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Renewable energy, climate change mitigation and the role of mining

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Future, Mineral Policy, Mining, PhD, Publications, Research, Strategy

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Earlier in the year I was invited to participate in the Oxford Futures Forum (at Oxford University). This unusual event aims to bring together an ecletic group of people to use scenario planning and related strategy techniques to generate new solutions to challenging problems. The theme this year was the "Oxford Scenario Planning Approach and the Climate Imaginaries of the…
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Mineral systems, endowment analysis and exploration strategy at Sandstone goldfield

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Management, Mineral Economics, PhD, Publications, Recommended, Research, Strategy

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The final work I had the pleasure to be involved in at the TARGET Conference was the initial PhD research of (Rhys) Sam Davies also at the Centre for Exploration Targeting (The University of Western Australia). His work is aiming to link mineral systems theory and endowment and prospectivity analyses, with the existing data sets available at the Sandstone goldfield…
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The future(s) of mineral exploration

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Exploration, Future, Management, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, PhD, Publications, Research, Strategy

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At the TARGET Conference (Perth, Australia) in April, I was able to present a poster and abstract on my PhD research entitled "The future(s) of minerals exploration". The work reviews my PhD studies so far (nearly finished) including the background research that inspired the research (wny we need more and better exploration), the reasons why a scenarios methodology was chosen,…
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The Impact of the Energy Transition on Specialty Metals and Minerals

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Future, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, PhD, Publications, Research, Strategy

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Earlier this year I was invited to speak at one of the side seminars running at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference - probably the world's largest mining conference - on the subject of specialty metals and minerals. Alas, I was unable to attend but my friend and colleague, Dave Stevenson (then Centre for Exploration Targeting* now…
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Culture, leadership and other ‘soft skills’ in minerals exploration

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Management, Publications, Research

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Earlier this year, Allan Trench (The University of Western Australia) presented some of our thoughts on culture and leadership in minerals exploration at the AMIRA Exploration Managers' Conference. The few comments from historically successful mineral explorers, such as Roy Woodall and David Lowell, that are recorded in the literature suggest the culture and leadership are important. However, there seems to…
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