The opening seminar of Mineral resources and material substitution (MISU) Academy Programme was held in Hotel Katajanokka, Helsinki on 21 April.
This opening seminar was aimed towards researchers, policy-makers, utilizers of research results and other interest groups. The morning session dealt with mineral resources and mineral policy on a more general level. The afternoon session was dedicated to project presentations.
The mining industry has a significant effect on the Finnish economy thorough mineral resources and their capitalization. Resource efficiency of mineral resources become increasingly important as circular economy is implemented. Research and industry work very closely in the field. Legislation and licensing procedures have also a significant effect on the utilization of the mineral resources.
In the first presentation titled: What’s up in mineral policy, Riikka Aaltonen approached the subject from the point of view of The Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) funds competiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials through the RawMaterials KICs. One of its co-locations centres is located in Otaniemi Espoo. Dr Denise McCluskey presented the KIC activities with the presentation: EIT Raw Materials: Opportunities to turn research into business. The first key note of the morning was titled: Mineral economics from a global perspective, and given by Professor Magnus Ericsson. The second key note was given by Dr Jeremy Mann with the title: R&D needs to meet the water usage & management challenges in mining/mineral processing industry.
In the afternoon session the six projects funded in the first call of the Programme “Primary mineral resources” presented their projects and some preliminary results. The day ended with a networking session with posters from all 19 funded projects.
Development of laser spectroscopy for the rapid analysis of REE-bearing minerals – LaseREE