Xplorer promotes sustainable mining through research and education. The UN’s sustainable development goals guide our work. There is a lot to do, so we need to build a strong network. Our network is part of the international competence centre under the auspices of UNESCO.
The International Competence Centre under the auspices of UNESCO is headed by the St. Petersburg Mining University. It has four branches: LUT in Finland, the University of Leoben in Austria, the University of Freiberg in Germany and the IOM3 center in the UK. Other partner universities are located in China, South Africa and Brazil. Xplorer is calling Finnish partners to join the network: universities, research centres and companies.
We do research together. We educate future professionals. We offer joint degree programs and develop new ones. We provide teacher, researcher and student exchanges. We help companies convert to the circular economy. Xplorer’s home university LUT is one of the most international universities in Finland with over 80 nationalities studying or working here. LUT is renowned for combining business and technology.
UNESCO is famous for its work in preserving world heritage and its tireless effort to promote education. UNESCO is also a science organization with remarkable results.
UNESCO – The lab of ideas, the lab for change!
UNESCO promotes open access to scientific information.
UNESCO was the essential organization when CERN, the European research center for particle physics, was established. Today, scientists from all over the world can work there.
The latest milestone is a research center Sesame, Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle-East. Political disputes were put aside, and science united people and nations. UNESCO’s science diplomacy works. UNESCO was established after the second world war with the motto: Building peace in the minds of men and women.
The core of UNESCO’s science policy is to promote open science and open access. Future challenges will be e.g. the ethics of AI and protecting biodiversity. UNESCO works actively in order to promote women in science and encourages girls to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Every five years UNESCO publishes the UNESCO Science Report, which reports on the governance of science, technology and innovation around the world. The next report will come out in 2021.