The 2020 SINReM cohort participated in this year’s Mining Exploration Day on February 26, 2021. The one-day event was hosted online by Pauline Jeanneret as a part of the Georesource Exploration course at Uppsala University. Students heard from government and industry organizations about past and ongoing mineral explorations in Sweden and other parts of the world. Erika Ingvald, for the Geological Survey of Sweden, spoke about mineral resources in Sweden and the importance and intricacies of the permitting process. Per Storm, from EIT RawMaterials North, shared the junior mining company’s perspective in exploration in Sweden. Students also learned about three Swedish based mining companies, Zinkgruvan, Boliden and LKAB, regarding their current operations, discoveries and current exploration plans as well as Orano’s Uranium exploration and mining in Canada. The session was tailored to allow students to learn about mineral exploration techniques and challenges, as well as deposit types across different geological settings. This was also a continuation of what was taught during the Georesource Exploration course. This event was also attended by the 2019 SINReM cohort and other students enrolled in the Geology master’s program at Uppsala University.
Overall, the Mining Exploration Day was a success! Students learned about many important aspects of georesource exploration and had the opportunity to engage and ask questions to experienced professionals working in the field. This event provided insightful discussions and networking opportunities for SINReM students interested in working in the georesource exploration field.