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The project consortium of “ENhancing the skills for theAChievemenT of SDGs”, EnAct-SDGs, will cooperate in orderto develop an Action Plan that will act as a driver to modernizethe RM education practices to ensure the incorporationof the Sustainable Development principles in the educationalprogrammes of the ESEE Universities, strengthen the skillsand increase the capacity of University graduates and RMprofessionals.During the project a number of actions will take place andmethodological tools will be adopted so as: (a) to build adynamic self-sustained network between the Industry, Academia,Researchers and Professionals of the RM sector;(b) to initially assess the existing Educational programmesof the Beneficiary Universities; (c) to take into account theneeds and views of the stakeholders from the RM network,Policy makers and NGOs; (d) to identify the areas that needimprovement; (e) propose a road map for the modernizationof the educational programs of the Beneficiary Universitiesthat could be then transferred as a Best practice to other Universitiesof the ESEE Region; (f) to organize pilot activities forthe implementation of the new proposals. The EnAct-SDGs project will cooperate with the existing anddeveloping ecosystems of different EIT RM Innovation (RCLeoben and RC Freiberg) and RIS (RCGREECE and RCKOSICE)HUBs represented by the Consortium. The RM industry hasalready expressed their interest in the project implementationthrough their Letter of Intent.

Projects Relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals
In order to show the vast contribution towards the SDGs made at MUL, RIC Leoben has compiled a list of projects relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals. This list is updated yearly and shows which chairs contribute to which SDG.


01/2020 – 12/2021

EIT RawMaterials – Regional Innovation Scheme

Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), AGH University ofScience and Technology, Hub Innovazione Trentino – Fondazione,MYTILINEOS HOLDINGS S.A., National Technical Universityof Athens, Technical University of Kosice, TechnischeUniversität Bergakademie Freiberg, Università degli Studi diTrento

RIC Leoben – Anna Meyer

Total: € 459.167

Montanuniversität Leoben: € 55.438

IMAGINE-II – Development and implementation of EIT KIC Raw Materials Master Program(s) in Sustainable Materials

The IMAGINE project enters into a second phase: building on the promising results and lessons learned from the first phase, it will intensify its activities and aspires to become a reference program in Europe. In this application a large consortium of universities with educational backgrounds based in research excellence in different aspects of materials processing and with an explicit interest in sustainability aspects of materials have been assembled. The SUMA master programs started in September 2017; their operational phase and further development is the focus of IMAGINE-II. The SUMA master programs focus on materials processing and recycling, circular (eco)design, life cycle engineering and circular economy design, materials substitution, manufacturing, entrepreneurship and innovation. The SUMA master programs are one of the 5 EIT RawMaterials programs receiving the EIT-Label in 2016.


IMAGINE-II – Development and implementation of EIT KIC Raw Materials Master Program(s) in Sustainable Materials

01/2018 – 12/2020

EIT RawMaterials – Education

Montanuniversität Leoben, Hub Innovazione Trentino S.c.a.r.l. (HIT), Institut polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble Institute of Technology, INP), Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven),

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), UMICORE NV, Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca (University of Milano- Bicocca)

Lehrstuhl für Geologie und Nichteisen-metallurgie – Stefan Steinlechner

Total: € 918.518,00

MUL: € 146.705,00

EC-Geo-Sustain – European MSc in Geomatics for Sustainable Mineral Resource Management

A growing world population makes it will necessary to progress the extraction of mineral resources in areas which are more difficult to access and characterized by increased mining / geological complexity and more harsh working conditions. At the same time the primary objectives will remain to ensure the highest level of operational and public safety and also to make best and optimal use of natural resources by maximizing recovery. The basis for this is the use of most modern sensing technologies for geo-data acquisition and geo-data management, state-of-the-art methods for information extraction and analysis and the assimilation of this information in digital 3D decision making models, such as the resource models or mining subsidence prediction models.

The European Course on Geomatics for Sustainable Mineral Resource Management aims to develop a European MSC course that develops future leaders and innovators in this field. The educational content focuses on the following pillars:

– Sensing technologies for mine data gathering,

– Spatial (big) data management and visualization, and

– Spatial (big) data analysis and modelling.


EC-Geo-Sustain – European MSc in Geomatics for Sustainable Mineral Resource Management

EIT RawMaterials – Master Education

04/2018 – 03/2020

MUL (Partner), CERENA – Instituto Superior Técnico, Deutscher Markscheiderverein e.V., DMT GmbH & Co. KG, EIT Raw Materials GmbH, Pertonne B.V., Politechnika Wroclawska (Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, WUST), Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Reinfried Pilgram

Total: € 341.370,-

MUL: € 46.562,-

Safe Deep Mining

The European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals (EUROMINES) lists in March 2017 “stability in greater depths of mines” as one of the major technical challenges ( Deep mining is typically mining more then 1000 meters below surface although there is no clear border for definition. The continuing education program “Rock engineering for deep mines” addresses the shortage of rock engineering personnel in the European mining industry. It provides mining and civil engineering graduates and geologists working in industry with the knowledge and tools to solve rock pressure problems experienced by industry. The program is structured in such a way that it is possible to participate whilst being in full employment. The continuing education program is a joint effort by several European mining universities and two overseas partners. Lecturers are acknowledged experts in mining rock engineering with a strong industry background. The program is supported by the mining industry and provides an opportunity to visit mines with rock pressure problems.

Safe Deep Mining

01/2018 – 12/2020

EIT RawMaterials – Regional Innovation Scheme

Montanuniversität Leoben, Clausthal University of Technology, Geodata Group, KGHM Cuprum sp. z o.o. Centrum Badawczo-Rozwojowe (KGHM Cuprum Ltd. Research & Development Centre), Politechnika Slaska (Silesian University of Technology), SANIRE South African National Institute of Rock Engineering, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), University of Queensland, Veitsch-Radex GmbH & Co KG, Wolfram Bergbau und Hütten AG, Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik Wien, Austria, ZAMG

Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde, Bergtechnik und Bergwirtschaft – Nikolaus Sifferlinger

Total: € 374.575,00

MUL: € 155.570,00

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MINERS – Mine Emergency Response and Rescue School

Mine Emergency Response(MINERS) and rescue School aims to create an international program to teach students important skills in fields like mine rescue, emergency response and safety management. The students will not only learn the theoretical backgrounds of national and international safety standards and rescue procedures, they will be trained under real life conditions, supported by experts, to learn proper skills to run a safe and successful rescue mission.

Within MINERS an international uniform mine rescue program will be established that brings together students form different universities trained by international experts, who have personally been involved in mining accidents and have led rescue operations all over the world.


MINERS – Mine Emergency Response and Rescue School

01/2018 – 12/2019

EIT RawMaterials – Education

Montanuniversität Leoben, Boliden Mineral AB, DI Wilhelm Schön, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Trinity Dublin College, University of Zagreb – Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering (UNIZG-RGNF)

Lehrstuhl für Thermoprozesstechnik – Hannes Kern

Total: € 337.167,00

MUL: € 134.899,00

Inspiration day – Entrepreneurship circular economy

The concept of the Inspiration Days 2018 will be for four universities to organize a multi-part series of inspirational lectures, in a similar TED-Talk style format, at the four universities over the course of 2018; the three CLC West universities which will organize the Inspiration Days are TU Delft, TU Clausthal and Coventry University. As cross-CLC-partner, MU Leoben will be involved. In order to (i) increase the visibility of the Inspiration Days as well as (ii) create more impact and reach more students from additional universities, each of the four universities will carry out at least one Twinning Broadcast for each Inspiration Day date, whereby the organizing university will broadcast the Inspiration Days to the Twin University or even multiple universities. Moreover, the Twinning Broadcast will also be recorded providing material which can be uploaded to the EIT RawMaterials Communications channels and made available to the other EIT RawMaterials academic partners for use in their programmes.


TedTalks – Inspirational Day

Inspiration day – Entrepreneurship circular economy

Event von CLC West

11/2017 – 12/2018

Delft University of Technology, Delft Centre for Entrepreneurship; TU Clausthal; Coventry University, Montanuniversität Leoben

Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Susanne Feiel

Total: € 22.450,-

MUL: € 5.250,-

Training Trainers in the ESEE region

The aim of the TRAINESEE Project is to develop a custom made pilot training program for the University of Zagreb to train the faculty members to become in-house trainers that will be able to pass on education strategies & visions, teaching principles and new methods within their own scientific specialist field for conveying skills such as problem solving skills, creativity and innovation skills, disciplinary English language proficiency skills, leadership skills, self-confidence and intercultural competence to fellow faculty members (from raw materials related Institutes/Departments). This will enable these faculty members themselves to implement those skills into their teaching and thus students will be able to absorb the skills into their competence repertoire.


Training Trainers in the ESEE region

09/2017 – 09/2018

RM ACADEMY – Capacity Building

 Total: € 75.000,-

MUL: € 75.125,-


Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Ulrike Haslinger

RockVader – Smart Hard Rock Mining System

For securing future raw materials supply, new solutions are required to enhance economically viable mining operations. Especially in the currently challenging economic environment there is a need to improve the Net Present Value (NPV) of ore deposits: The metal and mineral mining industry is demanding an increase of the current development rates for underground headings from the presently achieved average 4-6 m/day (by drill & blast operation) to 10-20 m/day.

The objective of the project is to prove and make ready for marketing this new mechanical cutting machine which will at least double the excavation speed of underground roadway developments, compared to the present state of the art technology of drilling & blasting.

The fast and safe mechanical excavation of the new Rock Vader system will enhance economic and safe mining for the future by increasing the development rate and by providing an accurate and smooth tunnel profile.



RockVader – Smart Hard Rock Mining System

EIT RawMaterials – Upscaling

MUL, Sandvik, Wolfram, DMT, VTT, KGHM;

Lehrstuhl für Automation – Paul O`Leary

Total: € 4.096.739

MUL: € 273.906