Consortium

Education partners

University of Miskolc is the largest higher educational institution in North Hungary. With its highly qualified academic staff, well-equipped laboratories, instruments and equipment, the University is a major centre of international scientific research and technical development. The Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering has more than 280 years of teaching and research experience in relation to mining and geology. The faculty has wide international cooperation and strong industrial partnerships. International teaching and research programmes are carried out in different fields of Earth sciences including mining, minerals processing, environmental engineering and geography.

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering (UNIZG-RGNF) organizes and conducts research and higher education activities. RGNF conducted the Strategy for Management of Mineral Resources in the Republic of Croatia, and it was a partner institution in the preparation of the Energy Strategy of the Republic of Croatia. The recent RGNF strategic documents foster the development of education and scientific research in order to support associated industry in the fields of: economic geology, exploration and environmental geochemistry, exploration geophysics, reserve estimation, environmental impact assessment, mining and geotechnical engineering, waste management, and legal issues related to mining cycle.

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (WUST) is one of the most respected and highest ranking Polish Universities of Technology. The Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology is one of the sixteen faculties, which placed 1st (2017) and 3rd (2018) in the national ranking of mining engineering programmes. The field of study Mining and Geology has received the national accreditation. Master and bachelor programs are offered also in the field of study of Geodesy and Cartography. Among Polish students the option of international mobility is highly appreciated, therefore one of the strategic aims of the Faculty is increasing the internationalization of studies.

LTU is Europe’s northernmost university of technology with a strong emphasis on mineral raw materials and with a strong industrial environment. LTU is internationally recognized as one of the leading mining universities in Europe, and the research covers the whole chain from mineral exploration and characterization of ores, via mining, and processing to the final product. Mineral-related research at LTU is also part of the strategic area Sustainable use of natural resources: mining and minerals of the Swedish government. The research is conducted in close collaboration with industries such as LKAB, Ericsson, Boliden, ABB, Epiroc and leading international universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.8 billion per year. It currently has 1 770 employees and 17 200 students.

Industrial and research partners

INESCTEC is a private non-profit research institution aggregating more than 750 researchers (300 PhD) from universities and polytechnic institutes of Northern Portugal. It is a laboratory of excellence covering basic research to technology transfer in multiple engineering areas with 13 R&D centres and one Associate Unit covering robotics, power systems, photonics, telecommunications, production systems, biomedical engineering, artificial intelligence, and reliable and advanced software systems.

UNEXMIN GeoRobotics (UGR) is an R&D and commercial technology service provider, capable of significantly extending the framework for mineral exploration and data acquisition methods, with robotic solutions (initially with underwater surveying) and integration of all available geoscientific data acquired for greenfield or brownfield deep deposits exploration/development, covering land, the continental shelf, ocean floor and other harsh and difficult to access areas.

The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) is a not-for-profit organisation instituted to represent the professions of geology in Europe, especially to the European Union (EU) and its various organisations. By promoting excellence in the application of geoscience, by supporting research and teaching that underpins it, and also by creating public awareness of the importance of geoscience to society, EFG contributes to protection of the environment, public safety and responsible exploitation of natural resources. Based in Brussels, EFG represents today over 50,000 geoscientists from 24 European countries.

Boliden is a metals company with a focus on sustainable development. Our roots are Nordic, our market global. Our core competence lies within the fields of exploration, mining, smelting and metal recycling. Boliden has around 6,000 employees and an annual turnover of SEK 50 billion. The share is listed in the Large Cap segment on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm.

GeoGold Kárpátia Ltd. – as the legal successor of GeoGold 2002 LP.– provides services in the field of hydrogeology, geology and shallow geophysics since 2005. The Kárpátia (Carpathia) word in the company name indicates that just as water knows no borders, groundwater exploration cannot be restricted to the territory of Hungary. According to this principle, over the years we have been conducting work in the nearby countries besides our projects in Hungary. Both in 2018 and 2019 we have been supported by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Affairs to search for drinking water in Ngorongoro District (North Tanzania). Our company works with experienced geologists and geophysicists. We have excellent relations with university professors educating Geological and Geophysical courses; some of their most respected experts are regularly involved in our projects.

KGHM is the one of the largest copper producer in the world. Knowledge and teamwork are the corporate pillars on which KGHM has been building the position of a leader in copper and silver production for 60 years. The company cofinance with national NCBiR:CuBr Program including development of simulators for training purposes. On the daily basis, KGHM cooperate with local Universities and schools via scholarships and “Competences in the industry” program. KGHM is the one of the largest copper producer in the world. Knowledge and teamwork are the corporate pillars on which KGHM has been building the position of a leader in copper and silver production for 60 years. The company cofinance with national NCBiR:CuBr Program including development of simulators for training purposes. On the daily basis, KGHM cooperate with local Universities and schools via scholarships and “Competences in the industry” program.

La Palma Research Centre (LPRC) is an independent, internationally active geoscience think-tank headquartered in Spain. LPRC works in the intersection of minerals, ICT and public awareness raising related to geosciences. With the help of technology foresights, the Centre assesses the long-term future of converging technologies with the aim to identify the emerging innovations that are likely to produce the greatest economic and social benefits.

The Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS) is a public research-organisation with a 70-year history and 90 employees. GeoZS conducts basic and applied research, provides public services in the fields of mineral resource management and drinking water conservation, acts in the market and participates in various international projects. Our research topics include: environmental studies, mineral resources, data mining in earth sciences, water conservation, IT and other GIS services, geological and thematic mapping, remote sensing, geothermal and hydroelectric energy and geohazards.