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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.


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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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Anna Meyer, BA BA MA

Anna Meyer studied English/American Studies and Molecular Biology at the University of Graz and was also teaching and researching at the Faculty as a student assistant. After finishing her studies she did an internship in a language school in Bristol (GB) for 3 months and later taught German and English in another language school in Madrid (Spain) before she joined the RIC team.

In our RIC team, Anna is working as a research and project manager developing projects in the context of EIT RawMaterials and ensuring the efficient communication between the University Chairs, RIC Leoben and EIT RawMaterials. She is also involved in developing the Sustainable Development Goals strategy and organizes project meetings, workshops and other events.


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