We will discuss whether Europe can, or should, produce more of the mineral products that it consumes.

The economic, societal, environmental arguments for more domestic production; the types and amounts of minerals that could be mined; the measures that could be taken to promote such a project; and the risks and pitfalls that might make it impossible or of only limited success.

  • What are the benefits and problems associated with more mining in Europe?

  • What kind of mining is possible and what’s not? Which metals, which regions, which methods?

  • What volumes of metals could be produced in Europe? To what extent could this limit imports?

  • What are the benefits to up- and downstream companies?

  • Civil society perspectives

Keynote speaker


Karen Hanghøj holds a PhD in Geology from University of Copenhagen and has worked with research on geological processes in the lower crust and mantle and their associated mineral deposits. Karen joined the British Geological Survey from EIT RawMaterials, and previous roles include Head of Department at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Research roles at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Columbia University, and consultant to the mineral exploration industry. She is a member of a range of international advisory committees and working groups.

Karen Hanghøj - Director

British Geological Survey



Georgette Barnes Sakyi-Addo - President

Woman in Mining Africa

Georgette B. Sakyi-Addo is a mining entrepreneur who studied mining aw & policy at the University of Ghana and established her own locally owned mining & exploration supplies company. She is the current President of the Association of Women in Mining in Africa and was selected as Global Inspirational Woman in Mining by WIM UK and as Female Entrepreneur of the Year by Invest in Africa, an NGO championing African-owned SMEs across the continent.

She established and volunteers for Women in Mining (Ghana) and the Accra Mining Network. Her interests include local content, economic linkages, value addition in the mining sector, and diversity. She has co-authored publications in artisanal and small-scale mining.