EcoMining: development of integrated PhD program for sustainable mining & environmental activities

DAAD-Förderprogramm „Fachbezogene Partnerschaften mit Hochschulen in Entwicklungsländern ab 2019"



Universities, Institutes, Scientists involved

  • TU Bergakademie Freiberg
    Institute of Biosciences:
    - Biology/Ecology Unit: Prof. Dr. Hermann Heilmeier (Project Leader)
    - Environmental Microbiology: Prof. Dr. Michael Schlömann
    Institute for Mining, Chair of Surface Mining:
    Prof. Dr. Carsten Drebenstedt
  • National Technical University Dnipro Polytechnic:
    Mining Faculty: Dr. Iryna Klimkina, Dr. Oleksandr Kovrov



Grant programme: "Fachbezogene Partnerschaften mit Hochschulen in Entwicklungsländern ab 2019" ("Scientific Partnerships with Universities from Developing Countries from 2019 onwards")

Finanziert aus Mitteln des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)

Duration: 01/2019-12/2022


Project Description

Sustainable mining with environmentally friendly approaches of extraction and processing of natural resources erased as one of the most challenging issues of the XXI century. Ukraine is one of the most important countries worldwide for mining of resources; however, mining activities cause a wide range of environmental problems which are not properly solved yet. One of the reasons therefore is the lack of specialists trained in interdisciplinary approaches of environmentally friendly mining and mine land reclamation.


With environmental problems due to mining becoming more and more severe in Ukraine, there is a strategy for emphasizing environmental and resource-saving technologies and sustainable regional development in the field of mining at Ukrainian universities. Thus the implementation of interdisciplinary approaches in the education of specialists for sustainable mining is an essential component of contemporary re-orientation and re-definition of traditional curricula in mining.


The PhD program “EcoMining” will be designed, implemented, executed and evaluated in close cooperation between National Technical University Dnipro Polytechnic (NTU DP) and TU Bergakdemie Freiberg (TU BAF). TU BAF already has comprehensive and profound knowledge and expertise in the field of sustainable mining and environmental activities. Transfer of knowledge from TU BAF to NTU DP via common courses, workshops, lab research internships and a Summer School will be an essential strategy to qualify both teaching staff and PhD students from NTU DP, training experts both with a technological-engineering and environmental and resource management background and thus to bridge the gap between individual disciplines in the fields of mining, mineral processing, environment and related sectors. Courses will be offered in the fields “Environmental Technologies in Mining”, “Innovative Technologies in Mining and Technical Reclamation”, “Biotechnology in Mining”, “Advanced Topics from Biomining” and “Responsible Mining Approach”. These will complement expertise and capacities at NTU DP for integrating concepts and topics in these interdisciplinary fields into curricula of several PhD programs. Apart from NTU DP, associated universities and companies from the mining industry will be involved in developing and executing the PhD program. Young scientists from all participating universities will have the chance to benefit from the program.


A PhD committee with members from both NTU DP and TU BAF will be established to design concepts for long-term cooperation in research on sustainable mining, e.g. via exchange of PhD students and double supervised PhD theses beyond the duration of the project.




Common courses, workshops, lab research internships and a Summer School in the fields "Environmental Technologies in Mining", "Innovative Technologies in Mining and Technical Reclamation", "Biotechnology in Mining", "Advanced Topics from Biomining" and "Responsible Mining Approach"

EcoMining Workshop October 2021

EcoMining Workshop October 2000

Poster Lab Course Microbiology 2020 at TU BAF

Poster Lab Course Phytoremediation 2019 & Water Treatment 2020 at TU BAF

Training Week September / October 2019