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Das Resources Innovation Center Leoben an der Montanuniversität Leoben beherbergt internationale Beteiligungen der Universität im Bereich der nachhaltigen Forschung, Ausbildung und Industrialisierung. Unsere Vision ist es eine klimafreundliche nachhaltige Zukunft des Rohstoffsektors voranzutreiben.

Journey 2020



The Journey is a EIT Climate KIC summer school programme for Master/PhD students and young professionals and is held in through July, August and September. It focuses on climate action, innovation, systems transformation, and community building. Due to current circumstances, the Journey will go online! We are preparing an extraordinary experience for the participants, unique for its complexity and multiple level of climate actions conserved even in a digital format! We are excited to see the results of this innovative format and we are equally looking forward to the challenge of a digital Journey. Leoben will “host” the first two weeks for 40 of the 400 young professionals that are participating in the Journey all over the world.

July 2020 – Become a part of the EnAct-SDGs Network

The EnAct-SDGs project aims to create a dynamic network of universities, research institutes, industry and professionals to develop a roadmap to a modernised education. The project aims to promote innovation and new skills for sustainable development among the East and Southeast Europe (ESEE) university graduates and raw materials professionals.

The EnAct-SDGs project is looking for stakeholders from the Raw Materials Knowledge Triangle, primarily from the RIS eligible countries, that would like to join the EnAct-SDGs network and actively participate in the project’s activities.

Find the Call here: EnAct-SDGs website

Mag.a iur. Anna Voica

Anna Voica ist im RIC für den Bereich „Business Development und Project Management“ zuständig. Ihr Hauptaugenmerk liegt auf den Aufbau des Angebots im Bereich Business Development, in engster Zusammenarbeit mit dem EIT RawMaterials und zukünftig auch mit dem Kompetenzzentrum unter der Schirmherrschaft der UNESCO. Die Strategien dabei umfassen die Veranstaltung von Events sowie die Recherche, Informationsaufbereitung und Kontaktaufnahme mit aktiven Partnern im Start-up/KMU Bereich österreichweit. Zukünftig soll das bestehende Netzwerk der Universität ausgebaut und neue Kooperationen mit Start-up Plattformen, Inkubatoren, anderen österreichischen technische Universitäten und Fachhochschulen, Start-up-Event-Veranstaltern, Ministerien und anderen Organisationen aufgebaut werden. Das Ziel der Anstrengungen ist es den unternehmerischen Geist in Österreich voran zu bringen, Forschung aus den Universitäten verhelfen als Produkte dem Markt zugänglich zu machen sowie Studierende und Absolventen für das Unternehmertum zu begeistern. Anna Voica ist Juristin, Mediatorin und Absolventin der Diplomatischen Akademie Wien.

Im Fokus

ESEE Dialogue Conferences

Initiated by the EIT RawMaterials Regional Center Leoben at Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria, the ESEE Dialogue Conferences aim to foster an international community in the raw materials sector by converging relevant stakeholders from industry, research and education in East and South East Europe. The ESEE Dialogue Conferences is a major raw materials conference series for East and South East Europe, which has successfully addressed issues in the raw materials sector in eight countries in the last four years. Integration into the EIT RawMaterials community, policy framework, education development, resource efficiency and innovation along the raw materials life cycle are the main topics of the conferences.

Raw materials are vital for future technologies and will continue to play a major role in the development of solutions for present challenges. For example, great challenges such as the shift to renewable energy can only be reached via innovative technologies dependent on the use of materials. Rising demand and need for sustainable supply in Europe are to be balanced. The aim of the EIT RawMaterials is to take action and develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe.
In this context, the region East and South East Europe (ESEE) is of particular interest to the EIT RawMaterials, due to its unique geological potential and unique potential on secondary raw materials, which also makes it highly relevant with regard to the European Raw Materials Strategy. Furthermore, a significant number of business idea holders relevant to the overall objectives of EIT RawMaterials are coming from this region.


With many successful conferences and an established network of ESEE partners, we will continue our efforts and use our experience of the last years to enhance the involvement of the ESEE region. Albania is planned as the next ESEE DC location. In the course of the last conferences the organisational team has worked hard to create and organize top networking opportunities for future collaboration within the EIT RawMaterials. For example, more and more interactive activities such as real-time voting, workshops and round tables where included into the agenda to enhance the conference experience. We will pursue these efforts further and are sure that we are on the right track to generate inspiring and successful conferences.

Furthermore, we have widened our target group and now generally plan an education workshop with hands-on experiments for students. To connect young minds to raw material related topics is extremely valuable for the development of the sector. If we do not have interested bright minds, the chances of developing innovation for the raw material sector is low. Therefore, we actively include students and hope to spark interest in them to become engineers of the future, who will drive innovation and the development of the sector.

1/2017 – 12/2020
EIT RawMaterials – Regional Innovation Scheme

Montanuniversität Leoben (Lead), Geological Survey of Slovenia, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, University of Zagreb;

RIC Leoben – Susanne Feiel
Total: € 296.000
Montanuniversität Leoben: € 206.000