Starting Project 3

Analysis of decision-making structures and conflicts and development of a toolkit for transdisciplinary cooperation

At developing innovative technologies that combine processes of decontamination and raw material extraction from deposited residues, areas of conflict can arise with different groups of stakeholders. The project 3 that started from the beginning addresses potential conflict situations and develops methods and approaches to counter them.

Therefore, the project 3 analyzes technology-induced conflicts and potentials on two levels. These are (1) the social perception of technology projects (science-society interaction) and (2) the ability of innovative future technologies for being approved in the context of the diverse legal framework (science-authority interaction). Various locations of the former ore mining and metallurgy in the Ore Mountains can be characterized as ideal research and development locations (“real world laboratories”) for innovative technologies.

The “methodology kit”, which is aimed to be developed, is intended to provide recomine-stakeholders and official decision-makers with tools and solution concepts for forms of interaction between science, public authorities and society. The long-term goal of the project 3 is to identify and address conflicts at an early stage and to involve social stakeholders in the development processes of innovative technologies.

Project Overview

  • Time span
    01.01.2020 to 30.06.2022
  • Pseudonym
    Toolbox for transdisciplinary cooperation
  • Project type
    R&D locations


Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research Leipzig - UFZ

Dr. Diana Ayeh

Phone: +49 341 235 48-2257


Co-operation Partner

SAXONIA Standortentwicklungs- und -verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Sabine Meißner

Phone: +49 3731 39-5026


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Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) will celebrate its birthday together with Saxonian Minister President Michael Kretschmer and interested guests on September 9, 2021. The number 10 plays an important role for both the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF). In addition to the 10-year affiliation of the HZDR with the Helmholtz Association, the HIF looks back on 10 very successful years at the research location of Freiberg. Furthermore, the HIF inaugurates its new metallurgy pilot plant on September 9, 2021. The inauguration marks another milestone in the development of a unique campus for resource technology and progresses sustainability steadily at HIF. The HIF will celebrate this progress and cordially invites you!

The new metallurgy pilot plant at HIF. ©HZDR/599Media

Can the recycling of mining waste become a new business? That was the main question addressed in the Lunch Event & Debate organised by the Horizon2020 NEMO project on April 27, 2021.

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You can find more information on the website of the project Nemo (

Eight partner from science and industry participate in the research project “TerZinn – Technologieentwicklung und Erprobung für nachhaltiges Wassermanagement und additive Rohstoffgewinnung am Modellstandort Zinnerzgrube Ehrenfrieders-dorf“: Zinnerz Ehrenfriedersdorf GmbH, G.E.O.S. Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Wis-mut GmbH, BIT Tiefbauplanung GmbH, ibes AG, Kurt-Schwabe-Institut für Mess- und Sensortechnik Meinsberg e.V., TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS. The Federal Ministry of Edu-cation and Research (BMBF) funds the project with around one million euros. TER-ZINN belongs to the alliance “recomine – rethinking resources”, which works on the subject of mining waste at the intersection of environmental technology, resource technology and digitalization.

Complete press release:

On 18th of February 2021 the recomine-project TERZinn starts as the first of currently eight selected projects of the first recomine-call. Over the next three years, a digital underground measurement system will be developed and tested in the historic Ehrenfriedersdorf mine site. Newly developed sensors will record current information from the incoming mine water and pass it on to a modular water treatment system, which will then decide how heavily the water needs to be treated depending on the water contamination (e.g. with Arsenic). The system will then be further developed for use in the Ore Mountains and around the world, and will sustainably improve water quality in many mining regions.