Systemic research projects are concerned with the performance of minerals processing and beneficiation systems as a whole, considering their interface with the environment and society as well as their technical or economic merit. Examples of these include acid rock drainage (ARD) mitigation; deriving added value from mine waste; developing tools for holistic evaluation and optimisation of mineral extraction and beneficiation systems, and their impact on their environment; improving energy efficiency; minimising carbon footprint, water usage and land degradation; and improving mine safety and mining company–community stakeholder engagement.
The MtM research programme has been constantly evolving since its inception in 2007 as projects develop and new partnerships are formed, expanding opportunities and opening up previously unexplored research areas. There are currently more than 20 research programmes and projects spanning these research themes either underway or in development. These include ARD mitigation, Circular Economy Engineering, Dry Processing, Dust, Urban Mining, Industrial Minerals, REEs, Geometallurgy, and incorporating sustainability risk through operationalising SDGs.