Visiting Professor, University of Tartu

Alvar received his undergraduate and MSc degrees in geology from Tartu State University, Estonia, later did his PhD at Monash University, Australia. As a NATO PostDoc, he was working at the Voisey Bay deposit, Labrador. He has been involved as researcher or geology teacher in a number of universities and organisations in Iceland, Germany, Finland.
During 2002 – 2011 he acted as the Director of the Institute of Geology (Tallinn University of Technology, TUT, Estonia). From 2003 – Professor of Physical Geology; 2007 – 2015 – head of the Core Laboratory for Natural Mineral Materials, TUT. Alvar has been involved in resource exploration projects in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
From January 2018 to December 2019 – he was the the Director of the Geological Survey of Estonia.


Director, Geological Survey of Estonia

Devoted to R&D of Biomining with a demonstrated history of working in the oil shale and biotechnology industries and as a Country Manager in international group. Skilled in Business Planning, Innovation Management, Biotechnology, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Start-ups. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Dipl Eng and M.Sc. focused in Environmental Chemistry from Tallinna Tehnikaülikool / Tallinn University of Technology.


Director Institute of Geology, Tallinn University of Technology

Dr. Hitch’s research interests centre on the mine of the future. This notion challenges one to consider not only the traditional aspects of mine design, extraction and closure but also aspects of greenhouse gas emissions and the social implications of mine operation. Dr. Hitch’s research considers operational efficiencies through the lens of sustainability and appropriate extraction that seeks to provide a platform for local prosperity and sustainable livelihoods. His focus continues to be on the development of ‘human-scale’ mining operations that can improve the biophysical integrity, economic sufficiency and the social wellbeing of the environments within which we operate.


PhD (Quaternary Cover and Applied Geology), Head of Office, Professor of Geology and Mineralogy.
Department of Geology, University of Tartu.


CEO, Nordic Publishing CEO, Nordic Publishing.
Cluster Manager Georange.

Nordic Publishing Sweden AB is a leading Nordic advisory firm focused on strategic communication in the mining and recycling industries.

• Provides strategic long-term or short-term project management targeting mineral and associated industries.
• Orchestrates events like annual conferences on Mining and Minerals and Circular Materials Conference.
• Works with issues regarding producer responsibitlity

Georange is a coordinating non-profit organisation – headquartered in Skellefteå, Sweden, with a primary focus on Sweden’s ore and mineral resources sector. The organisation’s primary task is to expand the concept of national and industry-related development in the mining and minerals industry, with the aim of creating the conditions necessary for the growth of new and existing companies.

Studied in Engineering focusing on Mining and Metallurgy- civil engineering and industry minerals.
Bergsskolan – The Swedish School of Mining and Metallurgy- LTU.
BS (eq)in Economics and Business University of Uppsala.