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Background

On April 6, 2001, sixteen geology major students from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest held an occasional meeting at the Department of Mineralogy and decided to apply for forming a Student Chapter in the Society of Economic Geologists.

Purpose of forming of the Eötvös Loránd University Student Chapter of the Society of Economic Geologists

On the meeting mentioned above students decided to organise the following activities in the frame of the Student Chapter:

-organization of monthly meetings with invited speakers giving lectures in geosciences related to economic geology (see Archives and Programs)

-organization of field trips lead by specialist working in the visited areas. The primary target areas are the famous Au-Ag deposits of the Carpathians, but field trips are also planned to areas outside of Europe, especially to regions where active mining has economic significance.

- organization of short courses by invitation of experts in various fields of geosciences

- to establish co-operations with other Student Chapters in the region for organization of common activities (field trips, short courses)

Unfolds

Students participating on the meeting mentioned above elected the Executive Committee in accordance with the Society of Economic Geologist Student Chapter Bylaws.

The Chapter initiated its programme for 2001 by organization of lectures held by invited speakers. We received seven lectures delivered by speakers from academy and industry during 2001.

In the meantime we compiled and collected all the documents needed to fulfill the requirements for getting the approval by the Society of Economic Geologists for forming the Eötvös Loránd University Student Chapter. The application was submitted to Prof. Stuart F. Simmons, Chair of Student Affairs Committee in May 2001.

In the summer, 7 members of the "would be Chapter" at that time, managed to raise funds for a three weeks long field trip to the Canadian Shield. The trip was lead by Prof. David H. Watkinson, Carleton University, Ottawa and Dr. Ferenc Molnár, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary. Logistic and hospitality support was kindly provided by the Carleton University. The "Partnership for Tomorrow" programme of Government of Canada is gratefully acknowledged for funding of the field trip.

The Eötvös Loránd University Student Chapter of the Society of Economic Geologists was ratified on a SEG Council meeting in Boston, on November 5, 2001.