BRGM (the French Geological Survey) is a French Public Institution responsible for mobilising the Earth Sciences in the sustainable management of georesources and the subsurface domain. Scientific research is one of the BRGM’s key roles. The aim is to further geological knowledge and understanding of surface and subsurface processes through observations and modelling. Over 700 BRGM engineers and researchers – two thirds of its staff - are involved in scientific research.
BRGM research brings practical responses to the major challenges facing society and arising in particular from climate change, increasing mineral resource scarcity, new energy needs, natural risks and soil and water pollution. These research activities translate into support for the development of public policies and transfers of technology and innovation to industry.
In Ecometals project, Brgm brings its expertise in bioleaching from lab to pilot scale and its expertise in process integration and environmental assessment of innovative processes. Previously Brgm has coordinated EU-FP6 Bioshale project and largely contributed to EU-FP7 ProMine.