Mining leaves a mark behind it. Dealing with this legacy is not only a tremendous challenge for us here in Germany, but internationally too.
Unlike any other facility in the world, the Research Center of Post-Mining is where we attend to the issues that emerge as mining activity ceases. We conduct interdisciplinary investigations into the best ways to organize the complex tasks surrounding the closure of mines and their subsequent use – all with a particular focus on the aspect of future potential. The Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola, University (THGA) in Bochum provides the perfect starting point for exploring the post-mining environment.
What post-mining means
Post-mining encompasses everything that takes place following the actual extraction of minerals and raw materials. It is a wide-ranging field, providing plenty of substance for exciting, engineering-based research. We investigate post-mining in all its many facets, while completely rediscovering the potential it has to offer. And the findings we arrive at here, also contribute to making future mining processes more environmentally-friendly and sustainable.
The focal aspects of our research
and mine water management
for the preservation of industrial heritage
3 questions about post-mining
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Paschedag
“Post-mining is no ivory tower.”
Prof. Dr. Peter Goerke-Mallet
"We need a standardized management of mining legacies."
Prof. Dr. Christian Melchers
"Eternity lasts 25 years. Then new ideas will be called for in any case."
Prof. Dr. Tobias Rudolph
"Post-mining is a big puzzle to me."
Prof. Dr. Michael Prange
"But not everything can be preserved."