Report: INTERMIN at the PDAC 2020 Convention

PDAC, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s annual convention, is the world’s leading event for the mining and exploration industry. PDAC 2020 was held from March 1 – 4 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. With over 1,100 exhibitors and 25,000 plus attendees from 132 countries, the different sessions, presentations, and networking provided the right platform for sharing insights on several issues in exploration and mining. PDAC was one of the few major events not cancelled or rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, though registration numbers were down when compared to previous years.

During the convention, INTERMIN was at the EGS stand within the European Commission booth (7123N) where the EU also hosted European Commission representatives, projects from H2020 (the EU research programme for research and innovation), EU countries, small and medium-sized enterprises and EU geological surveys.

INTERMIN was represented at the PDAC 2020 by the INTERMIN Project Coordinator Dr. Manuel Regueiro of Geological and Mining Institute Spain, IGME and Dr. Slavko Solar, Secretary General of EuroGeoSurveys.

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New edition of the INTERMIN Project brochure

INTERMIN Brochure:

The second brochure of the INTERMIN Project illustrates about the project, its objective, key points & goals, the network of raw materials training centres & its educational platform and the training programmes.

The brochure also comprises the insights of Worldwide mapping of educational-research programs (WP1), Raw materials sector skills, gaps and needs (WP2), Towards enhanced training programmes (WP3).

Click here to download the Brochure – English version (PDF).


El segundo folleto del Proyecto INTERMIN ilustra sobre el proyecto, su objetivo, puntos y metas clave, la red de centros de capacitación en materias primas y su plataforma educativa y los programas de capacitación.


El folleto también comprende los conocimientos de la cartografía mundial de programas de investigación educativa (WP1), habilidades, brechas y necesidades del sector de materias primas (WP2), hacia programas de capacitación mejorados (WP3).


Haga clic aquí para descargar el folleto – versión en español (PDF).

Official INTERMIN Project video

The aim of INTERMIN Project is to create an international network of technical and vocational training centers for raw materials’ professionals.

INTERMIN. Are you in?

Research paper: Introduction to the EU H2020-Project Intermin

The H2020-Project INTERMIN commenced in February 2018. Its goal is to create a feasible, long-lasting international network of technical and vocational training centres for mineral raw materials’ professionals. Specific objectives of the project are to develop common metrics and reference points for quality assurance and recognition of training and to create a comprehensive competency model for employment across the primary and secondary raw materials sector. INTERMIN is also introducing an international qualification framework for technical and vocational training programs. This is based on present and future requirements by employers, to facilitate joint international training programs and to optimize future interaction and collaboration in Europe and internationally.

This paper introduces the goals and objectives of INTERMIN. Furthermore, it highlights the benefits of the project to future students, professionals and academia and presents ways to contribute and interact with this project. It has undergone a peer review process. The paper was held at the 30th SOMP Annual Meeting and Conference which took place from 29th June to 5th July 2019 at the TH Georg Agricola University in Bochum/Germany.

Click here to view the publication in research gate platform.

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International Qualification Framework for the Raw Materials Sector

The Intermin project has been working on a comprehensive competency model for an international sectoral framework for the raw materials sector (SQF-RM) for improving relevance, transparency and coherence between qualifications minerals value chain and the corresponding international recognition.

The SQF-RM emcompasses diverse learning achievement and education pathways across professions that intersect in the raw materials space. To embrace the existing broad spectrum of approaches to the regulation of professions within the raw materials sector, the SQF-RM uses as a reference the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

The level descriptors of the SQF-RM are detailed accordingly with the main areas of activity of the sector: 1) mineral exploration; 2) mineral extraction and processing; and 3) material engineering and recycling, as thoroughly described in the Deliverable 3.1. Each qualification defined within the architecture proposed for the SQF-RM is referenced to a specific level on the EQF (including levels 3 to 7), describing sets of learning outcomes, i.e. knowledge, skills and autonomy/responsibility.

Click here to view the illustrations of the Raw Materials Qualification Framework.

Intermin International Conference- October 2019

The skills required in the mining industry of the 21st century, both technological and social? was the motto of the Intermin International Conference.

The ESPOL Politechnical University hosted the Meeting of the meeting. The meeting included conferences, high-level meetings, round tables and visits to mining projects.

For the first time in Latin America, professionals from the area of ​​Mines and Geology met to discuss the necessary skills and abilities in the mining sector of the 21st century. Within this framework, a series of conferences, space, generated by Intermin in collaboration with ESPOL, was carried out, which aimed to identify the improvements that should be made in the academic field to prepare professionals specialized in Mines and Geology, to attend and adapt to emerging market changes.

The complete list of programme is available here.

During the conference, experts from different countries of the European Union, Chile and Ecuador, belonging to government entities, leading companies in the mining market and teachers, expressed the need for international training for future professionals in the area; as well as the unification in training, which offers opportunities to stand out globally; This was stated by Manuel Regueiro, coordinator of the Intermin International Network.

Further, titles such as European raw materials policy and its impact on education were discussed; Future skills for the digital era and mining social responsibility; Change management in the Ecuadorian mining sector; among others.

Click here to view the pictures of the Intermin International Conference

The conference also received a crucial national media coverage. Click the below links to know more,

Executive Short Course on Resources Management using the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources

On 22 October, EIT Raw Materials and the International Raw Materials Observatory will co-organise an “Executive Short Course on Resources Management using the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources”. This one-day course on the UNFC is designed for senior policymakers and industry leaders from the public and private sector and will be held at the Centre International de Conferences (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland. It will provide the know-how and insights required to work towards better management and governance of oil, gas, mineral and anthropogenic resources and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. At the end of the course, the participants will be able to use the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) as a resources’ management tool.

Registration for the course is now open and we invite you to sign up as soon as possible as places are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis and only 20 seats are available. Registration is free of charge for all EIT Raw Materials partners and European Geologist title holders. Please register now via:

The short course is organised back-to-back with the World Resources Forum (WRF) 2019 which will be held from 23 to 24 October 2019 at the Centre International de Conferences (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland. WRF 2019 will be centred on the theme of ‘Anchoring Natural Resources and Raw Materials Management for Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production’.

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The skills required in the mining industry of the 21st century, both technological and social? - The motto of the Intermin International Conference

The skills required in the mining industry of the 21st century, both technological and social? – The motto of the Intermin International Conference

Intermin will be travelling to Ecuador in South America this October from 21-25, 2019.

The international conference will be held at ESPOL Politechnical University in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

The conference will be in Spanish and English the “motto” is:

Las habilidades necesarias en el sector minero del siglo XXI, ¿compaginar lo tecnologico y lo social, un paradigma?
The skills required in the mining industry of the 21st century, both technological and social?

There will be conferences, high-level meetings, round table discussions, visits to big mining project and also to artisanal gold mining.

After the meeting, Intermin partners are invited to join the local researchers for a project which they are carrying out in Galapagos islands. The project deals with raw materials issues and supplies.

Click here to download the programme in English.

¿Las habilidades requeridas en la Industria minera del siglo  XXI, tanto technológicas como sociales? – El lema de la Conferencia  Internacional Intermin


Intermin viajará a Ecuador en Sudamérica este octubre del 21 al 25 de 2019.

La conferencia internacional se Ilevará a cabo en la Universidad Politécnica ESPOL en Guayaquil, Ecuador.

La conferencia será en español e inglés, el lema es:

Las habilidades necesarias en el sector minero del siglo XXI, ¿compaginar lo tecnologico y lo social, un paradigma?
¿Las habilidades requeridas en la Industria minera del siglo  XXI, tanto technológicas camo sociales?

Habrá conferencias, reuniones de alto nivel, mesas redondas, visitas a grandes proyectos mineros y también a la extracción artesanal de oro.



Después de la reunión, los socios de Intermin están invitados a unirse  a los investigadores locales para un proyecto que están Ilevando a cabo en las islas Galápagos. El proyecto trata temas de materias primas y suministros.


Haga clic aquí para descargar el programa Español.

Second round of the INTERMIN Delphi Survey - Mining towards 2050

INTERMIN is conveying the second and final round of the Delphi Survey. Within this survey, statements are presented about the future (2030-2050), and you are invited to freely comment and express your opinions.

In the second round of Delphi Survey you would be able to,

  • Review the statistics of expertise and level of agreement for each statement;
  • Review selected quotes and suggestions made by participants that best represented the overall views;
  • Change, update or maintain your previous judgement's in light of other's comments.

Click the below link to access,

The links are already online and will be available until May 27th.

Report: Social acceptance in the European raw materials sector

Social acceptance and trust is seen as approval, consent, demands, and expectations from the local community and other stakeholders in relation to specific local projects. The concept has become increasingly important, especially in the extractive industry such as mining, oil, and gas, and more recently it has been adopted also in other economic sectors such as energy production, agriculture, and forestry. However, mining has been associated with a negative image amongst European citizens and worldwide. The positive contribution of mining to everyday activities, to GDP, to manufactured goods consumption, to innovation and to green technology is often overlooked. Society’s reliance on and appreciation of consumer goods is not always reflected in its appreciation of the underlying extraction and processing activities.

The Horizon 2020 calls for projects encourage consortia to investigate a possible strategy on how civil society will be engaged in order to build public acceptance and trust in the mining and recycling sectors in Europe. The workshop aimed to help in obtaining a broader understanding of how extraction activities are received in different parts of Europe and worldwide, and how they are perceived in terms of impact on society - both in terms of wealth (growth and jobs), and welfare (social and cultural values).

INTERMIN Project: "Skills and training in community relations, mining conflicts and artisanal mining in the Andes" (Page. 17 & 18)

Mr Luis Jordá Bordehore, who works at the international relations department of the Spanish Geological Survey represented INTERMIN.

The presentation was dedicated to the INTERMIN project that aims to identify the skills required (graduate) for the mining and mineral raw materials sectors, gaps between available training programmes and industry needs and explore future pathways to integrate both. INTERMIN will create a self-sustainable long-term lasting international network of training centres for professionals. This project involves educational and research institutions in the EU and the leading counterparts in third countries, based on specific country expertise in the primary and secondary raw materials sectors. Mr Bordehore described the main issues faced today by the mining industry in the Andes regarding social acceptance. The Andean regions, which comprise Peru, Chile and Bolivia have a rich mining history, developed from the Spanish colonial era until today.

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