What will mining look like in 2040?

16 August 2018

The Sustainable Minerals Institute, together with UQX, are pleased to announce the launch of The Future of Mining? MOOC to begin on September 4, 2018.

SMI's massive open online course (MOOC) The Future of Mining? will take users on a journey building scenarios to explore the possible futures for the mining sector in 2040.

The development of this informational MOOC has been led by Robin Evans (SMI), Associate Professor Glen Corder (SMI-CMLR), and Dr Elaine Wightman (SMI-JKMRC), with collaboration from Associate Professor John Steen from the UQ Business School, Professor Peter Knights from the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, and Adjunct Professor Saleem Ali of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining.

The course aims to explore the risks, challenges and opportunities facing the mining industry over the next few decades. By introducing and utilising scenario planning as a strategic tool, students will consider a range of possible futures for the minerals sector, while considering factors that contribute to uncertain societal, corporate and physical environments.

Students will explore the current issues and challenges for the sector, the impact of rapidly changing technologies, the transition from a linear to circular economy, and understand how these combine with changing societal expectations and global trends in possible future scenarios.

This interactive course incorporates videos, expert insights, simulations, discussions and scenarios to deepen a student’s current understanding of the sector, and to encourage the development of ideas about possible future directions towards 2040.

Join us over five weeks to explore:

  • the role of minerals in society and their contribution to sustainable development;
  • the current issues and challenges confronting the sector;
  • emerging technologies and their impact across the value chain;
  • the contribution of mining to the concept of the circular economy and
  • new frameworks and policies for resource developments in the 21st century.

Enrol today to go live on September 4, 2018


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