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DIM ESEE – Innovation in Mineral Extraction Summer School

The DIM ESEE 2023 Innovation workshop 18 – 20 October 2023 was again held in Dubrovnik/Croatia.

We enjoyed high-quality lectures from multiple experts in the field of raw materials, great networking and innovative ideas for the future in mining.
This year, the scientific program was organised by the RIC Leoben team, including topics related to digitalization and data processing, underground and surface mineral extraction, and robotics in mining. Additionally, industry experts from Austin Powder, Dok-Ing, Epiroc, and Sandvik provided fascinating insights into the future of mineral extraction.
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Assessment Report on Climate Change for Austria (AAR2)

Montanuniversität Leoben contributes to the first order draft of the second Assessment Report on Climate Change for Austria (AAR2) which is currently being prepared. The RIC Leoben Climate Actions team is contributing to the review of the scientific report. The aim of the AAR2 is to assess the state of knowledge on climate change in Austria and its consequences, as well as to identify mitigation potentials and strategies, adaptation options and transformation pathways.
Knowledge gaps are to be closed in the sense of a climate-neutral society. The report shall be published in summer 2025. The project is based on the processes of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is relevant for the implementation of the 13 SDG targets.

Marinella Passarella, PhD

Marinella is the Climate Portfolio Manager and Researcher at RIC Leoben, coordinating the expansion and management of the climate change projects portfolio. The aim of these climate actions is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dealing with climate change effects mainly in relation to raw material circularity but also plastics, waste and energy.
She obtained an International PhD in Innovation Science and Technology devoted to Systems and Methods for Environmental Protection at the University of Cagliari (Italy) in collaboration with the University of Auckland (New Zealand). She worked as a member of the steering group of the non-profit organization INORE (International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy) managing projects, fundraising, organizing international networking events and conferences for two years. She is also specialized in renewable energy obtaining a Master of Science in Marine Renewable Energy at Plymouth University (UK), where she gained experience on energy resources, stakeholders’ engagement and sustainability.

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BetterGeoEdu 2.0

Teaching raw materials to primary schools with gamification

Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2021

As increasing world demand for raw materials is facing stronger public concerns on health and environmental issues there arises the need for a better targeted dissemination of knowledge and information, thus enforcing public awareness of the problem. To work towards public awareness, we must start early by increasing knowledge and interest about raw materials and geology – already in primary school. By targeting primary schools we also reach the public as a whole – through children, their parents and their teachers.
BetterGeoEdu 2.0 is a project that targets primary schools to work with wider society learning for raw materials. BetterGeoEdu will develop educational material about raw materials using BetterGeo – a modification of the immensely popular game Minecraft. Cooperation with teachers, museums, geoparks, and activity centres will result in train-the-trainer programmes as well as freely available exercises and instructions for teachers. BetterGeoEdu brings a unique and innovative way of teaching raw materials to primary schools using an already well-known and loved game.

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (RIC Leoben), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Geological Survey of Slovenia, Geological Survey of Sweden, Tallinn University of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, Technical University of Madrid, Université de Liège


Professional Development for Engineers of Tomorrow

Duration: 06/2021 – 10/2023

The RIC Education Team has been awarded for the first time in 2021 a funding proposal for the “Programmatic Partnership between Kosovan and Austrian Institutions” in the framework of HERAS+ – Higher Education, Research and Applied Science plus”. The main objective of the project “Professional development for engineers of tomorrow -PDET” is to improve the employability and entrepreneurship of graduates of the University of Mitrovica “Isa Boletini”. Kosovar youth are currently facing challenges in finding a job, while companies complain that graduates do not have the necessary skills to succeed in a particular industry. The gap between academic training at universities and the labor market is obvious and undeniable. The current project would address this problem through the establishment and functionalization of the UMIB Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Creation, and provide annual training programs that target two key issues facing college graduates. The first is to provide graduates with the soft skills required in the work environment and the second is to provide training in entrepreneurial skills.
The project was launched in Mitrovica in September 2022. In the first step of the work, a labor market analysis will be carried out together with the UMIB team in order to match the content of the workshops and trainings, which will be created based on these results, with the needs of the industry.