Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


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06120 Halle/ Saale

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Welcome on This is the website of the economic geology and petrology Research Unit of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany at the head of Prof. Dr. Gregor Borg.  Here you will find information about recent research projects, studying in Halle and working materials for different courses.

Drilling Methods in Mineral Exploration
- Short course by Benedikt Steiner -
(head of XPLORE GLOBAL Ltd.)

The short course will take place from June 27th to 29th and consists of 2 days of lectures and half a day hand on experience with drill core logging. Lectures and practical session are located at the Faculty of Geoscience and Geography (Von-Seckendorf-Platz 3, 06120 Halle (Saale), Germany) of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. The course is held in English by Benedikt Steiner, who is currently the director of XPLORE GLOBAL Ltd. and holds the position of Lecturer in Exploration & Mining Geology at the Camborne School of Mines at the University of Exeter, UK. He previously worked for several years in the mining industry.

The course is aimed at M.Sc. and PhD students as well as Postdocs or young professionals. The two and a half day workshop is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the drilling methods used in mineral exploration and mining. Participants learn not only about the different drilling and analytical methods, but also essentials such as drilling logistics, health, safety and environmental precautions and drill-site setup. Additionally, the course will include a practical session in drillcore logging. Participants should have a basic knowledge of economic and exploration geology to follow the course completely.

In order to apply for the short course please fill in the provided registration form (see below). The deadline for applications is June 14th. To ensure a most effective experience the maximum number of participants will be limited to 30. Applicants should at least be in their final Bachelor year, but please note that the course is designed for master level and above, which will hence be given preference. Upon preliminary acceptance the bank account details will be emailed to the applicants who then have ten days to wire the following registration fees:

B.Sc. or M.Sc. Student:    35,- €
PhD Student:                   50,- €
Postdoc:                         150,- €
Industry:                        300,- €

Costs include: registration, course material, coffee breaks and Saturday’s lunch.
Costs do not include: travel, accommodation and meals on Thursday and Friday.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at: . We are looking forward to welcoming you in Halle (Saale).

Registration Form Short Course
Registration_Form.pdf (400.9 KB)  vom 30.04.2019

Poster Drilling Methods in Mineral Exploration
Poster-Short-Course-20191.pdf (4.3 MB)  vom 14.05.2019

Sponsors Short Course

Sponsors Short Course

Sponsors Short Course

Lectures of the working group

At regular intervals, members of the working group as well as M.Sc. and B.Sc. qualifiers present the results of their research. The stable date is Thursday at 9:00. The next events are at the bottom.

News of the working group

Project: iTARG3T. Innovative targeting & processing of W-Sn-Ta-Li ores: towards EU's self-supply

Europe has a large potential for the production of W, Sn, Ta and Li - raw materials ‘critical’ for the economy. Despite their deposits being abundant, specific problems related to their exploration, resource evaluation, mining, and concentrate production hamper their development. This project aims to

  • overcome specific problems, leading to the opening of new mines by providing innovative tools,
  • evaluate the social impact of W-Sn-Ta-(Li) small-scale mining and developing new tools to obtain the social license to operate.

A key task of the iTarg3T project is the education and training of young scientists for both industrial and academic purposes in the various techniques applied within this multidisciplinary project and also getting an excellent general knowledge of the wider aspects of the raw materials value chain. During the development of the project, which will involve over a dozen Ph.D., M.Sc., and B.Sc. theses, it is envisioned to develop a joint post-graduate, Master and Ph.D. Research program (iTarg3T – EIT).

Next to the support in the administration of the EU-project, the tasks of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg are the mineralogical, geochemical and processing research of   W-, Sn- and Li-ores as well as the coordination and organization of the training of the young scientists. (02.04.2019)

Project associates of iTarg3t with an employee of Valoriza Minería at the entrance to the San Finx W-Sn mine.

Project associates of iTarg3t with an employee of Valoriza Minería at the entrance to the San Finx W-Sn mine.

Project associates of iTarg3t with an employee of Valoriza Minería at the entrance to the San Finx W-Sn mine.

(Foto: Caerhays)

(Foto: Caerhays)

(Foto: Caerhays)

Ancient 'Sky Disc' was made with Cornish gold

Prof. Borg and Courtney Smale in a live interview with BBC Radio Cornwall about the gold of the Carnon River in Cornwall and its importance for the Nebra Sky Disc.

Live-Interview: \acronym{Link Live Interview   }



(Foto: Michael Deutsch)

(Foto: Michael Deutsch)

(Foto: Michael Deutsch)

Aus Abfall Werte schöpfen

Das Element Neodym gehört zu den so genannten Seltenen Erden. Es erhöht die Anziehungskraft von Magneten enorm. Mit dieser Eigenschaft ist es  für viele Hightech-Anwendungen inzwischen unverzichtbar. Doch Neodym ist ein rares Gut und seine Gewinnung kompliziert. Deshalb suchen Geologen der MLU in einem vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung geförderten Projekt nun nach neuen Wegen, dieses kraftvolle Element effektiv zu fördern. (01.03.2019)   

Kompaktkurs Gesteinsbestimmung für Archäologen

Zehn Doktoranden und Studenten der Archäologie und prähistorischen Archäologie des Institutes für Kunstgeschichte und Archäologien Europas der MLU, nahmen Ende Februar an einem fünftägigen Kompaktkurs „Gesteinsbestimmung für Archäologen“ teil. Neben der Einführung in die theoretischen Grundlagen zur Unterscheidung sowie Bestimmung von Mineralen und Gesteinen, lag der Fokus der Veranstaltung auf den praktischen Übungen welche durch Mitarbeiter der AG Petrologie und Lagerstättenforschung geleitet wurden. Ziel des Kompaktkurses war es, den Teilnehmern einen Bestimmungsleitfaden an die Hand zugeben um archäologische Artefakte aus Gesteinsmaterial ansprechen und identifizieren zu können. (04.03.2019)

GOOD-Meeting Bremen 2019

This annual  conference was held from the 23.01.19 to the 25.01.19 at Jacobs University in Bremen and aims to connect young professionals including  BSc, MSc and PhD students and early career PostDocs, from all disciplines in ore deposit geology. All participants had the opportunity  to present and discuss their ongoing research or previous work with an audience on a level playing field. Key-notes and oral presentations with poster sessions in-between gave the chance to discuss topics and challenges, including assessments forms to evaluate and improve the contribution of the presenters. The students of the  working group of petrology and economic geology gave one oral presentation (Tim Rödel) and one poster was made by Nicolas Meyer.


Selected interesting dates coming in 2019

DatumTagung / Seminar / KursOrt
23.-26.06.2019EMC 2019
18.-21.08.2019Copper 2019Vancouver
18.-23.08.2019Goldschmidt 2019Barcelona
27.-30.08.201915th Biennial Meeting SGA 2019Glasgow
22.-25.09.2019GEOMünster 2019Münster
09.-13.09.20195th International YES Congress 2019Berlin
07.-10.10.2019SEG Annual Meeting 2019Santiago