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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.

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:

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:

Susanne Feiel, BA MA

Susanne Feiel übernahm mit März 2017 die Leitung des RIC Leoben und geht seitdem voll und ganz in ihrer Tätigkeit auf. Sie war schon zu Beginn Teil des EIT RM Regional Center an der Montanuniversität, legte allerdings kurzfristig eine zweijährige Pause ein, um das Montanuniversität International Relations Office (MIRO) zu leiten, was sie auch weiterhin parallel tut. Trotzdem war sie durchgehend in die EIT RM und RIC Leoben Projekte und Aktivitäten involviert, denn die Entwicklung des RIC Leoben lag ihr immer schon am Herzen. Im Jahr 2017 übernahm sie die Umstrukturierung des Teams. Daraus ergab sich ein großer Fortschritt in der Bildungsschiene. 2018 gestaltete sie gemeinsam mit ihrem Team die Abteilung strukturell neu, um die thematischen Entwicklungen besser sichtbar zu machen. Ein Relaunch mit neuem Namen, neuem Marketing und neuer Website folgten. Weiterbildungsmöglichkeiten und Sichtbarkeit des Raw Materials-Bereich zu schaffen ist nun einer der strategischen Schwerpunkte, auch aufgrund der schwierigen Lage, in der sich die Rohstoffbranche in diesem Bereich befindet. Aus dem Synergiepotenzial der beiden Abteilungen MIRO und RIC Leoben lassen sich viele Bildungsprojekte einfacher umsetzen und somit die Ressourcen beider Abteilungen optimal nutzen. Eine weitere Schwerpunktsetzung, die mit Susanne in das RIC Leoben Einzug gehalten hat, ist die Verbindung der Raw Materials-Aktivitäten im Sinne der Nachhaltigkeit und der Kreislaufwirtschaft mit den Sustainable Development Goals. Vorwiegend widmet man sich hier den Themen nachhaltige Primär- und Sekundärrohstoffversorgung der Gesellschaft. Die Zukunftsvision hier ist es langfristig die gesamte Universität im Sinne eines Rohstoffkreislaufes miteinzubinden und wirkungsvolle Ergebnisse zu erzielen. Das RIC ist eine Anlaufstelle für Informationen rund um das EIT RM an der Montanuniversität Leoben sowie für allen anderen österreichischen Stakeholder, die an einer Involvierung in die EIT RM Aktivitäten interessiert sind.

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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