Lectures 2017

The ‘Freiberg Colloquium’ is a series of lectures of the Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology, of the Saxon Mining Authority, of the Geokompetenzzentrum Freiberg. e.V., of the Saxon State Archives/Mining Archives, of the Technical University of Freiberg and of the terra mineralia.

Thursday, 20. April 2017, 7.30 pm

Rare earth elements and a murder at terra mineralia

Laura Charlene Hall B.Sc., M.A., terra mineralia
Curator of ‘CSI Freiberg. A murder mystery at terra mineralia’ special exhibition
154. Freiberg Kolloquium, senate hall of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Akademiestraße 6

The rare earth elements – 17 elements that make our cellphones smaller, our computers faster, and our energy greener – are one of the most important topics in high-technology research. Unfortunately, they are rarely found in beautiful crystal formations or in easily mined deposits. Though the rare elements are found all over the world, the biggest miner and producer of rare earth elements for the last 30 years has been China. China’s dominance in the rare earth elements market has led to a lack of industry in the rest of the world.

Through the exhibit “CSI Freiberg. Ein Mordfall in der terra mineralia”, funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, we present the rare earth elements in a hands-on, interactive way. Through the murder of a fictitious professor, Kathrin Berg, who herself was an expert on the rare earth elements, visitors are taught the aspects of rare earth element production, including mining, preparation, environmental concerns, political concerns, and how we use them in every aspect of our modern daily lives.

Laura C Hall, who has worked in all aspects of mining as well as for several museums in the USA, will present the genesis, background information, and construction of terra mineralia's “CSI Freiberg. Ein Mordfall in der terra mineralia.”

Thursday, 18. May 2017, 7.30 pm

Prospecting for raw materials from the air in the Ore Mountains

Dr. Richard Gloaguen, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology
155. Freiberg Kolloquium, senate hall of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Akademiestraße 6

Thursday, 29. June 2017, 7.30 pm

Abraham Gottlob Werner and the geosciences

Prof. Gerhard Heide, TU Bergakademie Freiberg  
156. Freiberg Kolloquium, senate hall of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Akademiestraße 6

Thursday, 28. September 2017, 7.30 pm

Saxon raw materials data – treasures for business and science: results of the ROHSA 3 project

Dipl.-Geol. Katrin Kleeberg, (SOBA, LfULG)
157. Freiberg Kolloquium, terra mineralia lecture room, Freudenstein Castle

Thursday, 26. October 2017, 7.30 pm

Arno Hermann Müller and palaeontology in the GDR

Prof. J.W. Schneider, Dr. H. Walter, Freiberg
158. Freiberg Kolloquium, terra mineralia lecture room, Freudenstein Castle

Thursday, 30. November 2017, 7.30 pm

Restoration with limestone/marble using the example of Freiberg Cathedral

Prof. Heiner Siedel, TU Dresden
159. Freiberg Kolloquium, terra mineralia lecture room, Freudenstein Castle