Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.

Skip to content Skip to navigation

Stanford Symposium: Mineral Resources and Their Sustainable Development

Date and Time: 
December 8, 2017 -
8:30am to 5:30pm

Register here

Paul Brest Hall, Munger Building 4
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
Event Sponsor: 
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Precourt Institute for Energy, Department of Geological Science

With world population growing to 10 billion by 2050 and a rapid increase in standards of living, the extraction of Earth's mineral resources to support those growing demands is not sustainable.

The continuing use of these resources -- ranging from lithium, iron, and rare earth elements to copper, uranium, and gold, among many others -- must be carried out in a way that minimizes environmental impacts to ecosystems and impacts to human health while enhancing societal benefits.

More than 20 speakers from the international mineral resources industry, government agencies, and academia will gather at Stanford for this two day symposium to assess:

-Current and future reserves of key minerals, especially critical materials,
-Rates at which mineral resources are being depleted and new resources discovered,
-Environmental impacts caused by mining and use of minerals,
-Needs for research on the origins of mineral deposits, exploration strategies, and ways to mitigate impact,
-Technology advances to extract minerals in a more cost-effective way while minimizing environmental impact, and
-Environmental, economic and social impacts of mining in developing countries.