Innovative, Non-Invasive and Fully Acceptable Exploration Technologies

The future of mineral exploration in the EU

Innovative, Non-Invasive and Fully Acceptable Exploration Technologies

The future of mineral exploration in the EU

Dialogue & Inclusion
INFACT is based on nurturing a strong stakeholder dialog and communication throughout the project and beyond it. It aims in achieving a SLO (social licence to operate) for novel exploration techniques and consequentially their wide acceptance.
Research & Education
With the aim to achieve the cutting-edge exploration approach, top researchers and experts are engaged in the project. A special attention is given to identifying the right education-related mechanisms for addressing various stakeholder groups. Academic participation in INFACT assures its credibility and unbiased approach.
Civil Society
The results of INFACT will benefit to the wider European society, whether in a form of environmental friendly and socially acceptable exploration techniques or in a form of rising mineral resources security. Engaging society on all levels, horizontally and vertically, is the key issue for INFACT.
Legislation & Policy
Assessing the legal and legislative frames within European countries in the field of the exploration, including existing or potential obstacles, and finding the best practices and policies. It will provide a practical and acceptable roadmap towards a Europe that presents a more attractive investment target for the exploration industry, which will improve systems that affect exploration conditions in Europe.
Industry & Business
INFACT targets the conditions that limit the effectiveness of the exploration industry and development of innovative non-invasive exploration tools that will pave the path to better, more effective, environmentally friendly, and publicly acceptable approaches to mining in Europe.

INFACT Project

Europe is about to become more attractive for the exploration of minerals. In the framework of the EU-funded INFACT project, partners drawn from research and industry are developing innovative, non-invasive exploration technologies and will test them under realistic conditions. The project aims at developing technologies that are more acceptable to society and that will invigorate and equip the exploration industry, unlocking unrealised potential in new and mature areas. For this purpose, three European reference areas are being established in Germany (Geyer), Finland (Sakatti) and Spain (Minas de Ríotinto, Gerena).

Latest News

INFACT Winter School

INFACT Winter School

Winter school on Sustainable mineral exploration   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...

INFACTalks: Social License to Operate

INFACTalks: Social License to Operate

Social License to Operate (SLO) is a key theme in this edition of #INFACTalks. As a term, social license to operate was first used in 1997 by Jim Cooney, to describe the importance of social acceptability of mining. Over the last 30 years, social license has gained...

INFACT at the 1st European Mining Convention, Dublin

INFACT at the 1st European Mining Convention, Dublin

INFACT project has been presented at the 1st European Mining Convention in Dublin, Ireland (3-4 Dec 2019). European Mining Convention EMC - 2019 aims at connecting the European mining industry with the rest of the world to reframe sustainability with innovation and...

Dialogue & Inclusion
INFACT is based on nurturing a strong stakeholder dialog and communication throughout the project and beyond it. It aims in achieving a SLO (social licence to operate) for novel exploration techniques and consequentially their wide acceptance.
Research & Education
With the aim to achieve the cutting-edge exploration approach, top researchers and experts are engaged in the project. A special attention is given to identifying the right education-related mechanisms for addressing various stakeholder groups. Academic participation in INFACT assures its credibility and unbiased approach.
Civil Society
The results of INFACT will benefit to the wider European society, whether in a form of environmental friendly and socially acceptable exploration techniques or in a form of rising mineral resources security. Engaging society on all levels, horizontally and vertically, is the key issue for INFACT.
Legislation & Policy
Assessing the legal and legislative frames within European countries in the field of the exploration, including existing or potential obstacles, and finding the best practices and policies. It will provide a practical and acceptable roadmap towards a Europe that presents a more attractive investment target for the exploration industry, which will improve systems that affect exploration conditions in Europe.
Industry & Business
INFACT targets the conditions that limit the effectiveness of the exploration industry and development of innovative non-invasive exploration tools that will pave the path to better, more effective, environmentally friendly, and publicly acceptable approaches to mining in Europe.

Infact project

Europe is about to become more attractive for the exploration of raw materials. In the framework of the EU-funded INFACT project, partners drawn from research and industry are developing innovative, non-invasive exploration technologies and will test them under realistic conditions. The project aims at developing technologies that are more acceptable to society and that will invigorate and equip the exploration industry, unlocking unrealised potential in new and mature areas. For this purpose, three European reference areas are being established in Germany (Geyer), Finland (Sakatti) and Spain (Minas de Ríotinto, Gerena).

Latest News

INFACT Winter School

INFACT Winter School

Winter school on Sustainable mineral exploration   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...

INFACTalks: Social License to Operate

INFACTalks: Social License to Operate

Social License to Operate (SLO) is a key theme in this edition of #INFACTalks. As a term, social license to operate was first used in 1997 by Jim Cooney, to describe the importance of social acceptability of mining. Over the last 30 years, social license has gained...

INFACT at the 1st European Mining Convention, Dublin

INFACT at the 1st European Mining Convention, Dublin

INFACT project has been presented at the 1st European Mining Convention in Dublin, Ireland (3-4 Dec 2019). European Mining Convention EMC - 2019 aims at connecting the European mining industry with the rest of the world to reframe sustainability with innovation and...

Reference regions

North

Sakatti is a copper-nickel-platinum group elements deposit in the far north of Finland, situated around 150 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. It is owned by Anglo American.

Centre

This reference region centers around the small town of Geyer in the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge), situated app. 110 kilometers south of Leipzig, Eastern part of Germany, and with a long history of ore mining. The region is known for its deposits of tin, zinc, tungsten, molybdenum, copper, iron, silver and indium.

South

This reference region comprises two mining sites in the Iberian Pyrite Belt, both in Andalusia, South of Spain:

Cobre Las Cruces is an open pit copper mine and on-site plant in Gerena, 20 kilometers northwest of Seville. It is operated by First Quantum Minerals.

Minas de Ríotinto is a well-known ancient opencast polymetallic mine located in Huelva province, 65 kilometers northwest of Seville. It is operated by Atalaya Mining.

Facts in brief

Funding organization

EU/ H2020

Timeframe

 Nov 2017 – Oct 2020

Funding amount

5.6 Mio €

Coordinator

Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Partners

17 partners from research and academia, industry, state and not-for-profit organizations drawn from seven countries. Altogether they have extensive experience in mining, geology, exploration, IT, social science and communication.

Agencia de Innovation y Desarrollo (IDEA), Anglo American Sakatti Oy, Arhus Geophysics, Atalaya Mining, ATClave, Cobre las Cruces, Dialogik, European Federation of Geologists (EFG), Fraunhofer IAO, GALSA (Geotech), Geognosia, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Oulu Mining School, SRK Exploration Services, Supracon, SYKE, University of Eastern Finland.

‘This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº 776487.’

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