JRC Conference and Workshop Report : INTERMIN Project

The Technical Workshop Channelling knowledge from European projects into the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS) was held virtually on December 3rd, 2020. This event, co-organized by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), represented an important step forward to the already well-established dialogue between the JRC and the EU-funded projects on raw materials. This complements the information services of the CORDIS website and the EASME hub, providing
further exploitation and insight in relation to selected project outputs. INTERMIN project was represented by the Project Coordinator, Prof. Manuel María REGUEIRO GONZÁLEZ-BARROS.

Mr. Regueiro stressed in his presentation that INTERMIN identifies key knowledge gaps and the lack of needed skills in the raw materials sectors. For example, the global idea for the raw materials sector:
1. Skills catalogue for the raw materials sector;
2. International Repository of the existing training courses.
3. Training with industry to get the skills.
INTERMIN proposed to RMIS to include a new section within RMIS with the tile “Education and Training”, where people can find/learn about raw materials trainings through an international network of technical and vocational training centres for raw materials’ professionals (provided by INTERMIN). This can contribute to increase the EU competence and expertise in the raw materials sector.

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INTERMIN Project is cited in online articles

The INTERMIN Project has been cited in the following articles,

  • 'Towards Sustainable Mining in the Didactic Process - MEITIM Project as an Opportunity to Increase the Attractiveness of Mining Courses (A Case Study of Poland)'.

Click to view the article (Citation about INTERMIN Project in Page 4).

DOI: 10.3390/su122310138.


  • 'A New Face of Mining Engineer - International Curricula to Sustainable Development and Green Deal (A Case Study of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology)'.

Click to view the article (Citation about INTERMIN Project in Page 4).

DOI: 10.3390/su13031393.

Launch of the INTERMIN Project Portal - Brochure

The INTERMIN Project web portal portal.interminproject.org has been officially launched. The INTERMIN Portal comprises worldwide study programs covering all training areas about mining.

World Mining Knowledge: Intermin is a Database about Mining Training. We collect knowledge about Mining Teaching all around the world and rank the best programs.

Institutions Network: Intermin is also a world Wide Network. Our members are Institutions around the world offering mining knowledge programs.

Interested? Join Intermin Network: If your institution has training programs about Mining, please join the Intermin Network and get into our database.

Click here to view/download the project brochure. Check it out to get an overview of the project, to know more about INTERMIN network of raw materials training centres and the features of INTERMIN Portal.

INTERMIN Article: European Geologist - The journal of the European Federation of Geologists

The article entitled 'INTERMIN (International Network of Raw Materials Training Centres) Project' by Antonio Alonso Jiménez, Manuel Regueiro y González-Barros, Francisco Elorza Tenreiro and Vitor Correia is published in the journal of the European Federation of Geologists.

The journal is published twice a year and carries articles on geological issues, both technical, professional and other matters. This year the topic of the journal is 'Let’s become geologists! Challenges and opportunities in geoscience education in Europe'.

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Click here to read the article about INTERMIN Project.

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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.

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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.

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