Organizing committee

Juhani Ojala, PhD, Chief Geoscientist, Ab Scandinavian GeoPool Ltd. & Aurion Resources Ltd.

Chair of the FEM 2019 Organizing committee

Juhani Ojala, PhD, Chief Geoscientist, GeoPool and Aurion Resources Ltd.

Juhani Ojala is the Chief Geoscientist in the GeoPool and Aurion Resources Ltd. exploration team. Before the current position he worked at GTK as a Senior Scientist. His work experience at GTK includes Head of Unit, Division Manager, Research Professor and Senior Scientist.

He has also worked as a Senior Geologist for the Store Norske Spitsbergen Grubekompani. Juhani has gained his PhD from the University of Western Australia on the structural and depositional controls of gold. After PhD and Post-Doctoral studies he worked as an independent consultant and a Principal Geoscientist for the Georeality Group in Australia.

Jan Sverre Sandstad, Team Leader, Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Norway

Vice-chair of the FEM 2019 Organizing committee

Jan Sverre Sandstad, Senior Geologist, Team Leader Mineral Resources Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) 

Jan Sverre Sandstad is Team Leader in the Mineral Resource team at the Geological Survey of Norway. He received his M.Sc. in ore geology from the Norwegian Technical University (NTH), now NTNU, in 1981. His main scientific interests include sediment-hosted Cu, orogenic gold and VMS deposits, as well as the metallogeny of the Fennoscandian Shield. He is active in Nordic-Russian collaboration projects (FODD).

Sandstad has extensive experience with regional-scale bedrock mapping, and was heavily involved in a regional mapping programme in Mozambique. He was leader of MINN – a mapping programme focussing on the mineral resources in North-Norway (2011-15).

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Tobias Bauer, PhD, Associate Professor,  Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Tobias E. Bauer is Associate Professor in Ore Geology at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. His research includes structural controls on ore deposits and the regional structural and tectonic evolution of mineralized belts. In addition, he is active in the field of 3-D and 4-D modeling applied to mineral belts, mineral deposits, and related structures.

He received an M.Sc. degree in geology from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, in 2008 and a Ph.D. degree in ore geology from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, in 2013.

Pasi Heino, Head of Unit, Ore and Industrial Minerals, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

Pasi Heino, Head of Unit, Ore and Industrial Minerals, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

As Head of Unit, Pasi Heino has headed the Ore and Industrial Minerals unit since 2018. Pasi has over ten years’ experience in geology related positions, working with precious metals, base metals and industrial minerals.

Team leading is highly pointed out in his everyday working. Strong base about large scale open pit mining from Siilinjärvi apatite mine 2010-2018 as a chief mine geologist. In his earlier career he has worked as a researcher in GTK 2009-2010 as well as Finn Nickel’s mining project in Outokumpu 2007-2009. He is a Competent Person according to the AusIMM.

Mr. Heino holds M.Sc. in Geology and Mineralogy, from the University of Helsinki, Finland.

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Vice-chair of the FEM 2019 Steering committee

Kaj Lax, PhD, Head of Department, Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU)

Kaj Lax is Head of the Mineral Resources Department at the Geological Survey of Sweden, SGU, Uppsala.

He has a background in geochemistry, and as Head of the Mineral Information Office in Malå.

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Tommi Lehtilä, Head of Section, Boliden Exploration, Finland

Tommi Lehtilä is currently working as the Head of Section responsible for Boliden’s exploration in Northern Finland and Sodankylä area in particular. He received his M.Sc. degree in geology from University of Turku in 2008 and has accumulated well over 10 years of exploration experience with different companies such as Northland Resources, Polar Mining, First Quantum Minerals and now Boliden.

He is also acting as the managing director of Boliden FinnEx Oy, a Finnish subsidiary through which the major part of Boliden exploration in Finland is organized.

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Saija Luukkanen, Professor, Head of Unit, Oulu Mining School, University of Oulu, Finland

Saija Luukkanen has worked as professor in mineral processing at Oulu Mining School, University of Oulu since 2015. To her current post she came from consulting company Pöyry where she worked in its Mining and Metals BU, both in Peru and Finland.

During her career she has also worked for Geological Survey of Finland (GTK Mintec) as a group leader and for Lafarge (France) as project leader. Her background is in physical chemistry.

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Kaisa Saarijarvi, Senior HR Manager, Europe, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, Representative of FinnMin

Kaisa Saarijärvi started in Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd 1st of January, 2017 where she is responsible for HR, Communications and Community Relations for Europe.

Previously she has worked 5 years for Stora Enso Paper, being responsible for local and divisional HR matters. Before Stora Enso she worked for Nokia Networks, in various engineering and management positions and the last 8 years in HR positions. She holds a B.Sc in Telecommunications and has completed the basic studies in Psychology in Helsinki University.

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Sabina Strmic Palinkas, PhD, Associate Professor, UiT the Arctic University of Norway

Sabina Strmic Palinkas is an associate professor in Ore geology/Mineral resources at UiT the Arctic University of Norway. After receiving her PhD degree in Ore deposit geology from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 2009, she was working as a research fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and as an assistant professor at the University of Zagreb. In fall 2015 she joined University of Tromsø, where her main goal is to contribute to establishment of an internationally recognized research programs in ore geology/mineral resources.

Her area of expertise comprises aqueous and high-temperature geochemistry, geochemical/thermodynamic modeling, lithogeochemistry and applications of organic geochemistry and stable isotope systematics to ore-forming and environmental processes. During the past 15 years, she has been involved in studies of a wide spectrum of ore deposits, including epithermal, Carlin-type, hydrothermal-metasomatic, skarn, SEDEX, MVT and pegmatite deposits, as well as in several environmental studies.

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Riitta Muhojoki, FEM Project Manager, Regional Council of Lapland

About questions concerning the overall conference organization e.g. programme, sponsoring, media relations, marketing and website, please contact Riitta: riitta.muhojoki(at)

Riitta has been working with FEM conferences since 1999.

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