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Funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the University of Grenoble and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, PACIFIC and INFACT are studying the social acceptance of mining-related activities while developing mineral exploration technologies that have minimal environmental impacts.  At an early exploration stage, field geologists and geophysicists are the first ones to engage with communities even if this is not part of their official curriculum. Their capacity to explain the technology they are applying and to initiate a dialogue with those communities can be critical to building trust and acceptance.

This 4-day winter school gathers speakers from research, industry, local authorities, EU representatives and aims at covering the fundamental concepts of sustainable mineral exploration and associated technologies, with a focus on geophysics and remote-sensing methods.
Topics covered during the Winter School
  • Mineral exploration in Europe and in Andalusia
  • Social and environmental aspects of exploration
  • European research on ore deposits and education initiatives
  • Sustainable exploration techniques theory and practices
  • Fieldwork on active mines: Rio Tinto and Cobre Las Cruces
Participation in the Winter School is free but places are limited. Register here. Accommodation and transport are covered by the organisers.

Keynote speakers

  • Nick Arndt: President – Sisprobe
  • Louis Fontboté: Professor Mineral Resources and Geofluids Group – University of Geneva
  • Marcin Sadowski: Head of Sector – Raw Materials at European Commission – Executive Agency for SMEs
  • Cathryn MacCallum: Principal Social Scientist – SRK Consulting
  • Patrick Nadoll: Senior Advisor – Exploration and Resource Assessment – EIT RawMaterials
  • Manuel Vazquez Mora: Technical Advisor – General Direction of Industry, Energy and Mines of Andalusia
  • Irene Benito Rodriguez: Responsible for RawMaterials Copernicus Programme – EIT Raw Materials
  • Vitor Correia: Secretary-General – International Raw Material Observatory
When & where
9 – 12 March 2020, International University of Andalucia, Huelva, Spain