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EIT RawMaterials Newsletter

July 2016

In this edition

Dr. Ernst LutzDear partners and friends of EIT RawMaterials,

EIT RawMaterials is celebrating its first birthday! Although this is a great occasion to celebrate, we have to keep in mind that the story of the consortium actually started several years ago, when the original plan for the KIC was created. It has definitely been a long road for many of you. Until the approval by the EIT and the European Commission at the end of 2014, it was nothing but a hypothetical fantasy which turned into reality. An interim management team was assembled, personnel were recruited in order to implement the basic structure as foreseen in the original plan. By autumn 2014 the first permanent members of the staff were hired and gradually started taking over responsibilities from the interim team. And most of us within the permanent team are now one year in service.

It has been an eventful and busy year in which the following activities took place:
  • All six Co-location centers were established and staffed.
  • The first projects are up and running, with a total funding of about €20 million.
  • The latest call has been handled in a transparent way by using a state of the art IT system called FluidReview, with more than 150 proposal applications.
  • All ongoing projects are now documented, tracked and are visible in the BlueBook tool.
  • And last but not least, many networking and matchmaking events took place.
In a relatively short time we have achieved quite a lot: getting the payroll system and the tax settings implemented, establishing an IT infrastructure, defining the legal frameworks, developing communications, establishing the thematic officers and the educational committee. Generally speaking, the original plan has been developed very well, so that it could be immediately transferred into a work mode, so hats off to the founders of the consortium!

Today, we can proudly say that we have a fully functional KIC. We deliver value to our partners (admittedly, still with some small hiccups here and there). We have set up the Strategic Management Team, together with the CLC Steering Committee Chairs. We performed a review with the board and listened to your feedback. Our aim is to be as transparent and lean and as efficient as possible. We will thus continue to implement adjustments to the organisation.

I would like to thank all of you for your support and patience during the establishment phase of our organisation. We have come a long way, and this was only possible because of your guidance, continuous input and generous trust.

There are some areas that will still need our full attention. The Networks of Infrastructure are not yet sharpened enough, some projects are overlapping, some are lacking a clear focus. It may well be that the original definitions should be revisited. We need to avoid that this becomes a funding mechanism that does not satisfy our demand for impact.

Within the learning and development framework, we have given ourselves very high ambitions regarding life-long and wider society learning. Both fields are equally important for the successful future of our sector in Europe. So far we have not received a satisfying level of project proposals, by numbers and by quality levels.

For the future we will focus more on the portfolio aspect to make sure we deliver what we have promised in the original plan. And this brings me to my final point.

Our KIC represents a perfectly well-suited platform to define the future for our sector. This future is not so much shaped by continuous improvement and operational excellence (this will be a pre-requisite) but by step changes.

Some of it we can handle reasonably well (technology), some of it will require a wider thinking (business models). But fully anticipating the global trends, we do need to find answers for what circular economy means to us.

As you may already know, I will be leaving the KIC in only a few days – with mixed feelings. It was a fantastic journey; I am proud of what we have achieved in only a year’s time. But I will miss the great team, the outstanding people I was able to work with, and many new friends I have found within the EIT RawMaterials ecosystem. I am very grateful to the whole community, but please allow me to point out a few individuals. My special thanks go to the members of the executive board and its chairman, Jan-Eric Sundgren. They have always been there to deliver guidance and support. And without the relentless engagement of our CLC Managers and their teams and the strong and creative support by the HQ team we couldn’t have taken the KIC as far as we have.

Dr. Karen Hanghoj and Dr. Andreas Klossek will be taking over my main responsibilities and will be the acting co-CEOs, leading the transition until the new permanent CEO is appointed. I would like to to thank them for being great partners, and I know that the KIC is in good hands.

I wish all of you the best in the future. I will follow the developments and growth of the KIC closely – and paths always cross twice, so I am looking forward to being in touch!

Thank you and best regards,

Dr. Ernst Lutz

Dr Karen Hanghøj and Dr Andreas KlossekDear Partners,

We too would like to thank you for your patience whilst we have been building the team here in Berlin, the Co–location centers across Europe and establishing operations over the last year. Looking ahead - we have many important and exciting things happening!
Most importantly, all our projects are now up and running. We are recruiting students for Master and PhD activities and our first up-scaling innovation projects are in the process of completing the feasibility studies.
New projects and activities starting in 2017 are also in the pipeline. We have received a large number of proposals and are currently working on compiling evaluations and defining a balanced portfolio. We expect to have a decision by our board late summer. In November, we expect to launch our 2018 calls and we are planning a brokerage and autumn general assembly back-to back event on 14-15 November. Please mark your calendars! 
Furthermore, we are excited to start the road-mapping process towards implementing Lighthouse Programmes in early fall. Around that time we will also welcome the long-awaited five thematic officers, who will be introduced in our next newsletter. Together with the team of business developers and education officers they will help drive our raw materials innovation agenda – to our partners, to the industry, to politicians and policy-makers, and to the general public.
In June, we re-launched our website, together with a new approach on social media. The website is expanding rapidly, please have a look at it, have a look at our events calendar, and follow our news on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
The recruitment of our next CEO is well underway. In the meantime we, and of course the rest of the team at HQ in Berlin and across the CLCs, will make sure that activities continue as planned. It remains a priority for us that our KIC partnership delivers innovative raw materials activities and continues to develop a strong culture of collaboration, trust and community.
We are committed to supporting the raw materials agenda for Europe, to jointly create new businesses and opportunities for entrepreneurs in the raw materials field, and to do so together with our partners and stakeholders.
Best regards from Berlin and looking forward to working and collaborating with you in the future!
Dr. Karen Hanghøj and Dr. Andreas Klossek


Past events

Equity Investment Platform of the EIT RawMaterials receives support by the High Level Steering Group of the EIP - European Commission highlights need for security of supply and investment Industry, public services, academia and NGOs discussing raw materials challenges

Images from the High Level Steering Group

On 14 July, a High-Level Steering Group meeting of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials took place in Brussels.
The European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials is a stakeholder platform that brings together representatives from industry, public services, academia, and NGOs. Its mission is to provide high-level guidance to the European Commission, Members States and private actors on innovative approaches to the challenges related to raw materials.
In July 2016 the European Commission published the first Raw Materials Scoreboard prepared by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), under the responsibility of Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. The scoreboard report provides a comprehensive set of indicators on both primary and secondary raw materials. It highlights the need to address the EU's growing skills shortage, innovation needs and its import-dependency, providing valuable information for policy decisions.
The meeting was organised by the European Commission as part of its efforts to secure a sustainable supply of raw materials for Europe and to boost investment into the raw materials and recycling sectors. In the presence of Commissioner Bieńkowska, the High Level Steering Group of the EIP adopted a 'Strategic Evaluation Report' on future priorities in the area of raw materials and passed a declaration in support of the Investment Platform for Raw Materials and Recycling initiated by EIT RawMaterials.

EIT RawMaterials meets the EU-Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström
EIT RawMaterials meets the EU-Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström

On 13 June, the EU-Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström met with Karen Hanghoj, Andreas Benkitsch, Maria Magdalena Holmgren and the newly appointed Chair of CLC North, Mikael Ramström. The main focus of the meeting was to introduce the Commissioner to the EIT RawMaterials activities and to discuss the importance of EIT RawMaterials in strengthening the innovation capacity, technology development, competitiveness and growth of European industry.

Upcoming events

Copernicus KIC collaboration
EIT RawMaterials is continuing the dialogue with DG GROW about a Copernicus-KIC collaboration. Currently the idea is to have earmarked funds from Copernicus made available to EIT RawMaterials via a call in autumn 2016 for financing educational activities such as summer schools, master classes, PhD grants, and post-doc grants in the areas of sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution. The details of how to structure this are still being worked by a small task group consisting of representatives from each CLC, coordinated by Rosalia Delgado, General Manager, EIT RawMaterials CLC West.
For partners interested in the Copernicus programme, the first Copernicus thematic workshop on raw materials, "Raw Materials and Copernicus", is planned to take place on 5 September 2016 in DG GROW, Breydel building Auditorium, 45, avenue d'Auderghem, Brussels.
News from the CLCs
CLC Baltics


  • Past
    • Financial sustainability workshop: On 5 July, the second workshop on financial sustainability was held at the CLC Baltic, 38 participants attended.
    • Workshop in Oulu, Finland: On 15-16 June, CLC Baltics held a workshop on ‘Advanced Materials for Environmental Monitoring and Sustainability Workshop’, where top material R&D speakers from Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Poland and the Czech Republic shared the latest research.
    • Matchmaking Event ‘Green Mtech’: On 1 June, the matchmaking event was held in cooperation with the Finnish innovation funding agency TEKES. The Matchmaking event gave its participants a possibility to jointly develop their research towards business within the EIT RawMaterials framework.  
  • Upcoming
    • Idea Camp participants discussing team building approachesIdea camp ‘Active Portfolio Management and Productisation’: On 20-22 September, in Oulu, Finland, this event will be run as a training session with the aim of helping R&D professionals turn their research ideas into products and business. For more information, contact
    • NordMin workshop ‘How to go further in Nordic collaboration in the mining research and education’: On 20 October the workshop that will review the experiences and results gained from recent Nordic collaboration projects, which covered different stages of the mining value chain, will be held in Helsinki, Finland. For registrations click here. For more information, click here


  • Dr Catherine BounsaythipCLC Baltic is glad to welcome a new part-time business developer Dr Catherine Bounsaythip to the team. Catherine has nearly 20 years of work experience encompassing various aspects of innovation in scientific fields, including technology commercialisation, business development and venture development. Catherine will be seconded to the CLC Baltic Sea by Spinverse, a partner of EIT RawMaterials.
CLC Central


  • Past
    • Meeting on RawMaterials initiatives at the European level in Paris, France: On 12 May, the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education organised a meeting where speeches were given by representatives of French initiatives in the raw materials sector. CLC Central gave a presentation on their first activities in order to strengthen relations within the French community.
    • Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs (3rd from left) visiting the EIT RawMaterials exhibition stand at World Material Forum in NancyExhibition Stand at the World Material Forum in Nancy: On 9-10 June, for the second time the EIT RawMaterials CLC Central participated with an exhibition stand in the main hall of the conference.
    • 40th anniversary of Materials Science Department of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the Nova University of Lisbon (DCM/FCT-UNL), a new Core partner of CLC Central: On 24 June we communicated the EIT Materials activities in order to strengthen the relation with Mr Rodrigo Martins, the President of the Materials Science Department and his team.
    • ‘Groupe Miroir on RawMaterials’ in Paris, France: On 1 July we gave a presentation on our activities and took part in the constructive discussion of the Groupe Miroir which aims to express the needs of the raw materials community in France - a good opportunity to strengthen the relation with the French actors in the perspective of future actions.


  • A new office for the EIT RawMaterials CLC Central in Metz, France: CLC Central staff moved to a new office located at the ENIM School of Engineers in Metz. This open space has been totally reorganised, it now provides five working stations in a very modular way - and you are all warmly welcome to visit us.


  • Mr Serge MonturetA new Education Officer at CLC Central: Mr Serge Monturet is joining as Education Officer at CLC Central. He holds an advance Master’s Degree in Management of technological innovation (Toulouse Business School), as well as a PhD in nanotechnology, and has a rich set of experience in teaching, business and innovation.

CLC East


  • Past
    • Participants of the 4th ESEE Dialogue Conference in Zagreb, Croatia4th ESEE Dialogue Conference in Zagreb, Croatia: On 15-16 June the University of Zagreb partnered with the Montanuniversitaet Leoben to bring together representatives from all sides of the knowledge triangle from Southeastern Europe, including our KIC partners as well as guests from other neighbouring countries. The discussions focused on the involvement of the ESEE Region partners in the KAVA Projects now and in future years. EIT RawMaterials HQ was also represented by Dr Ernst Lutz (CEO) and Tomas Jensen (CCO).
    • 4th International Conference ‘By-product metals in non-ferrous metals industry’: On 15-17 June IMN Gliwice and KGHM organised this conference. EIT RawMaterials CEO Dr Ernst Lutz delivered a presentation on our organisation and its activities.
  • Upcoming
    • European Mining Business Forum in Sofia, Bulgaria: On 13 September CLC East will be presenting the EIT RawMaterials initiative to our peers in Bulgaria.
    • Mining Economic Forum at AGH Technical University in Kraków, Poland: On 15-16 September CLC East is participating in a panel discussion on sustainable extractive industry.
    • Dubrovnik International ESEE Mining SchoolDubrovnik International ESEE Mining School on ‘Innovative approaches to blasting’: On 23-28 October the University of Zagreb and Montanuniversitaet Leoben are holding this event to learn about the latest developments and innovations in blasting for the extractive industry. More information about the program and how to register can be found at our official website.


  • CLC East is working together with the partners on mapping competencies to help foster matchmaking and networking in future KIC activities. One-to-one meetings are scheduled until October of this year.


  • Dr Michał MłynarczykDr Michał Młynarczyk started on 1 July as Education Manager. Michał will be responsible for all our educational activities in CLC East as well as all Master Programs in the KIC. Michał is a geologist and has a PhD in economic geology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He brings very versatile experience, having worked on all sides of the knowledge triangle. During the last 10 years Michał has worked in the exploration industry on projects in North and South America, Africa and Europe. We are looking forward to having Michał translate his practical skills and experience into educational projects and activities in our community.
CLC North


  • Past
    • CLC North, SMEs and start-ups at Euro Mine Expo in Skellefteå, SwedenStart-ups and SMEs representing the whole KIC community at Euro Mine Expo in Skellefteå, Sweden: On 14-16 June eleven selected innovative companies targeting the mining sector gathered at Euro Mine Expo. The start-ups and SMEs, representing all CLCs, contributed to a test pilot designed to support the access of innovative start-ups to the European market.
  • Upcoming
    • Idea Camp ‘Challenging production methods and extraction processes of valuable elements from plants and industrial site remediation focusing on residues’ in Shannon, Ireland: On 21-22 September this event will be hosted at the Aughinish Aluminia RUSAL Ltd. and facilitated by CLCs Central and North.
    • EIT RawMaterials Professional School in Metz, France: On 4-5 October this KIC-wide workshop, organised by EIT RawMaterials HQ, CLC Central and KIC partners, aims to define a common learning and education concept for KIC lifelong learning activities - present and future. Target audiences are Lifelong Learning KAVA project partners from all sides of the knowledge triangle, industry partners and education officers, business developers and thematic officers.


  • Mr Mikael RamströmMikael Ramström, Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB, was unanimously elected Chairperson by the CLC North partner organisations on 25 May and will be starting his role on 1 July. Mikael Ramström was among the Swedish initiators of the KIC-bid in 2011 and has been a strong promoter of EIT RawMaterials ever since. He has a long and thorough experience of high-level missions at European and international levels. Mikael has contributed to the strengthening of industrial conditions for innovation capacity, competition and sustainable growth, among those initiatives such as European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials where he is assigned Sherpa in the High-Level Steering Group.
  • Mrs Katarina ÖquistKatarina Öquist will be joining the CLC North management team as a business developer on 1 September 2016. Katarina currently works as a senior business developer at Arctic Business Incubator in Luleå and is responsible for support management to innovative start-up companies aiming for an international market. She has a background in bio-medicine, marketing and project management and a broad experience in various industries from life science, chemical engineering to creative industries. Prior to ABI, she was an assigned CEO in patent-based start-ups established on the international market.
CLC South


  • Past
    • INternational FOrum: Raw Materials Competition for Competitive Automotive Components (INFORM-CCC) in Venice, Italy: On 24 June key experts in the field of metallurgy and the automotive industry discussed guidelines supporting automotive designers in selection and sustainable use of materials. INFORM-CCC aims at comparing processes, performance and costs of the groups of materials mostly used for automotive applications (cast iron, steel, aluminium, magnesium, plastics and composites). The event was organised by Padova University with the support of EIT RawMaterials and the cooperation of the Italian Association of Metallurgy (AIM).
    • CLC South meets the Steering Committee in Madrid, SpainCLC South meets the Steering Committee in Madrid, Spain: On 20 July Atlantic Copper hosted the 5th Steering Committee meeting of CLC South, the second held in-person.
  • Upcoming
    • Train-the-trainers workshop of EURO-RM project in Madrid, Spain: On 14-16 November, the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) will host a train-the-trainer workshop in the framework of EURO-RM. The EURO-RM aims at creating a tool-box for running business ideas competition for the EIT RawMaterials. The business idea creation process envisages business idea proposers being coached by properly-trained staff. The aim of the workshop is to train staff at different CLCs (e.g., business developers, CLC managers and education officers) to provide professional, entrepreneurial support to business idea owners.
    • SMETCH - Matchmaking event in Rome, Italy: On 4-5 October our partner ENEA is holding SMETCH, a matchmaking event to promote  awareness of the European strategy on raw materials and to facilitate contact between different stakeholders in the raw materials domain. University students and young graduates will meet with industry contacts, representatives of local and public authorities will be invited to participate, and a dedicated match-making session will be organised to give participants the chance to engage in one-to-one business meetings.
CLC West


  • Upcoming
    • Summer School in Circular Economy: On 22-26 August EIT RawMaterials, together with the KU Leuven, Université de Liège, Universiteit Gent and RWTH Aachen University, will run a one-week intensive innovation and entrepreneurship workshop – more information here. Due to popular demand, the course is already fully booked.
    • ‘Find your Place in the Raw Materials Industry’: On 23 August, in Liege, Belgium, an event will be organised which aims to connect students looking for an internship and Raw Materials industry representatives – more information here.
    • Short course in Geometallurgy at University of Liege, Belgium: On 4-7 October, this short course will introduce a range of techniques to enhance the collection of geological information that is relevant to mineral processing. It includes presentations, use of tools, a range of computer-based modelling exercises and case studies. Additional information is available here.
    • Idea Camp: Next Steps in WEEE – Closing the Loop: On 8 September RWTH Aachen University will host the Idea Camp. It will focus on the state of research and upcoming regulation schemes in WEEE recycling, as well as raising society’s awareness of this topic. More information here.
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