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Fostering Innovation Communities in the Raw Materials Field


The Resources Innovation Center Leoben at Montanuniversitaet 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.


October 2018 – RM@Schools Austrian Final

RM@Schools Austrian Final on 18th of October 2018 at Montanuniversitaet Loeben

We are happy to announce the RM@Schools Austrian Final at Montanuniversitaet Loeben.

Schools from all parts of Austria will present their ideas on RawMaterials. The aim is to promote all topics related to RawMaterials and to make the students RawMaterials Ambassadors!

Further information can be found on the project website




Dipl.-Geoökol. Lorenzo Rieg

Lorenzo Rieg studied geo-ecoloy at the Karlsruher Institute for Technology and joined the RIC Leoben after 8 years at the University of Innsbruck.

Lorenzo is co-ordinating the activities within the EIT Climate-KIC in regards of project acquisition and project management. He focuses on bringing the scientists of Montanuniversitaet Leoben in contact with the international Climate Change Community and to foster the participation at relevant scientific projects, mainly in the areas of sustainable production, circular economy and sustainable urban development.

In addition, Lorenzo organizes events, such as the EIT Climate-KIC summer school “The Journey” and is the representative of Montanuniversitaet at the Climate Change Centre Austria.


MINERS – Mine Emergency Response and Rescue School

Mine Emergency Response(MINERS) and rescue School aims to create an international program to teach students important skills in fields like mine rescue, emergency response and safety management. The students will not only learn the theoretical backgrounds of national and international safety standards and rescue procedures, they will be trained under real life conditions, supported by experts, to learn proper skills to run a safe and successful rescue mission.

Within MINERS an international uniform mine rescue program will be established that brings together students form different universities trained by international experts, who have personally been involved in mining accidents and have led rescue operations all over the world.



MINERS – Mine Emergency Response and Rescue School

01/2018 – 12/2019

EIT RawMaterials – Education

Montanuniversität Leoben, Boliden Mineral AB, DI Wilhelm Schön, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Trinity Dublin College, University of Zagreb – Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering (UNIZG-RGNF)

Lehrstuhl für Thermoprozesstechnik – Hannes Kern

Total: € 337.167,00

MUL: € 134.899,00