Delivering Sustainable Solutions
Cover central image courtesy of David Jarvis, all other images courtesy of Rio Tinto
MIRO is a leading international collaborative research facilitator and provider of project
management services to the minerals and related industries
Mineral Industry Research Organisation
The value of experienced, independent co-ordination with extensive resources aimed at delivering experience
of collaborative research programmes is recognised and capability in:
by MIRO Members and has been proven by the long
list of successfully implemented MIRO projects and ∑ n R&D Project Development
programmes. MIRO Project Managers have unrivalled ∑ n R&D Project Funding
experience of multi-partner, multi-national research ∑ n R&D Project Management
project management in the minerals sector. ∑ n Technology Transfer
∑ n Information Dissemination
This success is achieved by listening to and acting upon ∑ n Technical Publications
the needs of our members and through the develop- ∑ n Technical Advisory Services
ment of strategic alliances with leading international ∑ n Industry Networking
research providers, funding bodies and regulators. All
MIRO’s activities are carried out transparently, safely MIRO has established a key role in supporting future
and ethically with due regard for the environment. pre-competitive and collaborative technological de-
velopment throughout the minerals industry. Since its
Our aim is to add value to our members’ businesses formation in 1974, MIRO has established and managed
through the provision of cost efficient and industrially 200 major technical R&D projects with a combined
relevant projects. We focus our activities in the mining value of over £60M.
and minerals sectors to highlight industrially relevant
science and technology and provide innovative solu- MIRO has proven experience in R&D related to:
tions to the key challenges before us.
∑ n Mineral Exploration
MIRO… works in partnership with industry, government, ∑ n Mineral Extraction
research and service providers. ∑ n Mineral Processing
MIRO… aims to identify, influence, fund, transfer, ∑ n Environmental Technologies
deliver and communicate information and technology ∑ n Waste Management
development to address the needs of stakeholders in ∑ n New Materials
the sector. ∑ n Land Reclamation
MIRO… is a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation which is ∑ n Information Technologies
owned by its members and governed by a Council of
senior industry executives. MIRO managed research activities deliver industrially
MIRO… through its UK Head Office and its network of relevant, sustainable, technological solutions world-
experienced Project Managers, provides its Members wide.
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Benefits of MIRO Membership
Adding Value The expertise of the project team members is matched
MIRO delivers added value to its members by promoting to the particular technology or activity of each project
the development of collaborative partnerships that and over 150 technical projects have been successfully
share the cost of R&D initiatives, and by securing co- completed.
funding where appropriate.
MIRO personnel provide initial and on-going technical
MIRO managed projects can benefit from substantial input to development of research proposals, identify
public sector co-funding which significantly reduces the opportunities to secure project co-funding and
financial commitment for participating organisations, implement projects through professional delivery of
and leads to exceptional levels of industry research high quality project management services.
MIRO members are able to benefit from participation in
Through extensive networks of industry based contacts world class R&D programmes which may be beyond the
MIRO provides a highly effective means of identifying reach of individual companies.
beneficial collaborative partnerships which result in:
n increased gearing of corporate spend MIRO acts as a central point of contact and
n increased scale of projects information exchange for Members; through technical
n improved utilisation of company resources networks, project groups, research advisory panels,
n stimulation of both research and industrial newsletters, technical bulletins and direct one-to-one
personnel through interaction communications.
n more efficient knowledge transfer
n more effective establishment of technical MIRO information systems serve to alert Members
priorities to new technological opportunities; to introduce
organisations with common technological goals and
Importantly industrial sponsors retain control of the to promote exchange of ideas between industry and
project direction. technology providers.
Access to Experience For many organisations membership of MIRO
As a specialist research management organisation has resulted in the development of new business
with extensive experience in the development and opportunities that have had a direct operational and
management of a wide range of technology based R&D economic benefit.
initiatives associated with the minerals and related
industries, MIRO provides its members with a valuable
additional technical resource.
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MIRO managed research and technology programmes are developed with industry and the
research community to ensure that innovation is both industrially relevant and focused on
real business priorities. As a result, MIRO has made a significant contribution to technological
development in the minerals industry at both a national and international level.
Responsive to the Research & Technology needs of Industry
Strategic Programmes Waste minimisation and recycling:
MIRO has established a capability for management MIRO managed thematic network covering more
and implementation of major strategic research than forty industrial recycling technologies in the
programmes. Since 2002 MIRO has assumed responsibility minerals and associated sectors
for management of the Mineral Industry Sustainable
Technology (MIST) Programme and the Sustainable Land Dissemination and Publication
Won and Marine Dredged Aggregate Minerals Programme. The output of research projects, proceedings of project
Both programmes are funded by UK Government and meetings etc often have to be disseminated to a wide
provide resources to support minerals sector R&D with a audience as part of the conditions of public sector
combined value of around £5m each year. co-funding, subject to normal IPR and confidentiality
constraints or to support industry wide awareness and
European Focus acceptance campaigns for best practice technologies.
Development of industrial and environmental MIRO administrative and support services are
legislation at a European level has created a strong experienced in the preparation and presentation of
demand for new technological approaches. MIRO has formal proceedings and other documents, produced
taken a leading role in EU RTD programme activity. In to a high quality through a range of established
recent years major European projects have included: publication procedures.
Mine waste backfill technology: MIRONEWS is MIRO’s newsletter distributed to over
Development of new technologies for underground 500 individuals worldwide and containing details of
disposal of process residues with €2.2m funding new research projects, Member developments, technical
from the EU Life Programme issues, policy and regulation, events and conferences
Integrated mine water management:
In partnership with the coal industry in the UK and Global Initiatives
Romania MIRO led development of new strategies MIRO has been successful at encouraging new
for large scale minewater management companies, large and small, located in many different
countries to actively participate in technology research
Fillers from mine and quarry waste: and development.
MIRO secured funding of €1.7m to develop new
technologies for production of lowcost industrial The minerals industry is global and MIRO has developed
fillers from quarry waste many research activities that recognise the need
for international transferability and co-ordination.
High temperature processing: Establishment of new technology development projects
Pilot trials using high thermophilic bacteria for is being co-ordinated through MIRO’s firm links with
leaching base metal and gold bearing sulphide AMIRA, with the aim of learning from and providing
minerals benefits to the globally significant extraction industry.
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APPLICATION FORM AND
FOR MEMBERSHIP OF MIRO
The Application Form and Questionnaire shall be completed by organisations applying for membership of MIRO. Please
complete using BLOCK LETTERS and return to the address below.
All information will be regarded as confidential and will only be used for assessing the appropriate membership
subscription and to compile statistics to be used in ensuring that the organisation is advised of any developments,
project proposals etc., which are appropriate to it. MIRO seeks to encourage its members to participate in projects. It
is therefore essential that the forms are completed correctly in order that the applicant is always informed.
MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION RATES
Industrial Companies 2180
Micro Companies (less than 10 persons) 800
National Associations/Groups 2180
Research Institutes/Laboratories/ Consultants 1595
We, the undersigned, hereby apply to be admitted as a member of MIRO, subject to the provisions of the
Memorandum and Articles of Association and we declare that the under mentioned particulars are true:
On being admitted to membership, we nominate
in accordance with Article 6 of the Articles of Association to act as our representative at meetings of MIRO and generally
exercise all rights of membership on our behalf. We agree to conform to the requirements of the Memorandum and
Articles, and will ensure that the confidential nature of the research carried out by MIRO is at all times maintained.
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1.1 What is the corporate structure of the Organisation?
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