Shaping the energy and raw materials transition with innovations: BHT presents current research

Prof. Ibisch at the opening session
Novel materials for photovoltaics, recycling technologies for critical raw materials, sustainable and less invasive mining with robots, alternative fuels or the use of shape memory alloys in construction.

In 16 colloquia, researchers from TU Bergakademie Freiberg and national and international partners from science and industry will present new findings from research and development at the Freiberg University Forum, the 73rd BHT.

In his opening lecture, Prof. Pierre Ibisch of the German Environmental Foundation illustrated the urgency of new approaches for sustainable and equitable energy and raw material security to around 350 registered participants: "The mandate to live in such a way that the state of the global ecosystem does not deteriorate and that as many people as possible are enabled to live a good life has concrete consequences for our society, for politics and culture, for the economy and the question of property as well as for education or technology," said the Professor of Nature Conservation at the Eberswalde University of Applied Sciences and co-founder of the concept of ecohumanism.

"The contributions of the University Forum show which technologies and processes researchers in the fields of information technologies, drilling technology, mining, recycling strategies in mobility, glass technology or building materials are currently working on to enable resource-efficient and sustainable economic activity and thus maintain a healthy environment as the basis of life on earth," adds Prof. Dr. Jörg Matschullat, Vice Rector for Research at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Particularly in Saxony, the traditional conference BHT - Freiberg University Forum has achieved a high degree of recognition up to its current seventy-third edition. But international lecturers and participants also took part in the discussions between 8 and 10 June, which took place in virtual space as well as on site.

In a total of 9 colloquia and 6 short colloquia, the experts will deal with these topics.

Background: Freiberg University Forum BHT

The Freiberg University Forum BHT goes back to an initiative of students who organised an interdisciplinary information event at their university in 1949. From this idea, the "Berg- und Hüttenmännischer Tag (BHT)" (Mining and Metallurgy Day) initially developed into an annual research conference that presented results from the fields of geosciences, geotechnics, mining and metallurgy. In recent years, the Freiberg University Forum has additionally showcased other areas of the TU Freiberg's research spectrum. In the 73rd year of its existence, the 2022 conference is dedicated to the topic "Shaping the energy and raw materials transition with innovations".

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