UNESCO Lecture Series: Earth Materials for a Sustainable and Thriving Society

The IUGS and iCRAG have organized an upcoming UNESCO online lecture series on Earth Materials for a Sustainable and Thriving Society.  Recognized global experts will present about how minerals and other Earth materials are part of the development of a sustainable global society while respecting the natural world.  The lectures are framed in context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and aim to boost the broad knowledge of sustainability and Earth materials.

All lectures are free to attend and will include live Q&A sessions with the presenters.  All sessions will be conducted in English, but live captioning in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Swahili, and Hindi will be available.

Please see below or the attached flyer for more details.  

To register and for the latest updates, visit https://bit.ly/UNESCOLectures

If you have any questions, please email unescolectures@icrag-centre.org.

The planned lectures are:

Earth materials: the foundation for development

Review of historical and present-day mineral demand and its connections to the economy and technology

26 January 2021
Start time: 05.00 (Vancouver) * 08.00 (Toronto, Lima) * 13.00 (London) * 14.00 (Paris, Lagos) * 15.00 (Johannesburg) * 16.00 (Nairobi) * 18.30 (Mumbai) * 19.00 (Dhaka) * 21.00 (Beijing) * 22.00 (Tokyo) * 00.00+1 (Sydney).

  • Dr Larry Meinert, Meinert Consulting LLC, Delaware, USA.
  • Dr Nellie Mutemeri, Mining Practice Lead, Mutemeri Consulting and Associate Professor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Climate neutrality, the circular economy, and earth materials

Reimagining metal supply to meet demand and societal expectations

2 February 2021
Start time: 07.00 (Vancouver) * 10.00 (Toronto, Lima) * 15.00 (London) * 16.00 (Paris, Lagos) * 17.00 (Johannesburg) * 18.00 (Nairobi) * 20.30 (Mumbai) * 21.00 (Dhaka) * 23.00 (Beijing) * 00.00+1 (Tokyo) * 02.00+1 (Sydney)

  • Prof. John Thompson, PetraScience Consultants, Vancouver, Canada and Honorary Professor of Sustainable Resources, University of Bristol, UK.
  • Prof. Frances Wall, Professor of Applied Mineralogy, University of Exeter, UK.

The neglected minerals and materials of development

Materials produced and consumed locally (in both developing and developed countries), including the role in construction, infrastructure, agriculture, water treatment, etc as well as environmental, social, and economic dimensions

9 February 2021
Start time: 01.00 (Vancouver) * 04.00 (Toronto, Lima) * 09.00 (London) * 10.00 (Paris, Lagos) * 11.00 (Johannesburg) * 12.00 (Nairobi) * 14.30 (Mumbai) * 15.00 (Dhaka) * 17.00 (Beijing) * 18.00 (Tokyo) * 20.00 (Sydney)

  • Prof. Daniel Franks Program Leader, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Australia.

Mineral extraction and communities

Regulation of the mining sector; mining and local communities in the context of Latin America and Africa

16 February 2021
Start time: 06.00 (Vancouver) * 09.00 (Toronto, Lima) * 14.00 (London) * 15.00 (Paris, Lagos) * 16.00 (Johannesburg) * 17.00 (Nairobi) * 19.30 (Mumbai) * 20.00 (Dhaka) * 22.00 (Beijing) * 23.00 (Tokyo) * 01.00+1 (Sydney)

  • Dr Rajiv Maher, Research Professor, EGADE Business School del Technológico de Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Dr Melba Kapesa Wasunna, External Affairs Manager, Base Titanium Ltd., Kenya.

Suppliers, consumers, and the global minerals supply chain

Technical, environmental, business, and social aspects of different scales of mining operations; links between consumers and source

2 March 2021
Start time: 02.00 (Vancouver) * 05.00 (Toronto, Lima) * 10.00 (London) * 11.00 (Paris, Lagos) * 12.00 (Johannesburg) * 13.00 (Nairobi) * 15.30 (Mumbai) * 16.00 (Dhaka) * 18.00 (Beijing) * 19.00 (Tokyo) * 21.00 (Sydney)

  • Dr Kathryn Moore, Senior Lecturer in Critical and Green Technology Metals, University of Exeter, UK.
  • Dr Judy Muthuri, Associate Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School, UK, and Project Lead, Sustainable Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Project (Kenya).

Earth materials and a sustainable future

 9 March 2021
Start time: 04.00 (Vancouver) * 07.00 (Toronto, Lima) * 12.00 (London) * 13.00 (Paris, Lagos) * 14.00 (Johannesburg) * 15.00 (Nairobi) * 17.30 (Mumbai) * 18.00 (Dhaka) * 20.00 (Beijing) * 21.00 (Tokyo) * 23.00 (Sydney)

  • Prof. Murray Hitzman, Director, iCRAG, Dublin, Ireland. Prof. Hitzman directs the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences.
  • Ms Halleluya Naantu Ekandjo, PhD candidate at iCRAG, University College Dublin., where she is studying the Rosh Pinah zinc-lead deposit in Namibia.

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