A new annual event calling for innovative research proposals to address the mining industry’s toughest sustainable development challenges is coming to the Mining Indaba conference agenda this year.
On May 9 and 11, the Innovation & Research Battlefield, an event convened by Investing in African Mining Indaba (Mining Indaba), Business for Development and the Development Partner Institute (DPI Mining), will act as a high-profile platform to showcase early-stage innovations focused on this year’s challenge: Building Sustainable Post-Mining Economies, the partners said.
The event organisers intend to attract a pool of global applicants by connecting academics, researchers, the private sector, NGOs and young people with a vested interest in sustainable mining to decision makers in the sector.
DPI Mining Executive Director, Wendy Tyrrell, said: “We want the Innovation & Research Battlefield to be a catalyst for closer, more agile collaboration between the private sector, academia and the mining sector to solve critical issues facing the industry, and to bridge the gap between proposed solutions and the funding needed for their implementation.”
Business for Development CEO, Karen James, added: “It is essential we develop and test innovative solutions to the sector’s tough sustainability and development challenges against a backdrop of climate change, automation, reduced global mobility, a growing ESG agenda and rising stakeholder expectations.”
Mining Indaba Advisory Board Co-Chair and Head of Content, Tom Quinn, said: “We are thrilled to be the platform of choice for our partners, DPI Mining and Business for Development, to help launch this essential, timely and innovative event forging deep links between the worlds of academia, business and technology to ensure mining grows sustainably and helps to meet the sector’s ESG mandates.”
Ten participants, shortlisted through pre-defined evaluation criteria, will have the opportunity to pitch their research proposals to judges and attendees at Mining Indaba. The pitch can be done virtually or in person. BHP and The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute are the sponsors of the $28,600 prize.
The event is hosted by Sheila Khama, former CEO of De Beers Botswana and natural resources policy advisor at the World Bank and African Development Bank. The judging panel includes a representative from BHP, the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute, Business for Development, and DPI Mining.
Applications are open until April 6, 2022. Successful first-round applicants will be invited to pitch on 15 April. Applicants need to be affiliated with an organisation.
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