Conference Key-Note Speakers will include
DG GROW, European Commission
Mattia Pellegrini is currently Head of Unit for Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials. Previously, he worked as Head of Cabinet of former Commissioner Nelli Feroci and as a Member of the Cabinet of the Vice president of the European Commission, in charge of Enterprise and Industry. He was Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission in the Strategy and Analysis Unit of DG Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO). He has also worked in DG Environment, where he was responsible for WTO negotiations on Trade and Environment, and in DG Competition (Merger Task Force). Mattia has a Master’s Degree in European Legal Studies obtained at the College of Europe, Bruges, and a postgraduate diploma in EC Law obtained at L.U.I.S.S. “Guido Carli”, University of Rome. Prior to that, he had studied Political Science at L.U.I.S.S. “Guido Carli”, University of Rome and Law at the University of Liège, “Institut d’études juridiques européennes F. Dehousse”.
Prof. Frances Wall
Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter
Frances Wall is Professor of Applied Mineralogy at Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK. She has a BSc in Geochemistry from Queen Mary College London and also PhD from the University of London. Frances became interested in how rare earth deposits form in carbonatites whilst working at the Natural History Museum in London. Her research interests currently centre around formation of deposits, applied mineralogy and processing of rare earths and responsible sourcing of mined raw materials in general. She now leads two large consortium projects on rare earths: SoS RARE researching the geology and processing of ore deposits and HiTech AlkCarb which is making new exploration models for alkaline rocks and carbonatites. Frances joined Camborne School of Mines in 2007, was Head of CSM from 2008-2014, and was named one of the 100 global inspirational women in mining 2016.
Lecture title: The geology of rare earth deposits and its influence on choosing the best routes for processing
Prof. Jean-Claude Bunzli
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
Jean-Claude Bünzli earned a degree in chemical engineering in 1968 and a PhD in 1971 (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, EPFL). After spending two years at the University of British Columbia (physical chemistry) and one year at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (physical organic chemistry) he was appointed assistant-professor at the University of Lausanne in 1974 and started a research program on the coordination and luminescence properties of rare earths. He was promoted as a full professor in 1980. In 2001 he transferred to EPFL where he founded the Laboratory of Lanthanide Supramolecular Chemistry.
He has been invited professor at six universities in China, France, Belgium, and U.K. Moreover he has been enacted as World Class University Professor at Korea University (South Korea, 2009-2013), invited research scientist at FJIRSM (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou, 2014-2015) and is presently Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University, Haimen Institute of Science and Technology (2106-2019).
His present research interests deal with various aspects of luminescent lanthanide coordination and supramolecular compounds. He is developing luminescent bioprobes and bioconjugates for the detection of cancerous cells as well as highly luminescent complexes and materials for potential applications in lanthanide photonics. He is also knowledgeable in rare-earth resources, geopolitics and recycling.
He has published more than 315 WOS papers (18’400 citations, h= 66); the ESI ranks him among the top 7% of chemists. He has delivered 267 invited lectures, seminars and courses. Moreover he is acting as the senior editor of the Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths (50 volumes published to date) and the president of the European Rare Earth and Actinide Society (founded in 1989).
HBSc Geo, MBA, Adamas Intelligence
Ryan Castilloux is an MBA-educated geologist with a background in mining, exploration, market research, and finance. In 2012 he founded Adamas Intelligence to help investors, exploration companies, technology developers, and other stakeholders make informed, data-backed decisions involving strategic metals, minerals, and materials.
Lecture title: Rare Earth Market Outlook: Supply, Demand, and Pricing from 2016 to 2025
Metallurgy Manager at Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd.
Damien Krebs has a BEng (Hons) Minerals Engineering from the Western Australian School of Mines and a Masters of Mineral Economics from Curtin Business School. He is currently also a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Previously working with IMO Pty Ltd, BHP Billiton, Bulong Nickel Operation. Mt Isa Mines, he has 20 years experience in operations, project development, technology development, pilot plants, project permitting and study management. Damien is a Global expert in rare earths, nickel and cobalt industries and metallurgy.
Lecture title: Sustainable Production of Rare Earths in Greenland
Senior Analyst. Roskill Information Services Ltd.
Suzanne graduated with an MSci in Geoscience from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006 and has been working for Roskill since 2007. As a senior analyst, she is responsible for writing industry reports and is part of the consultancy team for a number of industrial mineral markets including natural rare earth elements, natural and synthetic graphite and bentonite. She is responsible for developing and maintaining Roskill’s demand models for these industries. As part of the consultancy team, she helps provide current market analysis for feasibility studies, due diligence, listing documents, strategic assessments of material availability and competitive evaluation studies. Suzanne is the author of Roskill’s latest report on rare earths which was published in 2016.
Lecture title: Changing demand for rare earths in key applications and opportunities for European manufacturers
Prof. Dr. Bernd Friedrich
Director, IME Metallurgical Processing and Recycling, RWTH Aachen University
Bio: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Bernd Friedrich studied nonferrous metallurgy the RWTH Aachen University. From 1984 to 1987 he worked as research assistant at IME, Aachen and defended Ph.D. thesis in applied electrochemistry. From 1988 to 1992 he worked as head of the R&D department and from 1992 to 1995 as profit center manager „Hydride-technology and smarts materials“ at GFE, Nuremberg, Germany. From 1995 to 1999 he was plant manager at Varta AG with responsibilities for the operations in Hagen, Germany (NiCd/NiMH), and Ceska Lipa, Czech Republic (Li-Ion). In 1999 Bernd Friedrich became director of IME Process Metallurgy and Metal Recycling, chair and department of the RWTH Aachen University. He authored and co-authored more than 400 publications in scientific journals and conference-proceedings and received the Dr. honoris causa degree from DonTU Donetsk Technical University in 2011.
Lecture title: Leaching of high Silica containing ores – preventing gel-formation by “dry-digestion”
Steven M. Fortier
Director National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. Steven M. Fortier joined the U.S. Geological Survey in the role of Director, National Minerals Information Center, in April, 2014. Steve came to the USGS after eighteen years in the private sector in industrial minerals mining and processing. During his time in industry he held roles of increasing responsibility as a technical, operations, and general manager. Prior to his work in industry, Steve held a research scientist role at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for one year, and was wissenschaftliche Angestelte at the Universität Tübingen, in Germany for four years.
Steve holds PhD and Master’s degrees in geological sciences from Brown University, and a B.A. in geology and chemistry from the University of Maine – Farmington. His research interests from the early part of his career involved fundamental studies of mineral – fluid interactions, as well as numerous collaborative studies involving stable isotope applications. He is also an inventor or co-inventor on four US patents. During his many years in industry his focus was on ground and precipitated carbonates, kaolin, fused silica, fused alumina, sintered mullite, and calcined bauxite. His experience with the commercial applications of these materials includes paper, performance minerals, ceramics, abrasives, refractories, and oilfield minerals market segments.
Lecture title: Global REE Supply Chains and Material Flow