UQ’s Complex Orebodies Program


The UQ-supported Complex Orebodies Strategic Program is reaching the end of its third year of operation, and has grown to a large collaborative initiative with participation across many UQ research groups and over 27 companies.  The Complex Orebodies Program aims to understand and address the challenges associated with the unlocking of future mineral supply.  Such challenges increasingly span the range of environmental, social, governance and technical themes, and the required innovation to unlock such supply requires interdependence and mutual comprehension between researchers in all of those areas. 


Rick Valenta is the Director of the WH Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre and Acting Director of the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland.  Prior to that, he spent 23 years in Exploration and Development with major and junior mining companies in Australia and Canada in senior technical and executive roles. He has been involved in numerous mineral discoveries and research relating to exploration targeting. His current role is focused on maximising the value of geological information in the entire exploration and mining continuum, and on innovation addressing the challenges of sustainable metal production in the 21st century.


Room 314/315, Steele Building (#03). Additionally, this seminar will be streamed using the video conferencing software, Zoom. If you would like the link, please email sees.seminars@uq.edu.au