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The EIT RawMaterials Regional Center Leoben contributes to the raw materials community in Europe through its vast project portfolio and numerous public events. We strive to make raw materials a major strength of Europe!

We are reshaping raw materials education in real life and digital formats

EIT RawMaterials Regional Center Leoben at Montanuniversität Leoben is a core partner of EIT RawMaterials. The Center has developed significant strategic themes as a contribution not only for the Innovation Community but also for Austria. On the one hand, the Center has a special responsibility for the region East and South East Europe (ESEE Region), through outreach, integration and community building activities, such as the annual ESEE Dialogue Conferences. On the other other hand, the Center integrates relevant Austrian stakeholders from the raw materials and economic sector into the community, mainly by project integration and innovation and entrepreneurship activities. Additionally, education projects have evolved to be a special strength of the Center, so that now the status of Education Platform East for strategic education development in the ESEE region has been established. EIT RawMaterials Regional Center Leoben at Montanuniversitaet Leoben is currently participating in more than 40 innovation projects. EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its mission is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe by boosting competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation, new education approaches and guided entrepreneurship. EIT RawMaterials unites more than 300 partners – academic and research institutions as well as businesses – from more than 20 EU countries. Together we collaborate on finding new, innovative solutions to secure the supply of the raw materials and improve the sector all along the value chain – from extraction to processing, from recycling to reuse.

EIT RawMaterials will generate a significant impact on European competitiveness and employment by driving and fostering innovation and empowering students, entrepreneurs and education partners driving toward the circular economy. This will result in the introduction of innovative and sustainable products, processes and services, as well as talented people that will deliver increased economic, environmental and social sustainability to European society.

EIT RawMaterials has six Innovation Hubs, so-called Co-Location Centers (CLCs), covering Europe in a geographically balanced way to offer physical proximity to its partners. Find out more here.