Partners – Research Institutes

Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia and is well ranked internationally. The Department of Earth Sciences where Smart Exploration is being coordinated is Sweden’s largest and broadest such department, with about 260 employees.

The Geophysics Program of the department runs its own ~600 channel (cabled and 1C/3C wireless) reflection seismic instrument, a state-of-the-art 120-3C seismic landstreamer acquisition system, uses modern seismic processing and imaging software and develops innovative analysis, modeling, and multidimensional inversion algorithms for seismic, electromagnetic and potential field data, including e.g. airborne geophysical data and joint inversion methods integrating different types of data.

The program leads the H2020-funded Smart Exploration project and is involved in a number of other relevant international projects.

The Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU)
The Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) is a central governmental agency under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation for matters relating to geology and management of mineral resources. Information from SGU is used by exploration companies in their investigation for mineral prospects.


Politecnico di Torino

Polito represents a leading public university for engineering and architecture studies, strongly committed to collaboration with industry. Founded in 1859, Polito offers excellence in technology and promotes the ability to carry out theoretical or applied research and also the capacity to achieve concrete and reliable productive processes or organize services and facilities.

The Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI), formerly Mining Institute of Polito, is committed to the development of research and training in the field of environment, resources and land, hydraulics, transportations and related technologies aimed at protecting and ensuring the sustainable use of resources.

National Technical University of Athens

The National Technical University (NTUA) is the oldest and most prestigious educational institution of Greece in the field of technology, and has contributed unceasingly to the country’s scientific, technical and economic development since its foundation in 1836. NTUA is divided into nine academic Schools, eight being for the engineering sciences, including architecture, and one for the general sciences.

The Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering (DMME) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) was founded by government decree on February 27th, 1946 with 3 departmental sections:

  1. Section of Mining Engineering (SecMinEng),
  2. Section of Metallurgy & Materials Technology,
  3. Section of Geological Sciences.

Section of Mining Engineering has 4 Labs:

  1. Laboratory of Excavation Engineering,
  2. Laboratory of Mining Engineering and Environmental Mining,
  3. Laboratory of Applied Geophysics,
  4. Laboratory for Tunnelling.

The National Laboratory of Energy and Geology (LNEG) is a State Laboratory of the Ministry of Economy that makes R&D oriented to the needs of society and enterprises, investing in a sustainable research, along with international best practices.

LNEG’s mission is to promote technological innovation in science and technology oriented for economic development contributing to increase in competitiveness of economic agents in the context of sustainable progress of the Portuguese economy. In accordance with the Portuguese Government’s strategies and policies for economic and social development, LNEG takes up the role of an interface between results generated by R&D programs and their technological transfer and integration into the energy and geology productive sector.

TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Being a University of Resources, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg focuses comprehensively on securing the supply of natural resources along the entire added value chain. It covers the spectrum from the exploration for new deposits, the low impact, environmentally sound extraction of the raw materials as well as the development of alternative energy technologies and efficient materials right up to the recycling process. The basic idea of sustainable development remains at the forefront at all times. Researchers in Freiberg use cooperative relationships with industry representatives on the regional and national level as well as with international businesses to carry out fundamental research activities that have practical relevance. For years, the professors of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg have ranked among the absolute elite in Germany in terms of third party funds.

TU Delft

Delft University of Technology (, also known as TU Delft, is the largest and oldest Dutch public technological university. With eight faculties and numerous research institutes, it hosts over 19000 students, more than 3300 scientists, and more than 2200 support and management staff.

TU Delft is considered to be among the world’s foremost universities in engineering and technology. The Section of Applied Geophysics and Petrophysics (AGP) of TU Delft is part of the Department of Geoscience & Engineering within the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences. The Section is comprised of 10 academic and 4 research staff members and about 22 PhD students, and is internationally well known for its fundamental and applied research and education in exploration, engineering, and environmental geophysics.

Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences

IG PAS is one of the research institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences. It represents the mainstream of geophysical research in Poland. The main statutory tasks of the Institute include scientific research, development, monitoring and educational activities, as well as dissemination of research results and their implementation in the economy.

Since 2010 IG PAS has been deeply involved in integrating European infrastructure of anthropogenic seismicity, and currently is leading one of WP’s in European Plate Observing System IP Project, Horizon 2020. IG PAS plays also an important role in issues related to exploration and exploitation of shale gas in Poland, participating in several projects tackling these problems. Main activities on this area are focused on participation in Polish and European research programs.

University of Helsinki

The University was founded in 1640 and it is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. The Department of Geosciences and Geography in Faculty of Science is the leading university department of its fields in Finland, including Geology, Geophysics, Geography and Palaeontology.

Seismological structural studies of the Earth’s crust are the main research area of the Institute of Seismology, which is one of the four research units of the Department of Geosciences and Geography. The Institute runs the Finnish National Seismic Network, and takes care of seismological research and international seismological cooperation in Finland. The Institute has been an active partner in all major seismic surveys in the Fennoscandian Shield.

University of Turku

The University of Turku (UTU), Finland´s second largest multidisciplinary university, is an internationally competitive research-led university whose operation is based on high-level research. The university is recognized for the quality of research, teaching and excellent support services. As one of the leading universities in Finland, the University of Turku offers study and research opportunities in seven faculties: Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Medicine, Law, Social Science, Education and Turku School of Economics.

University of Turku is among the top 1% in an international ranking of 20.000 universities and is ranked third best university in Finland (QS Ranking 2015).

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is the second largest university in Denmark with research funding of € 535 M in 2015 (public and private). The university is ranked within the top-100 at several internationally recognized ranking lists. The university has 42.500 students and 1900 PhD students. 25% of PhD students come from abroad. The Hydrogeophysics Group is an internationally very well established research group with collaborations worldwide.

HGG leads and participates in geophysics projects worldwide from Greenland to Antarctica. HGG is knowledge centre for The Danish National Groundwater Mapping Programme.

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Smart Exploration has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No.775971