The Raw Materials Security of Europe conference was organized in Prague on 12 September by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Czech Republic and Euromines.
The risks and solutions about the raw materials security of supply and the EU dependency from import were extensively discussed. The energy transition will give rise to a very large increase in demand for metals such as Cobalt, Lithium, Nickel and Rare Earth Elements, whose scarcity will jeopardize industrial activities.
Despite the urgency for many actions at different levels required to be able to react, it is important not to forget the long term results that education, in particular wider society learning, is able to foster in solving some problems linked to this sector, such as societal acceptance and the discovery of new talents.
The RM@Schools methodology at school and its actions towards society were presented as a possible answer for raising awareness and knowledge about the raw materials sector and mining activities among society, which can give rise to public acceptance of mining and industrial activities in the EU. Its actions were met with high interest by the attendees.