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Course 1: RawMatCop Academy

The RawMatCop Academy, Copernicus for RawMaterials, offers a hands-on approach and shows how to unlock the power of Copernicus for companies, organisations and research institutions along the entire life cycle of raw materials. During the course, participants have the opportunity to work directly with Copernicus’ Sentinel satellite data and open source software to learn how it can be used for:

  1. Securing the primary and secondary mineral and material resources needed to transition to a sustainable and circular economy

  2. Monitoring environmental impact and increasing safety

The RawMatCop Academy consists of 4-half-day online courses where participant will:

  • Be introduced to Copernicus data and Earth Observation

  • Learn about imaging technology, optical and radar remote sensing for the raw material sector

  • Gain hands-on experience on the use of satellite data and tools to tackle industry challenges

EIT RawMaterials offers a unique course on Copernicus satellite data applied to the raw materials sector, thanks to the world's biggest network of professionals in the field:  

  • Flexible approach adapted to meet professionals' needs

  • Fully online and interactive course, delivered by top EU experts

  • Endorsed by the European Federation of Geologists

For more information, visit the RawMatCop webpage (Registration has closed):

Course 2: HIF, INFACT & TheiaX short course

DAY 1 (€ 50)


INFACT short course on sustainable exploration: 

Keynote “Mineral Exploration in Europe: status, challenges and opportunities”, by Jon Russill (SRK Exploration Services Ltd.). This will comprise an introduction to the mineral potential of Europe, particularly with respect to critical raw materials, an update on current exploration activity and discussion of some of the challenges of exploring in the area. Jon will also present a vision for a different future of mining in Europe and how this might be achieved.

The late morning session will use some of the technical results from the EU H2020 project “INFACT” to demonstrate the geological relevance of some of the latest non-invasive exploration technologies in the mineral exploration sector, such as low-frequency airborne electromagnetics, full-tensor magnetic gradiometry, multi-sensor drones, and passive seismic. 

HIF short course on hyperspectral imaging:

The early afternoon part of the session will set highlight on hyperspectral imaging. We will demonstrate workflows and examples using multi-sensor setups from different scales and platforms such as drone-based mapping and oblique outcrop scanning. In the following practical part we will give an interactive live demo of the Hylite toolbox, focusing on the creation of fully corrected 3D pointcloud hyperspectral analogues of mine faces.

THEIA·X special:

The use of hyperspectral data along the mining value chain has great implications for mining and exploration projects. Whether the aim is to get a glimpse into the mineralogy of a deposit or to obtain more specific grade estimates in an operating mine, hyperspectral data can provide fast, objective and reliable insights.

In this lecture, THEIA·X will cover the applicability and advantages of hyperspectral data by focussing on drill-core operations and guide you through real case studies.


DAY 2 (€ 50)


HIF short course on machine learning in Earth Observation: 

In this advanced course, participants will get an in-depth overview of AI techniques for Earth Observation with a particular focus on methodologies found highly relevant for mineral exploration. The day will start off with the keynote presenter, Prof. Paul Scheunders. 

The rest of the course will focus on the latest trends in AI techniques for a variety of applications:

  • Denoising

  • Feature extraction

  • Unmixing

  • Classification

  • Sensor fusion

User Forum

The RawMatCop User Forum is organised within the context of the RawMatCop Programme and will be a platform for discussion, networking and exchanging experience on the use of Earth Observation and Copernicus data and services in the raw materials sector.


The day will start with three keynote speeches from representatives from academia, industry and policy. These speakers will set the scene and introduce industrial/end-user experiences and opportunities but also the policy context and priorities of Earth Observation within the context of raw materials. The speakers will also highlight the main technological, policy and economic challenges preventing the wide-spread uptake of Earth Observation data in raw materials industries and propose how these challenges may be addressed.


Dr. Gerardo Herrera

Prof. Begüm Demir

Irene Benito Rodríguez

EIT RawMaterials will introduce the RawMatCop Programme, illustrating how it has contributed to the Earth Observation policy actions through 13 industrial case-study driven post-doctoral research projects and the RawMatCop Academy capacity building programme.  


In the afternoon the RawMatCop User Forum participants will have a choice to select one break-out session workshop, facilitated by the RawMatCop post-doctoral researchers, in which challenges, opportunities and needs of Earth Observation applications in raw materials industries will be interactively discussed. Participants will be able to choose from the following break-out session topics:

  1. Ground deformation

  2. Tailings & waste management

  3. Targeting & monitoring.


The main outcomes, recommendations and future outlook discussed in the break-out sessions will then be summarised and presented to all participants in a final plenary session.  

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