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Innovative, Non-Invasive and Fully Acceptable Exploration Technologies

Brief description

The EU is one of the world's major consumers of mineral and metalliferous raw materials of which the demand can be expected to rise considerably in the future. The EU INFACT project aims at contributing to raw materials security in the European Union by way of invigorating Europe as a destination for exploration.

The project partners envisage to change raw material exploration in a way that it becomes socially accepted, environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced. Also, the INFACT project will lead to re-assessing the mineral potential within Europe.

The researchers will develop innovative exploration technologies and processes which are less invasive than classical methods and promise to penetrate new depths, reach new sensitivities and resolve new physical properties. The project addresses also the geological survey platforms from which the technologies are used, focusing on multi-sensor drones, which integrate multiple exploration methods and are expected to be one of the most disruptive innovations in mineral exploration.

DIALOGIK contribution

  • Chair and coordination of stakeholder engagement and public dialogue in three reference regions (WP2)
  • Dissemination activities and training, lecturing at Universities, innovative tools of public participation, online engagement, focus groups, interviews, round tables

Project 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 Geo, Atalaya Mining, ATClave, Cobre las Cruces, Dialogik, European Federation of Geologists (EFG), Fraunhofer IAO, GALSA (Geotech), Geognosia, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Koordinator), Oulu Mining School, SRK Exploration Services, Supracon, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, University of Eastern Finland.