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Geo-Resources for the Future

Geo-resources are used everywhere in our daily life, it’s not just the petrol that drives our cars and busses and the gas that warms our houses. Geo-resources are also needed to make sustainable energy sources. Rare earth metals are for instance used for solar cells, wind turbines, electric motors, and last but not least in our mobile phones.

We are facing challenges: increasing CO2 emissions are causing climate change and call for an energy transition towards renewable energy sources. In addition, the supplies of fossil fuels and minerals are limited and their availability and prices strongly depend on global politics. In order to tackle this complex societal challenge, various viewpoints have to be considered. In this minor, you will learn about the various disciplines that are involved in a responsible exploitation and trading of geo-resources and practice their integration. You will work on economic, environmental and social aspects that are needed to achieve a ‘licence to operate’. How is it done today and what do we need to change tomorrow? We need your active participation in group work and interactive work forms (e.g. debates, games, workshops).

For whom?

Students from various disciplines who are interested in social, economic, environmental and political aspects of the exploitation and trade in geo-resources are welcome to join the minor.


Students from Leiden University can officially register for the minor Geo-Resources in uSis from 1 May onwards.

More information

The minor is a cooperation between Leiden University and TU Delft. More information on the content of the programme is available via the website of TU Delft.