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Hybrid multi-network international mining conference

April 25-27, 2022 - Quebec City, Canada

Special session on

"Research and innovation in digital science and technology for responsible mining".

April 26, 2022, 1 to 2:30 p.m. EDT


DSTN > Events > Mining Mining The connections 2022

Mining the Connections is an international, multidisciplinary conference that brings together academic researchers, students, government representatives, members of indigenous and non-indigenous communities, NGOs and mining companies to discuss mining developments and their impacts.

Digital science and technology have had an impact on the mining sector, transforming activities in all phases of the mining cycle: exploration, exploitation, information and knowledge management, site monitoring, follow-up and reduction of negative impacts, closure and post-mine activities. In addition, artisanal, semi-industrial and industrial mining activities have expanded significantly since the 2000s in emerging and developing countries in tropical and subtropical regions, and are also facing this transformation. Beyond the positive aspects in terms of productivity and site safety, the negative impacts on eco- and agro-systems, as well as on the health and well-being of populations, are calling on researchers to adopt a responsible and more virtuous approach to mining.

In a context where mining resources are less and less sustainable, where global changes are having an ever-greater impact, and in countries where the digital divide needs to be reduced, our aim in this session is to analyze the digital tools available, and to reflect on their appropriate use in local territories and contexts, taking into account not only their profitability but also their acceptability to local populations and their impact on the environment and territories.

The panel brings together researchers and companies from the mining and digital sectors, who will present their experience of using digital technology, the issues involved, and their vision and expectations of what digital science and technology can bring to mining activities that respect the environment and people.

The public will also be given the chance to add their own testimonies, and propose actions and collaborations.

A report on the exchanges and a work plan will be summarized and shared with all participants.

Mining is a complex industry. The discussions at this workshop will clarify the needs of the mining industry, which could be met by digital science and technology, and the challenges of the mines of the future for an increasingly responsible and controlled mining activity.

Organizers and participants ACE Partner

  • Gaoussou CAMARA,, Alioune Diop University, Senegal
  • Fabrice COLIN,, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Morocco
  • Patrice EBAH,, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Grégory GIRAUD,, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France
  • Hélène KIRCHNER,, Inria, France
  • Maissa MBAYE,, Gaston Berger University, Senegal
  • Olivia Koupaki,, Development Research Institute, Ghana
  • Faissal Ouedraogo,, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Burkina Faso
  • Guillaume Favreau,, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Niger
  • Nicaise Ndam,, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Benin