Layman courses for the Transfer of Expertise on Raw Materials (LAYTERM), will develop and disseminate a suite of short courses on mineral raw material production for laypersons, such as policy makers, government employees, and representatives from NGOs etc.

The course topic areas shall comprise different segments of the production chain or the mine life cycle, respectively:

  • mine project development,
  • mining, minerals and metallurgical processing (incl. metal recycling) and
  • environmental issues of mining and metallurgy.

Potential courses that can be derived out of these topic areas could emphasise:

  1. The economic importance of mineral raw materials for Europe
  2. Mineral exploration and mining project development
  3. Mining and mineral production
  4. Metallurgical production and metal recycling, life cycle of metals
  5. Environmental issues of mining

The teaching concepts will involve face-to-face learning as well as e-learning methods.

The solution (technology)

The suite of courses is expected to contribute to raising awareness and acceptance of the mineral raw material sector, and is designed to fill the knowledge gaps in production technology by conveying general awareness of existing technical constraints with regard to both raw material and process technology. Interdependencies occurring between individual processing steps make it usually necessary to take a more holistic view on the entire value chain of minerals and metallurgical production, in order to give layman persons a better insight into technical alternatives and their constraints.


  • Luleå University of Technology, Sweden (Lead Partner)
  • Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
  • Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria

Programme Co-ordinator: Prof. Jan Rosenkranz, Luleå University of Technology, jan.rosenkranz@ltu.se