About the event

We all share a vision of a world in which people and nature thrive. To meet this goal, and following growing public pressure, the European Commission launched a Green Deal – a roadmap for radical change to the way our economies function. The Green Deal must be supported by changes to our technologies and this transformation will be underpinned by critical raw materials most of which, at first, must be sourced from natural resources. 

Of course, developing an ongoing sustainable circular economy is the ultimate goal, but recycling cannot yet provide for the specific and urgent demands of energy transition and green growth. A new and holistic strategy is needed to source these materials whilst minimising environmental impacts, putting wider society first and delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This challenge includes competition on land and in the oceans between mineral extraction, other human activities and society’s values whilst protecting the ecosystem. A sustainable solution can only be achieved through dialogue, and all stakeholders must engage to define a framework for acceptable sourcing of raw materials. 

The EU H2020 funded INFACT and PACIFIC projects together with the Natural History Museum are proud to announce an event for December 3-4th 2020, where the public and representatives from NGOs, industry and research will interact and discuss these challenges.  This is a critical step in understanding how, together, we can bring about change and deliver a more sustainable future.

The discussions will cover:

  • the increasing need of raw materials for green energy supply 

  • critical metals for e-mobility (electric transport)

  • the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implications for raw materials demand

  • limits of the recycling (Circular Economy)

  • creating shared values and developing a role for society in deciding how mining might help to deliver United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (eg. Social licence to operate -SLO-, participation, regulation etc.) 

  • the question of a sustainable future for mineral production (automation, decarbonisation, "invisible" mines, digitalisation, information and communications technology)

Moderated forum will allow participants and the public to form unbiased and informed opinions.  

Organising committee

Jocelyn Fraser - University of British Columbia


Jocelyn Fraser is a post-doctoral fellow jointly appointed at the University of British Columbia’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, where she earned her PhD.  Her current work addresses social risk and social responsibility in the global mining sector, with a particular focus on community engagement, business models, and the ways in which mining can create shared value.

Nick Arndt - University Grenoble | PACIFIC 


Nicholas Arndt was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Canada in 1975. Following a year in an Australian mineral exploration company and academic positions in the United States, Canada, Australia and Germany, he became a Professor at the Université de Rennes 1, France, in 1990. In 1998 he moved to the Université de Grenoble. His research interests include petrology and geochemistry of mafic and ultramafic rocks, magmatic ore deposits, and the early-Earth environment. 
Professor Arndt’s professional activities include direction of an ICDP project “Scientific Drilling in the Barberton Belt” (2009- ), a Research Program of European Science Foundation “Archean Environment : the Habitat of Early Life” (2005-2010) ; member of the Science Committee of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (2008-2010) ; member of the Science Committee of CNRS Planetology Program (2009- ) ; President of the GMPV Division, European Geosciences Union (2011 - ) ; member of a Working Group on Raw Materials, French Ministry of Education ; director of the European Ore Deposits Initiative. He is an ISI “Highly cited researcher” ; Member of Academia Europaea ; Elected fellow of the Geochemical Society ; Senior member of the Institut Univérsitaire de France.

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Richard Herrington - Natural History Museum

As a researcher, Richard Herrington is investigating the behaviour of metals critical for our modern economy in earth systems. He is specifically focused on those metals concentrated by deep weathering processes in surface systems and have projects focused on looking at cobalt and rare earth metals in particular. Other interests include investigating the links between mineral deposit formation and the earths geodynamic history and the association of mineral deposit formation and biota in the deep ocean. His work involves collaboration with industry and the results of my research provide them with new information enabling better and more sustainable mining techniques to be considered. As current Head of Department he is keen to develop our staff and collections whilst facilitating their diverse science programme in line with the Science Strategy of the NHM.


Elizabeth Downey - Natural History Museum

In the face of the planetary emergency including biodiversity and habitat loss, climate change, pollution, water system and geological impacts, the Natural History Museum is working to create a future where both people and the planet thrive. With a background in life sciences and science communication, Elizabeth Downey leads the Natural History Museum’s scientific response to the Anthropocene, looking at ways in which the NHM can further develop its cutting-edge scientific research and use natural history collections to tackle the grand challenges we face and play a role in positive change for the health of the planet.


Saleem Ali - University of Delaware


Saleem H. Ali is the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware (USA); a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Queensland (Australia); and a Senior Fellow at Columbia University's Center on Sustainable Investment (USA). His research focuses on environmental security, climate diplomacy and industrial ecology, particularly involving extractive industries. Professor Ali's fieldwork experience has spanned over 100 countries on six continents for which he has also been named a National Geographic Explorer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His books include Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future, (Yale Univ. Press) and Environmental Diplomacy (with Lawrence Susskind, Oxford Univ. Press), as well as over 120 peer reviewed journal articles. Professor Ali received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from MIT, a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Tufts University (summa cum laude). He is a citizen of Australia, Pakistan and the United States. Saleem also serves as environmental systems science advisor to deep sea mining company Deep Green Metals.


Tobias Kind-Rieper - WWF

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Tobias Kind is the Global Lead for Mining and Metals at WWF. He is furthermore member of the advisory board on raw materials to the German Environmental Ministry and member in various EU projects and certifications and standards inititaive such as Re:Sourcing, ASI and many more. He has a Master in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin with a focus on Environmental Science. His publications focused on environmnetal footprints along supply chains to Germany and Europe in industry such as automtive and ICT (Iron Ore, Copper, Bauxite, Gold) with a special interest in small scale mining.


Jon Russill - SRK Exploration services | INFACT


Jon is a Principal Exploration Geologist with SRK Exploration Services Ltd. and has been with the company since 2008. He specialises in mineral target generation, exploration programme design, exploration management and technical reporting. He has worked on a wide range of commodities and projects, from grassroots exploration through to PFS level, and has a current focus on the Nordic region. His main interest lies in the exploration of minor metals and critical raw materials, and he is currently managing a major exploration programme for titanium, phosphate and vanadium in southern Norway. Jon manages SRK’s contribution to the EU-funded INFACT research project investigating how social and environmental acceptability can be enhanced through low impact exploration approaches, and is implementing the project’s findings in SRK’s exploration work to good effect.

Richard Gloaguen - Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resources Technology at HZDR | INFACT


Richard received the Ph.D. degree “Doctor Communitatis Europae” in marine geosciences from the University of Western Brittany, Brest, France, in collaboration with the Royal Holloway University of London, U.K., and Göttingen University, Germany, in 2000.

He was a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Royal Holloway University of London from 2000 to 2003. He led the Remote Sensing Group at University Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg, Germany, from 2003 to 2013. Since 2013, he has been leading the division “Exploration Technology” at the Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, Freiberg. He is currently involved in UAV-based multisource imaging, laser-induced fluorescence, and non-invasive exploration.

His research interests focus on multisource and multiscale remote sensing integration.


Leila Ajjabou - Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resources Technology at HZDR | INFACT

Leïla Ajjabou is a Geoscientist with 8 years experience in applied geoscience in natural resources. Leïla holds a M.Sc. in Geoscience Engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie de Nancy, France; with a major in Mineral Resources (2011). Today, Leïla is coordinating the Horizon 2020 research project INFACT at Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology in Germany - an EU initiative for more responsible practices in Mineral Exploration involving research, industry and academia.


Cathryn MacCallum - Sazani Associate's

Sazani Associates is a not for profit organisation, established to support sustainable livelihoods through education, training and technical support. Cathryn  one of the founding directors of Sazani Associates, with a PhD in sustainable livelihoods and adaptive capabilities from UCL, has  more than 25 years of experience and expertise in social performance and international development. As an ESG technical specialist to the natural resources sector, ranging from agriculture to renewable energy to mining, Cathryn has  applied her expertise in social performance to Due Diligence (DD), merger and acquisition audits, loan reviews, Independent Engineer Reviews (IERs) and managed numerous technical studies. Cathryn is also engaged with academia as well as a number of expert and policy forum contributing to align social performance and the mitigation of social risk with the sustainable development goals.


A close associate of the SRK family, Cathryn regularly provides technical advice and support  regarding social performance management to their projects and clients. 


Marko Komac - European Federation of Geologists

Assoc. Prof. Marko Komac, Ph.D., EurGeol #1294, currently an independent consultant, the President of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG), an external researcher at the Faculty for civil engineering at the University of Ljubljana, an Associate Professor for GIS at University of Nova Gorica and a Member of the Intraw Observatory Board as the Treasurer. From 2006 to 2014 Marko was the director of the Geological Survey of Slovenia where he also worked as a part-time researcher. From November 2016 to May 2019 Marko was the member of the Board of EFG, where he served as the External Relations Officer. From 2012 to 2016 he was a Vice-President of the IUGS, and in years 2011 and 2012 he was the President of the EuroGeoSurveys. He has more than 22-year experiences in the field of landslide analyses, geographical information systems (GIS), application of remote sensing in geology, spatial analyses and modelling, geostatistics, mass-movements analyses, management of organisations and teams, and international networking. Currently he’s involved in several EU-funded geological projects. He's an author or co-author of over 500 bibliographic units mainly from the above listed research areas and several times IronMan 70.3 finisher.