GeoERA: Establish a Geological Research Area for Europe (INVITATIONAL)

TNO location Utrecht, Princetonlaan • 17 Jan 2017 - 18 Jan 2017

More than 45 national and regional Geological Survey Organisations (GSOs) from over 30 European countries have joined forces to develop the ERA-NET COFUND action “Establishing the European Geological Surveys Research Area to deliver a Geological Service for Europe (GeoERA)”. On 17 and 18 January 2017, The GeoERA consortium, in which TNO has a leading role, organises its Kick-Off for invitees at TNO location Utrecht, Princetonlaan. The overall goal of GeoERA is to organise a Joint Call for transnational research projects and deliver project results that will contribute to the optimal use and management of the subsurface while minimizing environmental impacts and footprint for geo-energy, raw materials and groundwater challenges.

Joint call on applied geoscience

The transnational projects selected in the Joint Call will be carried out by the GeoERA GSOs who provide their own co-funding. The call has a planned budget of 30.3 M€, of which
10 M€ is allocated by the EC. Transnational research projects funded through this Joint Call should address the development of (parts of) the following deliverables: 

  • interoperable, pan-European data and information services on the distribution of geo-energy, groundwater and raw material resources and harmonized methods to assess those;
  • common assessment frameworks and methodologies supporting better understanding and management of the water-energy-raw materials nexus and potential impacts and risks of subsurface use;
  • knowledge and services aimed at European, national and regional policy makers, industry and other stakeholders.

To support Europe in its grand challenge to stimulate economic growth and recovery of resources while ensuring common welfare and a healthy and safe living environment to all its citizens, this GeoERA H2020 ERA-NET Co-Fund Action will support policy- and decision making by delivering, harmonising and integrating pan-European subsurface information and knowledge.


Ing. Tessa Witteman, RCP


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