Published on 24.10.14
Chilean Minister of Mining, Ms Aurora Williams visits Trinity College Dublin
The Chilean Minister of Mining, Ms Aurora Williams visits Trinity College Dublin. The purpose of this visit was to meet with Chilean university students and learn about the progress of various projects that could be undertaken in collaboration between the Ministry of Mines and the University. Ms. Aurora Williams was presented with 6 projects that TCD has developed and initiated with Chile in the area of raw materials in the last 2 years. In particular, the Minister expressed that some projects could be developed in conjunction with Cochilco and Enami (Chilean Copper Commission and Chilean Mining Corporation, respectively).
The projects presented have been the result of a 4-year interaction with Chilean institutions. Dr Damaris Fernandez, Chilean Research Fellow working at Chemistry and CRANN/AMBER developed the initial concepts together with the Chilean teams. The projects presented will be led by Professor Michael Lyons (Chemistry/CRANN), Professor Paul Coughlan (Business), Professor Eileen Drew (Wiser initiative) and Professor Sylvia Draper (Chemistry, CRANN) and will aim to include new technologies and perspectives into the Mining activities of the Chilean country, promoting further collaboration with industry and academics in this country.
Chile, with a population corresponding to the 0.5% of the world, and a surface equivalent to the 0.4% is by far the leader global Copper producer, providing 30% of the world consumption. Chile is also leader producer of other raw materials such as Lithium and Molybdenum. There was agreement to strengthen the relationship between the institutions, for which the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding has been envisaged in the near future, to promote collaborative Education, Research and Innovation activities.
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