Skills provision and innovative employees are a key factor for a future competitive mining and metal-producing industry (cf. SIP STRIM Innovation Agenda 2016). At present, it is difficult for doctoral students who are trained in mining and exploration related research to meet and make contact with each other as there is no common forum that makes this possible. It is equally difficult for doctoral students to get in touch with other researchers in the field as well as with industry and authorities. By starting a PhD student network, we want to bring together doctoral students with researchers, industry and authorities along the whole value chain including a broad range of disciplines. In addition to this, this network can help facilitate collaboration between Swedish universities regarding doctoral courses, and provide easier access to courses at different Swedish universities.