Within the framework of the conference, Montanuniversitaet RIC Leoben organized half a day focusing on “Raw Materials” made in Europe for Europe. These comprised the global consumption of resources of all categories with a future outlook on this development, the extractive industries and their societal acceptance, Europe’s mineral potential, influences of non-European markets on EU raw material’s production, knowledge management on European raw materials supply chains, the renewability of metal resources as well as policy instruments and their influence on innovation in the raw materials sector.
The European raw materials initiative, EUMICON, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism of the Republic of Austria organized the EUMICON 2018 Conference in Vienna from September 26th to 28th, within the scope of the Austrian EU Council Presidency. An international stakeholder group concerned with sustainable Raw Materials supply for society came together and discussed highly relevant topics revolving around the technological revolution which will bring about a whole new range of products and innovative services in the coming decades: Automated cars, SMART technology, Internet of Things. Knowledge exchange revolved around how such developments will have a significant impact on the added value of the extractive industry and its downstream branches as well as the political conditions which will act as a significant driver – or indeed a brakeman. Access to raw materials, circular economy or robust and fair trade with other regions of the world – all of these factors that will shape the future of the European extractive industry and its value added, were up for discussion in this international expert platform.
Was bietet die Teilnahme an EU Projekten?
Netzwerk: Europa-weites Forschungs- und Ausbildungs-Netzwerk
• Zugang zu Forschungs- und Test-Einrichtungen
• Zugang zu Investoren / Industriepartnern
• Zugang zu Innovationspartnern: neue Materialien, Technologie, Prozesstechnik
• Zugang zu Tools und Information: Datenbanken, Ausbildung, Weiterbildung
• Experten: Forscher, Ingenieure
Das Regional Center Leoben des EIT Raw Materials (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) koordiniert und unterstützt Sie dabei als Teil der Montanuniversität Leoben.
Highlights der Agenda:•
• Kurze Einführung EIT Raw Materials – Netzwerk, Strategie und Ziele
• Projekteinblicke in zwei laufende Projekte
• Aus- / Weiterbildungsprojekt
• Industrieprojekt (Upscaling)
•Brainstorming: „Make raw materials a major strength in Europe” – Wie können wir zur dieser Vision beitragen?
•Welche Möglichkeiten ergeben sich für Ihre Forschung/Ihr Unternehmen?
Bei Fragen melden Sie sich bei Anna Meyer oder Hanno Bertignoll.
Zur besseren Planung bitten wir Sie ihre Teilnahme an Anna Meyer email@example.com bekannt zu geben.
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RM@Schools Austrian Final on 18th of October 2018 at Montanuniversitaet Loeben
We are happy to announce the RM@Schools Austrian Final at Montanuniversitaet Loeben.
Schools from all parts of Austria will present their ideas on RawMaterials. The aim is to promote all topics related to RawMaterials and to make the students RawMaterials Ambassadors!
Further information can be found on the project website
Join us at the CBGA Conference on Geoscience 10th-13th September 2018 in Salzburg!
Welcome to CBGA 2018 – the conference of the Carpathian-Balkan Geological Association to be held all four years. CBGA 2018 is aimed bring together geoscientists from southeastern Europe with geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth sciences. CBGA 2018 aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present and discuss their recent research work and ideas with experts in all fields of geosciences. CBGA 2018 is to be held 10–13 September 2018 at the Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg, Austria.
We are looking forward to see you in Salzburg in late summer 2018!
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RIC Leoben supports the first CirCOOL Summer School at Montanuniversität Leoben
CirCOOL, the new innovative international Summer School at Montanuniversitaet Leoben took place from 8th-18th July 2018. The team from RIC Leoben provided interesting input on two half days. Setting the scene for the coming days of circular economy learning the international students were given presentations on RIC Leoben’s core activities. Naturally, the focus was on EIT Raw Materials, EIT Climate KIC and the Sustainable Development Goals. Students were provided with interesting information and opportunities for their further studies and career. For example:
All presentations embraced the circular economy as core element and showed the CirCOOL student group different points of view that EIT Raw Materials, EIT Climate KIC and the Sustainable Development Goals can add to the circular economy. EIT RM moved resources and their availability into the focus while EIT Climate KIC highlights disruptive change in activities linked to massive greenhouse gas emissions. Lastly, many circular economy practices foster the implantation of the SDGs as well as working on the SDGs improves the move to a more circular economy. The contribution of RIC Leoben was rounded off by an interactive group work on the last day of CirCOOL.
Die EU-Innovationsschmiede EIT Climate-KIC eröffnet heute eine neue Geschäftsstelle in Österreich. Unter der Leitung von Johannes Naimer-Stach wird EIT Climate-KIC Austria ein regionales Partner-Netzwerk aufbauen, welches systematisch Innovationen gegen den Klimawandel fördert. Vier österreichische Partner sind zu Beginn Teil dieses über 300 Mitglieder starken europäischen Partner-Netzwerks: WWF Österreich, die Montanuniverstität Leoben, Brainbows und das Austrian Institute of Technology.
“Ich freue mich über die Entscheidung von EIT Climate-KIC, verstärkt in Österreich aktiv zu werden. Dies ist ein gutes Zeichen für klimafreundliche Innovationen in Österreich, gerade vor der bevorstehenden EU-Präsidentschaft.”, so Johannes Naimer-Stach, Country Manager von EIT Climate-KIC Austria.
Neben dem Ausbau des Start-up Accelerator Programmes, werden Innovationsprojekte, wie das Landscape Finance Lab, sowie der 24-Stunden Klima-Hackathon Climathon am 19. & 20. Oktober 2018 in Wien und Graz, Höhepunkte dieses Jahres sein.
Mehr Informationen zu EIT Climate-KIC Austria finden Sie unter: at.climate-kic.org
Über 300 exzellente Partner aus Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und öffentlicher Hand bilden mit
EIT Climate-KIC Europas größtes öffentlich-privates Netzwerk für Innovationen gegen den Klimawandel. EIT Climate-KIC ist in 25 europäischen Ländern aktiv und verknüpft Innovationsförderung, ein europäisches Accelerator-Programm für Start-ups, sowie hochwertige Bildungsangebote um systematisch Wissen in wettbewerbsfähige Produkte und Dienstleistungen zu wandeln. Gegründet wurde diese „Knowledge and Information Community“ (KIC) 2010 vom Europäischen Institut für Innovation und Technologie (EIT).
Mehr Informationen finden Sie unter www.climate-kic.org.
Regional Center Leoben at the EIT Raw Material Partner Summit Strategy Meeting 29th-30th May 2018, Berlin
The overall goal of the Partner Summit was to refocus the aims and objectives of the EIT Raw Materials and update some parts of the EIT Raw Materials’ strategy (education, RIS, start-ups, financial sustainability, Lighthouse Programmes). Partners of all CLCs were present and invited to share their thoughts on the development of the EIT Raw Materials. Many discussions were held and viewpoints exchanged as to how the network should develop. The EIT management team could collect a multitude of constructive ideas and feedback due to the breaking up of the large participants crowd into smaller groups. Additionally, the event was a perfect networking place and allowed for an exchange of new project ideas and areas of joint innovation.
The Partner Summit Strategy Meeting of EIT Raw Materials was attended by Peter Moser, Hanno Bertignoll and Anna Meyer. Karin Rehatschek joined the following day for the first General Assembly Meeting, where partners voted on recent changes in legal framework and the inclusion or upgrade of new partners.
EIT Climate-KIC and partners (University of Bologna, Wuppertal Institute, Lund University, Montanuniversität Leoben and Ecomatters) have launched an exciting programme to cut down plastic demand, promoting a more circular approach to plastic-based material systems.
The project aims to explore and use innovative digital tools to improve plastics waste prevention. This can, for example, include blockchain solutions for improved market transparency, data analytics for simulation and forecast applications, and cyber physical systems for improved reuse and remanufacturing business models.
49 million tons of plastic were used in the EU in 2015 for packaging, building and construction, electronics or the automotive industry. Currently, less than 40 per cent are recycled, more than 30 per cent are incinerated for energy recovery and the remaining are landfilled.
The quality of recycled plastics is increasing – however, the overall uptake of recycled plastics remains low. Only 6 per cent of new plastic materials come from recycling; 95 per cent of the potential economic value in plastic packaging currently goes to waste.
eCircular aims to tackle this issue, enhancing plastic waste prevention by developing and supporting digital innovations.
Project lead Alberto Bellini, from the University of Bologna, says: “eCircular thrives for radical digital innovations for waste prevention and their upscaling. Digital technologies foster traceability of materials and products, allow for accurate information flows on product qualities and availability, reducing gaps in knowledge and regulation.”
“The programme seeks to strongly contribute to the European strategy for plastics in a circular economy. It gathers and unites the relevant actors on a powerful platform to overcome major barriers, different knowledge bases, and priorities,” says Kirsten Dunlop, CEO at EIT Climate-KIC.
Sira Saccani, EIT Climate KIC’s Director of Sustainable Production Systems, adds that the programme “aims to transform the plastics value chain, addressing current structural inefficiencies through innovative business models & eco-design, as well as supporting the shift to new consumer choices and behaviours.”
eCircular is one of the EIT Climate-KIC’s initiatives on addressing the challenges plastic value chains face. EIT Climate-KIC’s ambition is to co-design and launch a series of circular economy interventions on cement, plastics and metals value-chains, to achieve its goal of recasting material production towards net-zero emissions.
eCircular was launched in May 2018 by EIT Climate-KIC, with research and activities carried out by the University of Bologna (lead organisation), Wuppertal Institute, Lund University, Montanuniversität Leoben, and Ecomatters.
EIT Climate-KIC is contributing by leveraging it innovation network of key stakeholders in the industry to catalyse a change in the system.
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The university project UniNEtZ (Universities and Sustainable Development Goals) was initiated by Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria and connects fifteen Austrian universities to a common goal: to work towards the SGDs. UniNEtZ was presented to representatives of different ministries on the 7.5.2018 in Vienna. The participation of Montanuniversitaet Leoben in the set-up of the project was supported by RIC Leoben. The project, which starts in 2019, aims to create a report of Austria’s current SDG implementation. This report can be used to derive options for Austria’s future development in the light of the SDGs. The project will assess research, education, further education, responsible science and higher education management. Additionally, the project shall foster interdisciplinary work in and across the fifteen participating universities. The innovative linking of gathered knowledge and research among the universities shall, however, not be limited to them but spill over to political stakeholders, administration, economy and civil society. Furthermore, the project aims to enhance competences regarding questions posed by the SDGs. In this respect researchers and students will build up competencies to attempt answers on how to achieve the SDGs.