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Future mining

Demand for metals on the world market is increasing, and the Swedish as well as the international mining industry is increasing its production.

Sweden is the country in Europe which is the most important metal producer, and the Swedish mining industry is important also from a European perspective.The best opportunities to find new ore deposits in Europe can be found in Sweden and Finland.

LTU is Sweden’s centre for research and education which focuses on mining, and the clearly stated ambition is to be an internationally strong centre of excellence.The research covers the whole spectrum, from prospecting via mining and processing to metallurgy and environmental issues as well as research on occupational health and safety, the commodity economy and the societal aspects of extraction and processing.

Photo: Richard Renberg
In the media: "If we do not succeed in this, no one will do it"

Increased requirements for safety, carbon dioxide emissions, energy efficiency and productivity are driving a technological change in the mining industry. One of the leading players in this paradigm shift is NEXGEN SIMS, an EU-sponsored consortium of 13 partners - with Epiroc at the helm - which aims to demonstrate functioning autonomous processes in real mining environments over the next three years.

Student trip to North Bothnia Line

This year's students in the course Rock Engineering and Rock Mechanics had the opportunity to visit an on-going construction contract in Ersmark (just outside Umeå) for the infrastructure project North Bothnia Line.

Swedish Mining Research and Innovation day 2022 Photo: Richard Renberg
Swedish Mining Research and Innovation day 2022

At this year's edition of this event arranged by Swedish Mining Innovation, Luleå University of Technology was awarded the prize for best doctoral dissertation, best licentiate dissertation and best degree project.

Wants to attract more people to northern Sweden

A digital platform, MindDig, is now being launched.

Virtual Reality Lab - Lulea University of Technology Photo: Gustav Jansson
Virtual Reality Lab

Used in areas such as in construction, architecture, ore geology, mining and rock engineering.


Christina Wanhainen

Wanhainen, Christina - Professor and Head of Subject

Organisation: Ore Geology, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 492401