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The INFACT business model

The INFACT business model

The world is becoming more conscious about how their behavior today affects generations of tomorrow. Today, more people demand for a reduced impact on the social and physical environment than ever before and this trend is increasing - starting at the top of the supply...

Fostering international collaboration on airborne geophysics

Fostering international collaboration on airborne geophysics

In December 2019 Hernan Ugalde and Bill Morris were hosted by the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) for one week of research and collaboration on integration and advanced processing of airborne geophysical data including  Supracon’s Full...

Sustainable exploration from the air (HZDR Press release)

Sustainable exploration from the air (HZDR Press release)

HZDR researchers evaluate the efficiency of environmentally friendly raw material exploration The firms SkyTEM and CGG Multi-Physics are currently testing new methods for environmentally friendly raw material exploration in the southern reference area of the EU...

INFACT Operational Team meeting in Oulu

INFACT Operational Team meeting in Oulu

The INFACT partners recently met in Oulu at the Operational Team meeting. The main topics for discussion were the business model, collected datasets, and the INFACT narrative 🤝 The two day meeting started with an introduction by the coordinator, Leila Ajjabou...

Learn more about INFACT at the EU booth during PDAC 2020

Learn more about INFACT at the EU booth during PDAC 2020

Visit the EU booth during PDAC to learn more about INFACT! PDAC, the World’s Premier Mineral Exploration & Mining Convention is the leading convention for people, companies and organisations in, or connected with, mineral exploration. In addition to meeting over...

INFACT project presents its fourth newsletter

INFACT project presents its fourth newsletter

In this new edition of the INFACT newsletter you can read about: The INFACT movie, #INFACTalks on a Shared Vision, Social Licence to Operate, CRMs, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues. INFACT Winter School on Mineral exploration in Europe and in...

INFACTalks: Environmental, Social and Governance

INFACTalks: Environmental, Social and Governance

​Once known as corporate social and environmental responsibility and performance, so-called Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues play a big role for mineral exploration projects. This includes areas such as biodiversity, water use, climate change, human...

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...

INFACTalks: Critical Raw Materials

INFACTalks: Critical Raw Materials

The running theme in this second edition of #INFACTalks is how can the raw materials defined as critical to the sustainable functioning of the European economy be sourced and extracted in a socially and environmentally acceptable way in Europe. The talk moves from the...

INFACTalks: A shared vision

INFACTalks: A shared vision

We are glad to introduce #INFACTalks, a series of four web talks conducted with experts from the fields of mineral exploration, mining, earth sciences and social sciences. Dr. Cathryn MacCallum from SRK had the pleasure to talk to: Dr Robert Boutilier –Stakeholder...

Public acceptance of mining activities debated at the Raw Materials Week

Public acceptance of mining activities debated at the Raw Materials Week

In the framework of the EU Raw Materials Week, the INFACT project co-organised  a satellite event on the 22 November:  “Public Acceptance and Social Impact of Mining and Mineral Recycling in Europe”. INFACT was part of a cluster of EU Horizon 2020 funded projects...

A new future for mineral exploration

A new future for mineral exploration

Press release I November 2019 I With demand for raw materials higher than ever in Europe, so grew the discrepancies between the need for mining and the social reluctance. The INFACT Horizon 2020 project set out to unlock the unfavourable status of mineral extraction...

EIT Raw Materials event and FEM conference, Levi

EIT Raw Materials event and FEM conference, Levi

On 28 & 29th Oct, Richard Gloaguen and Leila Ajjabou (HZDR) attended the EIT Raw Materials event in Levi (Finnish Lapland) and then stayed  to participate to the FEM conference on the 29th and 30th Oct. During the EIT event, we mostly had the opportunity to hear...

SAGA 2019

SAGA 2019

SAGA 2019 is the biennial meeting of the exploration and mining geophysical community. It was held in Durban, South Africa, from 6 to 9th October. Participants mostly came from South-Africa, Canada and Australia but Europe was represented through its technology...

Mining and Minerals Hall, Seville

Mining and Minerals Hall, Seville

INFACT has been presented today by Isla Fernandez, Geognosia, at the Mining and Minerals Hall in Seville, Spain. Her presentation on “The commitment between the technical, social and environmental factors in mining exploration, INFACT project” was part of a technical...

INFACT was presented at the Smart Mining Conference, South Africa

INFACT was presented at the Smart Mining Conference, South Africa

Juha Kotilainen, from INFACT partner University of Eastern Finland, joined the Smart Mining, Smart Environment, Smart Society Conference, earlier in July 2019, in South Africa, in Midrand near Johannesburg. He presented results of his research and experiences from...

INFACT’s geophysical exploration campaign in Andalusia

INFACT’s geophysical exploration campaign in Andalusia

INFACT’s geophysical exploration campaign in Andalusia using helicopter and drones took place in the first half of April 2019. These activities were carried out in two areas, one around Cobre Las Cruces in the Gerena-Guillena municipalities and the other in the...

INFACT at SAGA2019

INFACT at SAGA2019

It has been an incredible week for INFACT at the 2019 SAGA conference and exhibition in Durban, South Africa: Andrea Viezzoli from Aarhus Geophysics gave a keynote presentation on “IP effects demand rethinking the time-depth relationship and sensitivity in TDEM...

Towards an INFACT quality label for Sustainable Mineral Exploration

Towards an INFACT quality label for Sustainable Mineral Exploration

INFACT is a community of people working together to achieve a new vision for mineral exploration in Europe: a less invasive exploration that would take into account the proven technical performances of an exploration technology as well as its environmental footprint...

Geological 3D model of INFACT’s German reference site

Geological 3D model of INFACT’s German reference site

This video shows a geological 3D model of Geyer, which is one of the three INFACT reference areas. Geyer is located in the Erzgebirge, a mountain range in eastern Germany. The region is known for its long mining history of ore deposits containing tin, zinc, tungsten,...

INFACT @AGU-SEG Airborne Geophysics Workshop

INFACT @AGU-SEG Airborne Geophysics Workshop

INFACT partner Andrea Viezzoli from Aarhus Geophysics recently gave a presentation on Airborne IP effects during the AGU-SEG Airborne Geophysics Workshop in Davie, Florida. In his presentation, Andrea explains the basic principles of Airborne IP effects in time domain...

RESTORE summer school

RESTORE summer school

Interdisciplinary, intercultural and committed attributes that describe the INFACT consortium as well as the participants, organizers and lecturers of the RESTORE (Researching Social Theories, Resources, and Environment) Summer School in Dublin. On the occasion of the...

Press release: Sustainable mineral exploration in the EU

Press release: Sustainable mineral exploration in the EU

Press release I July 2019 I The EU-funded INFACT project recently collected a set of new geoscience data through airborne electromagnetic (AEM) surveys in southern Spain. The Horizon 2020 project aims to develop first-of-its-kind European “reference sites” for...

INFACT @AIMS

INFACT @AIMS

Last week, INFACT project partners Tuija Mononen (UEF) and Ludger Benighaus (DIALOGIK) presented selected results from recent INFACT research on social acceptance of mining and mineral exploration at the annual “AIMS Future of mines conference 2019" in Aachen,...

INFACT presented at BVÖ meeting in Austria

INFACT presented at BVÖ meeting in Austria

INFACT has been presented last week by Marko Komac (EFG President and INFACT WP leader on Dissemination and Outreach) at the annual meeting of the Austrian Mining Association BVÖ, held in Krems (Austria) from 28th to 29th May 2019. The meeting was attended by...

INFACT training on the processing of airborne electromagnetic data

INFACT training on the processing of airborne electromagnetic data

Two early-career geophysicists involved in INFACT - Joan Marie Blanco, HZDR and Jouni Nevalainen, OMS – have followed last week a training session on the processing of airborne electromagnetic (EM) data provided by Andrea Viezzoli in the premises of Aarhus Geophysics...

INFACT at Mines and Technology

INFACT at Mines and Technology

Richard Gloaguen, the scientific coordinator of INFACT, was invited to present the project at the Mines and Technology conference in Helsinki on 27 and 28 May 2019. Project partner Anglo American Sakatti is also represented at the event as a key actor of Finland's...

Agreement with Seequent on use of Leapfrog Geo software

Agreement with Seequent on use of Leapfrog Geo software

The INFACT project and Seequent recently made an agreement on the use of Leapfrog Geo software, a powerful 3D geological modelling tool enabling geologists of the project to make different hypotheses and improve their understanding of the very diverse geological...

INFACT completes VTEM Max survey at Rio Tinto

INFACT completes VTEM Max survey at Rio Tinto

As part of its data acquisition campaign at the Spanish reference site, the INFACT project has recently completed a VTEM Max survey in the area of Rio Tinto (Andalusia) which allowed to acquire 195 km of data. Complementary with these data collection efforts, a public...

Further steps completed to establish INFACT reference site in Spain

Further steps completed to establish INFACT reference site in Spain

These days, the INFACT project team is extremely busy in Andalusia, in the south of Spain, pursuing its efforts to set up a reference site in the area of Seville. Similarly to the activities performed at the Finnish and German sites in summer 2018, this encompasses,...

INFACT @ PDAC

INFACT @ PDAC

PDAC, the World’s Premier Mineral Exploration & Mining Convention, is an annual conference attracting exhibitors, investors, analysts, mining executives, geologists and government officials from all over the world. From 3 to 6 March, the show has gathered more...

INFACT project presents its third newsletter

INFACT project presents its third newsletter

In this new edition of the INFACT newsletter you can read about: The INFACT consortium meeting - outcomes and lessons learned INFACT - key numbers and current status after Year 1 Where to meet the project team this spring? Next steps - INFACT campaign in Spain You can...

Lessons of Communication from the Consortium meeting

Lessons of Communication from the Consortium meeting

During the final week of January 2019, the INFACT project assembled for its yearly consortium meeting. This time it was held at the Finnish Environment Institute, in Helsinki, Finland, where we assessed our work in the first year and started preparing for the coming...

INFACT Data Integration Workshop

INFACT Data Integration Workshop

The quality and overlap of technical data acquired within the INFACT project will provide a unique research resource for innovative integration of these data. Hosted by EIT Raw Materials, the INFACT project is therefore organising a Data Integration Workshop in...

INFACT partners gathered in Helsinki to review progress on tasks

INFACT partners gathered in Helsinki to review progress on tasks

Periodic project consortium meetings allow to review the progress on project tasks and enhance networking among the partners. This was also the overarching aim for the INFACT team which met in Helsinki, Finland, at the end of January, kindly hosted by the Finnish...

INFACT at INTMET Clustering Conference

INFACT at INTMET Clustering Conference

On 23 January 2019, the INFACT project has been presented at the INTMET Clustering Conference - Fostering Innovation in the Iberian Pyrite Belt. The aim of this clustering event organised by the INTMET project was to facilitate the meeting of innovation agents and the...

Survey: Future users of the INFACT Reference Sites

Survey: Future users of the INFACT Reference Sites

INFACT is a Horizon2020 project funded by the EU to investigate the barriers to mineral exploration in Europe. Part of this involves establishing three Reference Sites for mineral exploration methods. These will be permanently available to use for testing, calibrating...

INFACT newsletter #2

INFACT newsletter #2

The INFACT project is developing and testing sustainable minerals exploration technologies with the active engagement of stakeholders. For this purpose, flight campaigns took place in the project's Finnish and German reference regions last summer. INFACT has recently...

INFACT presented at 10th MGEI Annual Meeting

INFACT presented at 10th MGEI Annual Meeting

EFG President-elect Marko Komac has presented the INFACT project on 6 December 2018 during the 10th Annual Meeting of the Indonesian Society of Economic Geologists (MGEI) in Makassar, Indonesia. The conference was attended by more than 150 persons and a lively debate...

“Mining and Development” expert workshop

“Mining and Development” expert workshop

On 26 November 2018, an expert workshop on “Mining and Development” has been organised by project partner Asistencias Técnicas CLAVE close to INFACT’s Spanish reference site in Seville. The workshop has been organised within the scope of the project’s stakeholder...

Ground EM acquisition campaign in the south of Spain (Oct. 2018)

Ground EM acquisition campaign in the south of Spain (Oct. 2018)

During early October, the ground acquisition of EM data took place near Gerena (Spain) in an area under permission of Cobre Las Cruces Mine (First Quantum Minerals). This site is one of the two in Spain where the INFACT Project will acquire airborne geophysical data,...

Airborne EM methods and farewell Finland – #04 INFACT Campaign 2018

Airborne EM methods and farewell Finland – #04 INFACT Campaign 2018

After the aeromagnetic acquisition with the Jessy Star system (Supracon) finished, Geotech proceeded to test and fly their Versatile Time-domain EM system (VTEM™ ET), but their work in Sodankylä started days before that. Garth, Armand, and Ben...

Viiankiaapa – #03 INFACT Campaign 2018

Viiankiaapa – #03 INFACT Campaign 2018

During our stay at the Finish Lapland we paid a visit to Viiankiaapa, a 65.95 km2 EU Natura 2000 and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) special protected area. Viiankiaapa’s ecosystem is a bog, or wetland waterlogged only by...

First times – #01 INFACT Campaign 2018

First times – #01 INFACT Campaign 2018

For some people at the Sodankylä airport in Finland it was a regular day at the job, whether it consisted on taking a helicopter to fly for a new mission, assembling sensors for an airborne geophysical acquisition campaign, inspecting the helicopter to...

Stakeholder and citizens meetings in Geyer, Sakatti and Seville

Stakeholder and citizens meetings in Geyer, Sakatti and Seville

INFACT aims at combining the development and test of innovative, non-invasive minerals exploration technologies with an assessment of their social acceptance. For this purpose, three reference sites will be established in Germany (Geyer), Finland (Sakatti) and Spain...

INFACT stakeholder meeting in Spain

INFACT stakeholder meeting in Spain

On 2 and 3 June 2018 the INFACT project partners met in Seville, Spain, with the aim to start the process of developing a Business Model for Exploration Phase. The workshop was organised by project partner IDEA and attended by 12 local and regional stakeholders,...

INFACT Operation Team Meeting

INFACT Operation Team Meeting

The INFACT project’s Operational Team met in Wolkenstein, Germany, from the 16th until the 18th of April 2018 in order to review the work carried out so far and discuss further steps ahead. INFACT is an EU-funded project that started last November 2017. The 3-years...

Research Associate/Postdoc (m/f) in Geophysics

Research Associate/Postdoc (m/f) in Geophysics

In the framework of the Horizon 2020 funded INFACT project, the project coordinator, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, is looking for a research associate/postdoc in the field of geophysics. The...

Stay tuned and follow INFACT via the social media!

Stay tuned and follow INFACT via the social media!

The INFACT project is now present in the social media and, to stay tuned, we invite you to follow the project on the different channels. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Instagram To receive updated information on the project’s activities you can also subscribe...

INFACT officially kicked off in Berlin

INFACT officially kicked off in Berlin

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...

‘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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