Learning the uses of minerals through non-conventional and digital tools
The 3D BRIEFCASE Project seeks to bring mineral raw materials and mining closer to society. Its ultimate goal is that citizens from an early age and students, get to know and understand from where the mineral products they use in daily life come from, what minerals can be found in their environment, and how our daily purchasing decisions affect the social environment of the people who live in countries with mineral resources exploitation. During the first part of the project, BRIEFCASEs are developed covering sensitive aspects of the mining activities and focusing on primary school pupils to students (6-14 years old) and their teachers, including virtual material (web) compiling all these materials to offer an interactive tool that can be self-used by pupils. The second part of the project, 3D BRIEFCASE, proposes to improve the virtual tool into an augmented reality (AR) application to attract students up to 18 years old and to adapt the tool for a 3D-application for permanent use in science museums and educational centres, and for private use of the general public.
01/2020 – 12/2021 EIT RawMaterials – RM Academy
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Ayma Mining Solutions SL, Colegio Oficial de Ingieros de Minas del Sur de España, Coventry University, EUROMINES, Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Geoalcali, Gomez Pardo Foundation, Spanish Geological Survey, Magnesitas Navarras S.A., Monolithos Ltd, Technical University of Kosice, New University of Lisbon, University of Milano- Bicocca, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute
Teaching raw materials to primary schools with gamification
As increasing world demand for raw materials is facing stronger public concerns on health and environmental issues there arises the need for a better targeted dissemination of knowledge and information, thus enforcing public awareness of the problem. To work towards public awareness, we must start early by increasing knowledge and interest about raw materials and geology – already in primary school. By targeting primary schools we also reach the public as a whole – through children, their parents and their teachers. BetterGeoEdu 2.0 is a project that targets primary schools to work with wider society learning for raw materials. BetterGeoEdu will develop educational material about raw materials using BetterGeo – a modification of the immensely popular game Minecraft. Cooperation with teachers, museums, geoparks, and activity centres will result in train-the-trainer programmes as well as freely available exercises and instructions for teachers. BetterGeoEdu brings a unique and innovative way of teaching raw materials to primary schools using an already well-known and loved game.
01/2020 – 12/2021 EIT RawMaterials – RM Academy
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Geological Survey of Slovenia, Geological Survey of Sweden, Tallinn University of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, Technical University of Madrid, Université de Liège
The main objective of the project is knowledge transfer, as well as strengthening innovation capacities in the mining, recycling and waste management sectors. This is a lifelong learning project that will be implemented in close partnership with industry stakeholders in all project consortium countries.
During the four years of project implementation, the following key topics will be analyzed: • 2017 Zero waste management • 2018 Deep intelligent mining • 2019 Small mining sites • 2020 Recycling
The knowledge and skills gained at DIM aim at increasing the employability of mining engineers. In the long run, the programme will lead to an increase in sustainable mining and processing activities, which will result in economic growth and the creation of employment in respective countries.
04/2017 – 04/2021 EIT RawMaterials – Regional Innovation Scheme
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), University of Zagreb, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, University of Miskolc, Technical University of Kosice, AGH University of Science and Technology;
EIT International Summer School “From dreging to deep-sea mining”
Striving for independence from the import of Critical Raw Materials, the EU has made considerable investments towards reaching marine mineral resources. A European deep-sea mining industry would have a potential of creating a hundreds-billion market and thousands of new jobs. The current knowledge about deep-sea mining and particularly about the impact of mining activities on the marine environment is quite diversified and often contradictory. This is not conducive to the acceptance of seabed mining by society due to the absence of a clear and holistic picture of seabed mining and its possible environmental footprint. The DSM-School project is aiming to become a platform for the elaboration and dissemination of knowledge in deep-sea mining to increase awareness of wider society on state-of-the-art mining technologies, recent investigations on the environmental impact of seabed mining activities, marine mineral resources, as well as economic, political, social and legislative aspects. The project will reach the wider society with communication tools such as a two-week summer school organized in Germany, the Netherlands and Norway, the Internet, and public events.
01/2020 – 12/2022 EIT RawMaterials – RM Academy
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, IHC Mining B.V., Norwegian University of Science and Technology, STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Delft University of Technology
Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics – Nikolaus Sifferlinger Total: € 292.455 Montanuniversität Leoben: € 38.085
European MSc in Geomatics for Sustainable Mineral Resource Management
A growing world population makes it 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 the 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.
04/2018 – 06/2020 EIT RawMaterials – Master Education
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Deutscher Markscheiderverein, DMT, Instituto Superior Técnico, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Delft University of Technology;
Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics – Reinfried Pilgram Total: € 341.375 Montanuniversität Leoben: € 51.250
Enhancing the skills of ESEE RM students towards the AchievemenT of SDGs
The project consortium of “ENhancing the skills for the AChievemenT of SDGs”, EnAct-SDGs, will cooperate in order to develop an Action Plan that will act as a driver to modernize the RM education practices to ensure the incorporation of the Sustainable Development principles in the educational programmes of the ESEE Universities, strengthen the skills and increase the capacity of University graduates and RM professionals. During the project a number of actions will take place and methodological tools will be adopted so as: (a) to build a dynamic self-sustained network between the Industry, Academia, Researchers and Professionals of the RM sector; (b) to initially assess the existing Educational programmes of the Beneficiary Universities; (c) to take into account the needs and views of the stakeholders from the RM network, Policy makers and NGOs; (d) to identify the areas that need improvement; (e) propose a road map for the modernization of the educational programs of the Beneficiary Universities that could be then transferred as a Best practice to other Universities of the ESEE Region; (f) to organize pilot activities for the implementation of the new proposals.
The EnAct-SDGs project will cooperate with the existing and developing ecosystems of different EIT RM Innovation (RC Leoben and RC Freiberg) and RIS (RCGREECE and RCKOSICE) HUBs represented by the Consortium. The RM industry has already expressed their interest in the project implementation through their Letter of Intent.
01/2020 – 12/2021 EIT RawMaterials – Regional Innovation Scheme
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), AGH University of Science and Technology, Hub Innovazione Trentino – Fondazione, MYTILINEOS HOLDINGS S.A., National Technical University of Athens, Technical University of Kosice, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Università degli Studi di Trento
The project itself transfers tailor made successful programmes already implemented within EIT RawMaterials to ESEE region making these programmes available to those who have not yet become KIC partners or to individuals for the benefit of the innovativeness of the region itself. One programme is RM@Scools project, with the objective to propose active learning to schools by involving students in experiments with RM-related hands-on educational kits and in communication activities. The second programme is RACE. RACE is a learning journey for industrial R&D professionals organised by EIT RawMaterials and hosted by its industrial partners.
01/2019 – 12/2020 EIT RawMaterials – Wider Society Learning
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), AGH University of Science and Technology, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, ECODOM, EIT RawMaterials CLC East Sp. z o.o., National Technical University of Athens – NTUA, Technical University of Kosice, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, University of Miskolc, University of Zagreb – Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering (UNIZG-RGNF)
Potential for local ecosystem innovation centers in the ESEE Region
Even though university-based incubators have become a common part of innovation systems, they often do not manage to assume their role of innovation boosters in the national and regional ecosystems. This is especially because they fail at creating strong links to the key players in the regional innovation ecosystems, such as research institutions, industry, public sector and existing entrepreneurship initiatives. Furthermore, they often lack a systematic approach to innovation as well as knowledge on innovation schemes. As a response to these problems, the Innovation-Incubator aims at jointly developing specific tailor-made concepts for regional university-based incubators in the raw materials and related sectors in East and South-East Europe, focusing on the local/regional ecosystems and using the knowledge and experience of the project participants for enhancing their innovation capacity. Incubators will be able to engineer and deliver added-value services to the regional entrepreneurial community and thus foster the creation of innovative and sustainable start-up companies with a focus on raw materials and related sectors or cross-sectional technologies.
01/2020 – 12/2021 EIT RawMaterials – Regional Innovation Scheme
Montanuniversität Leoben (Lead), Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Tallinn University of Technology, Technical University of Kosice, University of Miskolc, Zentrum für angewandte Technologie Leoben GmbH
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
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;
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;
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
Raw Materials Students Internships
RAISE gives access to secondary school students at internships within research laboratories/companies operating in the Raw Materials sector. RAISE tackles a carrier guidance demand originated within the schools, making youngsters aware of the career opportunities in the field, offering them tools allowing an informed university studies engagement into Raw Materials related disciplines. Motivated pupils access two/three week internships focused on exploration, circular economy, substitution of critical raw materials and recycling. This project is offering pupils a first but immersive direct contact with the raw materials sector, giving them a flavor of its real world in order to facilitate their informed and committed engagement into studies of raw materials related disciplines.
07/2019 – 12/2022 EIT RawMaterials – Education
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Bay Zoltan Nonprofit, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, ECODOM, Fraunhofer-Institut, Royal Institute of Technology, Relight Associate Partner, University of Bologna, Technical University of Madrid, University of Milano- Bicocca;
Raw Materials Students Internships in East South-East Europe
RAISESEE “Raw Materials Students Internships in East South-East Europe” project is the extension of RAISE project with special focus on countries in East and South-East Europe. The goal is to develop hands-on internships in working environments for secondary schools students. The mix of basic training in lab/industry safety rules, Raw Material related themes and of hands-on stages in “real world” research institutes, universities and industries will help students toward an informed choice of their university studies, allowing pupils to match their expectations and talents with the opportunities offered by the stakeholders in different Raw Materials sectors. A specific task of RAISESEE will also be the inclusion of several partners from ESEE area as active actors in training activities.
07/2018 – 03/2022 EIT RawMaterials – Regional Innovation Scheme
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), ASTER S. Cons. P.A., Association of Technology Engineers of Republic of Srpska, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, HYdrogen for Development of Environmental Projects, National Institute of Materials Physics Bucharest, Politecnico di Milano, Tallinn University of Technology, University of Banja Luka, University of Oulu;
RM@School 3.0 is a Wider Society Learning project, focused on an innovative programme to make science education and careers in the Raw Materials sector attractive for students aged between 10-19. An active learning is proposed to schools by Raw Materials Ambassadors (experts in some Raw Materials-related issues and trained teachers) by involving students in experiments with Raw Materials-related hands-on educational kits, in excursions in industries, and in science dissemination activities.
The students will be required and challenged to become Young Raw Materials Ambassadors themselves (science communicators) and create dissemination products (i.e. videos, cards, experiments, etc.) focused on issues related to Raw Materials: 1. Exploration, 2. Mining, 3. Metallurgy, 4. Recycling, 5. Substitution of critical raw materials and 6. Circular Economy. An annual competition is organised by and hosted at Montanuniversität Leoben. Here schools from all over Austria may take part to present their projects, and their roles as young RM Ambassadors. The school(s) with the best communication product will receive the opportunity to represent Austria at the annual European Conference in Bologna, Italy, together with delegates (students and teachers) from schools all over Europe.
All products realised by the pupils will be accessible online and available to be shared with a wider public.
01/2018 – 03/2021 EIT RawMaterials – Wider Society Learning
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), University of Bologna, Bay Zoltan Nonprofit, Clausthal University of Technology, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, ECODOM, Fraunhofer-Institut, Geological Survey of Slovenia, Geological Survey of Sweden, Royal Institute of Technology, Politecnico di Milano, RWTH Aachen, Stichting Wetsus, Tallinn University of Technology, Technical University of Madrid, New University of Lisbon, University of Milano- Bicocca, University of Milano- Bicocca;
RM@Schools-ESEE is a Wider Society Learning (WSL) project, focussed on an innovative programme to make science education and careers in RM attractive for young students, especially in the ESEE region. It is in line with the RM@Schools 3.0 that is the flasgship programme in the WSL for the EIT Raw Materials and will share tools and activities with the latter. An active learning approach will be proposed to schools by RM Ambassadors (experts in some RM-related issues and trained teachers) by involving students in experiments with RM-related hands-on educational kits, in excursions to industries, and in science dissemination activities. The students will be asked to become Young RM Ambassadors themselves (science communicators) by creating dissemination products and/or collaborating with ewxperts during public events. All the produced materials and the best communication materials realised by students will be accessible online to be shared with a wider public. New hands-on tools for supporting experimental activities at school will be set up and developed as well as successful educational tools realised in other projects will be used in the RM@Schools-ESEE network to share the common benefits. Finally, some career orienting actions will be performed both at European and local level. In fact, International RM@Schools Summer Camps for the most motivated and interested students from all the partners’countries will be organised as well as local Career Orientation Days where RM@Schools students will interact directly with universities and companies to obtain information on job opportunities in the different sectors.
01/2020 – 12/2022 EIT RawMaterials – RM Academy
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), AGH University of Science and Technology, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Foundation myclimate, Geological Survey of Sweden, National Technical University of Athens, Technical University of Kosice, Technische Universität Wien, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, University of Miskolc, University of Zagreb
Advanced Rock Engineering Education for Deep Mines
The continuing education programme “Advanced Rock Engineering for Deep Mines” addresses the shortage of rock engineering personnel in the European mining industry. The emphasis of the education programme is on the application of rock engineering principles in the mining industry in order to make deep mining operations safer and more efficient. It provides the participants with the basic knowledge and skills required to address and solve practical rock engineering problems. This education programme is directed at mines, governmental organizations responsible for supervision of mining activities, consulting companies in the field of mining, having to deal with rock pressure problems, and personnel employed in the mining industry. The programme comprises eight compulsory and four elective modules, out of which the participants have to select three and is to be completed with a project paper.
01/2018 – 03/2021 EIT RawMaterials – Lifelong Learning
Montanuniversität Leoben (Lead), Clausthal University of Technology, Silesian University of Technology, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, University of Pretoria, GEODATA, KGHM, Wolfram Bergbau und Hütten AG, Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik Wien;
Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics – Nikolaus Sifferlinger Total: € 374.575 Montanuniversität Leoben: € 119.465
PhD-Programme Health and Safety in Mining
Four leading European mining universities are working closely together with industrial partners in order to develop a PhD-Program with a focus on increasing mine safety, using the most up to date research data and basing their studies on industry-driven, real scenarios and projects. The project aims to develop a holistic, timely and resilient PhD-Program in Health and Safety in Mining and to train a cadre of qualified professionals who can lead the future of health and safety work in the European mining industry based on a modern view of how an attractive and safe mine should be designed and organised. To achieve this objective SafeMine provides a program for qualified leaders of tomorrow’s safety and health work in mining. In the first stage, covered by this application, we intend to develop and implement a curriculum and management respective administration structure and to finally kick-off the proposed PhD-Program in Health and Safety in Mining.
01/2018 – 03/2020 EIT RawMaterials – PhD Education
Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt, Boliden Mineral, Clausthal University of Technology, Dräger Safety, Luleå University of Technology, RWTH Aachen, Veitsch-Radex;
Chair of Subsurface Engineering – Philipp Hartlieb Total: € 278.915 Montanuniversität Leoben: € 71.01
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