Speaker:  Professor Nadja Kunz, Canada Research Chair in Mine Water Management & Stewardship, The University of British Columbia

Abstract:  Mine water and waste legacies present local and global challenges, set to intensify with projected increases in future mining expansion. This presentation introduces a new tool for quantifying the potential consequences of tailings storage facility failures on communities and ecosystems, and outlines ongoing research to strengthen the economic business case for technological innovations that could mitigate mining legacies. Future research directions are outlined including quantifying the vulnerability of facilities due to climate change, and improved understanding of how tailings risks vary based on socio-economic factors. The presentation will also invite dialogue around how mine waste legacies differ between Canada and Australia.

Bio:  Nadja Kunz holds degrees in chemical engineering and business management, and a PhD from The University of Queensland's Sustainable Minerals Institute. Prior to joining UBC in 2017, she was a postdoc at Eawag in Switzerland and consulted as a water specialist for the International Finance Corporation. Nadja has operational, corporate and consulting experience within the mining sector, and has worked on projects in Australia, Canada, Mongolia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Chile and Peru. Nadja has extensive leadership experience, currently co-leading the water stewardship theme for the Bradshaw Research Institute for Minerals and Metals, and playing a leadership role within the Future Minerals Initiative which convenes UBC academics and First Nations leaders to reimagine the future of mining. Beyond UBC, she serves on the Board of Directors for Genome British Columbia.

About JKMRC Friday Seminars 2024

Welcome to the 2024 Series of the JKMRC Friday Seminars.  The list of presentations will aim to cover a range of topics related to the minerals sector from decision making in exploration, new mineral processing technologies, social licence to operate and mine closure.

The JKMRC Friday Seminars will be presented often in person, at the Indooroopilly Mine Site Lecture Theatre, and also as webinar.  Registration for the webinar is required and can be made via the registration link in each seminar overview.

A large number of past webinars can be accessed on the SMI website: https://smi.uq.edu.au/webinars

Previous seminars have been uploaded to YouTube via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/smiuq

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Indooroopilly Mine Site
40 Isles Road, Indooroopilly, Qld
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