First REEBAUX project workshop for students and project participants took place successfully in Dalmatia inland on October 14-15, 2019. The workshop was attended by master and PhD. students from the partner universities as well as from several non-partner universities of the ESEE region. Representatives of the partner institutions gave lectures in topics related to their expertise in bauxites, red mud and rare earth elements. The venue of the workshop was Ecological Station Vrlika in Ježević (under authority of the University of Zagreb – Faculty of Science). Along with the lectures the two-day workshop programme included visits to three bauxite sites: Vrace (bauxite deposit never exploited), Tošići-Dujići (closed large open-pit bauxite mining site) and Mamutovac (a bauxite deposit with a potential for future exploitation).
The 1st REEBAUX workshop will take place in Dalmatia inland, Croatia, on October 14-15, 2019 (starting and ending point is Zagreb; bus transportation to the workshop venue is provided by the organizer). The workshop is intended for master and PhD students from the partner and other ESEE countries, and it will offer in-class lectures on REE, regional geology and stratigraphy related to bauxite deposits, and importance of bauxite applications in industry. Along with the lectures, field trip to local bauxite deposits will be organized, with bauxite professionals on site to present bauxite occurrences, sampling methods and to work with students. The organizers will cover the expenses of the student attendance at the workshop (accommodation, meals, all transport costs), thus number of participants is limited.
Please, send your application and a supervisor’s recommendation letter by July 5, 2019 (Download the application form and recommendation letter template from this web site, and send them completed to the e-mail address indicated in the application form).
Drilling project within WP2 at the bauxite field Mamutovac has been completed later this September. The activity was organized and coordinated by Croatian Geological Survey, a REEBAUX project partner. The analyses of the drilling core are to bring new data on the bauxite field potential in respect of REE content therein.
Team of the Geological Survey of Montenegro did an excellent job during summer months in 2019. Prospecting work and sampling at a number of potentially perspective bauxite localities in Montenegro (WP2) and core drilling at the red mud accumulation in Podgorica (WP3) were carried out. The collected samples are due to mineralogical and chemical analyses.
Field work and sampling within WP2 continued during late spring and summer 2019 in Croatia (North and Central Dalmatia inland, Istria and Lika) during several field visits. The collected samples were simultaneously prepared in laboratory for detailed chemical analyses.
The first field trip (reconnaissance and prospecting) of the Croatian REEBAUX team took place on April 17, 2019. Localities in the Dalmatian inland were visited and first samples collected within WP2 activities. Some of the localities will be also visited during the student workshop in October this year.
Joint filed trip of ELTE and University of Miskolc project team members and students took place betwen April 8-10, 2019. Four abandoned bauxite mines (Óbarok, Gánt, Darvastó, Iharkút) and two partially re-cultivated red mud storage areas (Almásfüzítő and Ajka) were visited within WP4 activities. The visited areas were thoroughly examined for sampling (WP2 and WP3 activities), including the discussion with the owners of red mud storages.
REEBAUX inital meeting in 2019 took place at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Science. on February 15, 2019. The partners met to discuss the project tasks planned in 2019. The meeting was a success since all the project partners managed to gather and discuss the forthcoming project activities in 2019; new data collection, organisation of field prospecting, sample analyses, estabilishing contacts to local stakeholders as well as inclusion of student population in project activities and organisation of student workshop and field trip in early autumn were the topics addressed.
The project kick-off meeting was held on September 28, 2018. The meeting took place at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Science (Department of Geology). It was an exciting occasion for the entire team to gather and discuss all the project affairs at the moment as well as to look into the plans for the next year.
REEBAUX pre-kick-off meeting video conference was held on June 26, 2018 to discuss project major acitivities in 2018. The project major task of the year – collection of data on the bauxite-related resources in the ESEE region – was given the time frame within the annual project schedule as well as the exact data items to be collected.