TERRA Project


Tertiary Education in Sustainable Resource Extraction

With a growing world population and rising prosperity, the demand for mineral raw materials is continuously increasing. The European Green Deal aims to drive the transition to a modern, resource-efficient, and competitive European economy. In this context, the availability and responsible production of mineral raw materials plays a crucial role in the energy transition. Commodity markets are often unpredictable, making the challenges of identifying and extracting resources even more complex. Additionally, awareness of environmental issues is growing, and the world expects raw materials to be extracted in a responsible and sustainable way. To achieve this, the growing demand for experts in this field must be met.

The mining industry needs well-trained university graduates and future experts to meet the challenges described above. Mining and mineral resources degree programs across Europe are facing similar challenges: Student numbers are falling, and it is difficult to offer the full range of relevant subjects at one's university. To address these educational challenges, the TERRA project is working to develop innovative learning and teaching methods and foster collaboration between universities. The existing structures and experiences of the three project partners of the European Mining Courses (EMC) and the Federation of European Mineral Programs (FEMP) serve as a solid basis. 

​The TERRA Project will create a number of results and actions aiming at the challenges above:

  1. TERRA envisages to establish an Academic Expert Network, bringing together the key players of European mineral resources education.
  2. TERRA will host the 1st European Conference on TEaching and Research in Sustainable Resource ExtrAction.
  3. TERRA creates a database for students, providing a central information space about European mineral resources related education and opportunities.
  4. TERRA will create and carry out a summer school, aimed at interested students in the sustainable and responsible sourcing of tomorrows society with mineral resources.


Terra Project Main Focus


Expert Network

The TERRA project will found an Academic Expert Network.
This network aims to connect key members of European mineral resources and mining education. Beside the TERRA consortium, consisting of RWTH Aachen, MU Leoben and Aalto University, other relevant parties dedicated to current challenges in the mining industry will be invited.
​In the future it is intended to open the network and offer all interested parties the possibility to join the network.



The TERRA project aims to attract qualified future decision-makers for the European mineral resources industry.
​Key of every young person’s decision about their future career path is a sound information basis. Thus, a comprehensive database for students that provides information on career and training opportunities throughout Europe will be established and published on this website.



The TERRA conference, aims to bring together mining researchers and teachers from Europe to share our achievements, challenges, and aspirations, and to allow networking among European mining academics.
Europe’s raw materials sector needs 1.2 million jobs by 2030, but already faces serious skill shortages.
​The TERRA conference will address this challenge and how the European university sector engages with students and society, offers educational programs, educates professionals, and pursues research and innovations.
The conference program will include keynote presenters, panel discussions as well as presentations on funding opportunities for teaching and research collaborations.
Keep up-to-date on our conference homepage www.terra.rwth-aachen.de

Summer School TERRA


A summer school will be established to function as a joint module of the three partner universities and will be open to external participants. The content will focus on the sustainable and responsible sourcing of mineral raw materials. The first module of the summer school will start in August 2023 at Aalto University.

So far, a total of four modules is planned:

  1. Sustainable rock drilling and blasting technique
  2. Remote rock mass characterization
  3. Mining and energy
  4. Occupational and process safety in mining
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