The members of the alliance represent leading research institutes for geosciences in the European community. The network was founded to foster its prime objectives:
- to harmonize national roadmaps and enable the development for a single European roadmap for Earth sciences, - to encourage the joint use of infrastructures and to bundle research and strategic interests, in particular within the European research frameworks (e.g. ESFRI), - to promote joint project concepts and proposals within the framework of Horizon 2020, and by co-ordinating multi-national projects by member states, - to link frontier research results with societal needs, e.g. geo-hazards, geo-resources, climate change, water management, and seeking dialogue with stakeholders from industry and society, - to build partnerships with geological surveys, environmental agencies and scientific and professional societies, - to promote education in Earth sciences on a pan-european level and implement joint education and training programmes for young scientists and technical staff.
Signatories of the “Letter of Intent” are: The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany The British Geological Survey (BGS), Great Britain The Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera (Spanish National Research Council, ICTJA/CSIC), Spain The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), Switzerland The Institute of Earth Physics of Paris (IPGP), France The Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Italy Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands Geoplanet - Earth and Planetary Research