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September 2021 - Summer School "From Dredging to Deep-Sea Mining"


Striving for independence from the import of Critical Raw Materials, the EU has been making considerable investments towards reaching marine mineral resources. Recent EU projects such as Blue Mining, Blue Nodules, MIDAS, VAMOS, as well as numerous national and international programmes on exploration and exploitation of seabed minerals enabled making considerable progress towards the establishment of European deep-sea mining industry, which has a potential of creating a hundreds-billion market and thousands of new jobs. The current knowledge about deep-sea mining and particularly about the impact of mining activities on the marine environment is quite diversified and often contradictory. This is not conducive to the acceptance of seabed mining by society due to the absence of a clear and holistic picture of seabed mining and its possible environmental footprint. The DSM-School project is aiming to become a platform for the elaboration and dissemination of knowledge in deep-sea mining to increase awareness of wider society on marine mineral resources, state-of-the-art mining technologies, recent investigations on the environmental impact of seabed mining activities, as well as economic, political, social and legislative aspects. The project brings together leading universities, research organizations, and industry professionals to reach the wider society by using different communication tools such as a two-week summer school organized in Germany, the Netherlands and Norway, the Internet, and public events. The DSM-School project assumes to be turned into a long-term, self-sustainable and Europe-wide initiative for the dissemination of knowledge and boosting research and innovations. Project website Registration

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:

Dipl.-Ing. Hanno Bertignoll

Hanno Bertignoll nimmt seit April 2018 im RIC Leoben die Rolle des Project Managers wahr. In sein Tätigkeitsfeld fallen unter anderem Projektkoordination, -beantragungen und -entwicklungen im Rahmen des EIT RM wie auch anderen Förderschienen, in denen rohstoffrelevante Themen eingebracht werden können. Er ist die Schnittstelle zwischen dem RIC Leoben, den Lehrstühlen und dem EIT RM und betreibt Networking, um relevante Partner zueinander finden zu lassen. Ergänzend dazu bringt er sich in ausgewählten Projekten fachlich als Experte/Mitarbeiter ein. Zusätzlich ist er mit der Organisation von Projekttreffen, Workshops und anderen Netzwerk-Veranstaltungen betraut. Hanno hat auf der Montanuniversität Leoben Bergbau studiert und hat anschließend langjährige Erfahrung in einem Bergbauzuliefer-Unternehmen in Zeltweg in verschiedenen Rollen des Business Development, Vertriebs und Marketings gesammelt. Daraufhin folgte eine zweijährige Tätigkeit als Marketing-Manager bei einem Recycling-Maschinen-Hersteller.

Im Fokus


Mineral potential of the ESEE region

The RESEERVE project will extend the geographical reach of EIT RawMaterials to the ESEE region, help disseminate the knowledge and know-how of the EIT Community, facilitate developing new markets for new technologies, create opportunities for start-ups and SMEs and contribute to new job opportunities. The main outcome of the project will be a register of available primary and secondary mineral resources data of the West Balkan region.
The RESEERVE project targets the following 6 countries of the West Balkan, which are of particular strategic interest for the European raw materials sector: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The West Balkan region is considered to be one of the future potential mineral supply areas of Europe, but access to relevant data for investors is still limited in the region.

04/2018 – 06/2021
EIT RawMaterials – Regional Innovation Scheme

Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM), Croatian Geological Survey (HGI-CGS) – Hrvatski geološki institute, DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Geological Survey of Albania, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Geological Survey of Montenegro (GSM), Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS), Geological Survey of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Geological Survey of the Republic of Srpska, National Technical University of Athens – NTUA, University of Belgrade – Faculty of Mining &
Geology (UNIBG-RGF), University of Zagreb

Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy – Jürgen Antrekowitsch
Total: € 1.836.340
Montanuniversität Leoben: € 90.250