Minerals exploration and resource characterisation: new trends and advances

  • Minerals prospecting
  • Hydrocarbons exploration
  • Raw materials resource assessment
  • Advances in geostatistics, remote sensing and GIS applications in
    minerals exploration and resource characterisation
  • Minerals and metals characterisation: novel methods and
  • Aggregates and natural stones characterisation

Mining: trends and perspectives

  • Mine planning, scheduling and optimisation
  • Investment planning, project evaluation and management
  • Mine of the future and transition to Industry 4.0
  • Smart mining: autonomous systems and the Internet of Things
  • Mining in challenging environments
  • Social and economic impact of mining
  • Risk management in the mining sector
  • Hydrocarbons extraction
  • Aggregates: extraction, processing, uses and recycling
  • Natural stones quarrying and processing methods

Mineral processing

  • Advances – New equipment in ore beneficiation
  • Processing of mining / metallurgical waste and end-of-life
    products for metals recovery
  • Water management

Sustainable Metallurgy

  • Advances in pyro-, hydro- and biohydro-metallurgy
  • Recovery of elements from mining/metallurgical waste and byproducts
  • New trends on critical and noble elements recovery from mining,
    metallurgical and urban waste
  • Refractories: innovations and advances
  • Computational thermodynamics and kinetics
  • Electrometallurgy (electrorefining and electrowinning)
  • Solvometallurgy
  • Archaeometallurgy
  • Industry 4.0
  • Decarbonation of metallurgical processes

Industrial Minerals

  • New processing technologies
  • Advanced exploration techniques
  • Recycling and reuse of industrial minerals: the circular economy
  • Industrial clays and their applications
  • Environmental applications, products, and technologies
  • Construction industry applications
  • Industrial minerals in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics
  • Industrial minerals for the extraction of critical and strategic

Environment, Energy and Sustainability

  • Mining sites: environmental monitoring, assessment, and management
  • Mine closure and land reclamation – Historical mine sites rehabilitation
  • Mining in protected areas: ecosystems assessment, restoration, and management
  • Social licensing for mining projects
  • Risk analysis and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Mining/metallurgical waste management
  • Waste characterisation and treatment of waste, effluents, soil and groundwater polluted by mining activities
  • Nano-materials: technologies for environmental applications
  • Carbon footprint of the raw materials value chain
  • Energy savings in the mining and metallurgy sector
  • Use of alternative fuels (renewables, hydrogen, etc.) in metallurgical plants
  • Green minerals / wastes for energy storage

Reuse-Recycling and Valorisation

  • New and innovative uses for by-products and waste of the mining/metallurgical Industry
  • Industrial symbiosis
  • Construction and demolition waste
  • End-of-life products recycling


  • Future of education: artificial intelligence in education, ICT-based education
  • Lifelong learning and mentoring
  • STEM in geomaterials and metals teaching
  • Geomaterials and metals in curriculum: Teaching Strategies
  • Women in Geosciences and Geoengineering Education and Research

EU Strategy / Circular economy

  • Critical and technologically important raw materials: current situation and prospects
  • Roadmap for the transition to a circular economy
  • Product design in the circular economy: substitution of critical and toxic raw materials
  • Role of raw materials in the EU Green Deal and other initiatives – Decarbonation
  • Resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes
  • New regulatory framework for EIAs and Strategic EIAs

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

  • OHS hazards, identification, evaluation and control – emerging hazards
  • OHS management systems, indicators and measurement techniques
  • OHS culture building (leadership, motivation, education, training, inspection, auditing)
  • Regulations of mine safety and health, safety compliance enhancement and productivity improvement
  • Mine safety and health innovative technologies (robots and automation, proximity detection systems, wearable devices, RFID, drones, worksite simulators)

Greece-specific issues

  • Present state and future of the Greek mining and metallurgical sector
  • Role of SMEs and spin-offs in the mining and metallurgical sector
  • Geothermal Energy in Greece
  • Greek marble sector
  • Mining history and minerals/stones used in antiquity
  • The mining and metallurgical industry of Greece: Legislation, statistics and societal issues
  • Greek type locality minerals
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