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Clive is a senior Industrial Minerals Geologist at the British Geological Survey (BGS) responsible for developing business opportunities and leading BGS industrial minerals research projects. For 32 years this has included institutional strengthening, capacity building and industrial minerals research throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Thailand and Afghanistan. Clive has worked in the Middle East for 20 years, past research has involved assessment of high-purity limestone, dimension stone and construction aggregate (for the UAE Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure). His current research is on Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining in Kenya and graphite resources in eastern Africa (part of the Official Development Assistance research programme of BGS), commissioned research for an investor on mineral resources in the Far East and an update of the BGS Brick Clay Mineral Planning Factsheet. He is the author of the National Trust book ‘The Spotter’s Guide to Pebbles’ (published 10th June 2021). Clive has worked on a wide variety of industrial minerals evaluation, institutional strengthening, in-country training, workshops and mineral promotion projects including: andalusite, brick clay, construction aggregate, dimension stone, dolomite (dolostone), feldspar, flake graphite, proppant (‘frac’) sand, garnet, gypsum, kaolin, limestone, mica, mineral sand, marble, perlite, phosphates, quarry fines, silica sand and talc. He has worked on projects located in Afghanistan, Angola, Botswana, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Thailand, Trinidad, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, UK, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Clive was head of BGS Corporate Communications & Publications (2013-2019) with responsibility for strategic direction and management of the press office, web delivery, social media, community & public engagement, education, internal communications and publications corporate functions of the BGS. As part of this role he was in regular contact with the BGS Executive, Science Directors, Team Leaders and staff providing advice, guidance and input into communications plans and activities across BGS. He was in regular contact with stakeholders across NERC and its research centres, Government & local authorities, academia, industry and the media. He participated in, and contributed to, communication conferences, workshops and meetings, with particular emphasis on ‘contested geoscience’ such as BGS research into shale gas. Clive was the BGS representative on the NERC Strategic Communications group alongside other Heads of Communications from the NERC research centres. As the BGS press office manager and an active press officer he was responsible for communication of BGS science to the wider world ensuring that BGS reputation was maintained and enhanced as an objective authority for geoscience information, advice and guidance. Clive is an active participant in BGS community & public engagement activities, science events, social media channels, filming programmes, media interviews and other opportunities to engage the public with geoscience. He has presented at over 60 conferences, with the most recent at the virtual Arab Mining Convention hosted in Oman in February 2021. He is the most downloaded author on the NERC Open Research Archive with 157,506 downloads (02/03/21). Visit his BGS staff profile: https://www.bgs.ac.uk/people/mitchell-clive/