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FEM News 27 October 2017

PRESS RELEASE: 11th Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining Conference (FEM 2017)

Mining and exploration picking up speed!
One of the largest and most significant mining industry event in Europe, the Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining (FEM 2017) conference, will be held on 31 October - 2 November 2017 in Levi, Lapland, Finland. At FEM mineral business professionals have an excellent chance to learn more about current topics and to share their expertise with colleagues and new business partners. The biannual FEM, founded in 1998, brings together mining industry leaders and experts from almost 30 countries to network and discuss current research and business topics.

"Mineral exploration and mining projects are gaining momentum again, so FEM 2017 takes place at an interesting time indeed. Opportunities and challenges in the mineral sector both seem to increase, so there is much to talk about and discuss - FEM offers that opportunity." says Chair of the FEM 2017 Organizing Committee, Dr. Kaj Lax, Head of department, Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Sweden.

In addition to Finnish experts, the conference will feature many international speakers, including top names, corporate management in the field, researchers and specialists from e.g. Brazil, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Norway, France and Greenland. A large number of companies producing additional services for the mining industry, consultants and investors will also take part in the event.

"We have already over one thousand participants at FEM 2017 and the number is growing day by day. The trade show is sold out, with 139 exhibitors and 105 booths. The significance of FEM in mining field grows - and it shows in so many ways. We are very optimistic about this year's event," says FEM Project Manager Riitta Muhojoki, Regional Council of Lapland.

"Finland's economy has started to grow again and Lapland is just right now one of the strongest growth region. There are new investment plans in all our major industry brands and it´s great to see that mining and exploration sector is also looking very positive to the future. Finland is now celebrating its 100th and Canada 150th anniversary. This together with the fact that Finland is the chair of the Arctic Council makes 2017 a very special year." says Chair of the FEM 2017 Steering Committee, County Governor of Lapland Mika Riipi, Regional Council of Lapland.

Background
Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining Conference (FEM) is organized in collaboration between the Regional Council of Lapland, Council of Oulu Region, Regional Council of Kainuu, Regional Council of North Karelia, the Geological Surveys of Finland (GTK), Sweden (SGU) and Norway (NGU), University of Oulu - Oulu Mining School, Luleå University of Technology, the Arctic University of Norway - University of Tromsø, the Finnish Mining Association (FinnMin) and the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (TEM). International FEM partners include the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and the Embassy of Canada to Finland.

In addition to the conference, the programme includes a trade show, two short courses and excursions to the Agnico Eagle Finland Oy's Kittilä mine and Boliden's Kevitsa mine.

Further information

  • Chair of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Kaj Lax, Head of department, Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Sweden, kaj.lax(at)sgu.se, +46 18 179 394
  • Vice-chair of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Juhani Ojala, Head of Unit, Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Finland, Juhani.ojala(at)gtk.fi, +358 50 415 3300
  • Member of the Organizing Committee, Jan Sverre Sandstad, Senior Geologist, Geological Survey of Norway, jan.sandstad(at)ngu.no, +47 990 91 746
  • Chair of the Steering Committee, County Governor of Lapland, Mika Riipi, mika.riipi(at)lapinliitto.fi, +358 44 767 4200
  • FEM Project Manager Riitta Muhojoki, riitta.muhojoki(at)lapinliitto.fi, +358 40 711 8387