Key Notes

The "Mining in Europe 2017" Team is currently developing an intense scientific program.

We are pleased to announce that the following key note speakers  have already confirmed to participate in our conference:

Günter BeckerMunich Re.

Topic of his presentation: Financial risk management in mining

Günter Becker is the Head of Mining business within the Corporate Insurance Partner business unit of Munich RE where he manages a global portfolio of accounts. Günter has more than 25 years of underwriting experience in the Oil&Gas and Mining business with Gerling Global Re in Toronto, Calgary and Cologne and for the last 13 years with Munich RE, being based in Munich.

Günter holds a Degree in Mining Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University in Aachen (RWTH) and is an “Associate of the Insurance Institute of Canada” (AIIC). Prior to his insurance career he worked as a mining engineer in a German soft rock mine and a hard rock iron ore mine in Liberia, West Africa.

Gerd Kübler -  K+S.

Topic of his presentation: Challenges of salt and potash mining

Gerd Kübler is Head of Mining Member of the Supervisory Board of K + S Aktiengesellschaft since January 2016 


Tom Butler - International Council on Mining and Metals, UK

Topic of his presentation: Improving the social and environmental performance of the mining and metals industry

Tom Butler became CEO of ICMM in July 2015. Before that, he spent 18 years with the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) in the infrastructure and natural resource teams, with much of that time focused on mining and power projects in Africa. From 2011, Tom was IFC’s Global Head of Mining, where he led a multi-disciplinary team of specialists responsible for IFC’s financing of mining exploration and development in emerging market countries, all in accordance with IFC’s environmental and social Performance Standards.


Peter Woods - International Atomic Energy Agency. 

Topic of his presentation: Uranium resources and production

Peter is Team Leader of the Uranium Resources and Production subprogramme at the International Atomic Energy Agency based in Vienna, Austria. There he provides specialized knowledge and experience to IAEA’s uranium mining and milling programmes, including as a programme developer and implementer and as a technical expert and lecturer. His missions assisting IAEA’s Member States with uranium exploration and mining issues have so far taken him to Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Europe, Asia and back to Australia.


Dr. Olaf Enger - MIRO.

Topic of his presentation: The German pit and quarry industry

Abstracts are invited in the following theme areas:

• Mineral resources
• Mining technologies
• Responsible mining

Authors are invited to submit abstracts (up to 300 words) for possible inclusion as poster or oral presentation in the Conference  program. Abstracts are to be submitted electronically via the Conference portal, which will be opened soon.