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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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.

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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.

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


Check out the brochure of the Intermin Project

The brochure of the INTERMIN Project illustrates about the project, its objective, key points & goals, about the consortium and first 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 view the INTERMIN brochure.