INFACT Project Newsletter #01

The Innovative, Non-invasive and Fully Acceptable Exploration Technologies (INFACT): 
The future of raw materials exploration in Europe!

The EU is investing around 5.6 million euros over the next three years in INFACT, a new research project in which 17 partners from seven countries have joined forces. Three European reference areas have been established in Germany (Geyer), Finland (Sakatti) and Spain (Cobre Las Cruces, Seville and Minas de Ríotinto, Huelva) for trialling new exploration technology. The project is being coordinated by the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.

Because the ore deposits of tomorrow are located in remote regions and deep underground, detecting these metal and mineral resources poses an ever-greater challenge in terms of technology. At the same time, the success of new exploration projects increasingly depends on the extent to which as many interest groups as possible from civil society can be brought on board.


The strategy of the INFACT project rests on three pillars: Dialogue, Innovation and Reform. The purpose of the Dialogue pillar is to raise public awareness and social acceptance for modern exploration. The Innovation pillar is all about the next generation of exploration methods and processes that will facilitate the search for ore deposits in Europe. The technologies, addressed within INFACT, are less invasive than traditional methods, which means that they reduce impact on the environment and at the same time push into new dimensions. Last but not least, the Reform pillar seeks to develop a roadmap for modern exploration, including action guidelines for politicians aimed at making Europe attractive to mining and investors. 

Stay informed about the news and updates regarding the project at the INFACT website. And don't forget to follow INFACT on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


  • We are now in project month 6 (total duration: 36 months); 
  • 11 deliverables have already been submitted to the EU; 
  • Upcoming activities on the 3 reference sites are under planning; 
  • The next Operations Team Meeting is to be held from 16-18 April in Geyer, Germany; 
  • You can learn more about INFACT at the following events: EGU 2018 (Vienna, Austria, 8-13 April), Aachen International Mining Symposium (Aachen, Germany, 23-24 May), Workshop on Social Acceptance in the European Raw Materials sector (Brussels, Belgium, 5 June) & RFG 2018 (Vancouver, Canada, 16-21 June).


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº 776487.
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