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19th Freiberg Short Course in Economic Geology

9. – 13. Dez. 2024

Critical Raw Materials: A Global Perspective

The transition to a low-carbon future is likely to be mineral intensive because clean energy low-carbon technologies, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, and geothermal energy production, are currently more mineral intensive relative to fossil fuel production. Greater ambition on climate change goals, as outlined by the Paris Agreement, requires installing more of these technologies and will therefore lead to a larger material footprint. Recent proposed EU legislation “The Critical Raw Materials Act (CRMA)” requires that >10% of the EU's annual consumption should be extracted in Europe, >40% of the EU's annual consumption should be processed in Europe, <65% of the EU’s annual consumption of each critical raw material should not come from a single third country, and >15% of the EU's annual consumption must be recycled so as to create a circular economy. Currently, we are far from achieving the circular economy that is needed for sustainable development.

This course aims to provide a better understanding of the deposits with which critical raw materials are related, examples of where and why enrichment has occurred, and the implications of restricted and uncertain supply.

  • Where: Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology
  • Registration: The registration form and information about the participant fees can be found here. Registration deadline is 11.11.2024.
  • Lecturers: Prof. Judith Kinnaird and Prof. Paul Nex (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)
  • Target group: The course is designed for Master students / PhD students / Postdocs, senior scientist and industry representatives preferable with knowledge in geology and/or mineralogy, but also represenatives of other disciplines targeting raw materials and interested in the topic.
  • List of hotels: download here.


Prof. Dr. Elena Sturm
sturm.elena at

Dr. Ralf Dohmen
ralf.dohmen at

Für Fragen zu den aktuellen Kursangeboten wenden Sie sich bitte an die jeweils dort genannten Ansprechpartner*innen.

Studentische Mitglieder der DMG erhalten bei der Teilnahme an Kursen der DGGV oder DGK die gleiche Reisebeihilfe wie bei Kursen aus dem DMG-Programm.


Rückblick zum DGK/DMG Ph.D. student course “Basics and applications of the Rietveld method”

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