Follow-up report Scientific Conference "Environment, Energy and Mineral Resources 2023"
After a forced break due to corona, more than 100 experts met again at the traditional scientific conference "Environment, Energy and Mineral Resources" of the German Markscheider Association. For two days current topics around the Markscheiderischen field of activity were intensively discussed.
This year, the focus was on the possibilities of artificial intelligence in the geosciences, hydrogen and energy storage in a mining context, as well as on the changes planned at the federal level in mining law and their impact on raw material extraction and ultimately on the energy turnaround.
After greetings by the Rector of RWTH Aachen University and the Dean of Faculty 5, Professors Dr. Ulrich Rüdiger and Peter Kukla PhD., presentations by top representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection such as State Secretary Dr. Franziska Brantner and NRW State Planning (Dr. Alexandra Renz), as well as the Association of Mineral Resources and Mining (Dr. Martin Wedig) introduced the topic. The fascinating possibilities of artificial intelligences in geosciences were presented by Prof. Wellmann PhD. (RWTH). A panel of representatives from federal ministries, science and the raw materials industry examined the consequences of the planned amendment of mining law for the German supply of raw materials from many perspectives under the moderation of Dr. Klaus Freytag, Lusatia Representative of the Minister President of the State of Brandenburg.
The on-site organization had been taken over by the Institute for Mine Surveying, Mining Subsidence Engineering and Geophysics in Mining of the RWTH Aachen University under the direction of Prof. Dr. Axel Preuße. With the Energeticon in Alsdorf, a venue was found that impressively combined the centuries-old tradition of mine surveying with current topics.
The event once again showed how important secure - naturally sustainable and environmentally friendly - raw material extraction and supply is for the energy turnaround and what significant contributions mine surveying is capable of making in this regard.
Source: RWTH Aachen University