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EIT/KIC - RAW MATERIALS

The European Institute of Innovation &Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to spur innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe to overcome some of its greatest challenges. It brings together leading higher education institutions, reserach labs and companies to form dynamic cross-border partnerships - Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) - that develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs.

The EIT/KIC of Raw Materials wants to realise the turnaround developing raw materials into a major strength for Europe with a radical innovation in this sector.

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THE RM@SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM

The Raw Matters Ambassadors at Schools (RM@Schools) consortium wants to elaborate a strategic planning of dissemination capacity and methodology to improve the image of science & technology in schools for students of 10-19 yrs explaining the value of raw materials while promoting new professional careers in this sector. The best practice examples will be used for two educational approaches, one targeting school students in the age of 10 to 13 yrs, the other one for 14-19 yrs students. An active learning will be proposed to schools by involving students in experiments with RM-related hands-on educational kits. 14-19 yrs students will be also involved in the dissemination of science by using both their native and the English language to become RM Ambassadors themselves (peer to peer education).



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Future Perspectives

The Young Raw Materials Ambassador network (Rainbow) program will set-up a standard dissemination approach within the Raw Material Academy dedicated to young students (10-19 years old). The program will be based on the previously accomplished RM@Schools format by setting up or implementing strategic dissemination approaches.

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WHO WE ARE

The RM@Schools consortium comprises six Scientific Organization from six European Countries with complementary expertise in the field of Raw Matters and education. The consortium will activate cooperative processes between the three sides of the knowledge triangle: research, education, and business.

WHAT WE DO

RM@Schools consortium will propose Educational Raw Material hands-on toolkits (experimental) and dissemination tools to be used during schools visits and actively involve the students. The toolkits focus on scientific and technological Raw Meterial issues and are designed for students from 10 to 19 years old.

WHY US?

The members of the RM@Schools consortium have already carried out educational projects on science and technology in their own countries with students in the age of 10 to 19. A network of research institutes, museums and/or companies will cooperate to create successful activities for secondary schools.

INSPIRATION

Confucius

I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand."

Confucius

Albert Einstein

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother."

Albert Einstein

Nelson Mandela

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."


Nelson Mandela


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THE CONSORTIUM

Bologna

C.N.R. - ASTER (IT)

The National Research Council (C.N.R.) is the largest public Research Institution in Italy. ASTER is the Agency for the Technological Development of Emilia Romagna.

Wetsus - Leeuwarden (NL)

Wetsus - Leeuwarden (NL)

European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology is a facilitating intermediary for trend-setting know-how development.

GeMMe - Liege (BE)

GeMMe - Liége (BE)

contributes to the development of innovative processes for an efficient management of mineral and metallic resources.

TU-Clausthal (DE)

TU-Clausthal (DE)

Research and education at Clausthal University of Technology (CUT) are currently focused on Energy and Raw Matters.

UPM  - Madrid (ES)

UPM - Madrid (ES)

The Mining and Engineering School of UPM in Madrid is a high quality education school for engineering students.

Bay Zoltan  (HU)

Bay Zoltán - (HU)

Bay Zoltán is an applied Nonprofit Ltd. research institution with a wide experience range in trasferring research results into the market.

Fraunhofer IFAM (DE)

Fraunhofer (DE)

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufactoring technology and Advanced Materials IFAM - Bremen (DE)

MONTAN University (AU))

MONTANUNIVERSITÄT - (AU)

Technical university covering the field of mining, metallurgy, material science and new energy technologies.


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Italian National Research Council (C.N.R.) – ASTER (Project Coordinator) - Italy

The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public Research Institution in Italy and develops multidisciplinary research activities in many fields. The CNR duty is to carry out, promote, transfer research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country. CNR is distributed all over Italy through a network of institutes, so facilitating contacts and cooperation with local firms and organizations. CNR leads several breakthrough research activities on micro /nanotechnologies focused and applied on development of new processes for the substitution of metals and conventional fossil-based materials obtained from non-renewable sources by renewable carbon and bio-based innovative materials. CNR has been involved in many dissemination activities, i.e. the participation in Science Teaching European Network for creativity and innovation in learning (STENCIL), and since 2003 the promotion of The Research Language, a successful dissemination project that involves every year more than 3000 school students from 14 to 19 years, their teachers, more than 30 researcher scientists and popularisation experts. The Agency for the Technological Development of Emilia-Romagna (ASTER) is located in the CNR Research Campus in Bologna (Italy), where 6 CNR Institutes are included. ASTER is a regional strategic Consortium for promoting industrial research, technology transfer and innovation.
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Wetsus, European Centre of Excellence for sustainable water technology -The Netherlands

Wetsus, European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable water technology is performing research aiming for pre-competitive development of entirely new concepts and breakthrough technologies in the field of water treatment. A unique environment is created at Wetsus, where 90 companies worldwide and 20 EU knowledge institutes can participate to create innovative solutions to water-related problems. The institute carries out multidisciplinary research performed by 65 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, mostly located in the Wetsus laboratories in Leeuwarden. Besides the research program, Wetsus also intends to increase employment opportunities in the technical sector for the future knowledge worker. Together with its partners they offer promising future prospects to youngsters and develop their talents and skills. This starts with inspiring education and offering interesting tools to the target groups. In recent years, many valuable initiatives have been launched in the field of water technology promotion, i.e. a Talent Program running for over 6 years in the Friesland Province (Netherlands) and reaching over 500 schools, but also national programs such as the Human Capital Roadmap Water have been designed for schools.
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University of Liège - Belgium

Réjouisciences is the dissemination unit of science and technology of The University of Liège (ULg) since 2001. Réjouisciences supports researchers from ULg in their communication with the society at large (teachers, school groups, families, informed public, etc.) and organises exhibitions, conferences, tours, “science café”, contests, trainings, practical works, stimulating activities or support for school projects, publications, etc. The GeMMe group of the University of Liège is dedicated to education and research on the RMtopic, especially on the characterisation and the development of processes to recover materials from minerals and wastes. GeMMe is responsible for the master in mining and geological engineering and the Erasmus Mundus programme in georesources engineering. Gemme takes part in some popularisation activities linked to the RM problematic in collaboration with Réjouisciences, such as conferences and open days at the laboratories (i.e. “Printemps des Sciences”, promotion day of the engineering studies, Earth & mineral resources day, etc.). They have realized events such as “The resources in my pocket” in collaboration with the Museum of the Metallurgy and the Industry of Liège to increase the increase the knowledge of youngsters on the RM used in the mobile phones, and "Raw materials on our daily table" (ex. linking phosphates to Coca-Cola; kaolin to tableware; carbonates to paper; iron to cutlery; lead ore to crystal; etc...).
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Clausthal University of Technology - Germany

Clausthal University of Technology was founded in 1775 as a mining academy. During its history, the Royal School of Mines (1864) broadened its focus and covers today in research and study programs the whole range from RM to Material Sciences, over Mechanical and Process Engineering to Economics, and advanced Electronic Waste Recycling. It possesses a distinguished visibility in the area of recycling, beneficiation and material sciences and enjoys an outstanding reputation for its research in the field of mining (surface and underground). The University supports a well-established network with regional and nationwide industrial partners. Clausthal University offers a bouquet of different dissemination activities (i.e. visits in scientists labs, week-courses of lectures during the summer holidays, etc.).
Moreover, Clausthal University introduced in 2004 the “Flying Science Circus”, a program where Scientists from University visit schools and cover their research with exhibits and experiments. In RM@Schools the Clausthal University shares its methodological and experimental approaches customized on schools and successfully used in “Flying Science Circus”. Moreover, its expertise in preparing materials for supporting and increasing the teacher knowledge on RM as the indispensable and precious prerequisite of every high tech device will be precious in the consortium.
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Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) - Spain

The Mining and Energy Engineering School of Madrid was created in 1787 (as mining Academy) and incorporated to the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) in 1973, with the objective to train engineers in the fields of Energy, Geology, Metallurgy, Mining and Environmental Engineering, providing a quality educational offer that meets the challenges of knowledge and responds to the society needs, not only through the transmission of knowledge, but also to demonstrate its commitment to social progress. It has a large experience in organizing outreach activities to recruit students for engineering studies related to mining and petrol activities. It is outstanding to mention among them the activities organised within the Historical Mining Museum and Library (holding more than 30.000 books from XVI to XIX century), its monthly Mineral fair, several workshops on recognition and usefulness of minerals or its yearly Geological camp in Pyrenees. Moreover, the Mining School of Madrid has a long tradition of collaborating with industry: Anefa, Atlantic Copper, CEMEX, CEPSA, CLH, CSN JUAN MANUEL KINDELAN, MAXAM, REPSOL, TECFUTURA SACYR, UNESCO for University policy and management, UNESCO TECLIN on Mining Heritage.
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Bay Zoltàn Nonprofit Ltd. (BZN) - Hungary

Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. (BZN), founded in 1993 as an applied research public foundation, now is the largest and most successful institution of applied research in Hungary, and it has collected a wide experience range on transferring research results into the market by actively participating to EU framework programmes. BZN plays the role of a "bridge of innovation" for the partner institutes through activities of applied research-development and technology transfer to enterprises. BZN has been one of the main organisers the European Researchers' Night, the most important science communication event in Hungary, since 2010. This event is a natural forum for wider society learning, well known and sought after among the public interested in science communication events.
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Fraunhofer Institute for Manifacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) - Bremen (DE)

The Fraunhofer IFAM is one of the most important research institutions in Europe for adhesive bonding technology, surfaces, shaping and functional materials, combining technological and scientific knowledge and expertise into seven core competencies: Powder Technology; Sintered, Composite, and Cellular Metallic Materials; Adhesive Bonding Technology; Surface Technology; Casting Technology; Electrical Components and Systems; and Fiber Reinforced Plastics.
Almost ten years ago, the Fraunhofer IFAM started offering several, still ongoing programs to attract teenagers to STEM subjects, to foster their interest and/or to train them in this field or to motivate them to choose STEM subjects in academic education. By doing this, Fraunhofer IFAM has been creating a network of schools in the Bremen area and in Papenburg.
  1. “Fraunhofer Talent School” stands for three-day-workshops once a year, open to teenagers from 15 to 19 (German 9th to 13th grade) who are interested in STEM subjects. 15 Fraunhofer Institutes all over Germany offer these workshops, funded by Fraunhofer Headquarters. Participants learn and work for three days in Fraunhofer labs. STEM subjects turn around the core competences of the institutes in charge. At Fraunhofer IFAM currently three workshops are offered: Adhesive bonding, bioanalytics and medical imaging (in cooperation with Fraunhofer MEVIS). At the end of these three days, participants have to perform a team presentation showing their “learning portfolio” of these three days.
  2. “Fraunhofer Umwelt Talent School”: Basically the same format and the same target group as the Talent Schools, but with environmental subjects, which at Fraunhofer IFAM are: Production of rotor blades for windcraft engines: Ecologically sensitive?; E-mobility.
  3. Junior Ingenieur Akademie: Initially, a program that had been funded by the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung; 5 years ago, the Mercedes Factory in Bremen decided to continue and financially support this program. Fraunhofer IFAM is collaborating with one “Gymnasium” in the Bremen area which chooses 16 pupils who work in this two-year- program. They learn about adhesive bonding in theory and are doing lot of lab work at school, at Fraunhofer IFAM and in the Mercedes factory. At the end, they have to construct small cars with adhesives and then crash them – for a competitive test.
  4. Fraunhofer MINT-EC-Talents. (Program that has been put on hold though since funding is unclear at the moment): Over a two year period, 12 participants from all over Germany come for five three to five-day-workshops to Fraunhofer IFAM. At the end of this program, pupils participate with their team-projects at a Germany wide STEM competition: “Jugend forscht”.
  5. “TheoPrax”. Fraunhofer IFAM joined in 2003 this initiative launched by Fraunhofer ICT: Companies give so called “drawer-subjects” (problems that can’t be taken care of in daily routine) they want to be worked on to Fraunhofer IFAM TheoPrax office which is elaborating these into project themes handed out to pupils. Participants basically learn projectmanagement, preferably by working on STEM subjects. The TheoPrax center has elaborated a couple of “tool kits” (also train-the-trainer material in PM, creativity techniques, communication) for teachers and colleagues of other Fraunhofer Institutes to work with the TheoPrax method.
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Montanuniversität - Leoben (AU)

Montanuniversität Leoben is a 176 year-old technical university covering the field of mining, metallurgy, material sciences and new energy technologies. The research and education profile is set along the value life cycle of products ranging from the extraction of raw materials, to processing, production processes, product design, product distribution and recycling of end of life products to reintroduce them into the value life cycle. All study programmes of MUL are located along this cycle. Further, the university philosophy is set along this value life cycle and the mentality of sustainability as a wholesome concept has long penetrated university thinking. MUL also has a long standing history in the mining industry and has thus gathered enormous expertise in regards to mining technologies and mineral economics. MUL is moreover core partner at the KIC EIT Raw Materials and allocated to the Eastern CLC (Wroclaw/Poland), where it started to develop a specific strategy for Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (“ESEE region”), a region in which it historically has a long tradition in co-operations and practical project experiences (e. g. being partner in European programs, such as Horizon 2020).
“Raw Materials University Day 2016”: In general the Raw Materials University Days is a communication campaign which was launched by the European Commission in the framework of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials. The event is now run and funded by the EIT RawMaterials KIC under the umbrella of the RawMaterials Academy. The aim of the Raw Materials University Day at Montanuniversitaet Leoben was to attract young people that are finishing school and deciding on their path of future study, in order to inform them about the various study and career opportunities in the raw materials sector. About 230 students and their teachers from schools all over Austria attended at the event. Costs for food and transport (travelling allowance) were covered. The event showed practical examples of career opportunities in raw materials, the highlight was a trip to the “Steirischer Erzberg” (mine in Eisenerz) where the students were given a tour on a heavy goods vehicle with commentary from mine employees as well as watching rock blasting live. At Montanuniversitaet Leoben presentations form two industry representatives (Stefan Griesser from Inteco melting and casting technologies GmbH and Renate Schweighofer from Neuman Aluminium) talked about detailed potential career paths within the raw materials industry. Talks from Peter Moser (vice-rector of Montanuniversitaet Leoben) covered the opportunities for studying subjects across the whole value chain at the university. Tony Hand and Tomas Jensen from EIT RawMaterials encouraged the students to widen their perspectives when thinking about the job opportunities in the raw materials sector. Despite the speeches and the tour to the mine in Eisenerz the students also had the chance to take part at several different laboratory tours at the university. They were able to talk to current students and see lab processes such as forming steel live in action.
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