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Fostering Innovation Communities in the Raw Materials Field


The Resources Innovation Center Leoben at Montanuniversitaet Leoben is home to the international partnerships of the university in the areas of sustainable science, education and industrialization. The first partnership was the EIT RawMaterials, a pan European 125-partner network for raw materials, a so-called Knowledge & Innovation Community (KIC) of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology. A KIC consists of a consortium of industry, science and education stakeholders, which try to contribute to the solution of societal challenges through innovation projects. In particular, RIC Leoben works on projects in the areas of education, sustainable exploration & mining, technological innovation and recycling and is an active partner in terms of the strategic development of the community. Our next step was to join the EIT Climate-KIC, which is also a Knowledge & Innovation Community. Here, the areas of Urban Transition and Sustainable Production Systems to foster a climate resilient society are our main focus. Another pillar at RIC Leoben is sustainable development, in which we are committed to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through various initiatives. One of the key activities in this respect is the implementation of the goals in the Austrian Higher Education sector through a joint network project of all universities. What all our partnerships have in common: they are thematically connected and synergetic aiming at sustainable innovation in the resources sector for a better future.


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.



For more information visit the MIREU website.




June 2019 – Climate-KIC Accelerator

Your journey to an investible and scalable startup takes you through three stages, each taking 6 months and with a special focus. All startups are eligible to attend our Bootcamp, Demo Day, Investors Dinner and Master Classes and have access to Climate-KIC’s Europe-wide network of alumni, contacts and social media. Notable events include the national and European Venture Competition and the annual Climate-KIC Innovation Festival.
The window for  applications is open until 22nd of July 2019. Register here or contact our office to get further support
applying to the accelerator programm! Monika Mirkowska


Dipl.-Geoökol. Lorenzo Rieg

Lorenzo Rieg studied geo-ecoloy at the Karlsruher Institute for Technology and joined the RIC Leoben after 8 years at the University of Innsbruck.

Lorenzo is co-ordinating the activities within the EIT Climate-KIC in regards of project acquisition and project management. He focuses on bringing the scientists of Montanuniversitaet Leoben in contact with the international Climate Change Community and to foster the participation at relevant scientific projects, mainly in the areas of sustainable production, circular economy and sustainable urban development.

In addition, Lorenzo organizes events, such as the EIT Climate-KIC summer school “The Journey” and is the representative of Montanuniversitaet at the Climate Change Centre Austria.


ITERAMS – Integrated mineral technologies for more sustainable raw material supply

ITERAMS aims at i) increasing water circulation and developing mineral processes with significantly reduced consumption of water, and ii) minimizing the amount of landfilled waste material. ITERAMS develops an understanding of the interaction of mineralogy and water properties in dynamic water recycling conditions. Methods for closed water circuits will be developed. The consortium creates technologies to produce geopolymers out of ground tailings.



ITERAMS – Integrated mineral technologies for more sustainable raw material supply



Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy (Finnland), Outotec Oyj (Finnland), Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres (Frankreich), FQM Kevitsa Mining (Finnland), Hacettepe Mineral Techologies Ltd (Türkei), Oulun Yliopisto (Finnland), GreenDelta GmbH (Deutschland), IMA Engineering Ltd Oy (Finnland), Anglo American plc (Großbritannien), Aalto-Korkeakoulusäätiö (Finnland), University of Cape Town (Südafrika), Caspeo SARL (Frankreich), Lappeenrannan Teknillinen Yliopisto (Finnland), Amphos 21 Group (Spanien), Somincor – Sociedade Mineira de Neves-Corvo SA (Portugal)

Lehrstuhl für Gesteinshüttenkunde – Robert Obenaus-Emler

Total: € 7.915.000

MUL: € 618.750