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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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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.


Inspiration day – Entrepreneurship circular economy

The concept of the Inspiration Days 2018 will be for four universities to organize a multi-part series of inspirational lectures, in a similar TED-Talk style format, at the four universities over the course of 2018; the three CLC West universities which will organize the Inspiration Days are TU Delft, TU Clausthal and Coventry University. As cross-CLC-partner, MU Leoben will be involved. In order to (i) increase the visibility of the Inspiration Days as well as (ii) create more impact and reach more students from additional universities, each of the four universities will carry out at least one Twinning Broadcast for each Inspiration Day date, whereby the organizing university will broadcast the Inspiration Days to the Twin University or even multiple universities. Moreover, the Twinning Broadcast will also be recorded providing material which can be uploaded to the EIT RawMaterials Communications channels and made available to the other EIT RawMaterials academic partners for use in their programmes.


TedTalks – Inspirational Day

Inspiration day – Entrepreneurship circular economy

Event von CLC West

11/2017 – 12/2018

Delft University of Technology, Delft Centre for Entrepreneurship; TU Clausthal; Coventry University, Montanuniversität Leoben

Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Susanne Feiel

Total: € 22.450,-

MUL: € 5.250,-