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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 – The EIT RawMaterials Regional Center Leoben visits the Vojvodina region in Serbia

As part of Regional Center’s (RC) ESEE (East & South East Europe) Strategy Anna Meyer visited the EIT Cross KIC RIS Dialogue Conference in Novi Sad. The event provided the possibility to gather information on all the KICs (Knowledge und Innovation Communities des EIT RawMaterials). Due to the cooperation of EIT RawMaterials, EIT Health, EIT Climate KIC, EIT Digital, EIT InnoEnergy and EIT Food a valuable event was designed that opened EIT’s doors to Serbia.

The EIT Cross KIC RIS Dialogue Conference in Novi Sad can be seen as a direct outcome of the 7th ESEE Dialogue Conference in Belgrad, Serbia on the 16.11.2017 organized by the RC Leoben. On the 7th ESEE DC connections between the provincial secretariat of economy and tourism Vojvodina and EIT RawMaterial staff were established and based on those the foundation was laid to set up an EIT Cross KIC RIS Dialogue Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia on the 27.09.2018. This follow up event further shows a gradual inclusion of Serbia to the EIT RawMaterials as well as the EIT in general and is part of a successful ESEE Strategy of the RC Leoben.


Developing raw materials into a major strength for Europe
27th-29th of March 2019
Leoben, Austria


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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Dr. Ulrike Haslinger

Ulrike Haslinger has been working for education institutions for over 15 years: After being a lecturer for German as a Foreign Language at different universities in English-speaking countries for four years, Ulrike was employed at the Austrian Centre for Language Competence in Graz for several years. Her responsibility in this institution, which is closely related to the Federal Ministry of Education, was the management of national and international activities and projects with the Council of Europe and the European Commission focusing on teaching and learning languages in the Austrian school system.  Furthermore, she is a qualified dyslexia therapist (diploma from the dyslexia training course at Klinikum Klagenfurt hospital).

In our RC team, Ulrike is the education officer, responsible for developing and managing relevant education projects.


Re-Activate – Developing superior technical infrastructure throughout EIT RawMaterials community to foster technologies and methodologies for reactivation of former mine sites

The project objective is to establish a Network of Infrastructure (NoI) of experts throughout EIT RawMaterials community, developing superior technical infrastructure to create synergies to merge and further develop advanced technologies and methodologies for re-activation of former mine sites. The NoI will also be the single point of contact for any relevant expertise in the particular fields. Such integrated NoI is quite a unique initiative which will fill a gap in specific services related to pro-jects about re-activation of former mine sites. The participating partners are covering the major regions with relevant potential for projects in Europe and the main target region for the proposed services is also Europe. So, the NoI will be able to deliver a clear impact in securing raw materials supply within Europe. As major impact, the NoI work will stimulate investment by reducing risk for new in-vestment in re-activation projects in European countries and by attracting different stakeholders.



Re-Activate – Developing superior technical infrastructure throughout EIT RawMaterials community to foster technologies and methodologies for reactivation of former mine sites

01/2017 – 12/2019

EIT RawMaterials – Network of Infrastructure

MUL, DMT, HZDR, KU Leuven, TU Clausthal, GeoZS, Ovidius University of Constanta, Tallinn University of Technology, Spanish National Research Council, EFTAS Fernerkundung Technologietransfer GmbH, KGHM, Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola;

Total: € 374.811

MUL: € 12.000