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Minerals in Circular Economy (MINCE)

Innopoli 2, Espoo, Finland

​First international conference on minerals in Circular Economy organised by VTT Technological Research Centre of Finland, GTK Geological Survey of Finland, Aalto University, University of Oulu 26-27 November 2014


The modern society is based on using mineral commodities: their total consumption correlates with economic growth and urbanization. Due to population growth on the global level, the total consumption of mineral raw materials is expected to increase. At the same time, the transition towards a circular economy plays a key role in decreasing per capita consumption of minerals. For this transition to happen, top class scientific research that allows for knowledge transfer between different segments of the mineral value chain is required. Sustainable mining, enhanced material recovery, better material and product design, and sustainable resource policies are all essential parts of the science to meet the demands of the circular economy. They are also closely supported by the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials and the upcoming Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on raw materials, which aim to improve the mineral sector’s possibilities for sustainable growth, creating more jobs in Europe and securing the European industries’ raw material needs.

The first international research conference on Minerals in the Circular Economy brings together researchers from identified hot spots along the mineral value chain. A central purpose of the conference is to offer junior and senior researchers alike 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. The conference covers a significant research area on tools and methods that apply for the whole mineral value chain from the mine to the user and further to recycling.


Mr Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Unit, European Commission Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry
Professor Jean-Claude Bünzli, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
Dr Karel Van Acker, KU Leuven
Professor Pekka Nurmi, Geological Survey of Finland
Professor Kari Heiskanen, Aalto University ​