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The RACE PRO is a course for experienced R&D professionals which will deepen your expertise in Innovation Management processes.

During the course, participants will hear from other R&D professionals about how they are working with innovations and running innovation management processes – and participants can reflect on how they can improve their own innovation management skills.

The course involves a series of three study visits to host industry partners at different stages of the raw materials value chain. Each study visit will be two days long.  The study visits will be spread over six months, to fit in with your professional commitments.

A common theme of all three study visits is the transition to electric mobility. This transition will affect the raw materials sectors in different ways – and so the host companies have been selected to  illustrate alternative innovation strategies and their supporting Innovation Management processes.

Participants in the RACE PRO will gain the unique benefit of seeing ongoing innovation management cases  before they are written in the textbooks. The RACE PRO is fully funded by EIT RawMaterials – selected participants only pay for your travel to and from the start and end of each study visit.

Study Visit 1: Mining & Mineral Processing – Enabling sustainable sourcing of battery materials

Innovations in mineral processing plant design are needed for mining companies to sustainably produce the battery materials of the future. This is one speciality of Outotec, a knowledge-based company that supplies processing equipment to many industries.

In this study visit, Outotec will discuss how they innovate to create bespoke mineral processing plants using a combination of technology platforms, product platforms and R&D competences. The study visit includes a tour of the R&D labs where Outotec starts to analyse their mining customer’s needs.

Innovation Management Learning Goal: Using technology and product platforms.