Mine Closure: TU Freiberg Organized Prestigious International Conference

Blick auf eine Seenlandschaft von oben
Over 250 participants from 40 countries discussed the subject of sustainable mine rehabilitation at a conference in Leipzig from September 3rd to 7th.

The conference was organized by TU Bergakademie Freiberg under the patronage of Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Mr. Peter Altmaier, and of Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer.

Professor of Mining and Surface Mining at TU Freiberg, Prof. Carsten Drebenstedt, said that he was delighted at the keen interest shown by the federal and state governments. “It illustrates how important the topic of the remediation and redevelopment of mining landscapes is for the public interest. We hope to be able to exchange many innovative approaches and concepts with partners from all over the world at this conference, which is the first of its kind in Europe.”

The intensive work carried out in this field by German specialists over the last 25 years has imbued the country with considerable expertise, whether in the mining of coal, spar minerals, salts or ores. In the process, a wealth of experience has also been gained in the closure of mines. In its complexity, mine closure is an independent and interdisciplinary field of teaching and research that is unique in the academic world. TU Bergakademie Freiberg has accompanied many such remediation projects from their very beginnings. The knowledge and the experience gained from a quarter of a century of research and practice at the highest international levels was presented by TU Freiberg’s experts in the field at the conference in Leipzig.

“With this conference, you are addressing a very important topic,” said Federal Minister Altmaier. “Germany has a very rich mining history that has brought our country great prosperity. Thanks to the mining industry, we have gained a great deal of experience in mine closure and remediation, which we can now share internationally.” 

For further information, please visit the conference website: www.mineclosure2018.com 

Contact person: Scientific Director (Germany) Prof. Dr. Carsten Drebenstedt, Tel.: +49 (0)3731/39-2893