Showcasing innovation and entrepreneurship in the raw materials sector in Europe

This year, EIT RawMaterials in collaboration with the European Commission will be joining PDAC 2020 that will take place in Toronto, Canada. On 1-4 March, PDAC 2020 will gather companies active in mineral exploration and development sharing the vision of a globally responsible and sustainable minerals industry.

The PDAC convention offers a global reach out where the EU can attract investment and potential suppliers to cover the needs of the EU industrial value chains, and to promote values of sustainable and responsible mining and EU innovation, equipment and services for the extractive sector.

EIT RawMaterials together with EASME and DG GROW will host a technology workshop on Exploration and Mining in room 206B at 2-6 pm

On Tuesday, 3 March 2020, the technology workshop will showcase innovation projects supported by EIT RawMaterials, as well as Horizon 2020 projects. Dr Andreas Klossek, interim CEO, COO, Managing Director at EIT RawMaterials, will introduce our Innovation Community and key activities led together with our partners and will moderate the session dedicated to mining and mineral processing.

Participants will learn about new solutions to explore mineral resources, manage water and tailings, and automate, digitalise and electrify mines that can help the industry to meet the raw materials demands of a climate-neutral economy at minimum environmental and social costs, including the below EIT RawMaterials supported innovation projects:

FARMIN – Field augmented reality in mineral exploration and mining

Fabian Stamm, RWTH Aachen, will present the FARMIN project that aims to develop an AR solution that visualizes 3D geological data and allows exploration and mining professionals to modify models in the field.

MineTALC – Backfill Mining Optimisation for Low- and Medium- Strength Deposits

Prof. Juraj Janočko, Technical University of Košice, will talk about the MineTALC project working on a breakthrough mining and the backfilling system that will be developed to enable economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially accepted mining of mineral resources from low/medium strength deposits.

Furthermore, discussions will centre on how research and innovation projects can help to build trust in the extractive industry together with civil society. EIT RawMaterials together with the European Commission will present the opportunities in the Horizon programme to cooperate with leading research organisations from advanced mining countries, and to receive funding for organisations in developing countries.

Technology workshop agenda

Short course on ‘Qualitative and quantitative prospectivity mapping and assessment of undiscovered mineral resources’

In addition, innovation project MAP, supported by EIT RawMaterials, invites all the PDAC 2020 participants to join a short course on ‘Qualitative and quantitative prospectivity mapping and assessment of undiscovered mineral resources’ held on 4 March.

The short course will provide an overview of several commonly used methods for qualitative mineral prospectivity mapping and the three-part methodology for quantitative assessment of undiscovered mineral resources. The development and integration of these methods will be reviewed, as well as practical implementation and recently developed software tools. Case studies in the USA, Finland, Greenland and Germany will be presented.

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Meet EIT RawMaterials Start-ups at PDAC 2020

On 1-4 March, EIT RawMaterials team together with our supported start-ups will join the EU booth #7123N at PDAC 2020. We welcome everyone to stop by and discuss cooperation opportunities and start-up’s solutions for your business.

VXT Research

Service to set up, customize and on-board our software solution for tailored use-cases in mining exploration.


An optical measurement instrument based on Raman spectroscopy that can do chemical analyses on the molecular level.


Data warehouse ICT software solution. Mining company customers are utilising the solution to gather and integrate information of drill cores, analysis, process etc.


Cyanide detection, monitoring and control solutions for gold mine process optimisation to make mines more efficient, safer and more sustainable.

Don’t miss CyanoGuard’s CEO, Benedikt Kirchgässler, presentation at the Cutting Edge Session on Sunday, 1 March at 2:10 pm in the Investors Exchange!

LHB Mining

A totally new solution for high capacity steep angle conveying with nearly no elevation limit by using the standard drive and belt components.


A new way of bioleaching service, ecological refining of mineral raw materials and metals extraction, for local silica sand (quartz material) created from iron ore tailings in Canada.


IoT sensors and machine learning to capture the complete mining and construction process chain, enabling novel insights and real-time performance evaluation.

Hovering Solutions

Scanning services of underground scenarios (vertical and horizontal) using autonomous flying robotics. The technology reduces the risks and times needed to gather data in underground areas. The data can be used both for explorations and production activities.


Software for control and optimising grinding process and equipment.


Intramine® is a new advanced nanotechnology specially designed for in situ immobilisation of pollutants encountered at mining sites.