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:: 'Knowledge Cluster' to Explore Key Research Priorities

The Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) is working with the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) to determine the key research priorities for mining services, minerals processing, survey and geophysical services companies.

The ESI is an interdisciplinary centre leading cutting-edge research into solutions to problems of environmental change; in so doing, it is enhancing lives by improving people’s relationships with the environment. Located at the Cornwall Campus, which the University of Exeter shares and jointly manages with University College Falmouth, the ESI has been enabled by investment from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme (£22.9 million) and the South West Regional Development Agency (£6.6 million), as well as significant support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The ESI has three research themes: clean technologies, natural environment, and social science and sustainability. It will engage with hundreds of businesses in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and beyond to translate its research and expertise across these themes into innovative business practice, products and services.

CSM is working with the Institute to determine key research priorities for mining services, minerals processing, survey and geophysical services companies. CSM’s renowned expertise is complemented by the appointment of researchers across the three research themes and recent appointments include Prof. Bernd Lottermoser (ESI Chair in Environmental Geochemistry) and Dr Chris Bryan (Biohydrometallurgist, Lecturer in Sustainable Mining & Minerals Resourcing).

The ESI Knowledge Exchange Team and CSM are due to host a ‘knowledge cluster’ for businesses at the Heartlands in Cornwall on the 23 October to identify common research interests and explore ways of meeting these research needs. Prof. Frances Wall (Head of CSM and Associate Prof. in Applied Mineralogy) will also showcase current CSM research activity and highlight opportunities to work with the ESI. To register for the event, contact Colette Defoe at: c.defoe@exeter.ac.uk or tel: 01326 255818.




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