CNRS-INSU, BRGM and the University of Orléans are organising the Mineral Resources 2022 workshop, from 14 to 17 November at BRGM in Orléans.
BRGM's Plat'Inn platform for raw materials and the circular economy

BRGM's Plat'Inn platform for raw materials and the circular economy.

© BRGM - Didier Depoorter

Poster of the Mineral Resources 2022 workshop

Poster of the Mineral Resources 2022 workshop.


The aim of the “Mineral Resources” 2022 workshop is to bring together various players from the world of research, public institutions and industry to discuss issues concerning the responsible and sustainable supply of metals and materials to French industrial sectors, particularly those linked to the ecological transition.

The goal of this course will be to present the different prerequisites for implementing the sustainable and responsible management of mineral resources in the service of French and European sovereignty and to secure supply lines for strategic industrial sectors.

The school will be hosted on the Orléans Geosciences campus and will be jointly organised by CNRS-INSU, BRGM and the University of Orléans. It will be possible to participate online in webinar mode.

The format of the workshop will ensure the promotion of research among young people, based on interdisciplinarity. The training course will provide participants with basic knowledge and standardised terminology, which is essential for developing an interdisciplinary community.

Mineral resources: responsible sourcing and transitions

There will be joint interdisciplinary brainstorming on the theme of responsible sourcing and transitions to find the best ways of supporting energy and digital transitions.

The programme will be divided into 4 themed sessions:

  • Sovereignty and supply potential for industrial sectors,
  • New prospecting and exploitation techniques,
  • The role of basic research in defining new prospecting guidelines,
  • Environmental impact management (life-cycle analysis (LCA), remediation and post-mine operations).

Participants in face-to-face sessions will be invited to go on visits and take part in technical workshops at the BRGM and ISTO technological platforms. At the end of the workshop, two optional field trips will be proposed.

The sessions on 14 and 15 November will end with drinks and snacks around the posters that participants can bring and display at no extra cost.



Programme of the Mineral Resources Workshop 2022

Monday 14 November

  • 9:00-9:15 - Registration

Session on “Sovereignty and supply potential for industrial sectors”

  • 9:15-9:45 - Philippe Freyssinet (BRGM): Securing France's Mineral Resources Supply: An Opportunity for R&D
  • 9:45-10:30 - Michel Cathelineau (GéoRessources Nancy): Will we have enough metals for the energy and digital transitions?
  • 10:30-10:45 - Coffee break
  • 10:45-11:30 - Gaétan Lefebvre (BRGM) and Anne-Marie Desaulty (BRGM): Traceability of critical metal supply chains
  • 11:30-12:15 - Henri Safa (CEA): Raw materials for nuclear energy

Buffet lunch

Session on “New exploration techniques”

  • 14:00-14:45 - Benoit Lafrance (UQAC): The Mineral Exploration Research Consortium's (CONSOREM) contribution to knowledge development and transfer in Quebec
  • 14:45-15:30 - Andreas Brosig (BEAK): The hybrid approach to AI-based mineral predictivity mapping: fusing conceptual and data driven methods
  • 15:30-15:45 - Coffee break    
  • 15:45-16:30 - Richard Gloaguen (HZDR): Efficient, innovative Exploration Technologies for Sustainable Metal Sourcing
  • 16:30-17:15 - Jean Cauzid (GéoRessources Nancy): Development of portable tools for exploration and comparison of mineralogical and geochemical data

Poster sessions

  • 17:30-19:00 - Posters and socialising    

Tuesday 15 November

Session on the “Role of fundamental research in defining new multi-scale processes from lithosphere to deposits”

  • 9:15-9:45 - Rolf Romer (GFZ Potsdam): Exogenic control on the distribution of endogenic Sn-W-Ta, Au, and U mineralization in the Appalachians and the Variscides
  • 9:45-10:30 - Giada Iacono (ISTO): How experimental petrology can help us understand ore processes at the origin of magmatic sulfide deposits (Ni-Cu-Co-PGE)
  • 10:30-10:45 - Coffee break    
  • 10:45-11:30 - Arnault Lassin / Johann Tuduri (BRGM): New developments in metallogeny, new metallogenic models: application to cobalt 
  • 11:30-12:15 - Nicolas Saintilan (ETH Zurich): Sulfide rhenium-osmium geochronology - what takes and it brings for ore deposit research

Buffet lunch

Technology platforms: Technical visits and workshops

  • 14:00-17:00 - F. Osselin / M. Louvel - ISTO experimental platform (reactive transport and high pressure, high temperature (HP-HT) autoclaves)
  • 14:00-17:00 - S. Touzé / Y. Menard - Demonstration of processing of ore and secondary resources at BRGM's Plat'Inn pilot hall
  • 14:00-17:00 - O. Serrano - French Geological Library (BRGM) with observation of mineralized cores

Poster sessions

  • 17:30-19:00 - Posters and socialising

Wednesday 16 November

Session on "Managing economic, environmental and social impacts"

  • 9:15-9:45 - Yves Jégourel: Crises and disruptions in global commodity markets
  • 9:45-10:30 - Antoine Beylot: From mine to metal: assessing the environmental footprint via Life Cycle Assessment
  • 10:30-10:45 - Coffee break
  • 10:45-11:30 - Yann Gunzburger & Juliette Cerceau : Development trajectories of extractive territories: which approaches and which orientations for researchers in sustainability science?
  • 11:30-12:15 - Victoire Girard: Natural resource exploration - a curse or a blessing for local communities?

Buffet lunch

Visit to an industrial site: quarry in the Centre-Val de Loire region (optional with registration as numbers are limited)

  • 14:00-17:00 - Stanislas Sizaret, François-Xavier Masson: Visit to the quarry at Villeneuve-sur-Conie

For field trips, YOU MUST SIGN UP by email at to check availability BEFORE paying your registration fee AND the supplement for field trips.

Thursday 17 November

Massif Central field trip day (optional with registration, as numbers are limited)

  • 7:00-20:00 - Eric Gloaguen, Jérémie Melleton: rare-metal-bearing granite: Echassières / Montebras
  • 7:00-20:00 - Stanislas Sizaret, François-Xavier Masson: Hydrothermal Sb and W-Or deposits: Lublihac / Bonac

For field trips, YOU MUST SIGN UP by email at to check availability BEFORE paying your registration fee AND the supplement for field trips.