Integrating the 'SmartFarm©' with mining — re-awakening the Albert Silver Mine after a century of dormancy
Theme: Geoscience for infrastructure and land use
Before moving to the United Kingdom, Laurence Robb was Professor of Economic Geology in the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa, and between 2001 and 2005 Director of the Economic Geology Research Institute of Wits. He is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. He has worked in many of the great mineral districts of the African continent for over 30 years and is currently involved in research on the metallogeny of Myanmar/Burma and Western Sahara. His main field of expertise is granite related mineral deposits and he is also the author of the internationally acclaimed text book, Introduction to Ore-Forming Processes, that is used all over the world. He served one term as President of the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) in 1999–2000 and was President of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG, based in Denver, USA, in 2017.
Laurence is a Director of Lerama Resources, a junior exploration company in South Africa that is evaluating polymetallic projects in the granites of the Bushveld Complex. This company has a keen interest in developing viable and ecofriendly mining ventures and through its association with Agricultural Innovation in dryland Africa (AIDA) is looking at options to integrate a SmartFarm© in one of its projects.