Get to know us

Why us?

Every member of the VECTOR team is motivated to create a more sustainable and environmentally conscious world. We come from a diverse range of backgrounds, representing a range of society. We are committed to impartial and ethical research, to better understand how to move towards a more sustainable future in a responsible manner. We will communicate our findings openly and transparently, along with its implications for a global green future.

Ethics statement / commitment

The VECTOR consortium is committed to ensuring the highest level of ethical conduct during the VECTOR project, with respect to both the conduct of the project and its outputs. We recognise that due to the subject matter of the VECTOR project, there are sensitivities surrounding some of the research and development to be undertaken, and in line with our ambition to take a human centred approach to this project, we are keen to make every effort to allay concerns around the handling of these sensitivities and ensure they are managed in accordance with the highest ethical principles.

To put this commitment into practice, the VECTOR consortium has appointed an Ethics Advisor, who is responsible for advising the project on ethical matters and Chairing an Independent Ethics Committee, which will bring subject matter expertise to ethical deliberations.

The Ethics Advisor and the Independent Ethics Committee sit within a broader ethics governance framework that interacts with, but is independent of, the Project governance framework. The aim of this structure is to ensure that ethical matters arising during the course of the Project are considered by expert, neutral third parties who are not otherwise invested in the Project, and that their advice is given due weight in Project decision making processes and is practically implemented by the Project working parties.
This approach to project ethics is a first for a Horizon Europe project, and one we hope will set the bar for strong ethical project management across the Horizon universe. To help make this a reality, the Consortium will make documents and records relating to the ethical management of the Project available to interested third parties through our Ethics Repository, which you can access here.

The people

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Alla Dolgopolova

SENIOR RESEARCHER IN MINERAL DEPOSITS

Alla Studies mineral deposits of metals critical for our economy and their extraction in the most environmentally friendly and ESG-compliant way.

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Juan Alcalde

JUAN DE LA CIERVA RESEARCH FELLOW

Juan is a geologist and geophysicist at GEO3BCN-CSIC, working in subsurface geoenergy applications and raw materials exploration for the Energy Transition

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Shane Bergin

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN SCIENCE EDUCATION

Working with a team of VECTOR researchers and teachers to co-create education materials.

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René Booysen

VECTOR COORDINATION TEAM MEMBER

René helps with the coordination of VECTOR and ensure that the project runs smoothly.

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Rose Clarke

IMPACT PROJECT OFFICER, QUALITY CONTROL

Rose is a geologist working in sustainability and knowledge exchange. Within VECTOR she brings experience of mining companies, academia, and NGOs to help guide impact.

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Virginia del Río Orduña

ESG RESEARCHER

Virgina works in ATClave (southern Spain) to contribute to the integration of social and environmental challenges in mining

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Max Frenzel

SUPERVISOR OF MINERALOGY TO MINERAL CHEMISTRY RESEARCH

Max oversees the collection of quantitative mineralogy and mineral chemistry data to evaluate their use in exploration, and calibrate the hyperspectral drill-core-scans.

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Christian Haberland

GEOSCIENCE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Conceptual design and coordination of passive seismic survey, instrumentation, field work, data analysis, interpretation.

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Sarah A. Gleeson

GEOSCIENCE PARAMETERS AND CASE STUDIES WORK PACKAGE LEAD

Overall leadership and integration of the geoscience activities in Vector and ensuring the successful completion of deliverables

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Richard Gloaguen

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR OF VECTOR AND INTEGRATION WRK PACKAGE LEAD

Richard ensures that the consortium is performing and complies with EU requirements

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Sarah Gordon

IMPACT WORK PACKAGE LEAD

As CEO and co-founder of Satarla sustainability and risk management, and co-founder of Responsible Raw Materials, Sarah is responsible for the delivery of the impact work package for VECTOR.

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Murray Hitzman

GEOSCIENCE LEGACY DATA REVIEW LEAD

Helping to lead the Case Study Data Review in WP2 of VECTOR to pull together and synthesize data concerning mineral systems in the Irish orefield and in the Kupferschiefer.

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Mark P. Holdstock

PROJECT MANAGER

Company liaison (Group Eleven Resources Limited) assisting with the design and implementation of work to collect varied geoscientific datasets to help develop geological models that guide exploration.

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Joe Magnall

GEOSCIENCE POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Joe is an economic geologist and will be investigating the mineralogy and lithogeochemistry of drill-core samples from the Irish Ore Field and German Kupferschiefer.

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Emily Lewis

IMPACT PROJECT OFFICER; SECRETARY - ETHICS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Emily has a background in law, ESG and impact, and is responsible for integration between WP5 and WP3 and assisting with ethical matters on the VECTOR project.

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Patrick Nadoll

SENIOR ADVISOR

Focusing on stakeholder engagement, raw materials business intelligence and innovative solutions for exploration and the mining sector – acting as an interface between the mining industry, government and academia.

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Oliver Ritter

CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR OF GEOSCIENCE MAGNETOTELLURICS

Site characterization - use of electromagnetic geophysical methods to determine the electrical conductivity structure of the subsurface.

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Ramón Rodríguez Franco

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGIST

Member of ATClave team (southern Spain) contributing to to the integration of social and environmental challenges in mining.

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Jon Russill

PRINCIPAL EXPLORATION GEOLOGIST

Jon works for SRK Exploration, an independent consultancy for the exploration industry. In WP3, he aims to develop a more human-centred business case for mining.

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Trond Ryberg

GEOSCIENCE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Conceptual design and coordination of passive seismic survey, instrumentation, field work, data management & analysis, interpretation, Postdoc supervision.

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Chris Stockey

IMPACT PROJECT OFFICER, PROJECT MANAGER

As an earth scientist bringing his experience in science communication to the project, Chris manages the external communications of VECTOR in the Impact work package at Satarla.

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Geertje Schuitema

SOCIAL SCIENCE LEAD

Geertje is an Associate Professor in the School of Business at University College, and leader of Work Package 3 on the Social Acceptance of Critical Raw Materials.

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Sam Thiele

GEOSCIENCE POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Sam is a structural geologist and data scientist who works with hyperspectral drillcore and outcrop data to derive 3-D geological models.

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Kristina Tietze

GEOSCIENCE PROJECT SCIENTIST

Magnetotelluric characterisation of the underground.

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Kacie Wellington

SENIOR PROJECT GEOLOGIST

Kacie is the Teck representative based in Mullingar, Ireland; providing technical and logistical support for VECTOR

The partnership

VECTOR is made up of a broad range of partners. These represent the spectrum of stakeholders in the project. Every partner plays a critical role in ensuring that the project represents as many views and perspectives as possible, when assessing the challenges of extracting critical raw materials responsibly and sustainably for the green transition.

Advisory Board

Geoscience Vectors

RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS
MINING COMPANIES
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPER

Social Vectors

RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS
NON-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
EDUCATION SERVICES
EXPLORATION SERVICES

Impact Creation

CONSULTANCY

POLICY STAKEHOLDER

“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº 101058483
Co-funded by the European Union. 
Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or Horizon Europe research and innovation programme. Neither the European Union not the granting authority can be held responsible for them.”

“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº 101058483
Co-funded by the European Union. 
Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or Horizon Europe research and innovation programme. Neither the European Union not the granting authority can be held responsible for them.”