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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 of 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.

01/2018 – 03/2020
EIT RawMaterials – Lifelong Learning

Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Boliden Mineral, DI Wilhelm Schön, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Trinity College Dublin, University of Zagreb;

Chair of Thermal Processing Technology – Hannes Kern
Total: € 337.175
Montanuniversität Leoben: € 145.392


Mineral Policy Guide

The MIN-GUIDE project, financed by Horizon 2020, started in February 2016. It aims to support the safe and sustainable supply of mineral resources in Europe by developing a new online source that presents guidelines and “good practice” examples for mineral policymakers. The main objectives of the project are: (1) the preparation of guidelines for the EU and EU Member States’ raw materials policy, (2) the facilitation of political decision-making through the presentation and possible transferability of the good practice examples, and (3) a network for innovation-friendly policy frameworks for raw materials. MIN-GUIDE will analyze the relevant policy in Europe and identify innovative “good practice” examples. These findings form the basis for the most important result of the project, an online “Minerals Policy Guide”.

01/2018 – 12/2020
H2020 – Research and Innovation

Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Vienna
University of Economics and Business, University Of
Westminster, Luleå University of Technology, National Technical University of Athens, Instituto Geologico Y Minero De Espana, University Of Aveiro, Gopa-Cartermill, University of Zagreb;

RIC Leoben – Michael Tost
Total: € 1.999.625
Montanuniversität Leoben: € 182.125


Mixed Reality Handbooks for Mining Education

MiReBooks produces a series of Virtual & Augmented Reality based interactive mining handbooks as a new digital standard for higher mining education across Europe.

In the project “MiReBooks” a series of virtual and augmented reality-based (Mixed Reality, MR) interactive mining handbooks will be produced as a new digital standard for higher mining education throughout Europe. Many current challenges in mining education will be confronted in an innovative way, by combining classical paper-based teaching materials with MR materials and their transformation into pedagogically and didactically coherent MR handbooks for integrative classroom use. The approach will be used in the future also in other disciplines. With MiReBooks the way of teaching will change as instructors will be able to engage their students in a more effective way and offer them an enriched content repertoire as well as an increased comprehension opportunity.

The array of possible industrial mine environment examples that students can be immersed into becomes endless and thus the industry will receive graduates that are familiarized in-depth with a holistic view on the industrial context. Students will enter the job market skilled as digital natives and highly influence the way the industry will work and develop in this way in the future. Mixed Reality is certainly a most promising way to enable users to make the most of their learning experience and thus leverage the improvement of operational efficiencies and innovation.

Technically, the MiReBooks-assisted lectures will include Smartphones with a special App that allows the students to trigger additional information (3D images, videos) from augmented illustrations within the MiReBooks textbooks. In addition, with virtual reality goggles they will be able to immerse themselves into a virtual mining environment/3D-filmed sequence of a real mine process.

01/2019 – 12/2021
EIT RawMaterials – RM Academy

Montanuniversität Leoben (Lead), Epiroc Rock Drills, KGHM, LTU Business, Luleå University of Technology, LKAB, RWTH Aachen, Tallinn University of Technology, Technische Universität Graz, Technische Universität
Bergakademie Freiberg, Technical Research Centre of Finland, Università degli Studi di Trento;

RIC Leoben – Manuel Ortega
Total: € 3.666.928
Montanuniversität Leoben: € 962.328


Mining and Metallurgy Regions of EU

MIREU aims to establish a network of mining and metallurgy regions across Europe. As mining projects are carried out at regional and local levels, regions are key actors in ensuring a
continued supply of mineral raw materials to the European economy. The MIREU project will bring together mining and metallurgy regions from across Europe to work together on improving the conditions for
sustainable access and supply of raw materials in the EU.
The MIREU consortium is comprised of 30 partners of which 17 are regions from all around Europe.
The project outcomes will be gathered in an online MIREU Knowledge Portal, that will be freely accessible during the lifetime of the project. To guarantee the continuation of the network, a Council of Mining and Metallurgy European Regions will be established after the end of the project to carry on the activities.

01/2018 – 11/2020

Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), AGH Krakow,
Business Joensuu, CCDR, Cornwall Council, Energy
Management Agency of Maramures, ERRIN, Exploration and Mining Division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, NOVA University of Lisbon, GKZ Freiberg, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, General Directorate of
Energy and Mine-Spain

RIC Leoben – Michael Tost
Total: € 2.999.725
Montanuniversität Leoben: € 136.875


EU Training Network for Resource Recovery through Enhanced Landfill Mining

Europe has somewhere between 150,000 and 500,000 landfill sites, with an estimated 90% of them being “non-sanitary” landfills, predating the EU Landfill Directive of 1999. These older landfills tend to be filled with municipal solid waste
and often lack any environmental protection technology. In order to avoid future environmental and health problems, many of these landfills will soon require expensive remediation measures. This situation might appear bleak, but it does present us with an exciting opportunity for a combined resource-recovery and remediation strategy, which will drastically reduce future remediation costs, reclaim valuable land, while at the same time unlocking billions of tonnes of valuable resources contained within these landfills. However, the widespread adoption of Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM)
in the EU, as envisaged by NEW-MINE, urgently requires skilled scientists, engineers, economists and policy makers
who can develop cost-effective, environmentally friendly ELFM practices and regulatory frameworks. All this demands
a European commitment to concerted, inter- and transdisciplinary research and innovation. The NEW-MINE project
trains 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs) in all the aspects of landfill mining, in terms of both technological innovation
and multi-criteria assessments for ELFM.

09/2016 – 08/2020
H2020 – Innovative Training Networks

Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), katholieke universiteit leuven, rheinisch-westfaelische technische hochschule aachen, universiteit gent, universita degli studi di padova, eidgenoessische technische hochschule zuerich, linkopings universitet, kungliga tekniska hoegskolan, renewi valorisation & quarry, italcementi fabbriche riunite cemento spa;

Department Mineral Resources Engineering
Total: € 3.836.165


Optimising the Tantalum Recycling Process through Conditioning of Raw Materials, Process Automation and Material Logistics

The project goals of OpTaRec are resource efficiency, improved cost efficiency and product quality in the processing of secondary raw materials. Specifically, a testing process for the tantalum used to recovery. The gained know-how is then consequently published in scientific publications, also a guide is prepared and made available for third parties to implement.

01/2017 – 03/2020
EIT RawMaterials – Upscaling

Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Clausthal University of Technology, H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium, RWTH Aachen;

Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy – Stefan Luidold
Total: € 2.857.391
Montanuniversität Leoben: € 340.769


Open ESEE – East & South-East Europe

The aim of OpESEE (Open ESEE – East & South-East Europe) master’s degree program is to create highly qualified mechanical and process engineers from the ESEE region with a specialization in maintenance for raw materials services for the ESEE region. To avoid brain-drain and to improve the economic development of their home region it is very important that students stay and work in their home countries after having completed their high-quality education. The training focus not only on the transfer of technical know-how but also in the knowledge transfer of entrepreneurship and innovation. By developing real innovative business models students shall be encouraged to found their own start-up business. The aim is to use the full potential of creative ideas and inventions from the ESEE region and to make innovations happen where they have their origin.

04/2018 – 03/2022
EIT RawMaterials – Master Education

Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Aluinvent Limited Company, Dnipro University of Technology, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Ovidius University of Constanta, Technical University of Kosice, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Trinity College Dublin, University of Miskolc, University of Sarajevo;

RIC Leoben – Mariaelena Murphy
Total: € 465.132
Montanuniversität Leoben: € 37.206


LifeLong Learning in Powder Metallurgy

PM Life is a training on Powder Metallurgy organised by the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) and some of its affiliates. During five weeks, trainees will learn about powder metallurgy and its sectors (powder production, press & sinter, metal injection moulding, hot isostatic pressing, additive manufacturing). Each week will take place in a different European country (Sweden, France, Spain, UK, Germany) and will consist in basic and advanced courses on specialised PM topics and horizontal topics including materials science and engineering and entrepreneurship, case studies in factories or universities and a plant visit. Following the training weeks, a three-week internship will be proposed to the participants either in a factory or in a university, to practice what they have learned during the course in an actual working environment. At the end of the training, an EPMA certificate will be granted after evaluation by an exam. Expected participants hold at least a Master’s degree and have some knowledge on materials science. They may already work in the PM field or wish to enter this field.

01/2018 – 30/2021
EIT RawMaterials – Lifelong Learning

Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Chalmers University of Technology, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, ERAMET Research, European Powder Metallurgy Association, Fraunhofer-Institut, Höganäs, Hub Innovazione Trentino, Grenoble Institute of Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Sandvik, Universidad Carlos III of Madrid;

Industrial Liaison Department – Christian Kukla
Total: € 930.705
Montanuniversität Leoben: € 6.500