Group photo, 16 May 2018.

The Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary (MBFSZ) has organized the 1st  Progress Meeting of the ORAMA H2020 Project led by the Geological Survey of Finland.

The ORAMA H2020 project operates in the framework of the Raw materials policy support actions (SC5-15-2016-2017). The fund of the European Commission is 1,731,230 €. 16 consortium partners from 14 countries work together on optimizing quality of information in raw material data collection across Europe. GTK is the technical, scientific and overall coordinator. See more: www.orama-h2020.eu.

The main goals of the project are the preparation of recommendations for modernization of the data services for both primary (PRM) and secondary (SRM) resources as well and the demonstration of the applicability of harmonization. With related trainings and seminars the project contribution is important to the appropriate EU-level  data service supporting the industry and decision makers.

Working groups discussed about the recent results and the next steps on the first day. The preparations of the data harmonization guidelines for both the primary raw materials (mainly metalloferous ores, aggregates and industrial minerals; WP1) and for secondary raw materilas (different types of wastes including mining heaps and tailings; WP2) has been established. WP3 deals with the preparation of the data model and the INSPIRE compliant data service with the demonstration of the applicability of data harmonization for both PRM and SRM. Discussion on details for organizing forums, trainings and seminars has started in WP4. WP5 supports other WPs with the collection of relevant projects and forums that may be considered in the preparation of the recommendations. WP6 is dealing the communication (leaflets, poster are ready). WP7 is the project management by the GTK. WP8 covers ethic issues.

Gábor Zelei the President of the MBFSZ provided opening speech to the second day. Synergies between the research and earth resources divisions in the new Hungarian Survey supports the successful participation in international projects and in future co-operations as well.

Slavko Solar the executive secretary of the EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) provided information on the stage of the GeoERA Program including four raw materials project that are approved for financial support in the next three years. Many EU-funded projects provide appropriate information on raw materials to the European Minerals Yearbook, but further developments are needed to fill the gaps and improve the data quality. The Minerals4EU Foundation has been established. He highlighted the need for developments of consortiums.

Working Groups have summarized the results of the two days meeting and have agreed on the next steps to continue the implementation of the work program. This session was chaired by scientific coordinator Pasi Eilu (GTK). Project Manager Perttu Mikkola (GTK) described the most important points of the management and summarized the two days meeting with conclusions for the progress of the project. The workflow is appropriate and tasks are done according to the timeframe of the Grant Agreement.

A specific fieldtrip was organized in order to visit two caves and to continue the professional conversation. In the Mátyáshegyi Cave a gravitational observational point was introduced while in the Pál-völgy a guided tour was organized. The Team had also opportunity to observe the Triassic dolomite and limestone on the top of the Hármashatás Hills.

ORAMA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776517.