First edition of DIM ESEE-2 innovative workshop under the topic Innovation in exploration was held successfully from 20th to 22nd October 2021 at the Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik, in hybrid form. The event gathered 23 on-site participants and 20 online participants connected via b2match interactive platform. Among the participants, there were PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers employed at universities or in industry, engineers from various companies and academicians, representing 21 different institutions from Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, Slovenia and Ukraine.  The online platform offered the opportunity to online participants to invite each other for meetings in matchmaking sessions and to promote some of their products/expertise/seek business partners via Marketplace section.

The workshop focusesd on innovative solutions for mineral prospecting and exploration via module divided into three days, held by lecturers from Hungary, mostly University of Miskolc, as this institution was the topic providing partner. 

The first day, Wednesday 20th October, was titled Main challenges and needs in innovative mineral exploration and robotization. The programme started with an Opening ceremony including speeches by Agata Poczmańska (Education Manager at EIT Raw Materials Eastern CLC, Project officer), Assoc. Prof. Vladislav Brkić, PhD (Dean of the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, University of Zagreb) and Assoc. Prof. Vječislav Bohanek, PhD – Program director (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering). The introductory lecture about EU policy framework was given by Assoc. Prof. Ferenc Madai (University of Miskolc) and then the programme continued with two lectures devoted to innovative solutions for and challenges in underwater spaces, given by Assoc. Prof. Norbert Zajzon (University of Miskolc) and Richárd Z. Papp (UNEXMIN Georobotics Ltd.). They also presented case studies – exploration of flooded underground spaces, the UNEXMIN-UNEXUP story.

The main topic of the second day, Thursday 21st October was Remote-sensing- and sensor-based techniques and their application in the construction of 3D models. Main presenter was Dr István Márton from Stockwork Geoconsulting Ltd / Babeş–Bolyai University who gave two online lectures related to analytical methodologies in exploration geochemistry and presented two case studies connected to application in modern geochemical exploration.  Boglárka Anna Topa and Richárd Z. Papp from University of Miskolc demonstrated UAV-based remote sensing data acquisition and interpretation in 3D models and portable geochemical devices, respectively. The live presentation by Boglárka Anna Topa drew much attention from the participants who gathered and wanted to try the XRF and LIBS devices on their own.

The topic of Day 3, Friday 22nd October, was Advanced geophysical data processing and geostatistical methods. Main presenter was Prof. Dr. Norbert Peter Szabo from University of Miskolc who gave two online lectures presenting statistical analysis of multivariate (big) datasets as well as seismic, geoelectric and direct-push logging methods. Endre Nádasi from University of Miskolc also presented inversion-based modelling for the interpretation of gravity, magnetic and geoelectric datasets.

Finally, in the section EIT RawMaterials activities in other regions, several presenters from University of Miskolc and University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering gavce overview of other EIT RawMaterials funded projects, such as MOBI-US and ADRIA RIS Internship programme.

DIM ESEE organizers would like to cordially thank all the lecturers and participants for their patience and support during the hybrid school implementation!