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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.

EIT Climate-KIC Ecosystem Meeting in the Region eastern Upper Styria


In cooperation with the European climate protection and innovation agency EIT Climate KIC Austria, its Austrian partner organisations and the Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA) we are organising the online Ecosystem Meeting on 26th of November 2020 with a focus on the region eastern Upper Styria. Together we want to exchange information on current initiatives and projects in the region of eastern Upper Styria and the surrounding regions on the topics of climate protection, climate change adaptation and systemic transformation, as well as identify possible points of contact to current and future measures and strategies at national and EU level. Furthermore, we want to get to know pioneers and forward thinkers of the region in order to connect them with different national and international organisations and networks and to push forward sustainable innovations to achieve the climate goals in a joint cooperation. Register here: 

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.

Download the brochure here

Project overview

September 2020 – European Raw Materials Alliance kickoff meeting

Peter Moser (Vice-rector of Montanuniversität Leoben was invited to the European Raw Materials Alliance kickoff meeting to give the commitee members a perspective from a research point of view:

“The European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) is the first action of the Critical Raw Materials Action Plan of the European Commission. Research and development can play a vital role in the implementation of this by developing the necessary knowledge and theoretical frameworks that the approaches are based on, such as we have done in the past, like design of value chains, material efficiency of final products, etc. This initiative is highly appreciated and needed, however, systemically it is clear that in the future this alliance must expand its scope beyond building resilience for only value chains of specific materials. Society is undergoing a massive transformation currently, a transformation that needs to be successful for future generations to be able to meet their needs and live in favourable ecological conditions. This means that we cannot tackle challenges in our old conventional ways but that we need to transform our systems. Innovative technologies and change of human behaviour are the basis for meeting the ambitious climate targets of the Green Deal and the implementation of the sustainable development goals. In the following I will address the necessary research and development needs as a pre-requisite for this transformation because the kind of challenges we are facing are entirely new and we need new flexible and systemic ways to react to them. On the one hand, we need to create the knowledge basis for innovative technologies, alternative societal systems and responsible human behaviour. On the other hand, we also need to address the transformative needs of the R&D system itself to be fit for tackling these societal challenges effectively. Successful R&D in this context grows in a suitable biotope that we have to form – a biotope that attracts the most talented and creative researchers and provides them with a working environment where enthusiasm and inspiration is promoted, and stronger than the frustration from the frequent lack of R&D resources and bureaucracy.

In a nutshell:

  • we urgently need more enthusiastic visionary people and
  • we need sufficient resources for researchers to work efficiently and effectively
  • we need simplicity and less bureaucracy

In terms of people it is necessary that education and research work closely and in synergy so that our long-term human capacity needs are met. In terms of funding it is essential to provide stable and long-term funding frameworks to promote effective and visionary R&D environments. In terms of simplicity and low bureaucracy it is important to rethink how funding frameworks work. It is crucial to have uniform, simple and aligned rules across different frameworks.

The three ingredients for creating a suitable R&D biotope itself are:

  • First: The acknowledgement, awareness and conception that R&D is a solution provider for meeting the ambitious climate targets. This means that industry needs to be committed on a much higher level in the future to participate in R&D and long-term invest in it. Furthermore, we need to promote the image of the researcher as an indispensable puzzle piece of today’s challenges.
  • Second: The acknowledgement, awareness and conception that economic growth has planetary boundaries and that new technologies and societal systems build the basis for what we call resources and impact de-coupling, as conceptualized in the SDGs. We need to directly link the question of raw materials production to the question of raw materials consumption. Therefore, we have to evaluate the value of technologies not only from an economic perspective but also from an ecologic point of view. This takes systemic approaches which is only possible through massive interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Third: The acknowledgement, awareness and conception that we need to adapt and transform our R&D approaches and systems to make them more flexible and stable and thus fit for the challenges we are tackling.

In such type of new approaches and systems we have to implement much more the idea of short-term path finder projects, which upon success are followed by long term initiatives. A good first example in this direction is the European University initiative where a three-year starting period is followed by a long-term period of 10plus years of fixed financing, an approach that really promotes depth and excellence.

In conclusion, the societal transformation can be achieved on the basis of

  • a visionary research agenda,
  • enthusiastic and innovative researchers,
  • a supportive organisational research framework and
  • collaboration across sectors.”

Find the ERMA Agenda 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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TrainESEE v.2

ESEE Scholarships

TrainESEE v.2 is a capacity building project focused at six Universities of East and South Eastern Europe. Targeted universities lack modern teaching methodology, and areas of training that need to be further developed include project development and management, innovative and entrepreneurial skills and science to business competences. These are some of the main reasons for lower performing in science and teaching and lower ranking of the Universities at the World University Rankings. Final consequences are that graduates from those Universities have lower innovation and entrepreneurial skills, and have weaker impact and starting positions in the industry compared to the European average.
The 2-year project is focused on the academic staff of these universities. Four training modules will be developed: Teaching methodology; Project preparation and management; Innovation and entrepreneurial and Science to Business. Each participating RIS university will collaborate in preparation of the acceleration programmes. These programmes are planned to last continuously for minimum of 3 years after the implementation, increasing the percentage of the trained academic staff to >50% at each of the “Training” universities.

01/2020 – 12/2021
EIT RawMaterials – RM Academy

Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Aalto University, AGH University of Science and Technology, Dnipro University of Technology, Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, KGHM. National Technical University of Athens, Technical University of Kosice, Technische Universität Wien, University of Mining and Geology St. Ivan Rilski, University of Miskolc, University of Zagreb

RIC Leoben – Mariaelena Murphy
Total: € 723.797
Montanuniversität Leoben: € 34.760