News 2022 Annual Business Meeting

2022 Annual Business Meeting

The 2022 three-day autumn annual joint meeting of the IUGS Commission on Global Geochemical Baselines and the EuroGeoSurveys Geochemistry Expert Grop will be held in Athens, the capital of the Hellenic Republic, and shall be hosted by the IUGS Commission on Global Geochemical Baselines, the Hellenic Survey of Geology and Mineral Exploration, and the Department of Geology and Geoenvironment of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.


The days and dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 13, 14 & 15 October 2022.  The first two days will be devoted to discussions and presentations (the business meeting), and the third day will be a field excursion to the Lavreotiki peninsula, where you will see the ancient mines and ore beneficiation plants (6th to 5th century BC) and the nineteenth and twentieth-century smelter and other buildings of historical interest.


The most important days are Thursday and Friday, 13 & 14 October, as these will be devoted to discussions and presentations of geochemical work carried out in your Surveys. Saturday, 15th of October, is an optional day, but it will be good if you can participate, as discussions can continue in a more relaxed environment.


The meeting will be organised in the reception hall of the Meropion Philanthropic Foundation, which is situated next to the Holy Church of Saint Sophia, and is directly opposite the Acropolis and Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Below are the coordinates and you can see the site of the venue in Google Earth:


Latitude: 37.969711°
Longitude: 23.725182°


The weather in October is usually good, and we will most likely have our coffee/tea and lunch breaks in the garden.


At the joint meeting we will be celebrating the:


  • 60th Anniversary of IUGS
  • 25th Anniversary of the Commission under the auspices of IUGS
  • 25th Anniversary of the FOREGS Geochemical Atlas of Europe (the kick-off meeting was in June 1997 -, and
  • 50th Anniversary of EuroGeoSurveys.

As you all know on the Acropolis is the Temple of Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, so quite rightly the church directly opposite has been named the Holy Church of Saint Sophia. In the Hellenic language 'Sophia' means 'wisdom'.  Hence, the classical Hellenic deity is linked to the Christian Holy Mother.


Please send your intention to participate at this important meeting to Alecos Demetriades at