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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.

21st Austrian Climate Day - Clash of cultures? Klimaforschung trifft Industrie



The Austrian Climate Day is a scientific conference that aims to provide an overview of current Austrian research activities in the fields of climate change, impacts, adaptation and prevention. In addition, the Climate Day has developed into a central showcase of research activities financed by climate and energy funds. Furthermore, the Climate Day serves to network natural science, socio-economic, humanities and cultural science departments and promotes the exchange between basic research, applied research and users. A special focus is therefore placed on cooperation and dialogue with stakeholders from politics and administration as well as networking with practitioners, research funding agencies and businesses. Through the Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA), forces are bundled; scientific findings on climate change can be efficiently transported to society and contribute to solving the challenge of climate change. programme:

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.

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January 2021 – Investment opportunities in raw materials in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This brochure has been created in the framework of the project InvestRawMaterials – Multifactor model for investments in the raw materialsector, case study Bosnia and Herzegovina, funded by European Instituteof Innovation and Technology (EIT) under the KIC Raw Materials program. In this brochure, we present you the outcome of the devoted work of theentire project consortium from 2017 to 2019. Here you will be able tofind the summary of the most relevant economic and legal data pertaining to Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as geological data on 14 carefullyselected antimony, bauxite, fluorite and magnesite deposits. We hopethis brochure will find its way to interested parties and fulfill its purposeas a guide to the investors in this prospective, but insufficiently investigated area.

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Project overview

Dipl.-Ing. Hanno Bertignoll

End of March 2018, Hanno Bertignoll started as Project Manager at the RIC Leoben. His activities include coordination, application and development of EIT RM projects, as well as projects covering other raw material relevant topics. He serves as the interface between the RIC Leoben, the university institutes and the EIT RM, and networks to connect relevant partners. Additionally, he acively supports selected projects as project expert. He also is involved in organizing workshops, project meetings and other networking events. Hanno is a graduated mining engineer from Montanuniversitaet Leoben. He has long-time industry experience, working in various roles in business development, sales and marketing for a mining equipment supplier in Zeltweg/Austria. After that, he worked two years as marketing manager for a recycling equipment manufacturer.

At a glance


Sustainable recovery, recycling and reuse of rare earth magnets in a circular economy

Permanent magnets based on rare earths such as neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB, also with dysprosium) are used in a variety of high-tech industries such as automotive, aerospace, e-mobility, wind power and consumer goods. However, in recent years, the supply of these materials has come under considerable pressure, and neodymium and dysprosium are now considered to be critical materials with a high supply risk. In addition, Europe imports far more NdFeB magnets than it produces (> 1,000 tons per year), putting its industry in a weak position
The aim of SUSMAGPRO is to identify, separate, process and reuse NdFeB magnets on a pilot scale across Europe. In this way, a circular business model in the sense of the circular economy is developed. Instead of dumping the critical resources or exporting NdFeB-containing waste to other parts of the world, SUSMAGPRO will use the latest technologies to extract the elements from the magnetic scrap and turn the metals back into new products for the European over a shortened cycle Integrate the market. The focus is on applications in automotive rotors, water pumps, loudspeakers and wind turbines.

06/2019 – 05/2023
H2020 – Research and Innovation

Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), 19 project partners and one associate partner from nine European countries;

Department Mineral Resources Engineering