RWTH Aachen University performs since many years as the top ranked technical University of Excellence in Germany. Joint research with industry and large collaborative research centres are a particular strength of RWTH Aachen University. The Institute of Mining Engineering I (BBKI) is part of the Division of Mining Engineering, Mineral Processing and Recycling at the RWTH Aachen University. The research activities focus on all aspects of mining, mineral economics and sustainable development in Mining. The Energy and Mineral Resources Group (EMR) forms part of the Department of Geosciences & Geography in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. It represents by far the largest university-based Geoscience Group committed to Resources Research in Germany.