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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.

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 by 5th of March 2020, 23:59 CET.

Annex I Annex II

September 2020 – 21st Austrian Climate Day

postponed to 2-4/09/2020 – 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:

Dipl.-Ing Patrick Trummer

Patrick joined the team of the RIC Leoben in July 2019 assustainable development coordinator. He is responsible for the activities in the UniNEtZ project, a joint project of all higher education institutions of Austria for an integrated anthology of options for the Austrian government for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular Patrick is responsible for the coordination of Montanuniversitaet’s Sustainable Development Goal 12 – “Responsible Consumption and Production” partnership, in collaboration with Johannes Kepler Universitaet. He is an active part in the development of the sustainability agenda of RIC.Patrick studied mechanical engineering at Montanuniversitaet Leoben. During his studies he worked at Materials Center Leoben as a student researcher for over 4 years, where he calculated material and friction behaviour of rails by using finite elements methods combined with contact mechanics knowledge. His passion for societal needs and development have led him into his current position.


PyroFlex – Network on pyrometallurgical expertise and infrastructure for residue treatment

The PyroFlex Network has the overall aim to stimulate the development of pyrometallurgical processes that can deal with complex low grade residues, allowing the recovery/removal of elements present in very low concentrations, as well as the controlled solidification of the residual mineral matrix for subsequent valorisation. Because the related equipment is typically expensive and requires specific expertise to be properly operated, this network provides easier access to infrastructure (for partners in the network) and allows for a comprehensive service to outside clients. PyroFlex aims to reach these objectives by building a network primarily for lab scale equipment, providing proof of concept, complemented with thermodynamic calculations and process models. PyroFlex is not a stand-alone Network, but aspires to initiate an innovation trajectory, for instance by providing suitable cooling for further valorisation of the mineral matrix in the ResiduFlex Network, as well as by actively looking for Upscaling opportunities in close cooperation with the PilotMet network that can build on the PyroFlex output.



PyroFlex – Network on pyrometallurgical expertise and infrastructure for residue treatment

01/2016 – 12/2018

EIT RawMaterials – Network of Infrastructure

MUL (Partner), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, InsPyro N.V., Ghent University, Outotec, RWTH Aachen, Technische Universiteit Delft, Umicore NV

Lehrstuhl für Nichteisenmetallurgie – Stefan Steinlechner

Total: € 125.000

MUL: € 3.000