Bruno Michaux - Belgium

" The EMerald program provided me with much more than a simple specialization in the field of georesources engineering. The possibilities to create or increase the size of our professional network was really unique, and I believe this has impacted my professional career in a very significant manner. The professionals we had the chance to meet showed high interest in our training and were inclined to give us a chance in the industry. The network I had the chance to build during the EMerald program opened doors which I hadn’t imagined possible to open so early in my career: building projects with the industry, joining very dynamic teams in research institutes, or even working in partnership with consultancy companies to bring new possibilities to the raw materials industry.

Since I left the EMerald program, I have started a thesis in flotation chemistry at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resources Technology (in partnership with industrial partners), an opportunity that I would probably not have been given without the help of the network I built in the program. I also help in the coordination of the EMerald program, as I am deeply convinced that this EMerald experience we had the chance to live should remain opened for the future cohorts to come, and with the best opportunities that can be offered! ”

Dan Oliric Manaig - the Philippines


" Originally from the Philippines, I did start my Emerald journey four years ago when I was 21 – basically, just starting my career as a young metallurgical engineer. In the span of two great years in the program, I was able to travel to at least 15 countries both in Europe and Africa. Then, two months before graduation, I already had an offer to do a PhD research at the University of British Columbia in Canada. 

Before I started the PhD project, I went back to the Philippines to supervise a decommissioning project where my team and I built a neutralization plant for a 4000 m3 acidic pregnant leach solution containing Fe, Ni, and Co. After which, I flew to Canada to commence the PhD project on designing a robust hydrometallurgical extraction of selenium and tellurium from crude copper selenide, a by-product of the Pb-Zn smelting plant of Teck Resources in Trail, British Columbia. On the side, I joined an international MBA competition of Financial Times in London where my team and I won second place; through that, I finally had the chance to meet again my colleagues from the program a year after graduation in one of the most vibrant cities in the world!

I can say that the master program has given me the confidence, through the acquired advanced knowledge and skills in mineral processing and metallurgy, that I can handle such big projects. And beyond those technical developments, in respect to emotional intelligence, the best takeaway from the program would be the international experience abroad and lifelong friendship with my colleagues – that is something that I will treasure forever. "

Renato Contessotto - Brazil

 " My name is Renato Contessotto. I am 28 years old and I am from Brazil. I was in the first cohort of EMerald (2013-2015).  EMerald led to a great learning in mining, ore characterization, processing and geometallurgy. Additionally, I could understand the correlation between geology (ore forming process), process mineralogy studies and the ore characteristics that influence the mineral processing and metallurgical recovery. EMerald master also gave me a great opportunity to improve my knowledge in georesources engineering, to get acquainted with different European languages and cultures and also to study at world references Universities.

Nowadays, I am working at the Technological Characterization Laboratory at university of São paulo doing my PhD related to Multivariate Statistcs Analysis and the definition of ore types. "

Jara Fraile del Río - Spain


 " I am Jara Fraile del Río, 28, a spanish geologist and geological engineer who finished the EMerald master on 2015 (so yes, I belong to the first cohort!). I have been working in AECOM since January 2016 as an environmental consultant and geologist.  My current position involves both fieldwork and office work including subsoil and groundwater quality investigations (geomodelling, chemical distribution studies, statistical analysis,...), human health risk assessments, and remediation action plans.
You may think that my job has no relation with the master content and you will be almost right.  Actually, the reason why I am currently working in the AECOM Enviromental department was my master thesis (3D Hydrogeological Model of Aitik Mine).  However, during the program I gained, not only technical knowledge that I can apply everyday, but also I developed a multidisciplinary way of thinking and improved my problem solving skills, two characteristics that are basic for working in the consultancy world.
When I finished my master studies I never think on working in anything else than mining but finally I end up in the Environmental consultancy and I discovered that I really like it. So I think I can be an example of the different doors that the EMerald Master could open! "

EMerald graduation - Aug. 29th 2017

                                                                          CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2017

The 3rd cohort of EMerald students  graduated in Liège on Aug. 29th 2017. They are now holders of a triple Degree:

- Master in Geology and Mining Engineering ( ULiège)

- Master in Geosciences: Planètes, ressources, Environnement (ULorraine - ENSG)

- Master of Science: Geosciences (LTU)

Before graduation, a job day was organized where industry professionals from Eramet, Lhoist, CMI and G-Tec met with the graduates. You can find all the pictures that were taken that day on the EMerald facebook page.

Open call 2017 for research-teaching fellowships

Research-teaching fellowships within the EMerald master program


The EMerald consortium  invites 3 researchers for a short research stay at the University of Liege (to take place between September – December 2017) in the framework of the GeoKTPro project funded by the EIT Raw Materials. The researchers will have free access to GeMMe research group facilities.

As a counterpart they will participate in the teaching duties of the EMerald Erasmus+ program in Georesources Engineering (max. 2.5 days/week).

GeMMe facilities include the latest technology in hyperspectral imaging, automated mineralogy, optical sorting and particle sizing. A fully-equipped laboratory for raw and recycled material separation and beneficiation also includes flotation benches, hydrometallurgical and comminution equipment (



Research-teaching fellowship in Geostatistics

Research-teaching fellowship in Geometallurgy/ Mineral Resources

Research-teaching fellowship in Mineral Processing

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EMerald labelled by the EIT

Last September, the EMerald master course was granted the EIT label,quality seal awarded for four years.

EIT labelled master programs apply four EIT-specific quality criteria ( robust entrepreneurship education, highly-integrated "learning by doing" curricula, international and cross-organisational mobility, access policy and joint  outreach strategy) as well as 7 Overarching learning  outcomes (OLOs). The EIT OLOs specify on a generic level and suitable to all KIC themes, that programs should ensure that students achieve skills and competencies in the  EIT specific knowledge forms of Making Value and Sustainability Judgments, Creativity, Innovation,  Entrepreneurshipn Research, Intellectual Transforming and Leadership.

What does it imply?

Several EIT partial scholarships will be offered to the EMerald students. They will help the students cover part of their living expenses. The participation costs will however not be included.