Mines Staff

Mines, Development Partner Institute announce partnership

Colorado School of Mines  and the Development Partner Institute are excited to announce a new partnership that will open the door to collaboration between industry authorities and the next generation of experts.

The partnership will be underpinned by shared goals which will enhance the collaborative process. These include:

  • Aligning the partnership to current programs, with a particular focus on value chain transparency
  • Adding value to DPI’s global partners and new partners
  • Developing a joint set of programs focused on students
  • Identifying projects based on mining community involvement
  • Creating systems and metrics to unlock the “dialogue to action” mechanism
  • Improving the narrative around the mining industry

Peter Bryant, Board Chair and Development Partner Institute (DPI) Co-Founder, fully endorses the new partnership, calling it an educational opportunity. “This is a landmark partnership for DPI, being our first with an educational institution. Both parties will be able to take significant learnings from one another to work towards our shared interest in making positive change and creating a prosperous future.”

A public R-1 research university focused on applied science and engineering, Mines prides itself in being a community of entrepreneurial thinkers who revel in the process of solving problems together and shaping the future. These same values are represented in the three pillars of DPI’s Development Partner Framework: realizing a shared purpose, maintaining flourishing ecosystems, and keeping communities, companies and countries competitive.

“We are thrilled to be entering into a partnership with DPI,” said John Bradford, vice president for global initiatives at Colorado School of Mines. “With so many aligned values and goals I believe together we can make a real difference. We hope through this partnership, to further enhance the education and experiences our students are exposed to and get them involved in the future planning of the mining industry.”

DPI Executive Director Florence Drummond is excited about the direction that this partnership will take. “Colorado School of Mines brings an extensive and internationally recognized expertise to the table which will only assist DPI’s missions. Through this partnership we can add value to current and future programs and build relationships across academia. We hope to create situations where industry and students can collaborate on research and other professional development opportunities.”

The Development Partner Institute is particularly interested to see how this partnership amplifies current programs such as the Mining Innovation and Research Battlefield. The purpose of the Battlefield is to engage young people, students, researchers and academia to collaborate and solve existing and future sustainability problems. 

Additionally, Mines’ Innov8x Program will add additional opportunities for collaboration with students. The focus of Innov8x is to enable students to develop the skills to solve important problems – in the community, in their company, or in government – and apply their exceptional engineering and technical skills to develop innovative solutions.  

For further information contact:

Sarah-Joy Pierce, Communications Lead, Development Partner Institute, +61 431 556 640, 

About Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines is a public R1 research university focused on applied science and engineering, producing the talent, knowledge and solutions to serve industry and benefit society – all to create a more prosperous future. Learn more at

About the Development Partner Institute

The Development Partner Institute (DPI) provides a neutral platform to tackle the intractable issues facing the resources ecosystem that are multi-stakeholder in nature and require courageous discussions – to deepen mutual understanding and trust. The goal is to co-create a shared purpose and then pathways for solutions and impact that result in economic, social, and environmental outcomes during and beyond the life of mines and mining products – especially for indigenous people and communities. Learn more about the Development Partner Institute’s sustainability innovations at or follow us on LinkedIn


Mines Staff

About Mines
Colorado School of Mines is a public R1 research university focused on applied science and engineering, producing the talent, knowledge and innovations to serve industry and benefit society – all to create a more prosperous future.