Project duration: 1 January 2021 – 31 July 2025


AMIR is the only EIT-Labelled Master Programme focused on the theme of recycling. AMIR-LIH will improve teaching offers with regard to the LightHouses (LIH) on Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility and on Raw Materials and Circular Societies. AMIR-LIH will increase the number of students to 48 students per cohort and will be the only programme having two universities for Master 1 studies in RIS countries.

The solution (technology)

Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling focused on LIghHouses – AMIR-LIH – plans for three cohorts of students from 2021 to 2025, thereby increasing the number of students, who will become highly skilled professionals with expertise in various types of materials and their recycling, up to the target of 48 students per cohort. This will be achieved through three entry universities which enrol first year Master students at the University of Bordeaux, the NOVA University Lisbon and now also at the University of Miskolc (see Figure New Master Structure). The latter two were selected as entry universities in order to increase the role of universities from RIS countries in EIT RawMaterials’ Master School and the number of students from these countries in EIT-Labelled Master programmes.
The Master Programme on Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling – AMIR – is one of the six EIT-Labelled Master programmes currently run under the RawMaterials Academy and part of the Master School. This programme was created in 2017 as part of a collaborative process between academia, industry and research organisations in response to a pressing need to develop Europe’s advanced materials recycling capabilities to increase secondary raw material supply to European industry. It combines leading European expertise to deliver a world leading Master programme in the fields of Innovation, Advanced Materials and Recycling.

The AMIR programme works in collaboration with 6 leading European universities in the field representing 6 countries and 4 CLCs, demonstrating a truly geographically diverse consortium – University of Bordeaux, NOVA University Lisbon, TU Darmstadt, University of Liège, Polytechnic University of Madrid and the University of Miskolc. Drawing on the expertise of these universities, AMIR brings together the collaboration of academia, industry and research partners to educate “T-shaped professionals”. On the one hand, this means the programme provides in-depth knowledge in materials science & engineering and a very good understanding of recycling technologies. On the other hand, this knowledge is combined with transferable skills thanks to courses on entrepreneurship & innovation, creativity & leadership, intellectual property & technology intelligence as well as life cycle assessment & sustainability.

In the renewed programme, AMIR will intensify the entrepreneurial opportunities provided to students and contribute to the implementation of the two EIT Raw Materials Lighthouses on Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility and on Raw Materials and Circular Societies. Students will develop a deep entrepreneurship mind-set with the help and expertise of associated businesses, incubators and innovation services as well as a large panel of industries, with whom they will interact in dedicated seminars and obligatory summer schools. And this will also be facilitated by new types of courses where AMIR students work with management students and their participation in the Jumpstarter Programme and the Raw & Circular Economy Expedition (RACE). The renewed Master programme AMIR-LIH will improve the teaching offers related to the lighthouses by several means in all Master 2 programme such as dedicated new modules on battery recycling and soft skills need for the transition to a circular economy. This new expertise will enable the students of the new cohorts to develop, at a large and ambitious scale, new methods for ensuring the recycling of multiple materials used in the Future Mobility and other sectors within Circular Societies.


  • Spanish National Research Council, Spain
  • ArcelorMittal Maizières Research SA, France
  • Centre de Recherches Métallurgiques asbl (CRM Group), Belgium
  • French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  • Technical University of Madrid, Spain
  • New University of Lisbon – Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT NOVA), Portugal
  • Université de Liège, Belgium
  • University of Miskolc, Hungary
  • Université de Bordeaux (Lead Partner), France

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