Global Network

Founding membership

Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism


As one of its sponsoring organisations, the European Federation of Geologists continues to support the Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism (“TG-GGP”) and backs its activities through administrative support. Formed by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) at the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane, Australia, in August 2012, the Task Group provides a single global forum for interchange on professional affairs in geoscience worldwide. Its main purpose is to ensure that geoscientists, active in all areas of geoscience, are fully engaged in the transformation of their profession – a profession that is increasingly relied upon by the public to provide expert opinions and service, and to safeguard the public interest. 

Pan-European Reserves & Resources Reporting Committee


EFG also continues to provide administrative support to PERC. The Pan-European Reserves & Resources Reporting Committee, PERC, is the organisation responsible for setting standards for public reporting of exploration results, mineral resources, and mineral reserves by companies listed on markets in Europe. It is a member of CRIRSCO, the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards, and the PERC Reporting Standard is fully aligned with the CRIRSCO Reporting Template. PERC is established formally as a not-for-profit organisation (‘asbl’) registered in Brussels by its four founding professional organisations, the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3), the European Federation of Geologists, the Geological Society of London, and the Institute of Geologists of Ireland. 


GeoTrainet began as an EU-funded project which ran from 2008-2011. A lack of appropriately skilled personnel and varying quality of installations had been identified at a barrier to the expansion of shallow geothermal energy use in Europe, so the GeoTrainet project was set up to develop an educational programme which could provide a benchmark standard for training in the sector. On 25 February 2014, the association ‘geo-education for a sustainable geothermal heating and cooling market’, or ‘GeoTrainet’ for short, was officially established under Belgian law with nine founding members : EFG (Europe) – EGEC (Europe) – ANIG hp (Italy) – RGS (Romania) – BWP (Germany) – GEOPLAT (Spain) – SGC (Sweden) – APG (Portugal) – HHPA (Hungary).

International Raw Materials Observatory


The International Raw Materials Observatory is a not for profit international association, created to support worldwide cooperation on mineral raw materials’ research & innovation, education & outreach, industry & trade and recycling, management & substitution of strategic raw materials. It is the main outcome of the Horizon 2020 funded INTRAW project which has been coordinated by EFG.

Associated membership

EIT RawMaterials

EIT RawMaterials, which is funded by the European Union’s European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. During the last EIT Raw Materials General Assembly, in autumn 2019, EFG has been admitted as a new associated member. The membership will allow EFG to participate in two EIT Raw Materials funded projects in 2020.

Memoranda of Understanding | MoU


– 2014 –

In November 2014, EFG signed cooperation agreements with both the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA). The signing organisations recognise that their objectives with respect to the professional practice of the geological sciences are similar and further recognise the importance of cooperation as the practice of the geological sciences transcends international borders. The agreements extend to one another a standing invitation for a representative of the other organisation to attend all meetings and stipulate the cooperation in developing a mechanism for the mutual recognition of standards between their continents.


– 2014 –

The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) and the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) have signed on 12 December 2014 a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to collaborate on issues of common interest. EFG and IAPG shall collaborate in defining ethical problems, also through case-studies, affecting professional geologists, and in promoting geoethical principles and best practices in geosciences among their networks.


– 2015 –

In March 2015, the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf) signed a memorandum of understanding in Brussels to increase their mutual cooperation. Given the similar objectives and common benefits of its members, EFG and GSAF agree to promote activities fostering cooperation in scientific research and promote scientific opportunities between members of both organisations.


– 2015 –

On 17 September 2015, EFG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Association for Geoethics (IAGETH). The objective of this MoU is to bring the two IUGS-affiliated organisations (IAGETH and EFG) together to focus attention on the conjunction of geoethical aspects and best practices in the context of geosciences, through joint actions, including professional and institutional cooperation on different subjects and the production of training material, roadmaps and protocols at different levels.


– 2016 –

In November 2016, EFG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Edimas (Italian civil protection organisation) for cooperation in training and general cooperation to enhance response capacity to natural hazards in Europe.


– 2017 –

EFG and the EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists Engineers) have officially signed an Agreement of Association in February 2017. EFG thus became an Associated Society of EAGE, a status that strengthens the close relationship between EFG and EAGE and facilitate further collaborative communication, including mutual promotion of events and publications.


– 2017 –

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE): In November 2017, the UNECE and the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) have agreed to join forces to promote the goals and objectives of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC), in particular its application to energy and raw materials required for sustainable development, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

YES Network

– 2017 –

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with YES Network: In 2017, EFG has also partnered with Young Earth Scientists (YES) through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. EFG and YES commit to a close collaboration dedicated to the facilitation of career development of young geosciences professionals. They will promote each other’s activities, such as EFG’s European Geologist title and Code of ethics, as well as develop joint actions and events.


– 2018 –

Memorandum of Understanding with Indonesian Society of Economic Geologists: On 5 December 2018, EFG and the Indonesian Society of Economic Geologists (MGEI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 10th Annual MGEI Meeting in Makassar, Indonesia, which will foster the cooperation between both organisations.


Affiliated Organisation of IUGS

The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), founded in 1961, with 121 national members, representing over a million geoscientists, is one of the World’s largest scientific organizations. It encourages international co-operation and participation in the Earth sciences in relation to human welfare and is a member of the International Science Council (ISC). 

Partner of the European Minerals Day initiative:

Every two years, the European Minerals Day invites the public to discover the world of minerals and the importance of the mineral sector in our daily life. EFG is joining efforts with a consortium of 11 other European partners to support the event and raise public awareness about the importance of mineral raw materials and sustainable land use.

Partnership with LPRC for Future Studies SL:

LPRC is an independent, internationally active geoscience think-tank headquartered on Isla de la Palma, Spain. EFG actively cooperates with LPRC in different EU funded projects.

Agreement with Geosciences

EFG has established an affiliation agreement with Geosciences, a journal published by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263) is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal, which publishes original papers, rapid communications, technical notes and review articles, and discussions about all interdisciplinary aspects of the Earth and Planetary Sciences. Geosciences is indexed in Scopus, ESCI (Web of Science), GeoRef, Astrophysics Data System, and many other databases. The affiliation agreement creates a number of advantages for EFG and members of its National Associations. More information

Partner of ENSQM:

The European Network for sustainable quarrying and mining (ENSQM) is a neutral network aiming at boosting sustainable mining and quarrying at national level by creating a culture of cooperation among all the stakeholders in the mining and quarrying sector at national level to open and manage mines and quarries in a sustainable way. More information.

Associated partner of ERA-MIN:

ERA-MIN is intended to be:

1. A forum for the scientific and technical communities to exchange and share information, across as many European countries as possible.

2. A think-tank for long-range planning.

3. A benchmark structure that will help Governments of Member States to adapt their national policies and strategies in line with the European vision.

4. A tool to foster intergovernmental coordination and public-private funding of raw materials research.

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