EUGEN is the abbreviation for the ‘EUropean GEology students Network’. The main goal of the EUGEN association is to organize annual meetings for students in geo-sciences all across europe. The name ‘EUGEN’ has become a synonym for this meeting.
The idea of EUGEN was born in the summer of 1995 during the national meeting of German geology students. The very first EUGEN-meeting that was held in 1996 turned out to be an instant success: about 120 students of earth-science related subjects from 18 universities located in 9 different european nations met in the Black Forest in southwest Germany.
Since then, the EUGEN has happened every year, each time in a different part of europe . So far the meeting has happened in:
– Aveiro (Portugal, 1997),
– Transylvania (Romania, 1998),
– Sicily (Italy, 1999),
– the Sierra del Moncayo (Spain, 2000),
– the Plateliai national park (Lithuania, 2001),
– near the small city of Monschau in the region ‘Eifel’ (Germany, 2002),
– close to Triglav National Park near Kobarid (Slovenija, 2003)
– and Buses in the region of Tukums (Latvija, 2004).
– Lokve -Golubinjak wood, ( Croatia , 2005)
– Bragança (Portugal, 2006)
In 2007 the EUGEN will take place in Italy again.
What do we do at an EUGEN-meeting?
The EUGEN-meeting takes place in august and lasts for one whole week. The program schedule usually contains three days reserved for geological fieldtrips, organized by the local hosts (students of geology) in league with their university professors and/or national geological survey.
One day is reserved for some sightseeing-trips to interesting local destinations. Talks and presentations from members of participating universities and supporting organizations are also part of the program. Last but not least the tradition calls for one afternoon to be dedicated to the famous ‘Geolympix’ – a team competition in highly entertainable fun-sport games.
Well, that is only the ‘official’ program schedule. Of course the main goal is to have a lot of fun, sit a lot around campfires having a drink and a little chat with colleagues from all over europe . So chances are set for aquiring international contacts that may even prove to be profitable in regard of professional and scientific exchange.