EIT RawMaterials Expert Forum
Driving sustainability through innovation and education
The registration is open
27-29 June 2022, Mövenpick Hotel Berlin
“Green and digital technologies currently depend on a number of scarce raw materials. We import lithium for electric cars, platinum to produce clean hydrogen, silicon metal for solar panels. 98% of the rare earth elements we need come from a single supplier: China. This is not sustainable. So we must diversify our supply chains.”
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
“The EIT RawMaterials Expert Forum brings together Europe’s experts in innovation and education, from industry, research organisations, and universities. Together, we explore innovative technologies and education to meet the challenges and opportunities that come with emerging markets. We aim to drive increased economic, environmental and social sustainability to society, and to make Europe strategically more autonomous.”
Bernd Schäfer, CEO of EIT RawMaterials
The Expert Forum is Europe’s leading raw materials innovation and education exchange that connects stakeholders and actors from various parts of different raw materials value chains. This highly collaborative environment culminates in producing radically new ways of addressing raw materials sustainability across the supply chains.
Over three days, technical experts from industry and academia will gather to debate the technological advancements and business opportunities to explore industry needs in terms of innovation and education, identify partner interests, and promote matchmaking and consortia formation for project proposal submission.
The framework of discussion is defined by our updated EIT RawMaterials Lighthouses.
The Expert Forum is where participants, throughout Europe, exchange not only about what innovation and technology exist but how and who they can work together to co-create solutions that works for their business.
The Expert Forum is structured around three strategic frameworks or ‘Lighthouses‘: Responsible Sourcing, Sustainable Materials, and Circular Societies. Each will focus on specific parts of key industrial value chains, i.e., Batteries, Magnets and Motors, Fuel Cells, Photovoltaic Panels, Electronics, and Lightweight Design. The purpose of the ‘Lighthouses’, especially when linked together, is to provide the partners of the EIT RawMaterials Innovation Community a clear framework for the debate and – potentially – project design to receive funding via EIT RawMaterials.
Besides the value chain approach additional topics include Future Exploration & Mining and Processing Technologies including Decarbonisation, 3D Printing and Industrial Symbiosis. The Expert Forum has it all.
During the forum, multiple opportunities will present themselves to participants around core topics that are linked to specific strategic value chains. The raw materials Community will share the current status of R&D efforts, education, industry needs, the policy framework and as well as innovation and education projects. This is the place in which multiple introductions are made and new business relationships are seeded. It is within the EIT RawMaterials Forum that partners will co-decide the highest priority of industry supply chain needed for the reindustrialisation of Europe.
Please follow the link below to connect with experts and innovators from various parts of different raw materials value chains.
Over three days, each topic session will provide overviews of the European, industry and academia perspective, followed by one hour of interactive debate.
The sessions are consecutive and those not interested in a specific subject matter can join specific pitching sessions or connect bilaterally.