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EIT RawMaterials Newsletter

September 2016

In this edition

Dear partners and friends of EIT RawMaterials,
 Dr Karen Hanghøj
It is a busy time for us here at EIT RawMaterials HQ – we just finished evaluating the 144 proposals received in the last call and finalised the process of defining a balanced portfolio covering the entire raw materials value chain, spanning all our KAVA activities. Our proposed portfolio has been presented to and discussed with the EIT RawMaterials board at the end of August and jointly we feel confident that our portfolio is exactly what we need to ensure that we are moving our organisation in the right direction.
Our EIT RawMaterials projects, KAVAs, are at the very core of everything that we do. In November, we expect to launch the call for 2018 with a deadline of the end of March. The General Assembly and the (by now traditional) Matchmaking and Networking Event in Berlin will take place on 14-15 November. Here we will give more information about the call as well as holding other information sessions. There will also be the opportunitity for partners to pitch ideas and find new potential collaborators. For other events in our partnership, make sure you visit the events section on our website to find out the latest and most relevant events for you and your organisation.
We have great news on the educational activities in our KIC; we are delighted to inform you that this month all EIT RawMaterials Master and PhD educational programmes submitted to the EIT were awarded the EIT label! EIT labelled Master and PhD programmes help students to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurial. For the labelling, EIT-specific criteria and EIT overarching learning outcomes are evaluated. More information and the specific criteria are available here.
In people news, we are excited to have your thematic officers starting at EIT RawMaterials. By October we will finally have all five of them on board. They will, together with the business development managers and education officers, help all of us to drive innovative projects and events, and provide better insights across the industry and our value chain. Welcome Ignacio Calleja, Roland Gauß, Tony Hand, Laurence Lamm, and Bo Møller Stensgaard! Please check the People section of this newsletter to get to know our new thematic officers, and meet them at events across our KIC this fall.

EIT RawMaterials communications activities are reaching further each month, and are also increasingly of operational and strategic relevance. We are continuously expanding several sections of our website and we have launched our media outreach activities. Only last week, Krzysztof Kubacki, general manager of CLC East, gave two interviews in Sofia, Bulgaria while attending the European Mining Business Forum 2016; one to a Bulgarian nationwide radio station, the other to the Bulgarian subsidiary of Bloomberg TV on their morning show “Business Start”. The topics covered were innovation in the mining sector, the future of mining, and the current raw materials market situation, as well as a short introduction on EIT RawMaterials activities and the importance of the organisation in the raw materials sector.
Our social media channels continue to grow rapidly in terms of engagement rates, reach and the number of followers. We promote all EIT RawMaterials upcoming events, provide interactive information to raise the interest towards raw materials industry, and engage with and follow our partner organisations. Keep up with the latest on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
Best regards from Berlin!
Dr. Karen Hanghøj and Dr. Andreas Klossek


Past events

Copernicus for Raw Materials Workshop 
On 5 September EIT RawMaterials participated in the first Copernicus for Raw Materials Workshop in Brussels, Belgium, organised by DG Grow. The goals of the workshop were to explore needs and opportunities for Copernicus in the Raw Materials sector and extractive industries and to start setting-up a ‘Copernicus for Raw Materials’ community.

EIT RawMaterials has set up a 2016 Copernicus Taskforce where all CLCs are represented and we have initiated targeted activities to contribute to the goals above and prepare our participation in coming Copernicus calls to be issued by DG Grow by the end of 2016 and 2017. The taskforce has mapped the ongoing Copernicus-related activities within the network and is now exploring specific interests and needs within the KIC to define proposals and complementary KIC actions in 2017.

Idea Camp: Next Steps in WEEE – Closing the Loop
Tomas Jensen    

On 8 September RWTH Aachen University hosted an Idea Camp, which focused on the state of research and upcoming regulation schemes in waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling, as well as on how to raise society’s awareness of this topic. The event gathered representatives from the business sector, research institutions, universities and students and was a great platform to get valuable insights and facilitated discussions on new initiatives. The first half of the day was filled with inspiring and enriching presentations on recycling, the second half was dedicated to brainstorming around WEEE recycling processes, as well as marketing techniques to drive awareness across the European Union. Finally, the day closed with a campus excursion to RWTH Aachen University, visiting the IME Institute for Process Metallurgy and Metal Recycling, known for one of the largest and best research facilities in its field worldwide.

Upcoming events

Raw Materials Week

On 28 November – 2 December the first ever ‘Raw Materials Week’, organised by the European Commission, will take place in Brussels, Belgium. The event will bring together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss raw materials policy and initiatives. EIT RawMaterials will co-organise an event on ‘Education and training as a vehicle to improve competitiveness and business creation’. More information can be found on the official website.

  • NordMin workshop ‘How to go further in Nordic collaboration in the mining research and education’ in Helsinki, Finland: On 20 October the workshop will review the experiences and results gained from recent Nordic collaboration projects, which covered different stages of the mining value chain. For registration, please click here. You can find the programme here.
  • The Idea Camp ‘Raw and Digital: New Ways of Learning’ in Oulu, Finland: On 23-24 November a joint event by EIT RawMaterials, EIT Digital, University of Oulu and the Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA will provide hands-on experience for the participants on new ways of learning. Parallel workshops will showcase the FabLab rapid manufacturing environment, gaming as a learning pathway in the circular economy and recycling, and new digital learning platforms.
  • Launch of the Call on Start-up Booster: On 1 September the annual call for funding was launched. The Call is followed by the mapping of the main actors in technology transfer, incubation and support to entrepreneurship at CLC level performed in July. Deadline for application is 31 October. The application form and more details can be found here.
  • Lifelong Learning Workshop in Berlin, Germany: On 4-5 October the workshop will create a space for discussion and interaction between the KICs and jointly develop an EIT RawMaterials Lifelong Learning strategy. Addressing the need for a coherent and relevant continuing education concept, EIT RawMaterials is currently developing a Professional School; the workshop will gather representatives from the knowledge triangle to help ensure the Professional School draws from and builds on academic expertise, as well as industry needs and specifications. You can find more information here. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Rima Dapous.  
  • Power to – X – to power – Cross-acting between science & entrepreneurship in Darmstadt, Germany: CLC Central and its partners Fraunhofer, TU Darmstadt, Heraeus and Materials Valley invite industrial experts to discuss trends, challenges and key technologies in the energy sector. Latest material and technology developments will be introduced by several short presentations in five parallel forums: renewable energy, energy conversion, energy storage, system integration, and recycling processes. We will also open the floor to identify collaboration potentials and future activities within EIT RawMaterials. The date of the event will be announced shortly.
  • DPP Forum 2016 ‘New approaches for nutrient recovery from manure and wastewater’ in Berlin, Germany: On 11 November the conference invites international renowned speakers in the area of nutrient management and recovery to discuss future trends from research & development from an implementation and strategic perspective. The DDP Forum is being organised with the German Phosphorus Platform DPP e.V. More information can be found here.
  • Raw Materials University Day in Leoben and Eisenerz, Austria: On 19 October EIT RawMaterials, together with Montanuniversität Leoben and VA Erzberg, invite Oberstufe pupils to spend the day visiting the Erzberg mountain and learn more about education and job opportunities in the raw materials industry. The event was launched by the European Commission in the framework of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials. Please write to  to register before 30 September.
  • Dubrovnik International ESEE Mining School on ‘Innovative approaches to blasting’ (DIM ESEE) in Dubrovnik, Croatia: On 23-28 October the University of Zagreb and Montanuniversität Leoben are holding this event to learn about the latest developments and innovations in blasting for the extractive industry. More information about the programme and how to register can be found at our official website. In addition, DIM ESEE has been recently approved as KAVA Project.
  • Brokerage event on ‘Mining in challenging environments’ in Frankfurt am Main, Germany: On 24-25 October CLC East and DMT invite EIT RawMaterials partners to present their potential project ideas in order to prepare for the upcoming KAVA projects on ‘Mining in difficult environments/Deep intelligent Mining’. In addition, members of the VDMA Mining Section were invited to the brokerage event.  
  • KMU Innovations-Café in Freiberg, Germany: On 26 October EIT RawMaterials invites SMEs working in the fields of raw materials, mining and process engineering, to share their ideas and projects and find out how EIT RawMaterials supports innovative ideas and potential funding. More information can be found here
  • Entrepreneurs and Innovation Café in Freiberg, Germany: On 26 October EIT RawMaterials and SAXEED invites entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas or projects related to raw materials, mining or processing to pitch for a chance to receive financial support. Register here before 5 October.
  • 5th ESEE Dialogue Conference in Budapest, Hungary: This conference takes place on 28-30 November, combined with an event on ‘Opportunities in Processing of Metal Resources’ (OPMR). The aim is to bring together researchers as well as companies from the ESEE region to present their latest research in the field of mineral processing extractive metallurgy and recycling covering primary and secondary resources. For more information visit the website.
  • ArcHUB project in Nuuk, Greenland: On 25-26 October CLC North and East will jointly host the second of two workshops in order to strengthen synergies in the Arctic region by promoting environmentally and socially sustainable extraction of resources.
  • SMETCH - Matchmaking event in Rome, Italy: On 4-5 October ENEA is organising a matchmaking event to promote awareness of European strategy on raw materials and to facilitate contact between different stakeholders in the raw materials domain. The event will also support networking amongst university students, young graduates, and industries. More information can be found on the website.
  • ADI DAYS 2016 in Minerbe, Italy: On 6-7 October Zanardi Fonderie is holding the IDEA CAMP which will focus on ‘Austempering a Technology for Substitution’. The event will gather participants from more than 40 institutions, 30 of which represent SMEs. For more information and registration, please follow the link to the official website.
  • Business Ideas Competition for Innovation in Raw Materials: On 20 December participants of the business plan competition will be invited to the Business Plan Awards ceremony, where the best projects will receive financial support. The philosophy of the Business Idea competition is to help future potential entrepreneurs in creating technologies and business models with a high growth potential within the raw materials sector and in all related fields. Submit your ideas before 24 October here and find out more details on our website.
  • Short course in Geometallurgy in Liege, Belgium: On 4-7 October the University of Liege will hold a short course introducing a range of techniques to enhance the collection of geological information relevant to mineral processing. It includes presentations, use of tools, a range of computer-based modelling exercises and case studies. Additional information is available on the website.
  • Twin Idea Camp Circular Industry and VERAM workshop in Antwerp, Belgium: On 18 October Twin Idea Camp will be held, targeting solutions for recycling challenges in industry. It will link with a twin event in Espoo, Finland to discuss the ambitions of new business models for the circular economy. On 19 October VERAM workshop will gather experts from different sides of the raw materials sector (metals, industrial minerals, aggregates and wood) to discuss a vision and roadmap for the sector in Europe. For more information, visit the website.
Dr. Tony Hand

Dr. Tony Hand, Thematic Officer (main theme: mining)

Dr. Tony Hand has over thirty years of mining experience at Europe’s largest zinc mine, Boliden Tara Mines in Ireland. His qualifications consist of a BA (Hons) in Humanities from the Open University, an MA from University College Dublin and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He also has postgraduate qualifications in architectural history, specialising in the historical supply of raw materials for private and public works in Ireland and Britain from the 18th century onwards. His most recent qualification is an MSc in Management in Sustainable Development from Dublin City University. His thesis examined the Irish mining industry and whether mining has managed its Corporate Social Responsibility in line with stakeholders and societal expectations and demands. Tony believes that mining, by its very nature, cannot be considered as sustainable, but mining methods can be carried out in a responsible, ethical and sustainable manner for the benefit of modern society.

Dr. Laurence Lamm

Dr. Laurence Lamm, Thematic Officer (main theme: processing)

Dr. Laurence Lamm holds a PhD in Material Science from the University of Metz, France, an Engineering degree in Metallurgy and a Master in Management of Quality, Safety and Environment. She worked for 26 years in the steel industry holding various positions in R&D departments for Long and Flat steel products before moving to the Internal Corporate University of ArcelorMittal to manage the Steel and Mining Academy to develop and roll out technical programs. Later on, she also managed the Risk, Maintenance and H&S Academies. In parallel, she was in charge of the organisation of technical events at the group level and managed several projects on knowledge management and Communities of Practices.

Dr. Roland Gauß

Dr. Roland Gauß, Thematic Officer (main theme: substitution and recycling) 

Dr. Roland Gauß studied archaeological science (archaeology, materials science, and geology) in Freiberg and London. He was a research fellow at TU Bergakademie Freiberg and a Marie-Curie-Research-Fellow at University College London. He conducted his post-doctoral research at the German Archaeological Institute, where he was responsible for the development of a GIS database, geomagnetic prospections, and materials characterisation (analytical chemistry). Dr. Roland Gauß won a PhD scholarship by the Studienstiftung and completed his PhD from the University of Tübingen in 2008 in the fields of economic geology of copper and extractive metallurgy in prehistoric societies. He joins EIT RawMaterials from Fraunhofer Project Group Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS in Hanau, Germany. As head of department, he has been responsible for the Business Units Magnetic Materials, Energy Materials, and Lighting. With his group at IWKS, he has set up a metallurgy pilot line for the production of magnetic materials. He is a member of the European Rare Earth Competency Network (ERECON) and was involved in the DECHEMA group on Raw Materials and Circular Economy.

Dr. Ignacio Calleja

Dr. Ignacio Calleja, Thematic Officer (main theme: circular economy and recycling) 

Dr. Ignacio Calleja has a Bachelor’s degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Zaragoza, Spain, MSc in Technology and Environmental Management from the University of the Basque Country, MSc in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh, and he is a postgraduate in Technology management at the University of Sevilla, Spain. Dr. Calleja started his professional career in the chemical sector in 1995 and later joined the RTD sector in 1996 as environmental researcher (industrial pollution). In 1998 he joined the European Commission/JRC/IPTS and developed his work in the Sustainable Production and Consumption Unit for 6 years dealing with IPPC, Water and Waste/Recycling legislation, ETAP, ETV. From 2005 until now he has been dealing with European affairs, projects, and initiatives regarding the environmental issues, circular economy, industrial pollution, resources efficiency, recycling, environmental policy at the Energy and Environment Unit of Tecnalia Research & Innovation organisation. Dr. Calleja has been a chairman of the Steering Group of the CLC South, the chairman of the Industrial Research Advisory Group (IRIAG) of the Sustainable Process Industry Through Resources and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE PPP), the member of the Board of the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WSSTP), the president of the European Network of Environmental Research Organisations (ENERO) and the member of the advisory board of the STOCISM and REE4EU project and member of the jury of the European EMAS Awards 2014.

Dr. Bo Møller Stensgaard

Dr. Bo Møller Stensgaard, Thematic Officer (main theme: exploration)
Dr. Bo Møller Stensgaard holds a MSc and PhD from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, on economic geology, exploration and mineral resource assessment. Dr. Bo Møller Stensgaard has been active within the mineral exploration and applied research & development sector since the late 90s working in the cross-field between economic geology, mineral resource assessment and various methods for exploration and addressing regional and targeted mineral potential. Dr. Møller Stensgaard has a wide knowledge of the whole raw materials’ value chain, economic geology and exploration research and technologies. He has carried out work in cooperation with several international research institutions, universities and private exploration companies linking business, management and public relations with applied research and results for exploration. Prior to joining EIT RawMaterials, Dr. Bo Møller Stensgaard was a senior scientist researcher in the department of Petrology and Economic Geology at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. He has been involved and represented GEUS in various EIT RawMaterials events.

Nora Groth

Nora Groth, Business Developer, CLC Central 

Nora Groth, currently the part-time Business Developer at CLC Central and Scientific staff at Fraunhofer Project Group Materials Recycling & Resource Strategies based in Alzenau, Germany, will take the position of permanent Business Developer starting on 1 October.  She will be located in the surroundings of Frankfurt close to our German members and with good access to other CLC partners in France, Portugal and Switzerland.

Montserrat Carrasco

Montserrat Carrasco, Administrative Assistant, HQ
Montserrat has a solid background as an administrative assistant and office manager having worked with several international organisations in Spain, such as physiology division of Bioiberica and Deloitte. She is also completing her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain.



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