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RESOURCES INNOVATION CENTER LEOBEN

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.

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.

Annex I Annex II

April 2020 – 21st Austrian Climate Day

29-30/04/2020 – Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria

The Austrian Climate Day is a scientific conference that aims to provide an overview of current Austrian research activities in the fields of climate change, impacts, adaptation and prevention. In addition, the Climate Day has developed into a central showcase of research activities financed by climate and energy funds. Furthermore, the Climate Day serves to network natural science, socio-economic, humanities and cultural science departments and promotes the exchange between basic research, applied research and users. A special focus is therefore placed on cooperation and dialogue with stakeholders from politics and administration as well as networking with practitioners, research funding agencies and businesses. Through the Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA), forces are bundled; scientific findings on climate change can be efficiently transported to society and contribute to solving the challenge of climate change.

You can find the preliminary programme here

For more information and registration please visit: https://ccca.ac.at/dialogformate/oesterreichischer-klimatag/klimatag-2020

Marinella Passarella, PhD

Marinella has recently joined the RIC as coordinator for the climate agendas and the EIT Climate-KIC participation of Montanuniversitaet Leoben which consists of the expansion and management of the climate change projects portfolio, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dealing with climate change effects. She is the Project manager for the e-Circular Flagship on Plastic Waste Prevention and the Journey financed by Climate-KIC. She obtained an International PhD in Innovation Science and Technology devoted to Systems and Methods for Environmental Protection at the University of Cagliari (Italy) in collaboration with the University of Auckland (New Zealand). She worked as a member of the steering group of the no-profit organization INORE (International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy) managing projects, fundraising, organizing international networking events and conferences for two years. She is also specialized in renewable energy obtaining a Master of Science in Marine Renewable Energy at Plymouth University (UK), where she gained experience on energy resources, stakeholders’ engagement and sustainability.

AT A GLANCE

CERA – Certification of Raw Materials

Unlike other sectors such as forestry, the food sector or the textile sector, there is no general and comprehensive certification of mineral resources. The up-scaling project CERA is developing a new certification scheme for mineral raw materials. CERA consists of eight work packages in which the DMT and its partners (LTU Business, University of Leiden, Montanuniversitaet Leoben and TÜV Nord CERT) form a close working group.

The following characteristics are required for the certification of raw materials:

  • Competence in exploration, production and processing of mineral resources
  • Experience in the certification process
  • Management of a network to enterprises in the value chain of mineral resources

 

CERA

CERA – Certification of Raw Materials

01/2017 – 12/2020

EIT RawMaterials – Upscaling

MUL (Partner), DMT, TÜV NORD CERT, University Leiden, Advisory Board, Joint Research Centre, Fairphone, University of British Columbia, University of Southern Denmark, Euromines

Lehrstuhl für Geologie und Lagerstättenlehre – Frank Melcher

Total: € 1.444.178

MUL: € 261.963