The Kick-off meeting for 15 GeoERA projects took place between the 3rd and the 5th of July in Brussels. EFG Executive Director Isabel Fernández attended the meeting as a member of the GeoERA Stakeholder Council. The role of the Stakeholder Council members is to provide input on expectations, collaboration and recommendations.

The kick-off meeting started the 3rd of July with the presentation of GeoERA and its relevance for the European Commission. GeoERA is made up of 48 national and regional Geological Survey Organisations (GSOs) from 33 European countries that have joined forces to develop an ERA-NET Co-Fund Action. The main objective of GeoERA is to contribute to the optimal use and management of the subsurface. For doing so, it will fund 15 research projects that were awarded by the General Assembly the 14th of April 2018.

Following this presentation, a project pitches session took place, in which leaders explained briefly the most important aspects of their projects. A poster session was scheduled during lunchtime. Later the Stakeholder Council shared its impressions, expectations and recommendations about the projects.

During the 4th and the 5th of July specific kick-off meetings were organised by the project leaders.

EFG was glad to participate in the GeoERA kick-off meeting for projects to increase the collaboration between both organisations in order to support the final goal of GeoERA: Deliver a Geological Service for Europe.