Annual Conference 2018

The MIN-GUIDE Annual Conference 2018, entitled “The Future Perspective of Minerals Production in the Circular Economy”, took place in Brussels, Belgium on 11-12 December 2018 at the NH Brussels Bloom.

The Annual Conference 2018 was the final conference of the MIN-GUIDE project, key actors from across Europe were present to discuss and reflect on MIN-GUIDE activities and results from the last three years.

The last Annual Conference provided insights into the key project results and policy recommendations to move towards an innovation-friendly policy framework in the context of the Circular Economy.


Supporting Europe's transition to a circular economy requires concerted action from both an innovation and mineral production perspective. The MIN-GUIDE project has been following this ambition during the last three years by investigating Europe’s sustainable mining innovation trends and how to foster them through an effective policy framework.

The first conference day included keynote presentations and interactive sessions that discussed MIN-GUIDE project outcomes and recommendations in the context of the circular economy on the following topics:

  1. Mining value chain innovations and what role policy can play for innovation transfer,
  2. Minerals policy governance and policy-making for a more integrated, transparent, and effective policy delivery, and
  3. The requirements for minerals production data systematisation and standardisation.

On the second day of the conference, participants explored, in a multi-stakeholder and interactive setting, how the future of minerals production will be shaped in the Circular Economy.

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All the presentations of the Annual Conference 2018 can be found below:

Day 1: 11 Dec 2018

Opening and Orientation

  1. Welcome address and introduction to the Conference: Minerals Policy, Innovation and the Circular Economy – Andreas Endl, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
  2. MIN-GUIDE’s Contribution to an Innovation-Friendly and Effective Minerals Policy in Europe – Dimitrios Biliouris, Project Advisor, European Commission, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)
  3. Update on EU Raw Materials and Minerals Policy and the Relation to the Circular Economy Package – Peter Handley,  Head of Unit, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, DG GROW, European Commission

Session 1: Mining Value Chain Innovations and the Role of Policy – Results & Recommendations from the MIN-GUIDE Project

  1. Innovations and the Role of Policy in Exploration and Extraction – Michael Tost, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
  2. Innovations and the Role of Policy in Deep Sea Mining – Luis Pinheiro,  University of Aveiro, Portugal
  3. Innovations and the Role of Policy in Mineral and Metallurgical Processing – Jan Rosenkranz, Division of Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
  4. Innovations and the Role of Policy in Waste Management and Mine Closure – Maria Taxiarchou , National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Session 2: Minerals Policy and Governance in Europe – Results and Recommendations from the MIN-GUIDE Project

  1. Minerals Policy Governance at the EU Level and in the EU Member States: Overview and Good Practices – Andreas Endl, Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business,  Austria
  2. The MIN-GUIDE Online Guide: The Make-up of Minerals Policies in Europe – Stocktaking and Describing the Situation at the EU and Member States Level – Riikka Aaltonen,  Senior Adviser, Mineral Policy, Ministry for Economy Affairs and Employment, Finland

Session 3: Raw Material Knowledge Needs and Digitalisation

  1.  Raw Materials Knowledge and Information Base in Europe – Results from the MIN-GUIDE project – Manuel Regueiro, Spanish Geological Survey (IGME), Spain
  2. The Raw Materials Information System (RMIS) – Current status and gaps in the EU mineral data and knowledge – Simone Manfredi, Work Package Leader of the RMIS Development, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Day 2: 12 Dec 2018

Session 4: Raw Materials and Minerals and the Circular Economy

  1. Circular Business Models: How Industry Implements the Circular Economy in Practice Johan Frishammar , Division of Business Administration and Industrial Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Panel Discussion: Raw Materials, the Mining Sector and the Circular Economy – Changes and Challenges

  1. Diamantoula Lampou, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Greece
  2. Thilo Juchem, European Aggregates Association (UEPG)