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Earth Materials for a Sustainable and Thriving Society

Earth Materials for a Sustainable and Thriving Society

UNESCO Lecture Series
Earth Materials for a Sustainable and Thriving Society
Organized in collaboration with IUGS and iCRAG

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Minerals and other Earth materials are a key component in the development of a sustainable global society, providing essential raw materials for technologies and economic growth while respecting the natural world. This program of lectures, designed for a global audience, will provide diverse perspectives on Earth materials and their role in society. Leading natural scientists, social scientists, and educators will look at how Earth materials are critical to a sustainable future and how the minerals sector, adhering to best practices, can contribute to society in a socially and environmentally positive way.


The lectures will be freely accessible, and recordings will be made available online soon after the presentation. All sessions will be conducted in English with live captioning in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Swahili, and Hindi.

All sessions will include a live public question and answer period with the presenters immediately following the lecture presentations.


Earth materials: the foundation for development - January 26, 2021

Introductory remarks from Dr. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO, and Dr. John Ludden CBE, Bicentennial Research Professor, Environmental Governance and Diplomacy, Heriot-Watt University, UK.


Dr. Larry Meinert, Meinert Consulting LLC, Delaware, USA
Dr. Nellie Mutemeri, Mining Practice Lead, Mutemeri Consulting and Associate Professor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Climate neutrality, the circular economy, and earth materials - February 2, 2021


Prof. John Thompson, PetraScience Consultants, Vancouver, Canada and Honorary Professor of Sustainable Resources, University of Bristol, UK
Prof. Frances Wall, Professor of Applied Mineralogy, University of Exeter, UK

The neglected minerals and materials of development - February 9, 2021


Prof. Daniel Franks, Program Leader, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Australia

Mineral extraction and communities - February 16, 2021


Dr. Rajiv Maher, Research Professor, EGADE Business School del Technológico de Monterrey, Mexico
Dr. Melba Kapesa Wasunna, External Affairs Manager, Base Titanium Ltd., Kenya

Suppliers, consumers, and the global minerals supply chain - March 3, 2021


Dr. Kathryn Moore, Senior Lecturer in Critical and Green Technology Metals, University of Exeter, UK
Dr. Judy Muthuri, Associate Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School, UK, and Project Lead, Sustainable Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Project (Kenya)

Earth materials and a sustainable future - March 9, 2021


Prof. Murray Hitzman, Director, iCRAG, Dublin, Ireland. Prof. Hitzman directs the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences
Ms. Halleluya Naantu Ekandjo, PhD candidate at iCRAG, University College Dublin., where she is studying the Rosh Pinah zinc-lead deposit in Namibia

Closing remarks by UNESCO representative

1/26/2021 - 4/1/2021