Introducing a new and exciting event on the Mining Indaba calendar in 2022 – the Innovation & Research Battlefield – a competitive 10-minute pitch platform for researchers, academia, students and organisations to present innovative sustainable development ideas to the mining industry.
The pitches will happen at the Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa between 9-11 May 2022.
Each year there will be a new challenge for applicants to address. In 2022 we are looking for innovative research proposals that offer innovative solutions to Building Sustainable Post-Mining Economies.
Every phase of a mine’s life brings new opportunities and challenges to different sectors of society. It is in the interest of a country endowed with natural resources to maximise the investment of a mining company in order to generate income for the country and provide benefit to the communities that are proximate to the mineral deposit.
Complete rehabilitation of the mine site, leaving it in a safe and non-polluting condition, is critical to the local community. However, it is not just the environment that must be considered, but also the economic and social impact the mining company leaves when it closes.
One of the most important legacies a mining company can leave a community is a vibrant, sustainable post-mining economy. A mining company, in partnership with the government and community, can leverage the mine’s investments to catalyse economic opportunities to create a sustainable local economy, beyond the life of the mine.
We are looking for creative and bold innovation and research proposals that offer solutions to this question!
Now, more than ever, innovation and research will be critical to drive impactful decisions and to enable businesses to be innovative and agile in responding to current issues. The Innovation & Research Battlefield is a platform for the mining industry, academia, business, NGOs and young people who have a vested interest in sustainable mining for development solutions to come together.
Convened by the Development Partner Institute (DPI Mining), Business for Development (B4D), and Mining Indaba, and modelled on the popular Mining Indaba Investment Battlefield, the Innovation & Research Battlefield seeks to bridge a gap between great ideas and the resources needed to implement them.
The 2022 Innovation & Research Battlefield is sponsored by BHP and The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute.
Please note: Applications have been extended to Wednesday 13th April.
In addition to having the opportunity to pitch in front of the world’s top mining companies and receive recognition for your research, the winning Innovation & Research proposal will receive:
Shortlisted candidates will be informed they are moving to the next round on 15th April 2022.
If you have any questions on the application process, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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