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The Resources Innovation Center at Montanuniversität Leoben is home to the university’s international partnerships in the areas of sustainable science, education and industrialization. Our vision is to make a climate friendly, sustainable future in the raw materials sector.

June 2021 - Sucess factors for revitalising post-mining areas


Post-mining areas can be a potential for economic development; a frequently visited tourist destination, an oasis of wild life, or a showcase of the mining region. They can also relate to environmental or social problems that raise concerns and even resistance to new mineral resource exploitation developments. Revitalization, understood as a socio-economic or natural revival, has been implemented for hundreds of years before this concept entered legal systems. However, not all planned revitalisation projects are successful. Why? The aim of the workshop is to present selected examples, and define and discuss about success factors or reasons for failure with people dealing with the management of revitalized facilities on a daily basis. Also a study will be conducted to rank the success and failure factors. The workshop is addressed to representatives of: mining industry, self-governments, museums and other facilities established in post-mining areas, the R&D sector, mining enterprises, consulting companies, institutions managing funds for revitalisation, students, and all enthusiasts of mining heritage. We cordially invite you to the first workshop of the ReviRIS project to learn from each other!   Register here: Download the program

April 2021 – RIC Leoben joined the Green Tech Jam

At this year’s online Green Tech Jam, the solution of the challenge “Circular Economy meets Distributed Ledger – a transparent PET bottle product cycle” set by the Montanuniversität Leoben (involved institutes: Resources Innovation Center & Industrial Logistics), which was developed by an interdisciplinary team of students, won the first place. The team “sixpack” was supervised by the Chair of Industrial Logistics during the 24-hour challenge and consisted of three Slovenian students from Graz University of Technology as well as three Montan students. They were able to prevail against 7 other teams, each of which worked on one of 6 different challenges provided by the companies t-matix, BDI, Komptech and as well as the Climate and Energy Fund, and us.

In the Android app developed by the team “sixpack”, QR codes attached to bottles can be scanned and information about the bottles retrieved from the distributed data storage. The path of the bottle – from PET production to the supermarket – is displayed graphically on a map and unconventional energy comparisons with more or less everyday activities (e.g. the duration of headbanging during a concert) are carried out and visualised.

At the interdisciplinary Hackathon under the slogan “Code & Concept for a greener future” organised by the Green Tech Cluster Austria together with the Climate Change Center Austria (CCCA) and Graz University of Technology,8 teams of students from different disciplines and different european universities had around 24 hours to work on a problem relating to the topics of climate and the environment and to present a digital solution for it. In total 36 international students participated at this event. The MUL challenge also competed as part of one of two Climathon challenges at the Green Tech Jam. Climathon is a global climate hackathon under the umbrella of EIT Climate-KIC.

More information about the whole event can be found at

March 2021 – Minerals used in everyday objects

The game of “The Briefcase of mineral applications” aims to familiarise the player with the minerals that are used in the manufacture of everyday objects. The specific target audience are primary and secondary schools which include from 6 to 18-year-old students and their teachers. The project is orientated for Wider Society Learning (WSL) and aims to raise students’ knowledge of mining activities and mineral applications. Given the era of a growing prevalence of online teaching and learning, we believe tools such as this one will prove to be effective and beneficial for the education of young people by using both their native and the English language.

Try it our here:

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Peter Moser

Despite his extensive agenda as vice-rector Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Peter Moser is actively involved in positioning and supporting RIC Leoben and EIT Raw Materials activities of RIC at a strategic level through networking in relevant committees and circles. He is further an irreplaceable support through his great project-ideas as well as their initiation. He completed his MSc in Mining Engineering with a specialisation in Tunnelling in 1983 and his PhD in Mining in 1989. Since 2006 he is the Head of Department of Mineral Resources & Petroleum Engineering and holds the Chair of Mining Engineering & Mineral Economics.  In 2011 he was appointed Vice Rector, responsible for International Affairs and University infrastructure. He has written around 100 scientific papers in the field of Drilling & Blasting, Mine Development, Underground Mining, Rock Mechanics & Rock Cutting, Ventilation and Mineral Policy issues. He is a certified expert and works as consulter for the mining industry. Through his very active involvement in the European Raw Materials landscape, such as his involvement in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials High Level Steering Group or his role as steering committee member in the EIT RawMaterials Community, his research and devotion currently revolve around the societal challenges regarding a sustainable raw materials supply of Europe and the globe.

At a glance


Maintained Mine & Machine

MaMMa allows the employees and consultants of a mine to design better, more efficient machines and infrastructure maintenance plans for mines depending on the real-time results of the operational wear & tear status. These design of these machines and infrastructure maintenance schedules are often designed, verified and optimized by professional trainings schools, technical research institutes at Universities. The real-time maintenance data supplied by MaMMa would allow shorter response times to required modifications during mining operations, and constant testing, verification and optimization of these maintenance plans in a safer environment.

01/2018 – 03/2021
EIT RawMaterials – Upscaling

Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Caterpillar Global Mining Europe, Clausthal University of Technology, DMT, KGHM, LTU Business, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Research Institutes of Sweden;

Chair of Automation – Paul O’Leary
Total: € 1.844.181
Montanuniversität Leoben: € 283.572