Project duration: 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2024


Low level of innovativeness in the ESEE RM-sector is partly related to lack of professional LLL courses. Project aims to implement four innovation workshops in exploration, orebody characterization, extraction, and ore processing for the ESEE RM-professionals, and four spin-off programmes for RM-students at the participating ESEE Universities. Programmes content has been drafted based on questionnaire campaign conducted in the ESEE region.

The solution (technology)

DIM ESEE v.2 is a RIS LLL project focused on rising innovativeness within RM professionals in the ESEE region, having impact beyond and above the duration of the project. Targeted region lacks LLL courses for RM professionals (with the exception of obligatory, low-regulated educations for professionals related to safety, working in explosive environment etc.) whereas at the same time classical higher education system with outdated curricula have very little ability to follow development trends and adsorb new innovative and advanced tools and methodologies, reflecting in lower innovativeness rate of their students and alumnus – RM professionals. The project lasts for 4 years and is focused primary on the RM professionals, developing four innovative workshops, 3 days each, for a total of 120+ professionals: Innovation in exploration (2021), Innovation in process-oriented orebody characterization (2022), Innovation in extraction (2023), and Innovation in ore processing (2024). Innovation workshops are going to be implemented in Interuniversity Centre of Dubrovnik. Participating RIS Universities will collaborate in preparation of the joint spin-off workshops for RM PhD and MSc students, using prepared materials of the primary Innovation workshops. For the duration of the project three spin-off workshops are going to be implemented (Miskolc (2022): Innovation in exploration, Zagreb (2023) Innovation in process-oriented orebody characterization, Athens (2024) Innovation in extraction). Spin-off programmes are planned to last continuously for minimum of 3 years after the implementation, targeting RM students – future alumnus of the “Trainee” universities. During that period, we estimate that additional 60 MSc and PhD RM students will benefit from innovation courses, increasing level of innovation and entrepreneurial skills among the MSc and PhD student population in the region at 6%.


  • Dnipro University of Technology (NMU Ukraine), Ukraine
  • Geological Survey of Montenegro (GSM), Montenegro
  • Goce Delchev University, North Macedonia
  • Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
  • National Technical University of Athens – NTUA, Greece
  • Polytechnic University of Tirana – Faculty of Geology and Mining, Albania
  • Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
  • Université de Liège, Belgium
  • University of Belgrade – Faculty of Mining & Geology (UNIBG-RGF), Serbia
  • University of Mining and Geology St. Ivan Rilski, Bulgaria
  • University of Miskolc, Hungary
  • University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Slovenia
  • University of Zagreb – Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering (UNIZG-RGNF) (Lead Partner), Croatia

For more information, please visit the project web page.