The Raw Materials Summit, the flagship Event organised by the EIT RawMaterials, will take place on 20-22 May in Berlin, Germany.


EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, is the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Its mission is to enable sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals and materials sector along the value chain by driving innovation, education and entrepreneurship


EIT RawMaterials unites more than 120 core and associate partners and over 190 project partners from leading industries, universities, research and technology organizations from more than 20 EU countries. Partners of EIT RawMaterials are active across the entire raw materials value chain; from exploration, mining and mineral processing to substitution, recycling and circular economy. They collaborate on finding new, innovative solutions to secure supplies and improve the raw materials sector in Europe.


The summit will gather experts from Europe and the rest of the world to discuss Innovation and new Technologies covering the entire raw materials value chain. Most relevant topics in the raw materials sector will be addressed such as strategies concerning supply and access of raw materials, European industrial competitiveness and innovation capacity as well as entrepreneurship and innovation in education. 


The summit will provide all participants with a unique opportunity to understand the EU positioning concerning the energy transition and the impact this will have on raw materials supply and policies. 


The Raw Materials Summit 2019 will include keynotes by prominent speakers from the raw materials sector, representatives of the EU Commission, high profile entrepreneurs and startup investors. Besides the keynote speeches, a series of parallel sessions will take place.

At the venture forum, startups will showcase and pitch their ideas to potential investors and innovative programmes in education will be presented.

Dr. Karen Hanghøj

Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director of EIT RawMaterials

Dr Karen Hanghøj holds a PhD in Geology from University of Copenhagen and has worked extensively with research on geological processes in the lower crust and mantle and their associated mineral deposits. Prior to joining EIT RawMaterials Karen was head of the Department of Petrology and Economic Geology at the Geological Survey for Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and involved in several EU - funded mineral raw materials projects and networks.


Dr Karen Hanghøj is currently a member of the High-level Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials, a stakeholder group advising the European Commission. She is also a member of advisory Boards for a range of Horizon 2020 projects such as MinFuture and ERAMIN2 as well as being a member of the UNFC Mineral Working Group and of advisory Board CAMM (Center for Advanced Mining and Metallurgy) of Luleå Technical University in Sweden.

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