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Fostering Innovation Communities in the Raw Materials Field

The Resources Innovation Center Leoben at Montanuniversität 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.

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

October 2019 – 11th ESEE DIALOGUE CONFERENCE with Project Idea Competition

Sustainable Resource Use – Tailings, Wastes, Slags

03-04/10/19 University of Zagreb, Croatia

Our conference follows The Future of Raw Materials Higher Education Conference and Ideation 02-03/10/19 – homepage

Explore innovative approches to extract valuable raw materials from waste material.
Submit your idea of sustainable resource use that can make an impact in the raw materials sector to enter the competition. (Deadline 15/08/19) The best will be invited to the conference to present their idea in front of a jury.

Initiated by the EIT RawMaterials Regional Center Leoben at Montanuniversitaet Leoben in Austria,
the ESEE Dialogue Conferences aim to foster an international community in the raw materials sector by converging relevant stakeholders from industryresearch and education in
East and South East Europe.

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Dipl.-Ing. Hanno Bertignoll

End of March 2018, Hanno Bertignoll started as Project Manager at the RIC Leoben.

His activities include coordination, application and development of EIT RM projects, as well as projects covering other raw material relevant topics.

He serves as the interface between the RIC Leoben, the university institutes and the EIT RM, and networks to connect relevant partners.

Additionally, he acively supports selected projects as project expert.

He also is involved in organizing workshops, project meetings and other networking events.


Hanno is a graduated mining engineer from Montanuniversitaet Leoben. He has long-time industry experience, working in various roles in business development, sales and marketing for a mining equipment supplier in Zeltweg/Austria. After that, he worked two years as marketing manager for a recycling equipment manufacturer.


Admired Lab – Advanced Mineral Resources Development Labelled

The goal of the project is to develop a new master course called Admired Lab – Advanced Mineral Resources Development Labeled, following the example of existing joint master programs such as “Advanced Mineral Resources Development” at the MUL and TU Bergakademie Freiberg. This is done according to the EIT guidelines for the implementation of high-quality training, which is providing high-quality students for the industry. In particular, the program offers students a unique master education in the field of raw materials resource development within the framework of a circular economy with special attention to economic, ecological and social aspects. While the mining, engineering and environmental aspects of mining are taught by and at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben and the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in the first two semesters of the program, according to the AMRD curriculum, the social, entrepreneurial and innovative aspects of the mining industry are covered from Trinity College Dublin in the third semester.

After completing this program, the students will not only have a deep understanding of the interdisciplinary topics, but also a comprehensive knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Admired Lab

Admired Lab  – Advanced Mineral Resources Development Labelled

01/2017 – 07/2019

EIT RawMaterials – Education (Master)

MUL (Partner), TU BAF, Trinity College Dublin, Sandvik Mining Systems, Inteco

Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Susanne Feiel & Ulrike Haslinger

Total: € 534.149

MUL: € 201.375