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The course discusses the natural, social and economic forces and events that shape the mineral industry.


Course description

The mineral industry is subject to

  • its natural constraints – the characteristics of known and potential mineral deposits, the growing complexity and increased access difficulty to mineral and energy resources and, e.g. climate change,
  • a wide variety of possible external shocks – e.g. war, commercial conflicts, financial crisis, pandemics and social clashes, and
  • the technological, economical and social trends – including political risk, global power shifts, market volatility, climate change, circular economy, the companies’ social responsibility and social license to operate, the world’s population demographic and available income growth.

How will the mineral industry evolve subject to those forces and events? Rather than a traditional course, a collaborative workshop; rather than a presentation, a discussion – the course aims to involve the participants in discussions leading into insights of the future of the mineral industry.

Course contents

This is an introductory course with five chapters and six modules during five weeks

  • Week 1: Chapter 1 – Mother Nature – Minerals and Mineral deposits, pandemics and Climate Change,
  • Week 2: Chapter 2 – Social and Economic Trends,
  • Week 3: Chapter 3 – Global power shifts,
  • Week 4: Chapter 4 – Technology disruption and the rise of the machines,
  • Week 5: Chapter 5 – New frontiers and insights into the future.

The course is designed for a weekly time investment of 1,5 hours. Naturally, should the participant wish to further study reading the selected bibliography made available and participating in forum discussions (see above) – which we recommend, as it is an opportunity to learn from their peers, the time investment is higher. This is, however, flexible and entirely optional.

Type of training

This course is designed as distance-learning. It is organized in modules along five weeks. Each module includes:

  • Pre-recorded video materials and quizzes – for independent learning.
  • Selected bibliography – for independent learning.
  • A weekly one-and-a-half hour live workshop, including the presentation and discussion of the module topics. The live session will include open discussions, work in smaller groups and the elaboration of an informal report on the theme discussed.

The course will also have a dedicated LinkedIn group for course follow-up, exchange and discussion of ideas and course topics.

Objectives and outcomes

After the course participants will have a wide range knowledge of and be able to identify the forces shaping the mineral industry, be they economic, social, technological or natural and of the main.

Participants will also be able to identify and characterise the development scenarios for the industry in the XXI century.

Participants will be able to integrate the new knowledge on the raw materials industry (and their companies and projects) into their decision-making, policy-design or reporting processes.




Participants would require their own laptop and a stable high-speed internet connection to take part in this course.

Target Group

The course’s intended audience includes professionals, managers, decision-makers and post-graduate students involved in the raw materials industry and interested in discussing and get an insight into future scenarios for the mineral industry:

  • Managers of financial institutions and funds,
  • Potential investors in raw materials projects,
  • Officials from government (local, state and federal) agencies and institutions,
  • Media professionals covering the mineral industry,
  • Graduate and post-graduate geology, mining, mineral processing and metallurgy students,
  • Managers of mining and exploration companies.