Online course (01.09.2021-30.11.2021)

EIT International Summer School “From Dredging to Deep-Sea Mining” (online course, 01.09.2021-31.12.2021) HAVE BEEN PROLONGED!!

Aims and topic

Mining will not disappear in a circular economy due to the growing demand for raw materials driven by global trends, such as population growth and the rise of the global middle class. Moreover, a transition to a climate-friendly, low carbon economy will require a huge amount of raw materials, many of which are listed as critical ones for the European Union. Taking into account the fact that the European Union imports more than 3/4 of its critical raw materials, seabed minerals become an important strategic alternative for establishing a more diverse import market to secure domestic industries against market shocks and increased prices, which is one of the most important elements of Europe’s economic strategy. The strategic importance of raw materials from the sea, such as polymetallic nodules, seafloor polymetallic sulphides, cobalt-rich crusts, and others, increases constantly. Besides of critical metals, recovery of many other metals and non-metals from marine minerals can contribute to strengthening the European industrial sector. At the same time, the assessment of environmental impacts and risks of deep-sea mining and how to minimize the impacts is recognized as a priority task on the way towards the establishment of the deep-sea mining industry.

Deep-sea mining is still a new area of human activity, so knowledge in this field is limited. Establishment of the industry in Europe requires full utilization of the potential of industrial symbiosis to develop a range of innovative technologies, infrastructures, trade measures and policies. The demand for a new generation of skilled people entering the industry, universities, and research is therefore gradually increasing. In response to that need, the EIT International Summer School “From Dredging to Deep-Sea Mining” was initiated.

In 2021, the EIT International Summer School “From Dredging to Deep-Sea Mining” is offered as an online course. By bringing together the leading scholars in the field, this project aims to become a centre for the elaboration and dissemination of knowledge in deep-sea mining, covering such aspects as methods and technologies for mining and processing of marine minerals, marine geology and exploration, as well as environmental, economical, legislative and political aspects of deep-sea mining.

Target group

The online course is primarily dedicated to students and PhD students who wish to deepen their knowledge in deep-sea mining. But it can also be interesting to people who are genuinely interested or experts in the field (expected a bachelor degree or above in engineering sciences). 

Information about the online course

The online course will be accessible to registered participants from 1 September to 30 November 2021 on the online platform for e-learning OPAL used at TU Bergakademie Freiberg (registration details for external participants will be provided). The online platform is generally available 24/7, but may be down during times of maintenance required for optimum system performance. The online course includes video presentations, self-assessment questions, and a chatroom for questions/answers and discussions.

Participation fee:

• For students and PhD Students from TU Bergakademie Freiberg, TU Delft, Montanuniversität Leoben, and NTNU – 20€; 

• For students, PhD Students from other universities and for Alumni of EIT RawMaterials– 40€; 

• For other external participants – 100€. 

How to participate?

1) The registration for the online course will be opened on the 1 June 2021. Here the registration form will be available:

2) Fill out the registration form and submit it. You will get a copy of your registration.

3) Within 1-2 workingsdays an invoice with payment details will be sent to you. After payment, you will receive detailed instructions on how to access the online course on the OPAL e-learning platform.


A certificate will be delivered to each participant, who will sign up for the online course, watch all videos, and pass through the self-assessment questions (with at least 50% of correct answers). The online course corresponds to one ECTS credit point (its acknowledgement by the participant's home university, however, must be clarified separately).


Dr. Thomas Kuhn, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany

Dr. Carsten Rühlemann, BGR, Germany

Assoc. Prof. Steinar Ellefmo, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway 

Assoc. Prof. Kurt Aasly, NTNU, Norway

Dr. Przemyslaw Kowalczuk, NTNU, Norway

Dr. ir. Sape Miedema, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands

Dr. ir. Rudy Helmons, TU Delft, Netherlands 

Dr. Henko de Stigter, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Netherlands

Dipl.-Ing. Angelika Haindl, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria

Dr. rer. nat. Sven Petersen, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

Prof. Dr. Carsten Drebenstedt, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany

Prof. Dr. Pavol Rybar, TUBAF, Germany

Dr.-Ing. Taras Shepel, TUBAF, Germany


• Strategy and methods of exploration of Mn nodules

• Quantitative marine mineral resource assessment

• Characterisation of marine deposits

• Application of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and granting of exploration and exploitation contracts in international waters

• Dredging

• Cutting of saturated sand

• Mining technology for Mn nodules

• Mechanical extraction methods and technologies for deep-sea mining

• Vertical hydraulic transport for deep sea mining applications

• Mining economics and mine planning

• Deep-sea ecosystems

• Processing of marine minerals

• … (several new topics will be added).


Participants are not allowed to copy and further distribute materials provided within the online course.


Parties involved in preparing the online course tried to do their best to transfer knowledge and expertise in the field. However, there are no warranties that any particular level of knowledge will be attained by the participants.


For any questions: Sebastian Rossow, Tel.: +49(0)3731 39-3180. E-Mail: Sebastian [dot] Rossowatmabb [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de