Activities and workshops

Through a network of contacts with different types of companies in the industry, we will visit potential workplaces for PhD students, such as mines, smelters, government agencies and analytical laboratories.

During the workshops, a specific theme is considered that is relevant to the  students’ research and business, as well as for their future career. Possible thematic areas are:

  • Research collaboration : Common research interests, available laboratory equipment at Swedish university, exchange of expertise etc.
  • Everyday life as a doctoral student: Scientific publishing, supervision, courses, the scope of the doctoral student’s work, disputation etc.
  • Academic career: The Swedish academic system, research funding, potential collaborations infuture projects etc.
  • Industry career: Development of the labor market incl.equality issues, career opportunities atmining and exploration companies in Sweden and abroad, Career opportunities as a consultant and/or self-employed etc.

Within these potential themes, the doctoral students will have the opportunity to present their research projects as well as courses, equipment and laboratories located at their home university.

Cost of travel and accommodation for all participating doctoral students will be covered by Swedish Mining Innovation.

A summary from the PhD student network’s latest workshop in Bergslagen, May 3-5 2022

On May 3, the Swedish Mining Innovation PhD student network visited the historic mining environments at Sala silvermine in Bergslagen. We learned about ongoing efforts in mining, exploration, tourism and remediation in the area, as well as complexity that arises when these activities are conducted historic environments with both cultural heritage and environmental values.

On May 4, the Swedish Mining Innovation PhD student network visited Boliden’s Garpenberg mine, which is both Sweden’s oldest and most modern mining operation. We had tours in the undergrounds workings and processing plant, and presentations in various topics such as process automation and environmental management. We also discussed the importance of Garpenberg to the local commune.

On May 5, the Swedish Mining Innovation PhD student network visited Western Bergslagen the type locality of REE in the Riddarhyttan area, where the Geological Survey of Sweden is currently assessing the resource potential in historic mine waste. We also had a tour at Lovisagruvan; Sweden’s smallest underground mine, and viewed the recently installed ore sorting facility. In the afternoon we had presentations of various topics related to critical element potential in both primary and secondary resources from various experts.



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