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The asset of the NoE
Four prestigious engineering schools, having played a major historical role in the mining sector, MINES ParisTech, MINES NANCYMINES Alès et GEOLOGIE de Nancy have preserved their know-how. In addition to the fact that they still provide initial training and continuing education, these schools have long worked jointly for the training of foreign experts within the framework of CESMAT (Center for Advanced Studies of Raw Materials) which, in 30 years, was at the origin of a vast network with the producing countries.

They decided to join forces to strengthen French academic capacities in the mining sector, both in training and research, in connection with the industrial world, public authorities and civil society.

In June 2016, these four schools with the ARMINES partnership research association came together to form the Network of Excellence (NoE) "Mine & Society" with the aim of pooling and developing multidisciplinary skills in Training and Research. Mines and quarries are treated as highly demanding engineering activities given the relationship these activities have with their natural and human environment.
  
In terms of educational engineering, these four schools have distinguished themselves in their mission to support the creation of several schools and mining institutes in different countries. & Nbsp; The laboratories they host are at the forefront of geological research resources, mining geomechanics, risk analysis, planning, industrial ecology but also in the field of human and social sciences. 
  
Based on this experience, they were involved in the writing of the "Responsible Mine" book initiated by Emmanuel Macron when he was Minister of the Economy, Industry and Tourism.
  
Challenges for the extractive and primary processing industries, for the state and for society

Because mineral resources are essential for the development of societies and the production of many capital goods and consumer goods, and as population growth increases the global competition for access to mineral resources, these actors are confronted with big challenges.

The uneven distribution of resources on the planet pushes the extractive industries to develop balanced partnerships ensuring economic, social and human development, independent and sustainable territories that host them. People demand better management of mineral resource rights that are non-renewable and a common good.

Source of intense local conflicts, the development of a mining exploitation is confronted with new constraints: impact on the landscapes, the environment and the biodiversity, pollution, impacts on the public health, rights of the autochthonous people, etc. Most often, mining companies are disarmed in the face of these local issues for which technical and economic training alone is no longer sufficient. The REx proposes to develop training and research actions to improve the integration of mining projects in the heart of the territories with which they must more than ever compose. 

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