After the success of the first EuroWorkshop on Geothermal Energy in Santorini, the second edition will take place in Çesme, Izmir (Turkey), on 17 and 18 May, 2018. The “EuroWorkshop on Epithermal Gold Deposits of Western Anatolia, Turkey” is co-organised by the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and the Turkish Association of Economic Geologists (Maden Jeologlari Dernegi – MJD).

Turkey has become an attractive destination for gold mining companies, proudly taking the title of Europe’s largest gold producer. The initiation of full production of the first gold mine of Turkey at Ovacik (Bergama, Izmir) in 2001, has revolutionized the gold exploration and mining, and triggered many active gold mines to come into production.  This makes the country an ideal location for discussing gold mining in Europe.

The participants will gain an insight into:

-The regional geology, tectonics, magmatism, & metallogenic belts in the western Anatolia region of Turkey

-The epithermal gold-silver systems

-The geological framework, geochronology & genesis of low-, Intermediate and high sulfidation epithermal Au systems at the Biga Peninsula

-Exploration techniques and tools by industry for finding mineralization in western Anatolia, including geochemical analysis, ground geophysical surveys, & drilling operations

The EuroWorkshop also includes a field trip to the Efemçukuru Gold Mine on 18 May, 2018.

Are you a student or young professional?

EFG offers special support for ten young professionals. If you have less than 30 years and are a student or young professional in geosciences, you may apply for a grant supporting your travel and accommodation costs. Thanks to MJD, the fee of the workshop will be reduced to zero for these young geoscientists. To apply, you will have to write a short story of maximum 400 words about “Epithermal Gold Deposits and the Need for Gold Mining in Europe”. The deadline for applications is 31 March, 2018.

All EuroWorkshops are accepted within the Continuing Professional Development Program (CPD) of the EFG under the activity category of FLT (“Enhancing and maintaining skills and knowledge – Formal Learning”) and will be honored with 1 point / hour.

Please find more information and register here.


In light of recent actions of the Turkish government, we received comments from concerned colleagues on the upcoming Council meeting and EuroWorkshop that will take place in Izmir, Turkey.

We understand these concerns. As a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to represent the professions of geology in Europe, we distance ourselves from the political »side-taking«, and we stand in the position that geological practice has to be independent of political, religious, gender or racial constraints. Our Turkish colleagues from TAEG (the Turkish Association of Economic Geologists) are independent of the Turkish government, and they share EFG values.

Consequentially, despite the policies of the Turkish government and the current conflict situations in the mid-east region, the EFG Board decided not to cancel the Council meeting in Izmir, in support of the independence of TAEG.

We sincerely hope that you understand our decision.

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