Organized by Geoalcali, in collaboration with the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain and Magnesitas Navarras, the exposition covers the use of minerals from prehistory to the present day.
The scientific popularization and promotion of knowledge are essential parts of all advanced society. Under these premises, this morning has been inaugurated in the Planetarium of Pamplona the exhibition: ‘Essential minerals for a sustainable future’, an initiative promoted by Geoalcali in collaboration with the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME), the Planetarium of Pamplona and Magnesitas Navarra (MAGNA), which intend to contribute to the spreading of ‘a subject that is often little studied, but which is of vital importance for the planet’s sustainability.’
The event, presented by Javier Armentia, director of the Planetarium of Pamplona, had an attendance of about two hundred people, among whom were members of local corporations interested in nearby mining projects such as the mayors of Liédena, Caséda, Undués de Lerda, members of the corporation of Sangüesa, the presidents of Eugui and Rocaforte councils, as well as more than a hundred children from different colleges of Pamplona whose curriculums include the study of minerals, their use and transformation.
The exhibition involves a journey to the bowels of the earth and the history of humanity in which the use of minerals has been tied to the evolution of human kind. Concretely, it allows us to know the typology of non-energy industrial minerals, their location in Europe, with a particular section about Navarra, and its uses in our daily lives. Additionally, the exhibition is an encouragement to discern the particular career paths that the mining sector offers, receiver of many STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the so-called labor fields of the future.
In the turn of speeches, Manuel Regueiro, Head of Institutional Relations and Communication of the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain, has addressed students to encourage them to study careers realted to the world of minerals, ‘because they are the careers of the future’. At the same time, he invited them ‘to look at what surrounds you, the houses, your mobile phones…with microscopic eyes, because everything is made with minerals like the ones in this exhibition’.
On the other hand, Peter Albert, CEO of Geoalcali, has expressed that ‘in Geoalcali we are aware that is essential to act responsibly in the extraction of these minerals and that more and more efforts must be made to be able to reuse and recycle them, which is known as Circular Economy’.
And has added, ‘all these factors, help us to manageour resources responsibly, but we neet to act now and involve new generations.’
Lastly, Jorge Baños, General Director Assistant of Magnesitas Navarras has highlighted the didactic and practical character of the sample given by the educative centers, families, society and citizens, science and education. In addition, he has reminded the present students that ‘they are the future of this Community’ and that in this future ‘training in technical and science disciplines is vital’.
After the opening event, it has taken place the conference of Industrial minerals in the daily life, offered by Manuel Regueiro, one of the people with most knowledge in the country’s subject matter.
The event, which will be opened until 11th of December, offers the possibility of attending, upon registration, to a workshop in which the visitors will have to associate particular minerals with their daily use objects. It is about an unique opportunity, as it is one of the few occasions in which IGME gives this informational material to create workshops outside its headquarter in Madrid.