On August 30, 2019, around 20 master craftsmen and the developers of the online learning program met below Schloss Augustusburg to explore with each other the framework conditions under which CNC knowledge could be conveyed in an easy-to-understand and application-oriented way on a PC or laptop.

An animated short introductory film vividly showed the individual learning places and the possible course of events. Mr. Deckert, TU Dresden, presented the individual building blocks of the learning and teaching concept - and then it became quite practical. The participants were able to try out a work task of the online CNC learning program themselves. The focus of the almost three-hour event, however, were the questions of carpenters and stonemasons about the time spent learning, the technical requirements, the availability of the Internet, the ddx drawing program used or the licensing of several devices for learning purposes.

In addition to the open discussion and discussion round, a multi-page questionnaire could also be filled out in order to obtain very clear statements and impulses in the overall evaluation as to which learning contents, in which form and with which technical conditions, could bring the most added value to the skilled trainees.

One thing was already clear this afternoon: It takes this intensive exchange between craft and program developers, so as not to miss the actual learning needs and abilities!

Feel free to contact us with your questions and suggestions: Use the contact form or the project flyer at www.cnc-online.info or take part in one of our exchange meetings (regional conferences). Of course, you can also complete the questionnaire. Every word helps

The project "CNC kompakt online (CompO)" is implemented by the Association of Carpenters Saxony, the State Guild of Stonemasons and Sculptors Saxony, the Chamber of Dresden and the Technical University of Dresden - Psychology of Teaching and Learning as an ESF model project, which is under the project leadership of the Geo Competence Center Freiberg eV started in April 2019.

As a consultant, GKZ is commissioned by the Saxon Ministry of Economic Affairs to design the permanent raw materials exhibition at the Chemnitz Museum of Industry. This will be one of the central exhibition venues of the Saxon State Exhibition "BOOM. 500 years of industrial culture in Saxony https://www.boom-sachsen.de/ enriched by one important aspect: raw materials in our everyday lives and as a basis of industrialization. In close cooperation with the curators of the museum and professional designers, new content, conceptional and didactic paths are taken which supplement the permanent exhibition in a particularly sustainable way and take into account the current needs of sharpening our raw materials awareness. Now that the conceptual stage is complete, the implementation begins, with the exhibit scheduled to be finished by April 2020.

The results can already be seen: raw material themes have been integrated into the objects of the permanent exhibition in accordance with the human needs of communication, mobility and clothing. The redesign will be surprising, as it has committed itself to completely new approaches. Let yourself be surprised!
(This measure will be co-financed by grants on the basis of the budget decided by the members of the Saxon Landtag.)

Under the title "Ensuring SLO is adaptive and resilient", GKZ and the University of Lapland organized the third (and final) SLO stakeholder workshop of the project MIREU - Network of Mining and Metallurgy Regions in EU - in Brussels. The host was the Saxon Liaison Office, which is increasingly dedicated to mining issues and has become an important port of call in the heart of Europe in this regard.

The workshop was divided into the main event and an optional session with KU Leuven. The topics for discussion in the main event included (1) the different view of stakeholders and applicability of SLO at the regional level; (2) understanding how continuing to empower communities could affect the administrative, legislative and political decision-making process; (3) the general negative perception of mining across Europe and if that industry can borrow experiences from other industries, for instance, forestry; (4) examples from different European regions that encourage SLO via a non-binding approach; (5) how SLO is seen outside of Europe and what it means for a European mining industry that is operated by global industrial players; and (6) what should be taken into consideration when developing a SLO guiding framework tailored for Europe.
The two-day workshop showed that the understanding of SLO varies across Europe, and more often than not, SLO is not the term used when addressing acceptance issues at the regional level in Europe. Also of note was the debate around the general trend toward citizen empowerment, for example the climate change movement Friday-for-Future, and the concerns some in the mining industry have as to how far that empowerment could go and therefore the potential for SLO to be used as a veto to stop any development. Two important questions arose “does civil society need to be accountable to anyone?” and how do we reconcile SLO, which is defined as voluntary measures, with current legislation that already gives substantial participation to the public? MIREU partners and stakeholders from both Europe and overseas determined the core drivers of and barriers to SLO fitted in the European context in order to improve SLO’s resilience and adaptiveness.

The SLO measures introduced by different partners and presenters ranged from strategies to raise raw material awareness, to improvements in the educational system, to government changing stakeholders’ perceptions by directly involving stakeholders in (technical) evaluation processes, to companies adopting voluntary-based standards schemas created by governments and /or mining associations, to creating a neutral space for stakeholder communication and the list goes on. (Please see the workshop presentations on the MIREU website for additional information.)

In an add-on to the GIZ project "Contaminated Sites Management in the Andes region", which was implemented under the coordination of GKZ from November 2017 to March 2019 with our members and network partners, a Peruvian delegation re-visited Saxony. During former visits technical a excursion led to the compilation of various Saxon best-practices of mining site rehabilitation. Now, the AHK Peru took up the issue again and attended with participants from the Ministries of Energy and Mining, the Ministry of the Environment, various university departments, mining and industrial companies, and one of the former project contributors and GKZ member, the Groundwater Center Dresden (GWZ). The main focus was on wastewater treatment with a focus on the industrial and mining sectors.

In addition to the results of the former GIZ project "Comparative Study on Experiences in the Management of Contaminated Sites, Assistance in the Development of Competencies and Capacities in the Management of Mining Environmental Obligations in the Andes", the presentations focused on the research subjects of the GWZ and the topics of the GKZ network.

The continuation of the important topic of a mining follow-up was repeatedly emphasized by the participants.

The cooperation between Saxony and Mozambique is based on long-term relationships which commenced in 2012 through subject-related project work. This collaboration has brought, among other things, legal foundations and regulations for effective mining surveillance in Mozambique and education and training on mining safety relevant topics in a specially created Center.

Funded by grants from the Saxon Raw Materials Strategy, Saxon experts, assisted by specialist authorities, institutions and companies, have been developing (under the direction of GKZ) teaching and learning documents for operational management in the event of an mining emergency (disaster or self-rescue) in the mining industry. The Portuguese-language documents are in an appealing design and available in both digital and hard copy format. In addition, a bilingual directory of terms for mining, mining safety and rescue and gas protection in German / Portuguese was developed. This should serve as a basis for understanding future bilateral specialist projects and further development.

By April 2020, further teaching and learning materials for mine rescue and gas protection will be prepared. As of July 2019, a teacher at the Mozambique Center for Continuing Education and Training is participate in specific courses in the Competence Center Emergency Prevention of the Berufsgenossenschaft Rohstoffe und Chemische Industrie in Leipzig as well as at Sprengschule Dresden GmbH. This will last for 8 weeks.

At the same time, more than 30 students from Mozambique are to complete a mining-related study program at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in order to use their knowledge as specialists and executives to organize the extraction and processing of Mozambique's rich natural resources in accordance with the requirements of ILO 176. The Ministry of Economics, Labour and Transport along with the Saxon Mining Office have signaled further support to the Mining Ministry Mozambique for this extensive task in connection with the implementation of the ILO Convention 176.

The state secretary of state, Stefan Brangs, as a representative for digital issues, handed over a grant for a 3-year project to GKZ. By the middle of 2022, together with the practice and research partners of the TU Dresden, the Dresden Chamber of Crafts and the two associations for the carpentry and stonemasonry, digitally-based learning tools for in-service training in handling CNC processing machines will be developed and tested. The aim of the project is to produce tailor-made coverage of the vocational qualification requirements in specialist craft small businesses, whereby special attention is paid to a compact, easy-to-understand and very application-oriented knowledge transfer via laptop, smartphone, tablet or PC. At the end of the project, a tool for learning units in the combination of self-study, virtual classroom and practice time should be available.

Currently, the learning content is being developed in close cooperation with interested specialist craft companies from the carpentry and stonemason industry and "packed" into digital sequences. In autumn, the first applications will be presented at regional conferences where participants can try and test the learning tools. Their feedback will help to ensure the practicality and user-friendliness of the knowledge transfer tools. Such feedback events are offered on an ongoing basis; The first trial run of the "CNC compact online" course with trainees from both sectors will start in autumn next year (2020).

Detailed information can be found at https://www.cnc-online.info/

The 13th Saxon Resource Day took place this year - again to a full house - in the familiar setting of the Taschenbergpalais Hotel Kempinski in Dresden. It focused on the topics of the future and regional politics of the raw materials industry as well as the need for research and action in the context of energy and the circular economy in Germany and the EU. Fortunately, the latter shows the strong contribution of Saxon institutions, of which Andre Greif was able to report from Projektträger Jülich. Secretary-General Brangs said in his welcoming speech that the Saxon positions for securing raw materials are increasingly finding their way into the federal government. He sees a task in the development of a model for sustainability for Saxony, working closely with GKZ, just as our association has actively participated in the further development of the Saxon Innovation Strategy and Saxon Raw Materials Strategy. The presentation by Dr.Eichler, Chief Technologist of the Freiberg Compound Materials, demonstrated that Saxony stands for first-class innovation in future technologies . Resource efficiency efforts are not only an economic constraint, but also to break away from China's market power. For example, in the BMBF project EcoGAIN, which was coordinated by the GKZ, showed that the recycling rate of gallium was significantly increased.

Where do we enter the value chain? asked Dr. Steinbach from the BGR in his outlook on the demand for raw materials for future mobility and storage systems. He sees Saxony well positioned in the Up- and Downstream processes.

The perspective of the gas supply in Germany was pointed out by Bernhard Kaltefleiter of Saxony's largest company, the Verbundnetz Gas. Peer Hoth from the Federal Ministry of Economy introduced us to the federal government's Raw Materials Strategy update. There is much concern about the high market concentration of the commodities supplier which the Ministry regards as a political and competition-endangering challenge. Criticality is subjective, but apparently necessary to highlight the topic in Brussels. New challenges are: Reducing the volume of gypsum from flue gas desulphurization. This is being regarded as a short term problem, if the power plants are disconnected from the grid according to the present roadmap (until 2038). This makes a timely backup from natural resources inevitable. These national and international challenges face, in his view, a too restrained commitment by German industry, which causes growing concern among the federal government. The future raw materials strategy will be aligned with the three pillars of import, domestic production and recycling - united under the title circular economy. Cooperation at European level should be strengthened. The Federal Government is increasingly aware of the bottlenecks in securing raw materials in domestic construction projects. A fact that is attributed by the UVMB (Association of Construction Materials) and Bert Vulpius to the development of the new regional plans which, unfortunately, must be seen as a backward step. The regional plans are no longer in line with the 2015 Land Development Plan. Regrettably, the Saxon Raw Materials Strategy also has no impact on regional planning. Local political interests are becoming increasingly decisive.
Dr. Rohde from the Saxon State Chancellery said that completely different challenges arise in the structural change of the lignite mining regions. It was not just about regional transition, but also how lignite could be used in the future. For example, in connection with plastic waste for the production of synthesis gas. Saxon industry research is innovative and smart contributed GKZ member UVR-
FIA Freiberg with its reference to the pilot trials of the tin ores from the Pöhla deposit as part of the HORIZON 2020 project FAME and BMBF AFK project. This German-European cooperation, largely supported by Saxon partners and members of the GKZ and the office of the GKZ, was groundbreaking in its synergistic effects that the Cluster Freiberg can achieve in cooperation with its members and European partners.

The next Saxon Resource Day will take place in Dresden on 14.5.2020.

With this new format we aim to support the networking of these projects in order to achieve synergistic effects in research and coordination and also to optimize the exploitation of results. Participation in the conference is free. For further information, please refer to the enclosed program and log-in booklet.
Attention: For your registration the indication of an email address is important, because we make the listed projects accessible in the form of an introductory project sheet for the preparation of the meeting. Please inform yourself about these projects before the conference (you will receive the access from us), as the speakers are asked to comment on questions of networking, synergy effects, the remaining need for action or a shared approach to exploitation.
On a project pin wall, further projects that have been reported for the above topics are also listed. For logistical questions please contact Mrs. Roxana Ehlke roxana.ehlke@gkz-ev.de

Bild oben: Geschäftsführer GKZ Dr. Wolfgang Reimer mit MdL Frau Dr. Jana Pinka vor der Faces of FAME - Galerie.

FAME is a project of the European Research Framework Programme HORIZON 2020, and the name is the acronym for the project, which is dealing with the processing of complex ores.

The "Faces of FAME" are the faces of the participants in the project . The portraits represent a snapshot of participating researchers from six countries and give an insight into the diversity of knowledge and their origins. They reflect views and creeds that, sometimes with the help of a little mascot, convey a very personal message: the pride in co-operation, the experience gained and friends, the insight into the world of the other, or just the joy and hope that today in Europe we can work on a common cause after periods of internal and external divisions - without any obstacles. The confessions of each individual underline the respective portrait. The "Faces of FAME" thus gives an image of a social group that, largely unnoticed by the media, does great things for their homeland and for Europe.

The Faces of FAME are on the road again, under the title "Gesichter des Berggeschreys” (Faces of the mining hype) from 15 March to 28 April 2019 in the gallery Gille in Frauenstein. Read more about this and the accompanying specialist lectures in the leaflet.

The Regional Closure Conference in Dresden provided a comprehensive introduction to the Saxon activities and the findings of the project, which were important for Saxony, presented by FAME GKZ members CERCAMS, GEOS, SAXORE Mining GmbH, UVR-FIA, Feinhütte Halsbrücke and representatives of the German Geological Survey. The two plenary lectures by the Dresden Economic Development Corporation and the TU Dresden Institute of Aerospace Engineering gave an insight into the many unknown users of FAME's metal raw materials on Earth and in space. The program can be found here.

More faces and impressions of the FAME Regional Final Conference on 17.12.2018 in Dresden can be found here in the photo gallery.

The aim of CICERONE is to identify future requirements of R & D in the circular economy, as well as to optimize the content orientation and implementation of European R & D programmes and to achieve synergistic effects. It will analyze existing programs, their underlying national and European guidelines and their implementation from the point of view of the programme owner, research and industry and identify their strengths, weaknesses and need for action. Furthermore, the global economic, consumer and technological challenges are also being researched on an international scale and the need for action at EU level derived from this. At the end, there is a Strategic Research Agenda, which is to be continuously updated with respect to future developments. The project is thematically linked to the ongoing projects INTERREG EUROPE REMIX and HORIZON 2020 MIREU of GKZ, from which synergistic effects can be derived.
In particular, GKZ represents the focus of metal raw materials and metallurgy in cooperation with the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology as well as members and cooperation partners.