2018 Conference Field Visit

2018 EUROGEO Annual Conference Field Visit  

The conference field visit will take place on March 17th.




Tour of the Garzweiler mine 

(includes: background information, bus tour through the mining area, the recultivation area and a relocation site)

The “Tagebau Garzweiler” is a large surface mine (in German: Tagebau) in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia. It is located west of Grevenbroich and exploitation is progressing towards Erkelenz. The mine is used for mining lignite. The lignite is used for power generation at nearby power plants such as Neurath.

The Rhenish lignite mining area has the largest single lignite deposit in Europe. It produces just under 100 million tons of lignite – the most important domestic energy carrier. In doing so, they strive to work as efficiently and with as little impact on the environment as possible.

The mine currently has a size of 48 km² and got its name from the village of Garzweiler which previously existed at this location. The community was moved to a section of Jüchen with the same name.

Originally the mining was limited to the 66.0 km² area Garzweiler I located east of motorway A 44. Mining in the 48.0 km² Garzweiler II sector started in 2006 and it will take until around 2045 to fully exploit both sectors.

Suggested timetable

8.10 am Meeting in front of the conference building
8.40 am Departure from Cologne (the place for departure is 5-10 min away from our meeting point because the bus can’t drive to the conference building)
9.50 am Arrival at the Info-Center of RWE
10.00 am – 1.00 pm Coach tour of “Tagebau Garzweiler”
1.10 pm Departure from Garzweiler
1.30 pm – 2.30 pm Lunch in Bedburg
2.30 pm Departure from Bedburg
approx. 3.30 – 4.00 pm Arrival in Cologne

Payment Options

Field trip and conference fees can be paid either by bank-transfer or by Paypal.


Conference 2018 fees

Conference fees until 31 January 2018
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  • Receipts will be issued at the conference.
  • All payments including those for the EUROGEO dinner (for partners, students) and also the fieldtrip will be taken online. There will be no fee payment option at conference registration, except by specific arrangement. Contact the EUROGEO Treasurer if you need to do this.


  • Conference fees can be refunded until February 15th 2018, minus an administration fee of €50.
  • No refunds of conference fees are possible after February 15th 2018.

Receipts / certificates:

  • Receipts of payment and conference certificates will be issued at the conference.