Eric Pirard


Éric Pirard is a geological engineer and professor at the University of Liège.

He is the academic coordinator of the European Master in Resources Engineering programme (EMerald) which offers an engineering diploma specialising in the evaluation and beneficiation of both primary and secondary mineral resources. This programme benefits from the EIT-label  delivered by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

He leads a research team of around 30 engineers who develop new technologies for the characterization, sorting and extraction of metals from complex and low-grade raw materials. In addition to several European projects his team is heavily involved in the Walloon Reverse Metallurgy initiative.

Professor Pirard is a visiting professor at the Universities of Lorraine, Madrid and Lubumbashi. He regularly speaks in the media and at conferences for the general public on issues relating to critical metals and the circular economy.

Talk objectives: critical opinion on collective work conclusions from a geologist point of view.

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