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Strategic PArtnership for Critical Improvements in Methodology of studying and teaching of mineral resources - SPACIM

English title Strategic PArtnership for Critical Improvements in Methodology of studying and teaching of mineral resources - SPACIM
Applicant von Quadt Albrecht
Number 160512
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Institut für Geochemie und Petrologie ETH Zürich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline Geochemistry
Start/End 01.04.2015 - 31.03.2018
Approved amount 195'000.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Geochemistry
Other disciplines of Earth Sciences

Keywords (5)

Networking; knowledge transfer; new master course; upgrade infrastructure; Training

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Strategische Neue Partnerschaft zwischen der Universität Belgrad, des Geologischen Instituts (BAS) Sofia und der ETH Zürich (IGP), um eine Verbesserung der Unterrichtsmethoden und Forschungsansätze im Bereich der Rohstoffe zu verbessern
Lay summary

Das Projekt SPACIM (SPACIM =Strategic PArtnership for Critical Improvements in Methodology of studying and teaching of mineral resources) beschreibt eine neue Partnership zwischen der Fluids und Mineral Resource Gruppe (ETH Zürich), dem Geologischen Institut der Bulgarischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Fakultät in Bergbau und Geologie der Universität Belgrad. Im Rahmen des SPACIM Projektes sollen die Standards in Forschung und Unterricht in den Geologischen Wissenschaften in Osteuropa verbessert werden. Es werden folgende drei Kernaktivitäten beschrieben: 1) Verbesserung der Infrastruktur, 2) Training und Wissenstransfer, 3) Netzwerk verbessern. Die verschiedenen Trainings sollen dazu benutzt werden, den Unterricht und die Forschung an bestimmten Orten zu konzentrieren, damit das verhandene Personal gezielter ausgebildet werden kann. Diese Aktivitäten umfassen Seminare, Workshops, Sommerschulen und Studentenexkursionen, immer konzentriert auf bestimmte thematische Schwerpunkte. Die Teilnehmer, meist Masterstudenten, Doktoranden, aber auch jüngere post-docs werden von den Team-Kollegen der ETH Zürich ausgebildet. Kurze Besuche von Doktoranden und Masterstudenten aus Belgrad und Sofia an der ETH Zürich sind geplant, damit die Ausbildung so geplant werden kann, dass ein selbständiges Arbeiten an der Mikrosonde, Flüssigkeits-Einschluss-Heiztischen und an LA-ICP-MS möglich wird. Unter Leitung der ETH Zürich werden spezielle Workshops (2-3 Tage) in Belgrad und Sofia veranstaltet, damit jüngere Wissenschafter und Lehrer das “Publizieren in internationalen Zeitschriften” und neue technologische Unterrichtsmethoden erlernen. Ein Hauptanliegen dieses Projektes liegt nicht nur im akademischen oder technischen Raum, sondern es liegt im Vermitteln von “Vorgehensweisen” der einzelnen Forschnungsgruppen, Problem zu erkennen, Lösungsansätze zu definieren und dann gezielte Versuche starten.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 22.03.2015

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
University of Belgrade Serbien (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Dundee Precious Metals Bulgaria (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Mining Bor RTB Serbien (Europe)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Elatsite Med Bulgaria (Europe)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel
Geological Institute, Acad. Bulgaria (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
FirstQuantum Minerals Bulgaria (Europe)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
EldoradoGolds Serbien (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Goldschmidt conference Talk given at a conference Origin of the igneous rocks from Ruen zone (SE Europe): geochemistry, isotope data and analysis of the zircon population 15.08.2017 Paris, France von Quadt Albrecht; Peytcheva Irena;
Magmatism of the Earth and related strategic metal deposits Talk given at a conference High-precision zircon dates obtained using new 1013 Ohm resistors: An example from zircon standard material 08.08.2017 Miass, Russia von Quadt Albrecht; Peytcheva Irena;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
SPACIM workshop 16.11.2017 Davos, Switzerland
The chain of geological processes making porphyry-style and epithermal ore deposits 25.04.2017 Belgrad, Serbien

Knowledge transfer events



Self-organised

Title Date Place
Core Logging Course 20.03.2018 Chelopech, Bulgaria
Core logging Course 14.10.2016 Raska, Serbien

Abstract

This project is aimed at establishing a qualitatively new partnership between the Fluids and Mineral Deposits Group of the ETH Zurich (ETHZ), Geological Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (GI-BAS) and University of Belgrade - Faculty of Mining and Geology (UB-FMG). This partnership should essentially improve standards in research and teaching in geosciences in Eastern Europe, in particular with respect to the origin, evolution and distribution of mineral deposits. The main target is UB-FMG (category A), which is the only higher educational institution in Serbia providing research and teaching in Geology, including all aspects of ore deposits. The UB-FMG has large research and educational potential in this field, but this potential must be unlocked and strengthened in order to be fully realized. For achieving this major goal, the establishing a strategic network is proposed. The network will be led by the ETHZ, as one of the research groups with the highest authorities in studying mineral resources in Europe. The GI-BAS will be the third partner (category B), which will facilitate the links between the leading and the main targeted institution and improve further its own capabilities in studying and teaching mineral resources. The project consists of three core activities each related to specific objectives: 1) Upgrade of infrastructure, 2) Training and knowledge transfer and 3) Networking. These core activities will be supported by 4) a coherent management structure and followed by 5) a comprehensive outreach program. 1) The upgrade of infrastructure will focus on purchasing a heating/freezing stage for fluid inclusions study and supplying necessary standards for the Wavelength Dispersive Detector recently installed to the existing Scanning Electron Microscope for the UB-FMG. For the GI-BAS water and acids distillers, fume-hood and an oven (50-220 °C) will be purchased and installed. This upgrade will contribute to the improvement of sample preparation and application of new analytical techniques for the existing LA-ICP-MS equipment. The objective of these activities is to reinforce the infrastructural potential of the GI-BAS and in particular UB-FMG, in order to be fully capable for efficient networking (objective 3). 2) The training activities aim at increasing the overall teaching and research potential of human resources at the targeted center. These activities include organizing thematic workshops, seminars, summer schools and student excursions (MSc and PhD student) at the UB-FMG and GI-BAS, which will be led by highly experienced ETHZ staff, as well as short visits of the UB-FMG young researchers to both ETHZ and GI-BAS for various training. Short visits of the younger researchers of GI-BAS team to ETHZ will overlap in time to further develop their knowledge in modern analytical techniques applied to mineral deposits. This program will contribute to establishing a new generation of researchers at the UB-FMG and GI-BAS. In addition, it will maximize the impact of the above presented infrastructural upgrade and exploit large expertise of the ETHZ in studying ore deposits. One of the major outcomes is that the expertise in mineral deposits at the UB-FMG and partly at the GI-BAS is more integrated, the existing curricula is refined and new is developed. 3) The networking activities focus on establishing the elements of a strategic partnership on medium- to long-term basis among the project beneficiaries, and that will be ensured through meetings between the ETHZ, UB-FMG and GI-BAS staff for strengthening the previous cooperation and establishing new pathways of collaboration (e.g. new PhD theses, preparation of joint publications, etc.). This will provide a more powerful core for further enlargement of the networking by including other research centers from East Europe, in particular from the Balkan Region. Such enlarged network will exploit other ways of funding, such as Erasmus+, H2020, etc. 4) The management structure will led by the ETHZ group with its long-term experience in organisation of workshops, excursions, international working groups which involves annual staff meetings, transparent structure and an IT equipment (NAS Server) for data transfer, communication and transfer to the public society; 4) The outreach program includes various modes of communication (project website, articles in newspapers, promotion leaflets, and joint publications) and different stakeholders (undergraduate students, higher education authorities, wider scientific community, specialist groups and individuals, etc.).The significance of this proposal is not purely academic or research- and technology-oriented. It directly meets the major SCOPES’ idea of supporting individual research trams in their attempt of solving much wider problems and difficulties of the transition period. The UB-FMG, as the main beneficiary of this project, is expected to have important roles in the future, not only for education and research but for the entire concept of sustainable development in Serbia.
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