Minerals in Circular Economy conference (MINCE) in Finland
28/11/2014 - 09:00
The first international research conference on Minerals in the Circular Economy took place from 26 to 27 of November in Aalto, Finland. The conference covers research area on tools and methods that apply for the whole mineral value chain from the extraction to the user and further to recycling. The main conference themes are:
- Mineral resources and sustainable mining;
- Recycling and recovery of valuable raw materials;
- Material design and substitution of critical raw materials;
- Innovation and policy in the mineral economy.
Dr. Aurela Shtiza presented the contribution “Addressing societal challenges and opportunities through STOICISM: an industrial mineral focused FP7 project”. Her contribution presents the status of the actions and deliverables of the project through the first 2 years including the geological assessment of the deposit, identification of impurities and processing, recovery of rare earth from wastes as well as the status of the assessment for the life cycle analysis for various industrial minerals.
A central objective of the conference is to offer junior and senior researchers a possibility to present their recent research and to network beyond their usual sphere of research in solving problems related to sustainable use of mineral raw materials as well as the link of their research with Knowledge Innovation Community for Raw Materials (KIC-RM).