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The first Extract-IT foresight workshop was held in Leoben (Austria, 5 & 6 February 2013). The main outcome of the Leoben workshop was a list of statements which were used to develop the content for the first round of the Delphi survey, which is currently running.

The Second Extract-IT Foresight Workshop was held in Brussels (12 & 13 June 2013). This one was more ICT orientated and therefore the participation of ICT experts with radically new ideas was facilitated from across a broad range of scientific disciplines, such as geoinformatics, robotics, space research, etc in addition to experts from the extractive sector and from the ICT FET community. A report on the workshop will be published shortly

Venue: VLEVA-Office, Kortenberglaan 71 , 1000 Brussels, http://www.vleva.be/

Extract-IT project is funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme.


Luleå Declaration 2009

The importance of sustainable mineral resources supply was also highlighted in the Luleå Declaration. From October 12 to 14 2009, a conference on sustainable mineral resources within the European Union was held in Luleå, Sweden, under the title “European higher education and research on metallic and mineral raw materials”.  The organisations present at the conference strongly supported the EU Raw Materials Initiative, it being the right step at the right time. As a result, the Luleå Declaration was adopted, which was meant as a response from the European extractive industry, governmental institutions and academia across Europe. It emphasises the necessity of a common agenda concerning research and higher education in the field of sustainable supply of metallic and non-metallic raw materials. The organisations present at the Conference, listed below, agreed on the following declaration:

• The past and future society without minerals and metals is unthinkable.
• The global growth of the population and the growth of the world economy put strong emphasis on securing future mineral supply.
• There is great potential for a sustainable supply of raw materials from EU resources, but we need access to land, an improved knowledge base and R&D to improve methods for exploration, extraction and recycling.
• European industry is highly competitive and a high-tech technology provider for the world. It is important that the mineral sector is recognized in the EU land access planning and in the EU R&D programmes for maintaining this leadership.
• The future mineral supply is a great challenge for the society at large and the extractive industry is committed to achieve a sustainable mineral supply to meet future challenges by excellence in research through EU-funding.
• A sustainable supply of minerals and metals also involves balancing the impact on the environment and climate. This could be reached by improvement of resource and energy efficiency and by increased use of secondary raw materials. It is important to stimulate innovation and R&D in all these areas.

Saturday, 02 February 2013 12:27

Leoben workshop - three contrasting scenarios

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The first EXTRACT-IT foresight workshop is organised in Leoben, Austria, between 6-7 February. Underground mining and ICT is discussed according to three different "future worlds". Why the need for different future scenarios? Because internal and external economical, political, social, etc developments can have a profound impact on technology development (and vice-versa). A piece of technology that is crucial in one future may be unimportant (or even non-existent) in another future. You can find 1-page summaries of the three scenarios. Let us know what you think!

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