INFACT – Innovative, Non-Invasive and Fully Acceptable Exploration Technologies (EU Horizon 2020 research project 2017-2020)


Responsible leaders for the Finnish partners: Professor Lasse Peltonen for University of Eastern Finland, Senior Researcher Sari Kauppi for the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and Professor Elena Kozlovskaya for Oulu Mining School.


Lasse Peltonen  p. 050 466 7204

Sari Kauppi p. 0295 251 268

Elena Kozlovskaya p. 040 821 2681


EU Horizon 2020 research project ’Innovative, Non-Invasive and Fully Acceptable Exploration Technologies’ is developing new sustainable mining exploration technologies and processes which will be tested under realistic conditions in three reference areas in Germany (Geyer), Finland (Sakatti) and Spain (Minas de Ríotinto, Gerena). The project will be carried out in 2017-2020 and it includes 17 partners from seven countries.

INFACT is the first EU-wide project which allows the testing and monitoring of new technologies in realistic conditions. The new technologies will be tested with helicopters, aeroplanes and drones. These technologies can improve the current mining exploration methods, reducing the need for drilling significantly and creating a model for exploration that is less invasive and has a smaller environmental impact.

The new methods can take into account the individual environmental and social conditions of the different operational areas. In the three reference areas, the aim is to engage in constructive dialogue with the local communities and decision-makers and to cooperate closely with the regional authorities and mining companies. The project will develop a common understanding of good social and environmental practices and methodology that subsequently are to become standard across the entire EU.

The focus of the UEF research group in INFACT is in stakeholder engagement and investigating knowledge, perception and opinion of the public about exploration and mining. The project is being coordinated by the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology at the Helmholtz-Zantrum Dresden-Rossendorf and the Finnish research partners include University of Eastern Finland, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and Oulu Mining School.

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