments and lunch, and an excursion guide.


This event is supported by:


This event is sponsored by: 

TNO Geological Survey of the Netherlands



Speakers will be announced early 2019.

25-26 May 2019: the 77th EFG Spring Council meeting


The Council meeting will be held at Science Center in Delft (EFG delegates only & invited observers). 



Science Center of Delft University of Technology 

Mijnbouwstraat 120, 2628 RX Delft, the Netherlands

Tel: +31 15 278 5200


Friday 24 May 2019

20.00 – Welcoming drinks for Delegates (location tbc), including the annual EFG wine contest, which is open for 3 categories, brewed, fermented and distilled. The welcoming drinks are offered to the delegates and EFG board by your host, the KNGMG.


Saturday 25 May 2019

09.00-18.00 – Council meeting (coffee, tea, refreshments and buffet style lunch)

19.00 – Dinner (location tbc) by invitation only, offered to the delegates and EFG board by TNO-Geological Survey of the Netherlands


Sunday 26 May 2019

09:00-13:00  – Council meeting (coffee, tea and refreshments)

Delft is a city in the province of South Holland, Netherlands. It is located between Rotterdam, to the southeast, and The Hague, to the northwest, and is part of the larger metropolitan area the Randstad. Delft has geosciences in its name. The word ‘Delf’, comes from the word ‘delven’, meaning digging, and led to the name Delft. Referring to the digging the canals for water management enabling the growth of the city as a trade post and academic centre.


A view of Delft, by Johannes Vermeer.


Delft is a popular tourist attraction due to its picturesque old town and many landmark buildings dating from the 17th century Golden Age. It is home to Delft University of Technology, regarded as an excellent centre of technological research and development in the Netherlands, Delft Blue pottery and the currently reigning House of Oranje-Nassau. Delft has a special place in the history of microbiology, thanks to the pioneering contributions of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and Martinus Beijerinck. Furthermore, Delft is the hometown of Johannes Vermeer one of the famous Dutch painters of the Golden Age.

Getting there and away.

The Netherlands can be easily reached by plane. The Airport of Amsterdam (Schiphol) has daily flights to the corners of the world. From the Schiphol it is most convenient to travel by train to Delft. This will take you 40-60 minutes depending on the time of day and available service. The main train station of Delft has recently been upgraded and is situated in the centre of town. Trains to Delft depart between 06.00 AM and midnight every 15 minutes and every hour between 02.00 and 05.00 AM (visit for information on departure times. Depart: Schiphol airport Arrival: Delft). Do note that train delays are not uncommon. Typically, delays are limited to 5-10 minutes and delays exceeding 30 minutes are exceptional.

Taxis are very expensive in the Netherlands, while travelling by public transportation is safe and relatively cheap. Uber is active in the Netherlands and provides the advantage of having a fixed price before departing.

An alternative airport to arrive is The Hague-Rotterdam Airport which is very close to Delft. However limited flights arrive here. One of the primary airlines that uses this airport is Transavia ( There are regular line-busses to Delft.

There are two high-speed train connections, Thalys (Paris/Brussels – Rotterdam) and the Eurostar (London – Rotterdam). Do note that you will have to transfer in Rotterdam to a regular service between Rotterdam and Delft.

Staying in Delft

Delft has many hotels and Bed & Breakfast accommodations. Do note prices will rise over time. Early booking is recommended, the price range is approximately 75-125 EUR a night and could double for last minute bookings. Delft is a popular venue for symposia and conferences, so hotel accommodations can fill-up quickly for certain periods.

The city centre has ample accommodations. The venue for the workshop and the council meeting is situated just outside the city centre, within walking distance.

Alternative locations to stay are The Hague and Rotterdam. You should take into consideration a travel time of an hour to reach the venue. provides a good overview of the available accommodations. If an accommodation is unavailable on it could be worthwhile contacting the hotel directly. Hotels tend to withhold rooms for direct reservations to avoid paying fees to online reservation sites, such as

Getting around

Almost everybody in the Netherlands speaks English. Do note that the level of proficiency varies, and the pronunciation and clarity could be an issue. You will manage.

Most hotels will provide rental bikes, which are an easy and quick way to go from one location to the next. Due to the flat landscape bike riding is easy and not strenuous. However, cycling during rush hour can be stressful since most (students) cyclists bend the traffic rules to their advantage. When using a bike always lock the bike. Bike theft is the number one crime in Delft.

Walking is an easy alternative in Delft, to give an idea of scale one can cross through Delft City centre easily in 25 minutes from North to South. From Delft train station to the venue is about 15 minutes’ walk.

There are regular buses from the train station to the venue (e.g. Busses 40, 55, 69, 174, ask for directions to the first bus at the station), your stop is Julianalaan, Delft. The bus will take 4 minutes. A 2-minute walk will bring you to the venue. Buses can be extremely busy before 09.00 with many students travelling to the university (classes commence at 09.15).

Safety and Security

The Netherlands in general and Delft, in particular, are very safe. However, crime does occur. Criminals tend to look for soft targets, such as solo travellers. Be aware of your surroundings, prevent isolation, watch your luggage and do not respond to any unusual requests. Officials are easily recognizable and generally friendly and helpful. If they contact you, they will always identify themselves and will never ask for money.

Terror threat is substantial and comparable with countries like Belgium, Germany, Denmark. Regular updates are provided by the government on

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The organisers of this event (European Federation of Geologists (EFG), the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands (KNGMG) and the Horizon 2020 funded CHPM2030 project) are collecting the data you have provided for the registration to the EuroWorkshop on “Geology and the energy transition” on 23 May 2019 in Delft, the Netherlands. 

Your personal data are processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679.

The purpose of this data collection is to ensure a smooth organisation of the EuroWorkshop on “Geology and the energy transition” on 23 May 2019 and provide participants access to the venue.

The following personal data are collected: email address, first name, last name, professional affiliation and dietary requirements. We are asking for your dietary requirements to do our best to adapt the catering during the event accordingly.

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