Global Network

Founding membership

Global Geoscience Professionalism Group


The Global Geoscience Professionalism Group is a follow-up initiative of the former IUGS Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism (“TG-GGP”).
Formed by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) at the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane, Australia, in August 2012, the Task Group provided a single global forum for interchange on professional affairs in geoscience worldwide. Its main purpose was 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. 
EFG is a founding member of the new Global Geoscience Professionalism Group and actively participates in all meetings and activities.

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.



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).

Earth Futures Festival

The Earth Futures Festival is an international film and video festival showcasing the important role geoscience plays in addressing our most pressing sustainability challenges. The finalist videos will be shown online throughout September and October 2022 with in person screening and panel discussion events in New York City, Paris and Sydney, all culminating in an awards event in Sydney.

European Minerals Day

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.


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

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. Since 2019, EFG is a partner organisation and has participated in several projects funded through EIT RawMaterials.

European Raw Materials Alliance

The aim of the European Raw Materials Alliance is to secure access to raw materials critical for the digital and energy transition. This new Alliance is part of a broader EU Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials and is managed by EIT RawMaterials. The official launch event took place on 29 September 2020 on the occasion of the EIT RawMaterials Summit.

Geosciences journal

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


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


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.

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 –

In November 2017, EFG and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) 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 –

In 2017, EFG partnered with the Young Earth Scientists (YES) Network 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 –

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.


– 2018 –

EFG and the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in October 2018. The aim of this agreement is to work together to promote and encourage greater understanding and education into the professional, scientific and technical aspects of the Earth Sciences. 

Pôle Avenia

– 2022 –

Pôle Avenia is a non-profit organisation labelled “competitiveness cluster” in 2010 by the French government and mandated to facilitate innovation, collaborative research and technology development for a sustainable use of the subsurface. In 2022, EFG and Pôle Avenia signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Since 2023, both organisations are associated members. 


– 2023 –

EFG and EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding, in 2023, to establish a strategic partnership with a view to creating bigger impact for geoscience. 

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