Minerals and other Earth materials are a key component in the development of a sustainable global society, providing essential raw materials for technologies and economic growth while respecting the natural world. This programme of lectures, designed for a global audience, will provide diverse perspectives on Earth materials and their role in society. Leading natural scientists, social scientists, and educators will look at how Earth materials are critical to a sustainable future and how the minerals sector, adhering to best practices, can contribute to society in a socially and environmentally positive way.
The lectures will be delivered in webinar format by recognized global experts who will frame their presentations in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Series will boost knowledge of Earth materials and contribute to better informed local, regional, and international discussions. The lectures will be freely accessible and recordings will be made available online soon after presentation.
The Lecture Series is sponsored by UNESCO, the only United Nations organization with a mandate to support research and capacity building in the Earth Sciences. The Series supports the vision of UNESCO’s International Geoscience Programme for efficient, safe, sustainable and renewable natural resources exploration and extraction.
UNESCO is the only United Nations organization with a mandate to support research and capacity building in the Earth Sciences.
The UNESCO International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) serves as a knowledge hub of UNESCO to facilitate international scientific cooperation in the geosciences.
The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) encourages international co-operation and participation in the Earth Sciences in relation to human welfare.
iCRAG, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Applied Geosciences, is a team of researchers creating solutions for a sustainable society.
All sessions will be conducted in English with live captioning in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Swahili, and Hindi.
All sessions will include a live public question and answer period with the presenters immediately following the lecture presentations.
All sessions will be recorded and links to the recordings will be available on this webpage a few days after each event.
Earth materials: the foundation for development - Jan 26, 2021
Introductory remarks from Dr. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO, and Dr. John Ludden CBE, Bicentennial Research Professor, Environmental Governance and Diplomacy, Heriot-Watt University, UK.
Dr Larry Meinert, Meinert Consulting LLC, Delaware, USA.
Dr Nellie Mutemeri, Mining Practice Lead, Mutemeri Consulting and Associate Professor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Review of historical and present-day mineral demand and its connections to the economy and technology
Historical context globally – why Earth materials are important
Technological evolution and climate neutrality are creating demand for new mineral portfolios
Mineral wealth and the SDGs, including wealth and social justice
Speaker • Prof. Daniel Franks Program Leader, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Australia.
Materials produced and consumed locally (in both developing and developed countries) o Bulk materials, generally for nearby use o Role in construction, infrastructure, agriculture, water treatment, etc. o Environmental, social, and economic dimensions
Mineral extraction and communities - 16 February 2021