Rare Earth Elements (REE) is the collective name for 17 chemically similar metallic elements (the lanthanides, scandium and yttrium) that occur in a wide range of REE bearing minerals and are mined collectively. They are usually divided into the light REE (LREE) and the heavy REE (HREE); the latter are found in relatively lower concentrations in the Earth’s crust. Due to their chemical similarities, REE extraction is a technically complicated process, requiring intense processing.
Rare Earth resources have become vital elements in the modern industry. With constantly increasing applications ranging from micro-electronics to wind generators and with very few rare earth mines in operation around the world, the rare earth elements supply and demand is in the global spotlight.
Finding and Mining for REE in Europe and beyond
Green REE processing?
REE urban mining/recycling: Can it happen?
REE in industrial by-products: From ppms to kgs
REE Market and applications: Bubble or bottleneck?
Roadmap to a European REE industry
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Key Note Speakers
Prof. Frances Wall
Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter
HBSc Geo, MBA, Adamas Intelligence
Metallurgy Manager at Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd.
From the GeoResources Directorate, at BRGM, the French Geological Survey
EASME, European Commission
Prof. Jean-Claude Bunzli
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
Prof. Dr. Bernd Friedrich
Director, IME Metallurgical Processing and Recycling, RWTH Aachen University
DG GROW, European Commission
Principal Geologist at British Geological Survey (BGS)
Senior Analyst. Roskill Information Services Ltd.
Steven M. Fortier
Director National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey
Group Metals Production, Refining and Recycling - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
R&D Manager - Relight