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5. URBAN MINING Congress 2014 together with the r³ Statusseminar
Under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)

Main topic in 2014
Strategic Metals - Innovative resource technologies
On 11 and 12 June 2014 the 5th URBAN MINING Congress in conjunction with the
r³ Statusseminar was held at the Congress Center Ost Messe Essen.

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On June 11, Dr. Lothar Mennicken from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) opened both the Congress and the Statusseminar. Following came a speech by Prof. Dr. Martin Faulstich, Chairman of the Advisory Council on the Environment of the Federal Government, for energy and raw material shift. The next topic was "Status and development of environmental research in Germany", presented by Prof. Dr. Udo E. Simonis from the Social Science Research Center Berlin. The lecture "To mine or not to mine" by Prof. Dr. Jens Gutzmer, Director of the Helmholtz-Institute for Resource Technology, directly opened up the topic of exploration and exploitation strategies. From the University of Duisburg-Essen spoke Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Deike on the economic recycling of metals and metal oxides.


r3 Statusseminar

Parallel to the Urban Mining Congress  the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg organized their r3 Statusseminar with commodity experts from all over Germany. The Patron was the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, which in 2012 founded the funding measure "r3 - Strategic Metals and Minerals - Innovative Technologies for Resource Efficiency".



On the evening of June 11 Prof. Dr. Martin Faulstich was awarded with the URBAN MINING Award 2014  in the category of research and science. Also awarded was the television journalist and moderator Eric Mayer. He received the URBAN MINING Award 2014 in the category Journalism for the knowledge show for Children & Youths, pur +, which addresses sustainability issues regularly - including urban mining - and brings them closer in a simple, understandable way for young and old.