Assoc. Prof. Marko Komac, Ph.D., EurGeol #1294, currently an independent consultant, the President of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG), an external researcher at the Faculty for civil engineering at the University of Ljubljana, an Associate Professor for GIS at University of Nova Gorica and a Member of the Intraw Observatory Board as the Treasurer. From 2006 to 2014 Marko was the director of the Geological Survey of Slovenia where he also worked as a part-time researcher. From November 2016 to May 2019 Marko was the member of the Board of EFG, where he served as the External Relations Officer. From 2012 to 2016 he was a Vice-President of the IUGS, and in years 2011 and 2012 he was the President of the EuroGeoSurveys. He has more than 22 year experiences in the field of landslide analyses, geographical information systems (GIS), application of remote sensing in geology, spatial analyses and modelling, geostatistics, mass-movements analyses, management of organisations and teams, and international networking. Currently he’s involved in several EU-funded geological projects. He's an author or co-author of over 500 bibliographic units mainly from the above listed research areas and several times IronMan 70.3 finisher.View the profile
About the talk
Exploration is the crucial 1st stage in the raw materials (RM) chain & has the goal of discovering economically viable deposits of RM. Periods of significant discovery directly follow innovations that either change the geological targets of exploration (fundamental theories), the physical places that are reached (regions and depths), or the manner in which they are explored (techniques and methods). Despite its rich history of mining and residual MR, current conditions within the EU present a number of social, political, legislative, cost & physical barriers to RM exploration: barriers to be overcome by innovation, dialogue & reform.
Recognising that the future of sustainable exploration requires a reduction in environmental & social disturbance, the INFACT project focuses on innovative exploration techniques that are ‘non-invasive’ (airborne geophysics and remote sensing). The project includes investigation of the social aspects of RM exploration by integrating technological innovation & stakeholder engagement (encompassing local communities, wider society & industry) in order to encourage best-practice exploration conduct, measure public perceptions & improve relevance to industry & society alike.
INFACT is comprised of the following main components:
• Development & test of innovative, environmentally & socially ‘acceptable’ exploration technologies and processes - in an industrially-relevant environment,
• Foundation of 3 reference sites (ERS) in EU (Sakatti, FIN; Geyer, GER; and Cobre Las Cruces and Rio Tinto, ESP) for demonstration, benchmarking & certification of new technologies & analysis of public awareness & opinion in the south, middle & north of EU, and
• Stakeholder engagement & education: exploration practitioners, policy-makers & wider society.
A public survey was performed in 3 countries where INFACT aims to establish the ERS on their opinion about the mining & RM exploration & short outcomes on the the survey will be presented.
This is where we start now with marker. Come back who is now president of European Federation of geologists. And he has a very impressive CV he was the director of how many years was a presidential EuroGyro surveys. He works on that fascinating project has attempted to make one geology map of the whole world and he is multiple times Half Ironman finisher. So Marco take it away. Praising a introduction. So I'm just a humble geologist like everybody like all geologists are so I can ask now for my slides so I can start with the presentation.
What I'm going to present you is the European project. In fact that has started already two and a half years ago. So we're close to the end of the project. So there are some really interesting results that came out of the project and I'm just going to skip the the first light. So the reason behind the project was that Europe is facing huge challenges. Because of the energy transition there's a rising Demand on metallic raw materials and complex complex a metal alloys
and also a rising demand for High-Tech Metals such as Gollum Monument Platinum Group steel Alloys that needs some import map has done or nixim in Europe despite the fact that we are trying to the recovery rates or recycling rate is still very low for the rarest element. So we do need to mine them after all the recovery won't meet the demands of the industry. So basically Europe is
MINEX Central and Eastern Europe, MINEX Western & Northern Europe, MINEX Southern Europe materials (3 June, 1 and 2 July 2020)
MINEX Central and Eastern Europe and MINEX Southern Europe materials
MINEX Western and Northern Europe and MINEX Southern Europe materials
MINEX Southern Europe materials
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