Pushing boundaries beyond - Circular by 2020?

Monday, March 9, 2015  
Dublin, Ireland

International Conference on New Technologies and Policies for Mining and Mining Products

The role of New Technologies and Policy Approaches for a future mining industry in Europe

9 March 2015, 9:00h - 17:00h

Main auditorium: Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery, The Naughton Institute, Trinity College Dublin.

Sharing perspectives on the role of new technological and policy approaches for Europe’s future mining industry.

Conference Programme

9:00h – 9:30h Registration and welcome coffee

1. General introduction 
09:30 – 09:40 Welcome by Prof. Stefano Sanvito, Trinity College Dublin 
        & Dr. Eibhlin Doyle, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Session moderator: Dr. Damaris Fernandez, Trinity College Dublin

09:40 – 10:00 Mining in Ireland: Future Challenges, Mr. Sean Finlay, Geoscience Ireland
10:00 – 10:20 The future of Mining in Europe, Mr. Mark Rachovides, Euromines
10:20 – 10:40 TP Ocean material and technology demands, Mr. Nicolas Wallet, Ocean Energy Europe

Coffee break 

2. Specific needs for raw materials and new technology providers 
Session moderator: Mr. Koen Verbruggen, Director Geological Survey of Ireland

11:00 – 11:20 Boliden –  Tara mine (title tbc), Mr. Stefan Romedahl, Boliden
11:20 – 11:40 Basalt Fibre: Advanced Composites for Renewable Energy, Mr. David Simmons, 
                       MAFIC UK & European Sales
11:40 – 12:00 Sustainable Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage, Mr. Ekhard Beuleke, Omya 
                       International AG
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion


3. New settings – new processing conditions. The race for new technologies 
Session moderator: Dr. Jonathan Derham, Head of Programme - EPA Climate, Resource Use and Research, Environmental Protection Agency

14:00 – 14:20 Alternative Gold extraction processing in Ireland, Mr. Kevin McNulty, 
                       Conroy Gold Resources & Mr. Andrew Carter, Tetra Tech Inc.
14:20 – 14:40 Why robotics in mining?, Mr. Henryk Karas, KGHM
14:40 – 15:00 Closing the circle from mining to recycling, Ms. Marie Andersson Drugge, Boliden 
15:00 – 15:20 Critical Raw Materials for alternative energies: new sources and new end uses, 
                       Prof. Sean McClenaghan & Prof. Michael Lyons, Trinity College Dublin

Coffee break 

4. Policies and Innovation strategies to achieve 2020 – 2030 roadmaps
Session moderator: Dr. Deirdre Lewis, Technical Director at SLR Global Environmental Consultants

15:40 – 16:00 Raw materials between euphoria and ignorance - the need for raw material strate-
                       gies, Dr. Wolfgang Reimer & Dr. Manfred Goedecke, Geokompetenzzentrum Freiberg 
16:00 – 16:20 The need for strategies addressing interdependent technical and non-technical 
                       aspects in the raw materials demand and supply, Prof. Paul Coughlan & Dr. Dámaris 
                       Fernández, Trinity College Dublin
16:20 – 16:40 EU Policies and Research and Innovation Programmes for Raw materials, Mr. Milan
                       Grohol, DG Enterprise and Industry 
16:40 – 17:00 Discussion
             17:00 Closing Remark – The EIP and its potential contribution to the sustainable supply of 
                       resources, Mr. Mark Rachovides & Dr. Corina Hebestreit, Euromines

Organising Committee:

  • Dr. Dámaris Fernández – Chemistry CRANN/AMBER, TCD
  • Prof. Stefano Sanvito – Director CRANN/AMBER, TCD
  • Professor Sean McClenaghan – Geology, TCD
  • Dr. Corina Hebestreit – Euromines/ETP SMR
  • Mr. Carl Anders – IBEC/IMEG
  • Representative of Industry
  • Representative of Governmental Research Institution

Hotel Accommodation

A block booking has been made in the O’Callaghan Hotel Dublin. The special price of 115 EUR is applicable for the reservations made untill 20st February 2015.

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