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Jansson, Nils, Ranta, Jukka-Pekka, Berthet, Théo, & Suopajärvi, Leena. (2020). From oil digger to energy transition enabler: the critical role of exploration geosciences education in Europe. European Geologist, 50.

From oil digger to energy transition enabler : the critical role of exploration geosciences education in Europe

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Author: Jansson, Nils1; Ranta, Jukka-Pekka2; Berthet, Théo3;
Organizations: 1Division of Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, 971 87 Luleå, Sweden
2Oulu Mining School, University of Oulu, P.O. BOX 3000, FI-90014, Finland
3EIT RawMaterials North AB, 977 75 Luleå, Sweden
4Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, P.O. BOX 122, FI-96101, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: European Federation of Geologists, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-02-17


Recent disruptions of raw material value chains during the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted Europe’s depency on imports of metals and minerals. Meanwhile, the European Commission is establishing ambitious policy initiatives, aiming at making Europe climate neutral in 2050. In this contribution, we emphasise the critical role of geosciences education in this energy transition, in forming the next generation of mining professionals. In the Nordic countries, active industry–university collaboration in one of the most active mining hubs in Europe has allowed frequent student–industry interaction, access to real-life learning environments, and development of specialised educational modules. These have been made accessible to exchange students from other European countries via exchange programmes and innovative digipedagogical learning tools.

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Series: European geologist
ISSN: 1028-267X
ISSN-E: 2294-8813
ISSN-L: 1028-267X
Volume: 50
Pages: 58 - 62
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4311695
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 5141 Sociology
1171 Geosciences
Copyright information: This article has been published under a CC-BY licence (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International).