Experience of European countries connected with a transformation of hard coal and lignite mining industries

  1. Experiences resulting from a realization of the transition process of post-mining areas in Germany.
  2. Management of Just Transition process of post-mining areas in Spain – successes and failures.
  3. Analysis of social and economic transition effects in local and regional scales based on the Czech Republic’s experience.
  4. Development possibilities of abandoned mines regions in the result of realizing the Just Transition process in Greece.
  5. Participation of the scientific sector in the Just Transition process of mining regions based on German, Spanish, Greek, British, Czech and Polish experiences.
  6. Strategic changes implemented in the post-mining areas in Great Britain.
  7. Post-mining reality in West European countries.
  8. Management of change after closing down Dutch mines in the area of South Limburg.
  9. Efficiency assessment of mining regions’ transformations on the examples of selected West European countries.
  10. Best solutions used in the Just Transition process (Saar Coal Basin, Ruhr Coal Basin, Northern Rhine-Westphalia, Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Limburg, Asturia, Ptolemais Coal Basin, Most, Upper-Silesian Coal Basin, Lubelskie Coal Basin, Wałbrzyskie Coal Basin, Konin Region)

Transition of post-mining areas

  1. Transition of the Silesian region.
  2. European regulatory environment in the transition period.
  3. European Green Deal and documents.
  4. Social-and-economic aspects of Just Transition process in post-mining areas.
  5. Principles of Just Transition with regard to Green Deal requirements.
  6. Factors favourable to Just Transition.
  7. Barriers to Just Transition.
  8. Management of Just Transition process on local and regional levels.
  9. Determination of transition process principles and formulation of guidelines for different groups of stake-holders, guaranteeing social approvals of changes.

Green mining

  1. Activities of coal companies in the aspect of European strategy of methane emissions reduction.
  2. Effects of methane emissions from coal seams to the atmosphere – chances and threats.
  3. Technologies for methane capture from mine air.
  4. Implementation of circular economy.

Technological challenges in mines under closure

  1. Designing and constructing of equipment to protect underground parts of mines against hazards.

Development of electromobility in underground production plants of copper and coking coal

  1. Determination of implementation possibilities of fuel cells for feeding machines and equipment operated in a production process of minerals.
  2. Impact of balancing system on life and operational safety of lithium batteries in selected systems of mining machines.
  3. Development of electromobility in the mining sector as one of methods for improving occupational safety in the extractive industry.

Efficiency improvement of minerals’ beneficiation

  1. Efficiency tests of jig beneficiation process of cooking coal fines.
  2. Concentration determination of REE (Rare Earth Elements) in mine waste deposited on waste dumps.
  3. Tests of REE (Rare Earth Elements) in selected materials and their recovery.
  4. Recovery of fine coal grains from post-mining waste with use of state-of-the-art technologies.

Debate entitled: “Mining in the Future”

Debate entitled: “Internationalization of the Polish circum-mining sector – Expansion possibilities of the Polish extractive sector”