The Climate-KIC The Journey Summer School is Europe’s largest climate innovation summer school for graduates and young professionals. The Journey is usually a 4-week full time programme. Participants visit 3 of the 25 locations involved around Europe, focused on climate action, innovation, systems transformation and community building.
This year “The Journey” was held online with a multi-channel setup and a hands-on toolkit provided to every participant.
As we finish our second week of this year’s “The Journey” we would like to say goodbye to our dear participants. We hope to welcome you in Leoben in person soon!
September 2020 – EnActSDG´s Summer School
EnActSDG´s Summer school is a three days hands-on webinar on Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the Raw Materials industry. The programme is driven by the sustainability development goals and circular economy principles. Students will tackle on challenges proposed by the Industry to generate new business ideas and improve existing solutions; they will acquire new skills, learn to use new tools and develop a new mindset that will help building up their careers as innovation professionals. The programme curriculum is provided by TU Freiberg, Montanuniversität Leoben, University of Trento and Hub Innovation Trentino, partners of ENACT project. In this Pilot School students from TUKE, AGH and NTUA will participate as well as other students from the ESEE region.
We put a lot of effort into creating a booklet for our partners and for new interested parties. We wanted to distribute it this year but here we are with travel restrictions and lots of online meetings. Nevertheless you can view it online! Enjoy, All the best from the RIC Leoben Team
Within the project “EnActSDGs” we aim at enhancing the skills of students in order to achieve the sustainability goals in the raw materials sector in Austria and internationally – but especially in the ESEE regions (East and South East Europe). To achieve this goal, we need you and your opinion as an expert. Therefore we ask you to answer a short survey. Of course, your data will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and evaluated anonymously. Your opinion can be a significant contribution to an even higher quality education and thus to quality improvement for the entire raw materials sector. In addition, there is also the possibility of making the company more publicly effective as well as accessible to students, for example with lectures, internships, financed industrial projects or financed projects in basic research.
You can find more information on the EnAct-SDGs website. If you wish you can subscribe to the EnAct-SDGs newsletter to receive news and updates on the project and invitations to participate in our activities.
April 2020 – ESEE Education Initiative und Working Group
RIC Leoben successfully applied to join the Working Group when it was first established in 2018. This year marked the beginning of the drafting of an ESEE Education Concept Note, which was finished in 2019. The document shows the groups vision about creating impact on the innovativeness of the ESEE region through the development of raw material related education. Subsequently, an ESEE Education Initiative was created and consolidated projects where planned and executed according to the ESEE Education Concept Note. The team work and networking accomplished through the participation of the Regional Center Leoben was very successful in terms of achievements within the Group’s objectives as well as generally. For example, new cooperation was established and successful project proposals submitted. In 2020 the Working Group was renewed and RIC Leoben successfully reapplied. We are looking forward to a prolonged fruitful cooperation.
March 2020 – 2nd Workshop on CO2-Emission Accounting
On 3rd March 2020 a workshop on CO2-emission
accounting took place at TU Graz. RIC Leoben participated in the workshop,
which was part of a project developed within the Alliance for Sustainable
Universities. The workshop offered insights to how the CO2-emission
accounting tool ClimCalc works and provided a useful discussion forum on data
collection for the university representatives.
March 2020 – Alliance of Sustainable Universities
On 6th March 2020 the 27th meeting of the Alliance of Sustainable Universities Austria took place at the WU Vienna. RIC Leoben was represented by Anna Meyer, responsible for the Alliance at MUL. She presented RIC’s recent activities and plans on the topic of sustainability at Montanuniversität Leoben. The meeting provided the frame for a lively exchange of ideas and initiatives from alliance members and a fruitful discussion about the universities’ responsibility and role as a pioneer in the sustainability agenda. A presentation of the Paris Lodron Universities’ Green WG Challenges (https://uni-salzburg.ac.at/index.php?id=209998), which provides students with challenges on the topic of living a sustainable live ended the meeting on a positive note.
March 2020 – #RawMaterialsTransition
How to increase Austria’s future perspectives through a new raw material strategy?
On 4th March 2020 the Working Group on Raw Materials, an association of Austrian NGOs, invited relevant stakeholders and the public to discuss the new raw materials strategy. Last year the Austrian government decided on the drafting of an “integrated Austrian raw materials strategy”. The present strategy is mainly based on the security of supply of the Austrian economy. However, the new and integrated strategy should include ecological and social aspects as well as use circular economy as a guiding framework. The planned renewal of the strategy will be done through a participative process, which is highly welcomed by the NGOs. To start the dialogue, the Group invited representatives from regions all over the world in order to hear their experiences concerning regional raw material exploitation and use as well as the connected consequences. The event ended with a discussion on the podium on the question of the next necessary political steps for a new integrated raw material strategy.
The KAVA project Innovation Incubator: Potential for Local Ecosystem Inno-Centres in ESEE Region has opened a call for 2 RIS Task Partners. More information and conditions are available on the call text. The call was announced on 11th of February 2020 and the application form (RIS Task Partner Application Form) must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5th of March 2020, 23:59 CET.
January 2020 – Expert Forum: Digitalisation in the Raw Materials Sector
The Expert Forum on digitalization in the Raw Materials Sector, organised by EIT RawMaterials with Montanunversität Leoben and supported by KGHM Cuprum, gathered over 100 stakeholders, from policymakers, industry, research and higher education partners to start-up entrepreneurs and students, to discuss the latest digital trends in the sector. We see digitalisation as a key enabler in the transition to sustainable development. Data and smart digital solutions are essential to optimise and re-invent processes along the entire value chain, as well as act as a link and conduit with all stakeholders, from industry to NGO, from university to wider society.
November 2019 – Raw Materials Week
The fourth edition of the EU “Raw Materials Week” took place from Monday 18 to Friday 22 November 2019, in Brussels.
It builds up on a series of events organised by the European Commission addressing the latest news on raw materials in the EU.
It was a unique opportunity for the raw materials community to discuss and exchange on all relevant issues: policy, technology, international cooperation, framework conditions, knowledge base etc.
Click Read More to watch the video of the 2019 Raw Materials Week
Become a certified Trainer for the EIT RawMaterials – Professional School!
Are you an expert? Then shape the future of your field of expertise and become a certified trainer for the EIT innovation community “RawMaterials”! Get your ideas off the ground and infuse the industry with your innovations. If you already are a lecturer or trainer or you have valuable knowledge that needs to be taught to a wider audience of industry representatives or researchers, we provide the framework for your teaching ideas and make you part of our innovation community. We need your ideas for the courses of tomorrow! In our 2nd call we invite you to provide your training ideas on the focus topics of „Sustainable Minerals“ and „Metal Processing“! Your ideas for other topics for short courses are also very welcome. -Register here
Montanuniversität Leoben is part of the MIREU Network
The European project MIREU aims to establish a network of mining and metallurgy regions across Europe, that will help the regions to share knowledge and experiences when facing the challenge to ensure a sustained and sustainable supply of mineral raw materials to the EU.
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.
February 2019 – The Call for a RIS Task partner is open!
We would like to inform about a call for a RIS Task partner in the project ESEE Education Initiative.
From its very start educational activities have been a major concern of the EIT. The EIT has always underlined the role of high and entrepreneurial skills as drivers of innovation. A basic assumption underpinning the educational activities of the EIT is that human capital development is at the heart of approaches to fostering growth and creating jobs. Therefore, addressing these overarching goals using education as a toll an ESEE Education strategy has been created that focuses on education and capacity building in the ESEE region.
The program integrates education, business, wider society and any other potential innovation stakeholder through developing and deploying innovative pilot programs lead by local universities in the RIS region. The program shall involve local industry and SMEs and transfer best practices to the region from other KICs or regions of Europe. The overall goal is to establish a system of programs maintaining and supporting EIT RM RIS Action Line II activities by closing the gaps in terms of educational excellence in EIT RIS-eligible countries and regions, taking the proposing and coordinating initiative – and initiate knowledge transfer from KIC members from non-EIT RIS-eligible countries towards those and increasing visibility of and awareness about the EIT.
Non-KIC member organisations in RIS countries can be involved as Third Parties (so called “RIS Task partners”) in RIS projects. RIS Task partners in ESEE Education Initiative may be any legal entity from Bosnia and Herzegovina with teaching activity in a field at least one below:
1. Exploration and raw materials resource assessment
2. Mining in challenging environments
3. Increased resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes
4. Recycling and material chain optimisation for End-of-Life products
5. Substitution of critical and toxic materials in products and for optimised performance
6. Design of products and services for the circular economy
The call was announced on 15th of February, 2019 and applications (RIS Task Partners Application Form) must be submitted to email@example.com by 8th of March, 2019, 23:59 CET.
October 2018 – The EIT RawMaterials Regional Center Leoben visits the Vojvodina region in Serbia
As part of Regional Center’s (RC) ESEE (East & South East Europe) Strategy Anna Meyer visited the EIT Cross KIC RIS Dialogue Conference in Novi Sad. The event provided the possibility to gather information on all the KICs (Knowledge und Innovation Communities des EIT RawMaterials). Due to the cooperation of EIT RawMaterials, EIT Health, EIT Climate KIC, EIT Digital, EIT InnoEnergy and EIT Food a valuable event was designed that opened EIT’s doors to Serbia.
The EIT Cross KIC RIS Dialogue Conference in Novi Sad can be seen as a direct outcome of the 7th ESEE Dialogue Conference in Belgrad, Serbia on the 16.11.2017 organized by the RC Leoben. On the 7th ESEE DC connections between the provincial secretariat of economy and tourism Vojvodina and EIT RawMaterial staff were established and based on those the foundation was laid to set up an EIT Cross KIC RIS Dialogue Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia on the 27.09.2018. This follow up event further shows a gradual inclusion of Serbia to the EIT RawMaterials as well as the EIT in general and is part of a successful ESEE Strategy of the RC Leoben.
September 2018 – The Economic Development Board Singapore shows interest in Montanuniversitaet Leoben
Mr. Lee and Ms. Sun, two delegates from the Economic Development Board Singapore visited Montanuniversitaet Leoben on the 21st September 2018. The aim of the meeting was to establish initial contact and learn about each other’s research and development interests. Vice rector Moser invited representatives of the universities chairs and associated competence centers into the meeting room of the rectorate to meet the EDB delegation. A range of presentations, tailored at the interests of EDB, showed the competencies at Montanuniversitaet Leoben. The following universities chairs and associated competence centers presented themselves and their research activities.
Raul Bermejo, Institut für Struktur- und Funktionskeramik
Michael Tkadletz, Lehrstuhl für Funktionale Werkstoffe und Werkstoffsysteme
Ewald Fauster, Lehrstuhl für Verarbeitung von Verbundwerkstoffen
Susanne Feiel, Anna Meyer, Internationales Büro und Resources Innovation Center (RIC)
Megan Cordill, Erich Schmid Institut für Materialwissenschaften Leoben
Günter Maier, Materials Center Leoben (MCL)
Elisabeth Ladstätter, Polymer Competence Center Leoben (PCCL)
Due to mutual interest and some possibilities to cooperate with each other this initial contact meeting proved successful.
September 2018 – This was the Eumicon International Conference
Within the framework of the conference, Montanuniversitaet RIC Leoben organized half a day focusing on “Raw Materials” made in Europe for Europe. These comprised the global consumption of resources of all categories with a future outlook on this development, the extractive industries and their societal acceptance, Europe’s mineral potential, influences of non-European markets on EU raw material’s production, knowledge management on European raw materials supply chains, the renewability of metal resources as well as policy instruments and their influence on innovation in the raw materials sector.
The European raw materials initiative, EUMICON, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism of the Republic of Austria organized the EUMICON 2018 Conference in Vienna from September 26th to 28th, within the scope of the Austrian EU Council Presidency. An international stakeholder group concerned with sustainable Raw Materials supply for society came together and discussed highly relevant topics revolving around the technological revolution which will bring about a whole new range of products and innovative services in the coming decades: Automated cars, SMART technology, Internet of Things. Knowledge exchange revolved around how such developments will have a significant impact on the added value of the extractive industry and its downstream branches as well as the political conditions which will act as a significant driver – or indeed a brakeman. Access to raw materials, circular economy or robust and fair trade with other regions of the world – all of these factors that will shape the future of the European extractive industry and its value added, were up for discussion in this international expert platform.
On the picture – the speakers of the program organized by RIC from left to right: Thomas Frömmer (RHI Magnesita), Frank Melcher (MUL), Michael Tost (MUL), Glen Corder (SMI, University of Queensland), Jens Gutzmer (Helmholtz Institut), Constantin Ciupagea (JRC; European Commission), Susanne Feiel (RIC, MUL), Peter Moser (MUL), Jürgen Antrekowitsch (MUL), Andreas Endl (WU Wien)
Oktober 2018 – EU Förderprogramme des EIT RawMaterials – Chancen & Voraussetzungen
Was bietet die Teilnahme an EU Projekten?
Netzwerk: Europa-weites Forschungs- und Ausbildungs-Netzwerk
• Zugang zu Forschungs- und Test-Einrichtungen
• Zugang zu Investoren / Industriepartnern
• Zugang zu Innovationspartnern: neue Materialien, Technologie, Prozesstechnik
• Zugang zu Tools und Information: Datenbanken, Ausbildung, Weiterbildung
• Experten: Forscher, Ingenieure
Das Regional Center Leoben des EIT Raw Materials (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) koordiniert und unterstützt Sie dabei als Teil der Montanuniversität Leoben.
Highlights der Agenda:•
• Kurze Einführung EIT Raw Materials – Netzwerk, Strategie und Ziele
• Projekteinblicke in zwei laufende Projekte
• Aus- / Weiterbildungsprojekt
• Industrieprojekt (Upscaling)
•Brainstorming: „Make raw materials a major strength in Europe” – Wie können wir zur dieser Vision beitragen?
•Welche Möglichkeiten ergeben sich für Ihre Forschung/Ihr Unternehmen?
Bei Fragen melden Sie sich bei Anna Meyer oder Hanno Bertignoll.
Zur besseren Planung bitten wir Sie ihre Teilnahme an Anna Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org bekannt zu geben.
October 2018 – Climathon Graz
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