The Raw Materials Week 2019, organised by the European Commission, DG GROW, is now officially opened. Together with the EIT RawMaterials partners, we will take part in various discussions related to policy and framework, technology, knowledge base and international cooperation.

Today, the 3rd EU Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) Event will give an update on the latest EU activities in the field of CRMs, co-organised by the EIT RawMaterials supported project IRTC (International Round Table on Materials Criticality). Roland Gauss, Senior Advisor – Substitution and Recycling at EIT RawMaterials, will be a part of a panel discussion on the paths towards reducing criticality.

On Tuesday, 19 November, the EIT RawMaterials Innovation Community will have a strong presence at the Innovation, New Technology Trends and Skills for Raw Materials day. Andreas Klossek, Interim CEO, COO, Managing Director at EIT RawMaterials, will join the first session to give a presentation on EIT RawMaterials enabling sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals and materials sector. The EIT RawMaterials partners Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource TechnologyDMT Group and Epiroc will showcase the latest trends in exploration, mining and processing.

Rima Dapous, Education Director at EIT RawMaterials, will chair the second session and share best practice on strengthening the raw materials sector by educating the lifecycle of innovators. The event will be an excellent opportunity to hear about the Skills for Raw Materials from various members of the EIT RawMaterials Community, including a Wider Society Learning project RM@Schools, the EIT-Labelled EMerald Master’s Programme alumni, and university insights from Tallinn University of Technology.

The third session will be closed by Massimo Gasparon, Innovation Director at EIT RawMaterials, announcing the Call for Projects 2021. Stakeholders interested in the call are encouraged to identify key challenges and opportunities for radical innovation in the raw materials sector, addressing it with new project proposals.

On Friday, 22 November, the Circular Economy Incentives Workshop will be hosted by our partner VTT as a part of the EIT RawMaterials funded project POLICE (Policy Instruments and Incentives for Circular Economy). The workshop will help identify various incentives and policy instruments that promote and boost the circular economy.

We are looking forward to meeting you at the Raw Materials Week 2019!