On 18-22 November, EIT RawMaterials will join the annual Raw Materials Week 2019, organised by the European Commission, DG GROW. EIT RawMaterials together with the partners will take part in various discussions related to policy and framework, as well as technology, knowledge base and international cooperation.

Monday, 18 November: 3rd EU Critical Raw Materials Event

The event will offer an opportunity to a variety of stakeholders to get a fresh update about the latest EU activities in the field of Critical Raw Materials. The event is co-organised by the European Commission, the Horizon 2020 project SCREEN – expert network on CRMs – and the EIT RawMaterials supported project IRTC – International Round Table on Materials Criticality.

  • 18-22 November 2019
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • #RawMaterialsWeek #EIPRawMaterials

Tuesday, 19 November: Innovation, New Technology Trends and Skills for Raw Materials

Session I: New technology trends in exploration, mining and processing – Chaired by Malwina Nowakowska-Ketterle, Deputy Head of Unit

Introductory remarks: Dr Andreas Klossek, Interim CEO, COO, Managing Director, EIT RawMaterials

Keynote speech: Main technology trends in processing – Data integration of LCA, materials modelling, process flowsheets – Markus Reuter, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology

Key trends in mining technology – Michael Haschke, Manager R&D, DMT

Smart Mining – towards automation and interoperability for safety and productivity gains. Anna Eklind, Epiroc

Earth observation for raw materials – Ton Peters, Deltares

Interactive Session – Q&A

Session II: Skills for Raw Materials – Chaired by Dr Rima Dapous, Education Director,  EIT RawMaterials. Main subject: How to keep and develop knowledge and skills for the future and/or present professionals in the raw materials sector?

Keynote speech: What we do to make sure the raw materials industries find people with the right talent and skills, today and at medium/long-term? EIT RawMaterials Academy, EIT RawMaterials Master Programmes – Dr Rima Dapous, Education Director, EIT RawMaterials, Master Programme students

Education – Professor Michael Hitch of Tallinn University of Technology (TTU)

Attracting Talents to the European Steel Industry – a people perspective – Peter Schelkle, Head of HR Strategy, Projects & Labour Relations at Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe

Skills forecast for the waste management industries, our actions to prepare for having access to people with relevant skills, Boris Lesjean, Veolia

Wider society learning and awareness-raising about the raw materials sector. Examples for students 10-19 years, RM@Schools project supported by EIT RawMaterials – Armida Torreggiani, Researcher at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy’s National Research Council, CNR)

Interactive Session – Q&A

Friday, 22 November: Circular Economy Incentives Workshop (Satellite Event)

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is currently carrying out the EIT RawMaterials funded project Policy Instruments and Incentives for Circular Economy (POLICE). The project is about identification and description of different incentives and policy instruments that promote and boost Circular Economy (CE). The implementation ways of the incentives are described and an in-depth evaluation of the efficiency of positive and negative incentives and policy instruments will be conducted. An important activity of the project is the Circular Economy Incentives Workshop.

The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • Inform interested stakeholders about incentives in the area of circular economy and allow for sharing of concrete examples;
  • Review and discuss the incentive analysis results;
  • Discuss the analysis with a view to identifying the ways forward in implementing incentives to boost circular economy.

EIT RawMaterials at the Raw Materials Week 2018

EIT RawMaterials joined the Raw Materials Week 2018 and hosted a morning session on 13 November 2018. EIT RawMaterials presented the latest on innovation in the raw materials sector, technologies and activities driven by Innovation Community partners contributing to Europe’s innovation capacity, environmental and societal impact. Stakeholders learned on EIT RawMaterials contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the industry perspective. The morning continued with sessions on Raw Materials and Societal Challenges where the second part of the morning showcased the latest innovation in industry and business creation.

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