The Complex Orebodies Cross-Cutting program aims to bring to bear the research capabilities of the SMI and the broader UQ Mining Sector to address the range of social and environmental and technical innovations that will be required in order to derive essential mineral supply from complex orebodies which are known but currently not able to achieve production.

We are addressing this challenge through a mixture of fundamental and industry-collaborative research spanning the entire range of themes relevant to the mining value chain. This presentation will provide an overview of progress and future plans for the program.

Rick Valenta is the Director of the WH Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland. Prior to that, he spent 23 years in Exploration and Development with major and junior mining companies in Australia and Canada in senior technical and executive roles. He has been involved in numerous mineral discoveries and research relating to exploration targeting and ore deposit geology. His current role is focused on maximising the value of geological information in the entire exploration and mining continuum, and he is leading the Complex Orebodies Cross-Cutting program within the SMI and UQ.


Sir James Foots Building (47A)
Sustainable Minerals Institute
Level 4 Seminar room