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Geopolitics and energy transition are changing the mining and minerals sector profoundly, and implications for security of supply are at the fore. We expect the circular economy to be the path forward, yet how realistic are plans for secondary resources? A changing world order and unpredictability also impact the pipe-line of future experts, so there is a need to also address mining education.
At Xplorer Conference 2024 we have an opportunity to discuss and address options and a way-forward for a mineral-centered way of living. Xplorer Conference is multidisciplinary, and topics will be discussed from varying perspectives across technology, business, and society. Expert presentations are by invitation, whereby poster sessions are available via an application.



Spotlight on Our Speakers

Pekka Suomela

Executive Officer, Finnish Mining Association

Prof. Seita Vesa

University of Eastern Finland

Assoc. Prof. David Peck

Delft University of Technology

Prof. Juan Maria Menendez Aguado

University of Oviedo

Jeanette Stovel

Ambassador of Canada to Finland

Toni Rönnberg

Regional Director, EITRawmaterials

Juha Ilkka

Chief Preparedness Specialist, National Emergency Supply Agency



The poster session "Working towards Circular Economy" takes place on Wednesday June 12. It will start with a pitching session, during which presenters are allotted 3 minutes to pitch their work and topic. The poster size for the conference is A0.

Topics for posters include, but are not limited to:
•    Minerals and Metals: Energy security & Security of Supply 
•    Circular Economy of (Mineral) Raw materials
•    Sustainability Transition in Society
•    Education in Mining and Metallurgy


Allotments for accommodation have been reserved for Conference participants from the hotels Lappee, Lähde and Rakuuna. The price is valid only when you make the reservation directly with the hotel. Please note that the full quantity of pre-booked rooms can only be guaranteed until the specific dates. Rooms are rented on a first come first served basis.

Sokos Hotelli Lappee


Single room €122 €/room/night 
Double room €142/room/night
Conference prices are available until 3.6.2024 

Note: The final cancellation date without charge for an individual reservation made from the quota is 7 days prior to the arrival date.

Prices include breakfast, gym and spa access (sauna and swimming pool) 
Reservation code: XPLORER24 
Contact information: 
Reservations at www.sokoshotels.fi by using code BXPLORER24 
Or directly at the hotel, using code BXPLORER24
Tel. +358 10 7621000 OR e-mail lappee.lappeenranta@sokoshotels.fi

Hotel Lähde 

Single room: €108/room/night and 
Double room: €118/room/night.
Book a room by emailing info@hotellilahde.fi and include the code XPLORER24. 

Contact address: 
Ainonkatu 17/12  
53100 Lappeenranta  
Tel. +358 44 766 5005

Hotel Rakuuna

Book a room directly from the hotel using the code "XPLORER". 
Single room: €98/room/night 
Double room: €108/room/night.

Contact address: 
Mannerheiminkatu 8  
53900 Lappeenranta  
Tel. +358 10 340 2040

Hotel Scandic Patria

Contact address:  
Scandic Patria  
Kauppakatu 21  
Tel.  +358 300308451  
E-mail: patria@scandichotels.com



LUT University

Our conference venue is at the LUT campus in Lappeenranta. LUT University today is a hub of 7,500 students and staff members. Established in Lappeenranta some 50 years ago, LUT has become one of the world’s best universities, recognized for its work in international rankings.  LUT has two campuses in two cities: one in Lappeenranta and one in Lahti, and two regional units in Mikkeli and Kouvola. Clean energy, water and air are life-giving resources for which we at LUT University seek new solutions with our expertise in technology, business and social sciences. We help society and businesses in their sustainable renewal.

Our conference room is located in the main building, Room 1316, on the 3rd floor.

Welcome to the green campus of LUT!


Lappeenranta (in Swedish Villmanstrand) is a lovely small city in South Karelia region by lake Saimaa, the biggest lake in Finland. Lappeenranta is a perfect place to combine work with holiday.

Find here, what the city has to offer https://www.visitlappeenranta.fi/fi



By Plane and train 

Fly to Helsinki, then take a train to Lappeenranta 

Use the VR (National Railway operator) on-line service to find schedules and buy tickets.

The distance between Helsinki and Lappeenranta is approximately 230 km (two hours by train). The Helsinki Airport is situated 19 km from the centre of Helsinki. Take the Commuter Train P from the airport and change trains at the Tikkurila railway station. It is a small station, and the change is easy to make. You don’t have to come all the way to Helsinki’s main railway station. But if you do, the change is easy to make there as well. When in Lappeenranta, take a taxi or a city bus from the station to the campus.  

Note: There is a small airport in Lappeenranta mainly servicing charter flights. At the moment there are scheduled flights from/to Bergamo, Italy.

More information https://lppairport.fi/ 

By Ferry and car 

Arrive by ferry in Helsinki from Estonia, Sweden and Germany 

There is daily ferry services to Helsinki from Estonia, Sweden and Germany. All ferry companies allow you to pre-book and take a car with you. Ferry trips are popular in the summer, so book your trip early. 

By Bus 

Onnibussi company offers affordable bus fares to Lappeenranta in Finland.

By Car 

There is a visitor parking next to our conference venue. Please find all visitor parking information on LUT website Campuses and directions

City bus in Lappeenranta 

LUT Campus is located a few kilometers from downtown Lappeenranta and the railway station, and it is well connected by city bus (lines 1 and 5)  https://lappeenranta.digitransit.fi/ 

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