Santorini 2017

EuroWorkshop: Geothermal – The Energy of the Future

 18 – 19 May 2017



European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and Association of Greek Geologists (AGG)       
The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and the Association of Greek Geologists (AGG) will coorganise the first EuroWorkshop on geothermal energy in Fira on the island of Santorini (Greece) on 18 and 19 May 2017. An optional fieldtrip about the geology of Santorini will be organised on 17 May and the 74th EFG Summer Council meeting will be held on 20 and 21 May (for EFG delegates only).

EuroWorkshops are a new form of professional training that EFG proposes to European Geologist title holders and other geoscientists. This new type of training activity will intensify the professional exchange of ideas and the contacts between geologists from all over Europe and will also strengthen the European idea within the family of geoscientists. The EuroWorkshops will also provide applied training for students and young professionals, offering special conditions for them. This way, young geologists will become familiar with the vision and mission of EFG, while EuroGeologists will have the chance to upgrade their knowledge and experience since the workshop are CPD certified.

The radioactive decay that feeds the flow of heat from Earth’s interior to the surface is, from the perspective of the longevity of mankind, an infinite source of energy, making our planet, alongside with the Sun, a very effective source in the long run. This is in line with the World Energy Assessment published by the United Nations in 2000, where it was underlined that geothermal energy has twice the potential of all other renewables combined.

However, and despite the fact that geothermal energy is reliable, weather-independent and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Earth is not perceived by a large majority of the population as a source of energy. There are locations where geothermal plays a core role in the energy supply system (best examples came from Iceland, but there are also inspiring examples from developing countries, from El Salvador or Kenya to Indonesia), but technological difficulties and investment costs have been deterring the use of geothermal energy.

No renewable energy source is strong enough to win over and replace conventional energy sources. Building a superior strategic position to renewables (and especially to geothermal energy) requires an integrated approach, supported by technological leaps, instead of just incremental innovation. And we are on the dawn of key enablers that deserve a closer look, because they can boost the use of geothermal energy.

The aim of this EuroWorkshop is to provide a glimpse to the future of geothermal energy, facilitating cross-fertilisation between different scientific areas and contributing to bringing society a step closer to reaching the goal of zero CO2 emissions.

17 May 2017: Fieldtrip “Geology of Santorini”

Regular price 120€/early-bird 100€/ EurGeol early bird 90€/ Student 90€. The price includes lunch, wine tasting, travel, guide, entrance in archaeological sites. Wines are free of charge, courtesy of the Union of Santorini Cooperatives. 

Accompanying persons: The price for lunch is set at 50 € (including lunch + bus).

Field trip in Akrotiri – Red Beach

9:00-10:00 Registration (base location in Fira – Bellonio Cultural Foundation)

10:00-10:15 Bus (2 – 3 mini bus) departure from Fira to Akrotiri

10:15-12:30 Visit to the ancient settlement of Akrotiri with emphasis given to the geological importance of the findings

12:30-12:45 Bus, transport from Akrotiri to Red Beach

12:45-13:00 Visit to the exposed geological section to the coastal zone of Red Beach

13:30-13:45 Bus, transport from Red Beach to Pyrgos

13:45-15:30 Lunch at the local winery “Santo Wines” – Union of Santorini Cooperatives” (in Pirgos, Santorini 84701, +30 22860 22596).

15:30-15:45 Bus, return to Fira

Free time Recommendation to visit Oia and watch the famous sunset

18-19 May 2017: EuroWorkshop “Geothermal: the Energy of the Future”

Regular price 250€/ early bird 230€/ EurGeol early bird 180€/ Student 180€. The price includes all meals, coffee breaks, bus and boat field trip.

Accompanying persons: 

  • The price for dinner on 18 May 2017 is set at 50 € (including dinner + bus).
  • The price for the field trip on 19 May 2017 is set at 100 €.
  • The price for dinner on 19 May 2017 is set at 50 € (including dinner + bus).

18 May 2017: Workshop sessions

The workshop will be held at Bellonio Conference Centre in Fira. The Belloniο Cultural Foundation is situated near the main square at the center of Fira (Mitropoleos and Dekigala, Fira Τ.Κ. 84700 Santorini, tel. +30.22860.24960).

09:00-09:30 – Registration

Session 1: Opening Session

Chairperson: Marko Komac (EFG External Relation Officer)

09:30 – Welcome speech by the Mayor of Thira (Santorini) – Anastasios Nikolaos Zorzos

09:40 – Welcome speech by the AGG President – Xenofon Stavropoulos

09:50 – Welcome speech by the EFG President – Vitor Correia

10:10 – Mattia Pellegrini (European Commission, DG Grow)

10:30 – Geothermal Energy in Greece: Exploration – Fields – Exploitation – Legal Framework – Dr. Apostolos Arvanitis (AGG expert on Geothermal Energy)

10:50 – Coffee break

Session 2: Projects on Geothermal Energy

Chairperson: Michael Neumann (EFG Vice President)

11:30 – Europe: H2020 geothermal R&D projects – perspectives and potential synergies – Tamás Madarász (University of Miskolc) and Thomas Reinsch (GFZ Potsdam)

11:50 – Metal recovery and geothermal energy production in a single interlinked process – the CHPM2030 project  – Eva Hartai (University of Miskolc)

12:10 – Fluid-rock reactions: drivers for increasing metal leaching and their potential impact on rock permeability –Christopher Rochelle, Andrew Kilpatrick (British Geological Survey)

12:30 – Geological specifications of metallic mineral formations for potential conversion into orebody enhanced geothermal systems – Dr Petros Koutsovitis, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)

12:50 – Electrochemical metal recovery and power generation from geothermal brines – Joost Helsen, Xochitl Dominguez, Jan Fransaer (VITO, Flemish Institute for Technological Research)

13:10 – Geothermal district heating – Case study of Szeged, Hungary – János Szanyi, Máté Osvald, Balázs Kóbor, Tamás Medgyes, Tivadar M. Tóth (University of Szeged)

13:30 – Turning up the Heat – The development of deep geothermal single well (DGSW) technology in the UK – Mike Collins (Senior Geologists, Applied Geology Skills Leader – Arup)

13:40-15:00 – Light lunch and poster session

15:00-16:45 – Free time

Session 3: Santorini geology and geothermal potential

Chairperson: Evangelos Spiridonos (AGG)

16:45 –Turning up the Heat – the development of deep geothermal single well (DGSW) technology in the UK – Mike Collins (Senior Geologists,  Applied Geology Skills Leader – Arup)

17:00 – CO2 Geological Storage and Natural Analogues related to Geothermal Energy– Dr.Nikolaos Koukouzas (Director of CERTH)

17:20 – The Santorini project: Geology the amazing volcano from the land till the sea – Paraskevi Nomikou (Ass. Prof. Geology and Geo-Environment Faculty, University of Athens)

17:40 – Use of terrestrial laser scanner on volcanic rocks geotechnical problems – Dr. Triantafillos Kaklis (Laboratory of Geology Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

18:00 – Fault geometry and kinematics of the broader Santorini area in relation to seismic activity and volcanism – Spyros Pavlides (Prof. of Geology Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Session 4: Discussion panel on Geothermal – the Energy of the Future

Moderator: Vitor Correia (EFG President) and Isabel Fernandez (EFG Executive Director)

18:20 – Panel discussion

  • Eva Hartai (CHPM2030)
  • Nikolaos Koukouzas (AGG)
  • Luca Demicheli (EGS)
  • Aaron Johnson (AIPG)
  • Rueter Horst (IGA Service GmbH)
  • János Szanyi (EFG Panel of Experts on Geothermal Energy Coordinator)

Open discussion

Poster Session

  • The Geothermal Potential in Isla Campuzano, Nicaragua. Analysis of geochemistry in hot springs – Manuela Stierna (Lund Institute of Technology)
  • The role of ground source heat pumps (GSHP) in heating in Ireland – Katherine Dooley (Geological Survey of Ireland)
  • Applications of geothermal energy in different sectors – Aikaterini Myriam (TU Clausthal)
  • The geothermal waters from the basin of Beius – Diana Persa (Geological Institute of Romania)
  • Geothermal Energy & the Resource Potential of the Azorean Hydrothermal Vents
  • Geothermal Fields in Greece and Current Applications – Ioanna Badouna,  Apostolos Arvanitis (Association of Greek Geologists)

19:30 – End of day one

20:30-22:30 – Bus departure at the central station of Fira to dinner at “Meet me Coralli” in Perivolos.

19 May 2017: Field Trip in the Caldera of Santorini

The boat trip includes admission to the famous caldera, transport to the harbour with mini buses, and the lunch.  

9:00-9:15 – Transfer with cable car to the port of Fira

9:15-9:40 – Travel to Nea Kameni by boat

9:40-11:30 – Visit at Nea Kameni, observation of the volcano craters and the successive layers from the eruption events

11:30-12:40 – Geological setting

12:40-13:00 – Travel to Palea Kameni island (geothermal borehole) by boat

13:00-14:30 – Travel to Thirasia island by boat

14:00-15:30 – Lunch at Ammoudi Tavern

15:30-17:30 – On board workshop session: Speeches during the travel around the island on geological point of interests. Time slots reserved for AGG and EFG on volcano and geothermal topics.

17:30 – Return to Fira by cable car

20:30 – Bus departure at the central station of Fira, to dinner at the local winery “Santo Wines” – Union of Santorini Cooperatives” (at Pirgos Santorini 84701, +30 22860 22596, in the main hall where there is a stunning view of the Caldera). Wine is free of charge, courtesy of the Union of Santorini Cooperatives. A spirit contest will be held during the dinner, replacing the traditional wine contest. If you are interested in taking part, bring a bottle from your own country.


This event is sponsored by: 

Municipality of Thira

Boatman Union of Santorini

Union of Santorini Cooperatives

Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company

Hellas Gold


Marko Komac (EFG, External Relation Officer)

Assoc. Prof. Marko Komac, Ph.D., is currently an independent consultant, an external researcher at the Faculty for civil engineering at the University of Ljubljana, an Associate Professor for GIS I and GIS II at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Nova Gorica, and from November 2016 the member of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) Board in the role of the External Relation Officer. Between 2006 and 2014 Marko was the director of the Geological Survey of Slovenia where he also worked as a researcher. From 2012 to 2016 he was a Vice-President of the IUGS, and in years 2011 and 2012 he was the President of the EuroGeoSurveys. He has more than 19 year experiences in the field of landslide analyses, geographical information systems (GIS), application of remote sensing in geology, spatial analyses and modelling, geostatistics, mass-movements analyses. He’s an author or co-author of over 480 bibliographic units mainly from the above listed research areas.


Michael Neumann (EFG, Vice President)

Michael Neumann is a mining and environmental geologist, based in Germany with more than 30 years of expriece in exploration, mining and mine site remediation. He worked in many countries around the world for Metallgesellschaft, Sachtleben Bergbau and other companies. Recently he retired from the position of the Chief Geologist and Operations Manager. Among others Michael was involved in the development of the Cayeli copper mine and the exploration Ovacik Au deposit in Turkey, the Nanisivik lead/zinc mine in Canada, iron-manganese deposits in Kazakhstan, copper in Armenia, gold in Siberia as well as lithium and fluorite / barite in Germany. During his career he was involved in 3D modelling of deposits, resource / reserve estimation, preparation of due diligence and feasibility studies. Michael is member of the BDG (Professional Association of German Geoscientists) since 2003 and is since 2015 the press officer in the Board of Directors. He is Eurogeologist since 2005 and was in 2016 elected as the Vice-President of the European Federation of Geologists.


Vitor Correia (EFG, President)

Vitor is the President of the European Federation of Geologists, a professional organisation that represents the professional geoscientists from 25 European countries. He is the coordinator of the project INTRAW, which aims to launch in 2017 the European Observatory of Raw Materials. Vitor founded and managed several companies working in geosciences, and he has over 25 years of experience in strategic management, innovation and organizational effectiveness. He began his career as a mining geologist and he worked in mineral exploration, geological engineering and environmental geology in Europe, Africa and South America. Vitor holds a BSc in Geology and a MBA, both from the University of Lisbon. He is registered as a Eurogeologist.


Isabel Fernandez (EFG, Executive Director)

Dr Isabel M Fernández Fuentes is Executive Director of the European Federation of Geologists since 2008. She is an engineering geologist with over 25 years of professional experience, graduated from the Granada University, 1987, Master Engineering Geology, 1990, and PhD in Geology, 1997, from the University Complutense in Madrid, Spain. Since 1987 she worked as a researcher in applied Geophysics in the Centre for Studies and Experimentation of the Ministry of Public Works, Madrid, Spain. From 2001 onwards, she works for the European Federation of Geologists, EFG, covering expertise and professional input especially in the field of geothermal energy and environmental protection. In 2008 she was appointed as Executive Director of EFG. Working with EFG, Isabel has coordinated and participated in different European projects, and supports the coordination of EFG’s Expert Groups, among others activities.


Nikolaos Koukouzas (CERTH, Director of Research)

Dr. Nikolaos Koukouzas is a Geologist with MSc and PhD degrees in Industrial Mineralogy from Leicester University, UK. He was born in Athens on 14 October 1964 and completed his high school studies in the Franco-Hellenic school Lycee Leonin in 1982. He received his University Diploma in Geology from the National University of Athens in 1987. He continued his post graduate studies in the UK, receiving 4 years Grant from the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece, and completed his PhD in 1995. Dr. Koukouzas is Director of Research in the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) and Director of the Laboratory of the Solid Fuels in CERTH, supervising a team of scientists with offices in Athens, Thessaloniki and Ptolemais, Greece. His research expertise is focused on coal geology, industrial mineralogy, coal geochemistry, fossil fuel characterization, coal combustion by-products, coal slope stability, waste and mine water treatment, CO2 storage and monitoring. Dr. Koukouzas has been Project Manager and Scientific Responsible at several research projects with over 25 years’ experience on energy and environment issues. He was appointed to the European Commission, Direction General for Energy and Transport, as Detached Expert from 1999 to 2003, to manage research projects in THERMIE, ENERGIE, CARNOT and RFCS Programmes. From 2010-2011, he was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration (IGME). Dr. Koukouzas represents Greece in several International Organizations, such as Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF), European Association for Coal –Executive Committee (EURACOAL), Government Group of Zero Emission Power Plants, European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and the United Nation’s Economic Committee for Europe. Dr. Koukouzas acts as a consultant to energy, construction and cement industries and gives lectures in the National University of Athens, National Technical University of Athens, and the Agricultural University of Athens, supervising various M.Sc and Ph.D theses. Overall, he has authored and co-authored over 250 publications in Scientific Journals and Conferences with over 1.250 citations and h-index 19. He is a Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (Elsevier). He is a reviewer in several International Journals and evaluator of research projects in National Programmes of Norway, France, Romania, Poland, Cyprus, Estonia as well as the European Commission.


Dr Apostolos Arvanitis (PhD in Geothermal Energy, AGG expert on Geothermal Energy, Member of the EFG’s Panel of Experts on Geothermal Energy)

Dr Apostolos Arvanitis has obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the School of Geology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). He received the Master of Science (MSc) in ‘Applied and Environmental Geology’ (Geothermal Energy) and completed his Ph.D. thesis on geothermal investigation at the same University. During 1996-2004 he worked in various AUTh research projects on geothermal exploration and exploitation. He cooperated as contractor with the Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration (IGME)-Regional Branch of Central Macedonia (Thessaloniki) from 2003 till 2006 in the field of investigation and study of various geothermal fields in Northern Greece. Since 2007 he works as a research scientist at IGME, at the Department of Geothermal Energy. He is author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers, technical/scientific reports, newspaper/magazine articles and other publications. Dr Arvanitis has participated in national and EC-funded projects. Furthermore, he is member of associations and scientific groups related to geothermal energy (International Geothermal Association, RHC-Platform, ENeRG, EFG’s Panel of Experts on Geothermal Energy, Association of Greek Geothermal Specialists, Hellenic Geothermal Association etc).


Dr. Nomikou Paraskevi (National Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Dr. Nomikou Paraskevi is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geology and Geoenvironment at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has a PhD in marine geodynamics and has participated in more than 80 oceanographic cruises that focused on submarine volcanism, mud volcanoes, landslides and slope stability and the exploration of seafloor mineral deposits. More recently, she has played a leading role in the evaluation of the potential hazards associated with renewed volcanic activity at Santorini volcano in Greece. Her studies of the underwater area of the volcano where new earthquakes and deformation have been taking place are critical to the ongoing evaluation of future eruption scenarios. She has been a key-person for both local civil officials and the general population to understanding the relevant geological processes. She has also been involved in the study of economically important seafloor mineral deposits within the crater of the submarine volcano Kolumbo, off the coast of Santorini. In 2013 and 2015 she was involved in expeditions to the Red Sea, Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the Azores Plateau.


Petros Koutsovitis (CERTH, Post-doctoral Researcher)

Dr. Koutsovitis is a Geologist and has obtained his PhD in the fields of Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. His research interests include mineralogical, petrological and geochemical investigation of ophiolites, the state of the mantle and the formation of volcanic rocks. Other areas of research interests include the study of mineral resources and energy storage applications within geological formations. He has been a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Vienna (FWF-funded project) and was later employed at the Greek Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration, where he participated in the EU-funded ESTMAP project and the NSRF-funded YPOTHER project. Currently he is employed at CERTH/CPERI for the purposes of the COAL2GAS EU-funded RFCS project. In addition, he is also employed at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens as a Visiting Lecturer for the course “Petrogenesis of Igneous Rocks and Ophiolitic Complexes”. He has published many papers in peer review Journals and made several announcements in International Earth Science Conferences. Dr. Koutsovitis is on the Panel of Experts Member for Greece on “Reserves, Minerals and their sustainable use” for the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and has been assigned as scientific coordinator for Greece for the project INTRAW (International cooperation on Raw materials), on behalf of the Association of Greek Geologists (AGG) and the EFG.


Mike Collins (Arup)

EurGeol Mike Collins is the Applied Geology Skills Leader in the United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa Region for Arup and is based in Edinburgh.  Mike is a Chartered Geologist, Scientist and Environmentalist and is a UK Registered Ground Engineering Professional (RoGEP) who works within Arup’s ‘Deep Geology’ business and has responsibility for Arup Deep Geology and Geothermal projects undertaken in Scotland. Currently Mike is project managing a number of deep geothermal single well (DGSW) projects in Scotland including a deep geothermal district heating scheme in East Ayrshire and has recently project managed techno-economic feasibility assessments of DGSW deployment at the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre and within the existing Newcastle University Science Central Borehole. Arup and Geothermal Engineering Ltd have formed a Joint Venture Deep Geothermal Single Well delivery company ‘Geon Energy Ltd’ to kickstart deep geothermal development in the UK and Mike will manage Geon Energy projects in the Scotland and Northern England. Geon draws upon the well engineering and technical expertise of GEL and the multi-disciplinary skills of Arup in areas such as planning, procurement, hydrogeology, geo-mechanics, building integration and mechanical & electrical engineering. Currently Geon has a number of active projects at various stages of development in the UK with the first operational DGSW on track to be delivered at the outdoor lido ‘Jubilee Pool’ in Cornwall in early 2018.


Éva Hartai (Geologist, University of Miskolc)

Eva Hartai is a geologist, EurGeol, Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Mineralogy and Geology, University of Miskolc. She got an MSc degree from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary and a PhD from the Technical University Kosice, Slovakia. Her research area is ore geology. She has 40 years of teaching experience at University of Miskolc, leading courses related to basic geology, environmental geology, geochemistry and mineral resources. She is the coordinator of the EFG Panel of Experts of Education, and the editor-in-chief of the European Geologist journal. She has taken part in several EU-funded and national projects, in most of them as a coordinator.


Tamás Madarász (Geologist engineer, University of Miskolc)

Tamás Madarász is a geologist engineer, he holds a MSc and PhD from the University of Miskolc. Associate Professor and Head of the Institute of Environmental Management. His research area is related to environmental geology, contaminated site remediation design and human health risk assessment. He has been involved in more than fifty contaminated site remediation projects, his teaching experience covers programs in risk assessment, site remediation and well drilling and completion subjects. He has been involved in numerous EU funded and Hungarian research projects, in some of them as project manager. Member of NICOLE and IAH.


Joost Helsen (VITO, project manager)

Joost Helsen is project manager at VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research) in the unit of Separation and Conversion Technology. He has a background in chemical engineering and over 15 years of experience in industrial contract research in water treatment technologies. He participated in and coordinated many nationally and internationally funded projects regarding development of sustainable water treatment. Past years his focus shifted to technology development on electro-membrane processes. His research team focusses on electrodialysis, electro-membrane filtration, capacitive de-ionization and reverse electrodialysis. Recently he was involved in the very successful REAPower project (, where he was was on the main actors, leading the largest experimental campaign so far on application of reverse electrodialysis to concentrated brines.


János Szanyi (University of Szeged, associate professor)

János Szanyi is an associate professor at University of Szeged, Hungary. He holds an MSc in mathematics, computer science, and geology from University of Szeged and MSc in hydrogeology from University of Miskolc. He has a PhD in Environmental Sciences. He worked for the Hungarian Geological Survey for 12 years, as a field geologist then as a head of the Regional Office in Szeged. He took part in many hydrogeological and geothermal activities. He coordinated several international geothermal projects on transboundary aquifers. He also took part as a modeler expert for several geothermal energy utilization and groundwater contaminant cases. His teaching areas are hydrogeology, groundwater and heat flow modelling and geothermics. He is the coordinator of the EFG PE on Geothermal Energy.


Andrew Kilpatrick (Hydrate and Hydrothermal Geochemist, British Geological Survey)

Andrew Kilpatrick is a hydrogeochemist working in the high temperature hydrochemistry laboratories at the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, England. He holds an MSc in hydrogeology and a PhD in geochemistry from the University of Leeds, UK. His work and research has covered a variety of areas, including contaminated land assessment and remediation, geochemical interactions during geological storage of carbon dioxide, generation and utilisation of thermodynamic data for geochemical modelling, geochemical effects of permafrost, geological storage of energy, and geological storage of radioactive waste. More recently his work has been focused on the fluid-rock interactions associated with geothermal fluids and the generation of experimental geochemical data for these systems.


Dr. Triantafillos Kaklis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Dr. Triantafillos Kaklis is currently a Laboratory Teaching Staff at the Department of Geology; Laboratory of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1997, the Master of Science Degree in “Applied and Environmental Geology”, in 2000 and a PhD degree in Hydrogeology from the Department of Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2011. His primary research interests are in Hydrogeology, Groundwater Quality, Groundwater Management, Environmental Geology, Flood Phenomena and Engineering Geology. He has participated in a lot of European and National Research projects during the last 20 years.


Spyros B. Pavlides (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)

Sypros B. Pavlides is Professor of Geology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), educated in Natural Sciences (1973), in Geology (1978) and PhD in Neotectonics (1985). He followed many short training courses in France (Paris VI), UK, USA (California-Nevada), Japan, China and in Greece (Seismology in the Seismological Observatory AUTH). He has studied Active Faults and Earthquake ground deformation in several places of Greece, as well as in Albania, Bulgaria, Western Anatolia (Turkey), Italy, Northern China and Taiwan. His scientific interest is in Geodynamics, Active Tectonics and Seismotectonics, especially on the broader Aegean Region, Volcanotectonics of Santorini Volcano, Structural Geology, Palaeoseismology with emphasis in Archaeoseimologyand Seismic Hazard Analysis. Parallel he studies History of Geosciences. He published more than 150 scientific papers, among them 75 in International Journals (peer review) and two Textbooks in “Neotectonics” (1986, by Pavlides & Moundrakis, in Greek, 136pp) and “Earthquake Geology” (2003, University Studio Press, in Greek, 378pp, New Edition 2016, 473pp), as well as “PAN-GAIA” (2007, S. Pavlides, Leader Books, 290 pp, in Greek and English recently) and “Darwin – Darwinism” by Chintiroglou, S-Ch. & Pavlides, S. (2013 University Studio Press, Thessaloniki,135pp, in Greek). He was Chairman of the School of Geology (2006-10) and Dean of the Faculty of Science (AUTH) 2010-14. Now his is President of the Geological Society of Greece and Director of the Aristotelian Museum of Natural Science of Thessaloniki.

74th EFG Council meeting (EFG delegates only & invited observers)


19 May 2017: Optional dinner for EFG delegates with the EuroWorkshop participants

The price, both for Council meeting participants and accompanying persons, is set at 50 € (including dinner + bus). Wine is free of charge, courtesy of the Union of Santorini Cooperatives.

20:30 – Bus departure at the central station of Fira, to dinner at the local winery “Santo Wines” – Union of Santorini Cooperatives” (at Pirgos Santorini 84701, +30 22860 22596, in the main hall where there is a stunning view of the Caldera). A spirit contest will be held during the dinner, replacing the traditional wine contest. If you are interested in taking part, bring a bottle from your own country.

20 May 2017

The Council meeting will be held at Bellonio Conference Centre ( in Fira. 

Regular price 120€/early bird 100€. The price includes dinner on Saturday 20 May, transportation to and from the restaurant, light lunches and administration charges for the council room.

Accompanying persons: the price for dinner is set at 50 € (including bus + dinner).

9:00-13:00 – Council meeting

13:30-14:30 – Light lunch

14:30-17:00 – Council meeting

20:30 – Dinner and Medal of Merit award ceremony at “Forty One” restaurant (Agios Georgios, Perivolos 847 00, Santorini).

21 May 2017

9:00-12:30 – Council meeting

The island of Santorini is situated in the south Aegean volcanic arc, parallel to the Hellenic Trench subduction zone. The current physical activities make the island an ideal geological laboratory for scientific observations. Its current shape together with the flooded caldera is the result of a series of volcanic eruptions. The decline of the Minoan civilisation is attributed to the Late Bronze eruptions (1627-1600 BC). Part of these eruptions have covered with volcanic ash the ancient settlement of Akrotiri, open to public after the relatively recent excavation works.

Climate in combination with the fertile volcanic ash soil makes Santorini home to unique cherry tomatoes and the Assyrtiko wine. Santorini with its unique cuisine, spectacular caldera views and beautiful beaches is ranked as one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

The central place of all events will be the City of Fira, capital of Santorini. The workshop and the EFG Council meeting will both take place at the Bellonio Conference Centre (, courtesy of Santorini’s local authorities. Transportation from the city of Fira to all other places (taverns, sites, museums, etc.) will be arranged with minibuses and is included in the registration price.

Please note that Santorini is a top tourist destination and May is high season for the island. We advise that hotel bookings should be made very early in advance to secure close proximity accommodation at affordable price.