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RESOURCES INNOVATION CENTER LEOBEN

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.

 

May 2018 – UniNEtZ Project Meeting

The university project UniNEtZ (Universities and Sustainable Development Goals) was initiated by Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria and connects fifteen Austrian universities to a common goal: to work towards the SGDs. UniNEtZ was presented to representatives of different ministries on the 7.5.2018 in Vienna. The participation of Montanuniversitaet Leoben in the set-up of the project was supported by RIC Leoben. The project, which starts in 2019, aims to create a report of Austria’s current SDG implementation. This report can be used to derive options for Austria’s future development in the light of the SDGs. The project will assess research, education, further education, responsible science and higher education management. Additionally, the project shall foster interdisciplinary work in and across the fifteen participating universities. The innovative linking of gathered knowledge and research among the universities shall, however, not be limited to them but spill over to political stakeholders, administration, economy and civil society. Furthermore, the project aims to enhance competences regarding questions posed by the SDGs. In this respect researchers and students will build up competencies to attempt answers on how to achieve the SDGs.

 

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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.

AT A GLANCE

REMIX – Smart and Green mining regions of EU project

The REMIX project is an Interreg Europe funded project with an objective to bring together regions rich in mineral resources. Participating regions are at different stages in the mining cycle and have complementary resources and profiles. The project will support innovations of large and small scale companies in their regional mining value chains. In particular the project aims at finding good practices in different EU regions in regards to how the regional small and medium size enterprises and municipalities can benefit from the mining industry and how the regional development authorities can strengthen the sustainable operational environment.

 

REMIX

REMIX – Smart and Green mining regions of EU project

01/2017 – 06/2021

Interreg Europe

MUL, Regional Council of Lapland, Finland (Lead Partner), ADE – Agency of Innovation, Business Financing and Internationalisation of Castilla y León, Spain, Joensuu Regional Development Company, JOSEK Ltd, Finland, Marshal’s Office of Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, The University of Exeter, Great Britain, National Technical University of Athens – NTUA, Greece, The Freiberg Geocompetence Center, Germany (Advisory Partner)

Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Alexander Tscharf

Total: € 1.997.655,00

MUL: € 187.500