Consortium partners


University of Miskolc (UNIM) logo

Institution: University of Miskolc
Contact person: Norbert Zajzon ()
Summary: The University of Miskolc is the largest higher educational institution in Hungary. It has eight faculties, roughly 10,000 students, and about 1500 full-time academic staff. With its highly qualified academic staff, well-equipped laboratories, instruments and equipment, the University is a major research centre of national scientific research and technical development. The series of research activities going on at the university comprise fundamental, applied and development research in the following fields: natural, technical, social and medical sciences, as well as the humanities and arts.


Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS) logo

Institution: Geological Survey of Slovenia
Contact person: Gorazd Žibret ()
Summary: The Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS) is a public research-organisation with a 70-year history and 90 employees. GeoZS conducts basic and applied research, provides public services in the fields of mineral resource management and drinking water conservation, acts in the market and participates in various international projects. Our research topics include: environmental studies, mineral resources, data mining in earth sciences, water conservation, IT and other GIS services, geological and thematic mapping, remote sensing, geothermal and hydroelectric energy and geohazards.


Institution: Tampere University of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Systems
Contact person: Jussi Aaltonen ()
Summary: Tampere University of Technology (TUT) conducts research in the fields of technology and architecture and provides university education based on this research. The University combines a strong tradition of research in the fields of natural sciences and engineering with research related to industry and business. TUT is a sought-after partner for collaborative research and development projects with business and industry and a fertile breeding ground for innovation and new research- and knowledge-based companies.


Institution: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Contact person: Claudio Rossi ()
Summary: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the largest Spanish technological university as well as a renowned European institution. With two recognitions as Campus of International Excellence, it is outstanding in its research activity together with its training of highly-qualified professionals, competitive at an international level. More than 2,400 researchers carry out their activity at the UPM, grouped in 216 Research Groups, 16 Research Centers and 55 Laboratories, all of them committed to transforming the knowledge generated into advances applied to their corresponding production sector.


Institution: La Palma Research Centre for Future Studies
Contact person: Balázs Bodo ()
Summary: La Palma Research Centre is an independent, internationally active geoscience think-tank headquartered in Spain. LPRC works in the intersection of minerals, ICT and public awareness raising related to geosciences. With the help of technology foresights, the Centre assesses the long-term future of converging technologies with the aim to identify the emerging innovations that are likely to produce the greatest economic and social benefits.



Institution: Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência
Contact person: Eduardo Silva ()
Summary: INESCTEC is a private non-profit research institution aggregating more than 750 researchers (300 PhD) from universities and polytechnic institutes of Northern Portugal. It is a laboratory of excellence covering basic research to technology transfer in multiple engineering areas with 13 R&D centres and one Associate Unit covering robotics, power systems, photonics, telecommunications, production systems, biomedical engineering, artificial intelligence, and reliable and advanced software systems.
In this project the main contributions will be made by the Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems. The robotics and autonomous systems centre conducts research and development activities in autonomous robotic systems, mobile robotics and mobile multi-robot systems for inspection, monitoring and mapping, with applications in security, power systems, environment, aquaculture, oceanography, marine biology, resource extraction, among other sectors. These activities are supported by the research in perception, navigation, control, localisation, coordination, and automatic data collection and processing.


4d coders (RCI) logo

Institution: Resources Computing International Ltd (4dcoders)
Contact person: Stephen Henley ()
Summary: RCI/4dcoders is a consortium of software developers with a particular interest and experience in solutions for use in geosciences and the minerals industry.

They include:

  • James Tweedie of GeoMEM, whose software development focuses on control applications for industrial devices, in particular, borehole survey instruments and laboratory systems.
  • Hilco van Moerkerk of GeoReka!, developing advanced 3D modelling and visualisation software solutions for exploration, mining, and quarrying applications.
  • Mike McLoughlin of Rockmate, specialising in photogrammetry, laser scanning, and geotechnical applications for quarries and mines
  • Stephen Henley of RCI,working on database management applications, 2D and 3D modelling, and multivariate statistics

All four have a common interest in software interoperability, and the development and use of data transfer standards.


Ecton Mine Educational Trust (EMET) logo

Institution: Ecton Mine Educational Trust
Contact person: Peter Huxtable ()
Summary: Ecton is a historic mining area, once one of the foremost mines in the British Isles, now a Scheduled Monument and a valuable educational resource.  The principal aim of the Ecton Mine Educational Trust is to promote education in applied geology, mining and mineral extraction.


Institution: European Federation of Geologists
Contact person: Isabel Fernandez ()
Summary: The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) is a not-for-profit organisation instituted to represent the professions of geology in Europe, especially to the European Union (EU) and its various organisations. By promoting excellence in the application of geoscience, by supporting research and teaching that underpins it, and also by creating public awareness of the importance of geoscience to society, EFG contributes to protection of the environment, public safety and responsible exploitation of natural resources. Based in Brussels, EFG represents today over 50,000 geoscientists from 24 European countries.


Geo-Montan (GEOM) logo

Institution: Geo-Montan Ltd
Contact person: Janos Horvath ()
Summary: Geo-Montan is an independent, internationally active geoscience research company, based in Budapest. The firm was founded
in 1982, specialized in geological services The main activities of the company include studies and surveys related to mining, geology, ecology and renewable energies. The company has extended its expertise for environmental impact assessment, research for mineral sources, prospecting raw materials, mapping, consulting, geological researching and explorations, planning, carrying out and monitoring geological, geophysical and hydrological projects.


Institution: Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro, S.A.
Contact person: Jorge Ribeiro ()
Summary: EDM is a private company owned by the Portuguese State. It is responsible for the environmental remediation of the former Portuguese mining sites. It also develops exploration activities of mineral deposits.


IDRIJA Mercury Heritage Management Centre logo

Institution: Idrija Mercury Heritage Management Centre
Contact person: Tatjana Dizdarevič ()
Summary: The CUDHg public institute was founded with the decision of the Slovene government as the direct successor of the Idrija Mercury Mine aiming for a comprehensive and sustainable management and preservation of cultural heritage and natural values linked to the Idrija ore deposit as well as maintenance of unflooded part of the mine and monitoring of the influenced area of the mine.