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The more than forty Geological Survey Organisations (GSO’s) from over thirty European countries have joined forces in the European Horizon 2020 project ERA-NET COFUND. The aim is establishing the European Geological Surveys Research Area to deliver a Geological Service for Europe (GeoERA). The GeoERA project team is organising a kick-off session at project leader TNO on 17 and 18 January. TNO is the initiator, leader and coordinator of this project and is bringing its knowledge on board to help achieve the goal.
On 17 January the more than forty European geological surveys will convene to celebrate the collaboration and fire the starting gun for the first phase in which the call is issued for the projects that will share knowledge, information and data with each other. If the GSO’s can prove, via GeoERA, that they are able to collaborate in a well structured way and make an impact with the GeoERA results, this will represent a step towards more structural funding from the European Union for the activities of the GSO’s.
Knowledge and information from our subsurface will be made available Europe-wide via reports, recommendations and freely accessible databases. On the basis of this, better insight will be gained beyond borders about the availability of energy, groundwater and materials, and the impact that the use of these resources has on sustainability, security and liveability. All European countries – apart from two – are participating, including the Geological Survey of the Netherlands. The project has a budget of 30 million euros made up of a 10 million subsidy from the European Commission and 20 million as a contribution in kind from the GSO’s and national funds.
The Geological Survey of the Netherlands has been committed to the subsurface for more than 100 years. From managing information to modelling and advising. The organisation is among the world’s geo-top. The Geological Survey of the Netherlands is incorporated within TNO and thus has extra innovation power to work on a sustainable future, both nationally and internationally.
The 275 experts of the Geological Survey of the Netherlands are part of TNO, the innovation organisation whose 3.000 professionals generate smart solutions to complex problems. Surface plans are checked with the Geological Survey of the Netherlands against the knowledge and information of our subsurface and secured in freely accessible databases. On the basis of this the Geological Survey of the Netherlands predicts the impact on sustainability, security and liveability.