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Partners Introduction

The Mineral Industry Research Organisation (MIRO)

The Mineral Industry Research Organisation (MIRO) is a leading international collaborative research and technological development (RTD) facilitator and provider of project management services to the minerals and related industries.

MIRO works in partnership with industry, government, research and service providers to identify, influence, fund, transfer, deliver and communicate information and technology development to address the needs of stakeholders in the sector.

MIRO is governed by a Council of senior industry executives and directed with the support of a number of Research Advisory Panels, Executive Committees and experienced industry professionals. As an independent body MIRO is a company limited by guarantee and operates on a ‘not-for profit’ basis.

Through its UK Head Office and its network of Project Managers, MIRO provides its Members with extensive resources aimed at delivering experience and capability in RTD project development, funding and project management, technology transfer, information dissemination, technical publications, technical enquiry services and industry networking

MIRO works closely with multinational businesses and SMEs located throughout the world. Through extensive networking and co-ordination activities, MIRO has established a key role in supporting future technological development throughout the minerals industry.

Role in project:

MIRO will lead WP5 and will be significantly involved in dissemination, communication and capacity building activities. MIRO will take care of linkages between WP2 to 4 with WP5.

Relevant Experience:

Since its formation in 1974, MIRO has established and managed more than 200 major technical RTD projects with a combined value of over £50M. MIRO has demonstrated specific experience in RTD related to mineral exploration, mining and mineral extraction, mineral processing, environmental technologies, waste management, new materials, land reclamation and information technology. MIRO managed research activities delivering industrially relevant, sustainable, technological solutions worldwide.

MIRO is funding member of the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP SMR) and Dr Horst Hejny was coordinator of the EU funded NESMI network, which formed the nucleus for the ETP SMR.


Key persons involved:

Horst Hejny photographDr Horst Hejny

Dr Hejny studied chemical process engineering at the University of Dortmund, Germany. He received his doctorate from the University of Essen, Germany for work on the field of coal gasification. For 25 years he worked for DMT (Deutsche Montan Technologie GmbH) and predecessor organisations in different fields related to health and safety in coal mines. The last couple of years of his employment there was dedicated to company’s innovation management. Since May 2004 Dr Hejny acts as independent consultant in the field of mining and tunnel safety.
Amongst others he was coordinator the European Thematic Network NESMI (Network of the European Sustainable Minerals Industries), which provided the basis for the establishment of the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources. Today he also represents MIRO, the Mineral Industry Research Organisation in the UK, for which he works as project manager on contract basis.

Alan Gibbon photographAlan Gibbon

A Minerals Engineering graduate, Alan Gibbon spent the first twenty four years of his career in research and development, focused on the platinum group metals, at Johnson Matthey in the UK, Canada and South Africa. He was active in mining in South Africa and in the recovery of the platinum group metals from catalytic converters in motor vehicles in the UK.
He formed his own consultancy in 1992 and joined MIRO as a Project Manager in 1993 where he was responsible for project development in mineral extraction and processing including (1) mining, (2) mineral processing and (3) chemical and pyrometallurgical processing, (4) recycling and waste minimisation and (5) process modeling.
He is a member of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) editorial board and serves on their Material Chemistry Committee.
He became MIRO’s Development Director in 2006 and has overseen MIRO’s growth in difficult trading conditions. MIRO now manages part of the UK government’s Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund and is active in National and European competitions for co-funding of important and industrially relevant projects on behalf of its members.

Ian Martin photographIan Martin

A Certified Electrical Engineer who has specialises in IT systems, network infrastructure, together with hardware, software and internet support.
He formed his own company in 1985 providing electrical and IT systems infrastructure and network installation to small and medium sized businesses. By the 1995 he found himself heavily involved in business IT systems integration and later providing internet services in the form of domain registration and hosting, mail systems and website design.
He joined the Mineral Industry Research Organisation (MIRO) in 1999 to provide IT systems support services and in 2000 became their ICT manager. His wide ranging IT knowledge, skills and hands on approach are regularly put to the test, as he is responsible for the design, creation and installation of numerous project based web sites as well as the management of all other MIRO IT systems both on and off their head office site.

Sadie Ferriday photograohSadie Ferriday

Sadie Ferriday joined the Mineral Industry Research Organisation (MIRO) in 2005 to provide Graphic Design services.
She is qualified to HND level, having attained a Higher National Diploma in Art and Design and a National Diploma in Graphic Design (for print). Prior to joining MIRO, Sadie gained considerable knowledge whilst employed within the design and print industry working for a small agency and an award winning printers. She is highly proficient in all the design industry standard software, including: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Quark Xpress and Acrobat.
At MIRO, Sadie is responsible for the design and execution of all MIRO publications, corporate identity development and implementation, proofing, sourcing printers and supplying print ready artwork, and alongside Ian Martin, designing and providing graphics for all MIRO websites. Including “Sustainable Aggregates” on behalf of Defra (, this brief included designing and setting numerous reviews and all publicity materials, working with MIRO personnel alongside those from English Heritage to tight deadlines.