Due to the uncertainty created by the outbreak of Coronavirus, the RawMatCop Academy 2020 will be postponed to autumn 2020 and applications will reopen later this year. Please stay tuned for further updates.

The RawMatCop Academy, Copernicus for RawMaterials, offers a hands-on approach and shows how to unlock the power of Copernicus for companies, organisations and research institutions along the entire life cycle of raw materials. During the RawMatCop Academy, participants have the opportunity to work directly with Copernicus’ Sentinel satellite data and open source software to learn how it can be used for:

  • Securing the primary and secondary mineral and material resources needed to transition to a sustainable and circular economy; and
  • Monitoring environmental impact and increasing safety.

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Whether you are looking to further develop your technical skills in a new and exciting area, or help your organisation embrace cutting-edge technology to transform their business operations, the RawMatCop Academy is for you! Learn how to apply satellite imagery to raw materials challenges and join a select group of professionals and experts who are transforming the sector!

“I found that the course was very rich in content and I also met great people with different backgrounds. The biggest takeaway from participating was discovering the huge potential for Copernicus applications waiting for exploitation. Besides this, I had the opportunity to engage with new people and create business opportunities. And all of this in one single event! It has certainly been a pleasure to be one of the participants in the RawMatCop Academy 2019.”
Dr. Pavlos Tyrologou, External Relations Officer at the European Federation of Geologists

“I decided to apply to the RawMatCop Academy because Copernicus was identified by our company’s “Technology Observatory” as a potentially disruptive technology for our target industries over the next years. The RawMatCop Academy provided me with a good understanding of the potential uses of Copernicus-derived technology for business operations. We are now using the knowledge acquired in Bologna to demonstrate to clients the great potential of combining IoT with Copernicus data.”
Dr. Andrea Bartoli, Head of Innovation Department at Worldsensing

Copernicus is the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme, looking at our planet and its environment for the ultimate benefit of all. With the Copernicus programme, satellite data from “the Sentinels” is freely available with a high revisit time. This allows a better understanding of areas of interest at a low-cost and in a non-stop and in a stand-alone way. In this way, Earth Observation (EO) methods contribute to a safe and sustainable supply of mineral resources through improving efficiency of operations and monitoring capabilities of major aspects in the materials value chain such as exploration efficiency, exploitation safety, and waste tracking of mineral resources.
The course combines expert lectures from the industrial and the research communities with hands-on work using case studies to demonstrate Copernicus applications.

Participants will learn how Copernicus can make exploiting primary and secondary raw materials more cost-effective and safer, and can help comply with environmental legislation.

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to Copernicus and Earth Observation data
  • Copernicus’ tools to tackle industrial and societal challenges of raw materials in Europe
  • Optimised ways to monitor environmental impact and increase safety
  • Basics of imaging technology, optical and active remote sensing in the raw materials context, and on the free data and software used in the course
  • Case studies and hands-on exercises organised by theme:
    1. Mineral exploration and mapping of deposits;
    2. Monitoring of mining activities including waste management;
    3. Environmental impact monitoring; and
    4. Stability monitoring
Entrepreneurs and industry professionals from the exploration, mining and processing sectors who are looking for innovative techniques to monitor and manage raw materials in their organisation.

We also welcome geoscientists, development and environmental experts, researchers, master and doctoral students working in the raw materials sector as well as remote sensing practitioners interested in learning raw materials applications.

Requirement: basic knowledge of raw materials and/or earth observation.

Due to the uncertainty created by the outbreak of Coronavirus, the RawMatCop Academy 2020 will be postponed to autumn 2020 and applications will reopen later this year.
The Registration process ends on 31 March 2020 (23:59 CET). Participants are limited to 40 and will be selected according to their professional and academic experience, background and motivation to take part in the course.

The selected participants will be contacted by 30 April 2020 and will then receive information on next steps, including transportation and logistics.

RawMatCop Academy participation fees are as follows:

Participant category Fee (Euros)
Standard fee 1 000 €
Employees of start-ups, research and training organizations, public authorities, NGOs 500 €
Advanced graduate and postgraduate students 100 €

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The course fee covers:

  • Expert lectures and practical case studies
  • Course materials and infrastructure
  • Hotel accommodation in a shared room for the duration of the course
  • Lunch and coffee breaks during the course
  • 1 cocktail reception & dinner
  • 1 farewell dinner
  • Transport between hotel and course venue
  • Course certificate

Please note that transportation to/from Bologna will NOT be covered.

Thanks to the support of the European Commission DG Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFI) and EIT RawMaterials, we are able to offer special price discounts as well as provide accommodation, local transport and catering during the course to all participants.

Apply now and learn how earth observation data can be applied to the raw materials sector!

If you have questions, please contact: rawmatcop@eitrawmaterials.eu

The RawMatCop Academy is part of the RawMatCop programme, a collaboration between EIT RawMaterials and the European Commission’s Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFI). The programme aims to develop and demonstrate new applications at the intersection between Earth Observation data and the raw materials sector. The RawMatCop programme is co-funded by DG DEFI and EIT RawMaterials.