Organizing committee

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

Chair of the FEM 2021 Organizing committee

Jan Sverre Sandstad, Senior Geologist, Section for Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) 

Jan Sverre Sandstad is Senior Geologist in the Section for Mineral Resources 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, iron formations and VMS deposits, as well as the metallogeny of the Fennoscandian Shield. He is active in Nordic-Russian collaboration projects (FODD). Jan Sverre has extensive experience with regional-scale bedrock mapping, and he 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), and in 2019-20 he was leader of the Mineral Resources team at NGU.

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Vice-chair of the FEM 2021 Organizing committee

Tommi Lehtilä, Geology Manager, Boliden Kevitsa, Finland, represents FinnMin

Tommi Lehtilä is currently working as the head of Geology Department for Boliden Kevitsa. His background is in mineral exploration, mainly for magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE, sediment-hosted Cu and orogenic Au, encompassing 15 years of accumulated experience with different companies such as Northland Resources, Polar Mining, First Quantum Minerals and now Boliden.

He received his M.Sc. degree in geology from University of Turku in 2008.

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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.

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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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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.

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

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.

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

Kaisa Saarijärvi is responsible for HR, Communications and Community Relations for Europe at the Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.

Previously she has worked 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 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 recieved her Ph.D. (2009) degrees from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. In 2013, she moved to the University of Auckland, New Zealand, for a two-year research fellowship, studying ore-forming processes in low-sulfidation epithermal gold systems. Since 2015, she has been affiliated with UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø as an associate professor in ore deposit geology and geochemistry. In 2019, she joined K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research at University of Bergen, Norway, where she holds an adjunct position in ore geology.

Her principal area of research is geochemistry of hydrothermal ore deposits, including mineral chemistry, fluid inclusion studies, stable isotope geochemistry, and thermodynamic modeling. During the past 20 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. Recently she is mostly working on submarine hydrothermal systems along the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridges and volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposits, orogenic gold deposits and sediment hosted Cu deposits in Norway.

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Jouni Vuollo, PhD, Senior Specialist, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

Jouni Vuollo is Senior Specialist at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK). He is acting as chair of the IWG’s EarthResourceML design task group from 08/2012 and also currently as a IUGC-CGI Council member.

More than 30 years experience on geological surveying and interpertation, 20 years GIS and data management at GTK, EU and globally, 8 years data modeling in geology (GeoSciML) and mineral resources (EarthResourceML) domains.

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Riitta Muhojoki, FEM Project Manager, Regional Council of Lapland | FEM Conference

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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