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July 2020 – SafeDeepMining

We are proud to see a publication in the International Mining magazine about our SafeDeepMining project. Visit http://www.safedeepmining.eu/ for course information and keep up the good work!

April 2020 – EnActSDGs

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.

Innovation Incubator

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 ina-maria.wegscheider@unileoben.ac.at by 5th of March 2020, 23:59 CET.

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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.

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