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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)