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Winter school on sustainable mineral exploration

By Adeline PAUL
Winter school on sustainable mineral exploration
Monday, March 9 2020 12:00
to Thursday, March 12 2020 14:30

Funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the University of Grenoble and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, PACIFIC and INFACT are studying the social acceptance of mining-related activities while developing mineral exploration technologies that have minimal environmental impacts.  At an early exploration stage, field geologists and geophysicists are the first ones to engage with communities even if this is not part of their official curriculum. Their capacity to explain the technology they are applying and to initiate a dialogue with those communities can be critical to build trust and acceptance.

This 4-day winter school gathers speakers from research, industry, local authorities, EU representatives and aims at covering the fundamental concepts of a sustainable mineral exploration and associated technologies, with a focus on geophysics and remote-sensing methods.



Day 1 - Monday 09/03: Introduction on Mineral Exploration in the EU (afternoon)

  • Sustainable Mineral Exploration in the EU – Richard Gloaguen (HZDR)
  • General overview of mineral resources – Nick Arndt (Sisprobe)
  • Regional perspective of exploration and mining in Andalucía – Manuel Vazquez Mora (DGIEM)
  • European minerals programs and education initiatives – Marcin Sadowski (EASME) – Irene Benito Rodriguez (EIT Raw Materials) – Patrick Nadoll (EIT Raw Materials)
  • Current status of research on ore deposits in Europe – Lluis Fontboté (University of Geneva) – Vitor Correia (International Raw Materials Observatory)

Day 2 - Tuesday 10/03: New sustainable Exploration techniques: Theory and practice

  • Overview of PACIFIC and INFACT H2020 EU projects – Florent Brenguier (UGA) and Leila Ajjabou (HZDR)
  • Introduction to Passive seismic (Sisprobe/DIAS)
  • Drone borne surveys – Rene Booysen (HZDR)
  • Airborne EM – Gianluca Fiandaca (Aarhus / University of Milan)
  • Gravity - Isla Fernandez (Geognosia)
  • Other EU initiatives: Using Satellite data for Mineral Exploration – Louis Andreani (HZDR-RawMatCop)
  • Case studies on Responsible Social and Environmental Practices – Cathryn MacCallum (SRK) and Virginia Del Rio (AT Clave)

Day 3 - Wednesday 11/03: Mine visit and field work

  • Visit of the Rio Tinto copper mine (Atalaya Mining)
  • Field demonstration of techniques developed by INFACT and PACIFIC 
  1. Passive Seismic - Dan Hollis (Sisprobe)
  2. Gravity - Isla Fernandez (Geognosia)
  3. Drone mag/ hyperspectral - Rene Booysen (HZDR)

Day 4 - Thursday 12/03: Social and Environmental Aspects of Exploration and second mine visit

  • Engagement practices and role of Geological Surveys – Aoife Braiden (GSI), Cathryn MacCallum (SRK) and Virginia Del Rio (AT Clave)
  • Visit of Cobre Las Cruces copper mine (First Quantum Minerals)
  • Closing of the Winter School at 14:30 on the mine site

Note that this is a provisional program – slight changes are possible until the school takes place



  • Register online on this page by 17th January 2020 - your application will be reviewed and you will receive a confirmation if it is selected - Due to a high number of applications, the registration will close earlier.
  • Apply for a travel grant to join us in Andalusia (up to 400€ to cover flight tickets)! Send your CV and cover letter by 17th January 2020 to winter_school_huelva@eurtd.com

What is included in your registration?

  • Accommodation on site (15 double rooms with bathroom available)
  • Full catering (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and coffee breaks on the four days of the Winter School
  • Transport to the field trips during the Winter School (at closing, some shuttles will go directly to the airport – please make sure to book a flight not earlier than 17:00; otherwise you can stay at the University in Huelva for one more night)


About Sta. María La Rábida campus - Paraje de La Rábida, 21819 Palos de la Frontera, Huelva

The Sta. María La Rábida Ibero-American Campus of the International University of Andalusia is located in the natural and historical site of La Rábida, at the confluence of the Tinto, Odiel and the Atlantic Ocean rivers, located in the surroundings of the municipality of Palos de la Frontera, ten kilometres from Huelva, capital of the province and less than 100 kilometres from Seville, capital of Andalusia in the Southwest of Spain.
To get to La Rábida, you must first go to Huelva capital and there you can take a taxi (fixed rate of about 13 euros and recommended if you go with luggage) or take a bus, direction Palos de la Frontera and Moguer, and get off at the La Rabida stop.

  • 15 double rooms with bathroom available for students (included in the participation)
  • Restaurant on-site including breakfast, lunch and dinner (included in the participation)
  • Reception open 24 hours a day
  • Wi-Fi available on the whole campus


  • From Seville
    While flying with an international trip, the inner flight Seville-Madrid may have no cost, if you travel by IBERIA or associated lines so traveling to Seville is a good option to be valued. From Seville Airport you can take the Airport Bus until your last stop at the Plaza de Armas Bus Station, recommended, or you can take a taxi, with a fairly expensive fare, around 25 euros.
    From the Plaza de Armas de Sevilla Bus Station, a bus leaves to Huelva every hour, Damas, SA http://www.damas-sa.es/ with a journey of 1 hour and an approximate price of 9 euros.
  • From Madrid
    Madrid is a good option to travel to Huelva, both by train and by bus.
    By bus: There is a bus service from Madrid Barajas Airport to Huelva, with two daily departures at 21:15 and at 23:15. and about 8 hours of travel. From Huelva towards the Madrid Barajas Airport there are three daily departures, so you can purchase a one-way ticket with an open return for just over 40 euros, both trips. Confirm data at http://www.socibus.es/ (Route Barajas T1 - Huelva)
    By train: From Barajas Airport you can use TREN (the best option) by Metro, taxi and bus to the Puerta de Atocha Train Station in Madrid, from which you take the train to Huelva.
    1.- From Madrid you reach Huelva by train, with five daily departures (two are direct routes and three with transfers in Seville). Depending on the train, the trip time is between 3h45 and 4h50 and the round trip ticket is with discount.
    2.- From Madrid you can also go to Seville on the AVE, high-speed train, with a train every hour and only 2:30, and then go by bus or train to Huelva. See prices and confirm schedules at http://www.renfe.com/


All the information provided on this page is also available in the logistics pack downloadable below.

For more information on the two projects, please check their websites:

International University of Andalucía, Paraje La Rábida, 21819 Palos de la Frontera (Huelva), Spain
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No fee for participation. Accommodation and catering included.

Apply for a travel grant to join us in Andalusia (up to 400€ to cover flight tickets)! Send your CV and cover letter by 17th January 2020 to winter_school_huelva@eurtd.com


    • Adeline PAUL

      Dear Paula,

      Please note that registration is now open, until 4pm today.

      Best regards,

      the Organising Committee from PACIFIC and INFACT

    • Anonymous

      Dear INFACT Winter School organizers

      I would like to attend your event, although it is not possible to register online now.

      I do not need travel and accomodation expenses support.

      I am a mining engineer working at the Portuguese Mining Authority (DGEG) and delaing with metallic exploration, exploitation and communication with stakeholders. My colleague Miguel Pais who has already registered and been accepted, will also attend your event.

      Looking forward to hear from you,

      Best regards

      Paula Dinis

      - Paula Dinis

    • Anonymous

      It appears to be a very worthwhile and topical course, embracing many aspects of exploration.

      - Eamonn Grennan

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    PACIFIC's H2020 Mineral Exploration Clustering platform

    PACIFIC's H2020 Mineral Exploration Clustering platform

    A platform dedicated to clustering of projects in the field of mineral exploration funded by the EU H2020 programme