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FEM is proud to present the members of the FEM 2017
Organizing Committee

FEM Organizing Committee members plan and organize the FEM 2017 Conference programme.
 Dr. Kaj Lax, Head of department, Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU)

Chair of the FEM 2017 Organizing Committee

Dr. Kaj Lax, Head of department, Mineral Resources
Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU)

"Kaj Lax is Head of the Mineral Resources Department at the Geological Survey of Sweden, SGU, Uppsala. He has a background in geochemistry, and as Head of the Mineral Information Office in Malå."   

 Dr. Juhani Ojala, Head of Unit, Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

Vice-chair of the FEM 2017 Organizing Committee

Dr. Juhani Ojala, Head of Unit, Mineral Resources
Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

"Juhani Ojala has gained his PhD from the University of Western Australia in 1995 on the structural and depositional controls of gold. He has worked at GTK as a Senior Scientist and Research Professor 2001-2008 and as a Division Manager of the Bedrock Geology and Resources 2014-2015. He worked for the Store Norske Gull AS as a Senior Geologist 2008-2014 in the metal exploration in Northern Norway and Spitsbergen. He is currently the Head of the Mineral Resources Unit at GTK."

Kimmo Hannukainen, HR Manager, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy, Representative of the FinnMin

Kimmo Hannukainen, HR Manager
Agnico Eagle Finland Oy, Representative of the FinnMin  

"Kimmo Hannukainen is head of Human Resource in Agnico Eagle Kittilä mine and his experience is mostly in Human Resource management in last 10 years and internationally over the 5 years and business leadership with engineer graduation background, before the HR specific education and work career." 

 Dr. Vesa Nykänen, Research Professor, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

Dr. Vesa Nykänen, Research Professor
Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

"Vesa Nykänen is Research Professor on Mineral Prospectivity Mapping at the Geological Survey of Finland, Rovaniemi. His research interests include spatial data analysis and geological 3D modelling with special emphasis on mineral exploration. His Ph.D. thesis in 2008 was titled ‘Spatial data analysis as a tool for mineral prospectivity mapping."


Dr. Sabina Strmic Palinkas, Associate Professor
Arctic University of Norway - University of Tromsø

"Sabina Strmic Palinkas is an associate professor in Ore geology/Mineral resources at the Arctic University of Norway - University of Tromsø.

After receiving her PhD degree in Ore deposit geology from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 2009, she was working as a research fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and as an assistant professor at the University of Zagreb. In fall 2015 she joined University of Tromsø, where her main goal is to contribute to establishment of an internationally recognized research programs in ore geology/mineral resources.

Her area of expertise comprises aqueous and high-temperature geochemistry, geochemical/thermodynamic modeling, lithogeochemistry and applications of organic geochemistry and stable isotope systematics to ore-forming and environmental processes. During the past 15 years, she has been involved in studies of a wide spectrum of ore deposits, including epithermal, Carlin-type, hydrothermal-metasomatic, skarn, SEDEX, MVT and pegmatite deposits, as well as in several environmental studies."

Prof. Holger Paulick, Economic Geology, Oulu Mining School, University of Oulu, Finland

Prof. Holger Paulick, Economic Geology
Oulu Mining School , University of Oulu , Finland 

"Holger Paulick is a professor in Economic Geology at the newly established Oulu Mining School (Finland). The Oulu Mining School aims to develop an integrated approach to education in applied geosciences and has been gathering experts from different fields of the mining industry's value chain.

Holger Paulick has a diverse background in research and mineral exploration which includes 6 years working as a senior exploration geologist on greenfield and brownfield Cu and Au projects in northern Sweden (New Boliden; 2008-2014). His scientific career started with a PhD project at the Centre for Ore Deposit Studies (CODES, University of Tasmania, Australia) concerned with geochemical target vectoring of volcanogenic massive sulphides. Since he is particularly interested in questions related to hydrothermal fluid-rock interaction and base metal mineralization he has investigated active "black smoker"-style sea floor massive sulphides based at Bergakademie Freiberg and Bonn University (Germany; 2000-2008). His most recent position was at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS; 2014-2015) where he was working on the characterisation of the Greenlandic mineral endowment (in particular REE, Au, and base metals) and European geoscience collaboration projects. He joined Oulu Mining School in summer 2015. "

Jan Sverre Sandstad, Senior Geologist, Geological Survey of Norway (NGU)

Jan Sverre Sandstad, Senior Geologist
Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) 

"Jan Sverre Sandstad is Senior Geologist in the Mineral Resource team at the Geological Survey of Norway. He received his M.Sc. in ore geology from the Norwegian Technical University (NTH), now NTNU, in 1981. His main scientific interests include sediment-hosted Cu, orogenic gold and VMS deposits, as well as the metallogeny of the Fennoscandian Shield. He is active in Nordic-Russian collaboration projects (FODD and FENGOT). Sandstad has extensive experience with regional-scale bedrock mapping, and was heavily involved in a regional mapping programme in Mozambique from 2002 to 2006. Currently he is leader of MINN - a 4-year mapping programme focussing on the mineral resources in North-Norway."

 Pär Weihed, Professor in Ore Geology, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Prof. Pär Weihed, Vice Rector Mining
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

"Pär Weihed is professor in ore geology and director of the Centre of Advanced Mining and Metallurgy (CAMM) at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. He is past president of the Society of Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA), the Geological Society of Sweden and the National committee for Geology under the auspices of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences. He is also an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Weiheds research interest includes VMS, Orogenic gold and intrusive hosted Cu-Au deposits as well as regional metallogeny and tectonic evolution of the Fennoscandian Shield. He has published over 100 peer review papers on these subjects."

 Riitta Muhojoki, FEM Project Manager, Regional Council of Lapland

Riitta Muhojoki, FEM Project Manager
Regional Council of Lapland

About questions concerning the overall conference organization e.g. programme, sponsoring, media, marketing, website and twitter, please contact Riitta: riitta.muhojoki(at)

Riitta has been working with the FEM conferences since 1999.