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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.


Montanuniversität Leoben is part of the MIREU Network

The European project MIREU aims to establish a network of mining and metallurgy regions across Europe, that will help the regions to share knowledge and experiences when facing the challenge to ensure a sustained and sustainable supply of mineral raw materials to the EU.

As mining projects are carried out at regional and local levels, regions are key actors in ensuring a continued supply of mineral raw materials to the European economy. The MIREU project will bring together mining and metallurgy regions from across Europe to work together on improving the conditions for sustainable access and supply of raw materials in the EU. The MIREU consortium is comprised of 30 partners of which 17 are regions from all around Europe.



For more information visit the MIREU website.





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.


Visit the ESEE Dialogue Conference Website

Susanne Feiel, BA MA

In 2017 Susanne Feiel took over the lead of the RIC Leoben and is since then passionately involved in her work. She was already part of the center at the very beginning, however, took a short two-year break to head the Montanuniversitaet International Relations Office (MIRO), which she still does in parallel to this position. Despite this, she has always been involved in the EIT RM and RIC activities and the development of the center has always been a heartfelt matter for her. The areas of education and the creation of visibility of the raw materials sector have become focus areas at RIC through Susanne as well as connecting raw materials activities within the scope of sustainable supply, the circular economy and climate action with the sustainable development goals. The long term future vision here is to involve the entire university for fruitful results. Susanne completed her studies of English and American Studies with focus linguistics and business in 2013 and now scientifically works on raw materials policy and the sustainable development goals. She is active in networking in relevant stakeholder groups such as for example in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials High Level Steering Group as sherpa.


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,-