On top of several high-quality keynote sessions, the Raw Materials Summit 2019 offers a number of technical Parallel Sessions, i.e., small technical workshops with strong focus on innovation. Five to six invited speakers will be presenting innovative technologies, trends and results, showcasing the latest achievements in Europe and beyond, as well as results of ongoing projects of the EIT RawMaterials. The topics of the sessions are chosen to cover the most pressing technological and industrial challenges facing the raw materials sector and having an impact on the entire value chain. The content of the session is designed to cover in a balanced fashion both the six thematic areas characterizing the KIC Raw Materials, as well as the strategic Lighthouse Programme launched by our Community.

Resources: Discovery and Beyond

Resources assessment and availability, innovative exploration technologies

Day 1 - 20 May 2019 - from 15:30 to 18:00 - Room Aquamarin

Europe utilizes more than 20% of the world’s primary production of metals and minerals, but it only produces 2–3% of this amount. The continent presents and holds potential for future exploitation of available mineral resources, with opportunities for renewed, modern and juvenile exploration. Still, only 1.4% of the global exploration budget is devoted to projects in Europe. More discoveries, acceptable in terms of environmental and social impact through e.g., better engagement of communities, are needed to establish a sustainable raw material supply in Europe.

New innovative and improved technologies are needed to achieve deeper penetration, improved resolution, comprehensive characterisation of new physical parameters, improved models, ease of acquisition at lowered costs and improved data analysis and visualisation to assist fast interpretation and decision-making. 

The session will provide an overview of the latest developments in exploration and primary resources assessment. Technologies enabling simultaneous measurement while drilling, to characterize in real-time or near-real time rock composition and non-invasive deep exploration methodologies will be showcased. The utilization of big data and the latest development in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to help gain suitable information to increase the chance to find exploitable ore deposits will also be shown, with application to specific cases.

Murray Hitzman, CEO, Director, Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences

Minerals: Europe IS the Future

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Massimo Gasparon, EIT RawMaterials

Lighthouse Sustainable Discovery and Supply

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Bo Stensgaard (Blue Jay Mining), Stefan Bernstein (GEUS)

Future exploration technologies in harsh underexplored arctic environment

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Richard Gloaguen, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

You can look but you can’t touch – non-invasive exploration in Europe (and beyond)

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Maria Jose Jurado, CSIC

Taking innovation to the subsurface: in situ mineral evaluation with innovative geophysical logging tools for mineral exploration (INNOLOG project)

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Minerals Processing and Materials Recycling

Increasing resource, energy and water efficiency during raw materials beneficiation

Day 1 - 20 May 2019 - from 15:30 to 18:00 - Room Rubin

Mineral processing technologies during raw materials beneficiation need to be adapted to the challenge of increasingly complex primary and secondary input materials. For Secondary resources, there are numerous potential target metals to be recovered, but only few of them will lead to profitable returns. As products get more complex with lower concentrations of target metals, the need for more efficient recovery of these compounds increases. Higher recovery yield needs to be combined with water and energy efficiency in order to meet both competitive cost and a reduced environmental impact. At the same time, the valorisation of wastes downstream the processing plant is one of the viable route if we wish to realize the circular economy principles within the minerals processing industry. The session will provide an overview of developments in different areas, including waste-to-products transformations, innovative metallurgical processes, innovative water management methodologies, low impact processing of minerals as well as control and optimisation of algorithms to increase energy efficiency.

Peter Hayes, The University of Queensland

Current Challenges in Metallurgical Engineering

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Jean-Michel Milazzo, ERAMET Research

Go40 project: From iron and manganese oxides waste to valuable metal alloys using novel carbon sources materials

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Christian Binder, OUTOTEC

MONICALC – Kaolin calcination with variable energy input – results of an EIT RM funded project

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Paivi Kinnunen, VTT

METGROW+ Metal Recovery from Low Grade Ores and Wastes

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Phil Newmann, Anglo American

The ITERAMS project

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Darina Styriaková, Ekolive

Ecological refining of mineral raw materials as an on-site service


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Resource Efficiency in Cities

Urban and landfill mining, materials flow analysis, circular economy

Day 1 - 20 May 2019 - from 15:30 to 18:00 - Room Turmalin

Forecast by the United Nations estimate that by 2030 about 5 billion people will live in cities, and by 2050 two thirds of the global population will live in urban areas. As the attractiveness of cities as places of opportunity for a higher quality of life increases, so does also the materials intensity connected to the population increase in urban areas. Materials flows optimisation in cities is crucial to aim for the shift from a linear to a circular economy model. A concerted use of policies, social innovation, new business models, education, new design approaches and technologies is the key to achieve resource efficiency in cities.

The session will provide an overview of challenges to be addressed to increase resource efficiency in cities. Moreover, it will be shown how policies, education, innovation and technologies can facilitate the efficient recovery of valuable materials, for example in consumers electronics products.

Nikolai Jacobi, ICLEI

From cascadic use to green infrastructure - An urban perspective to circular development

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Prof. Markus Reuter, HZDR

Process metallurgy and systems in circular city design – the challenges


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Yiannis Pontikes, KU Leuven

RECOVER: an example of a KIC project on the use of industrial residues for novel building materials


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Martin Schlummer, Fraunhofer

Recycling of display appliances


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Miha Zakotnik, Urban Mining Company

The Future of Waste NdFeB Rare Earth Permanent Magnets and their Role in a Circular Economy


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Materials for Future Mobility

Challenges and solutions for raw materials and advanced materials for future mobility

Day 1 - 20 May 2019 - from 15:30 to 18:00 - Auditorium

The mobility revolution has a significant impact on the extraction, processing, use, and recycling of materials. In fact, the transition to a sustainable mobility is enabled by new concepts and smart material use, that is, primarily for the vehicles’ structural parts, the powertrain as well as for advanced communication technologies (autonomous driving). 
The session provides specific examples of key raw materials and advanced materials challenges and solutions in the shift to electrification and lightweight design with the ultimate goal to approach a cost efficient and sustainable zero emission mobility. In a first part, the presentations focus on composites and aluminium alloys as alternative lightweight materials in mobility applications. The second part is dedicated to battery electrification, that is, how latest technology is deployed in the specific field of mobility underground (in advanced mining machinery), how lithium as a key battery raw material can be extracted and processed in Europe, and how advanced materials and processing of those are enabling the next generation of batteries, i.e., solid state batteries.

Daniele Pullini, FIAT Research Centre

Innovation challenges in the automotive: opportunities for raw materials beyond 2020

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Michel Glotin, Scientific Director, Arkema

Composite Materials for lightweighting, opportunities and challenges 

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Claudio Mus, Endurance Overseas

E-Mobility: threat or new opportunities for aluminium?

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Erik Svedlund, Epiroc

Battery electrification drives mining forward


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Maria Åstrand, Northvolt

A European Lithium refinery producing high grade Lithium for batteries – why, how and what)


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Guillame Claude, CEA

Battery activity : Advanced Li metal electrodes


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Deep, Intelligent Mining

New technologies for mining and mining under extreme conditions


Day 2 - 21 May 2019 - from 14:30 to 17:30 - Auditorium

Despite high availability of minerals and metals in the earth’s crust, declining discovery rate and decreasing ore grade is an issue that the mining industry is facing in the recent decades. Mining often is carried out in harsh conditions, but a smart utilisation of new and innovative technologies can contribute mitigate matters related to workers safety and environmental impact of mining activities. A sustainable, intelligent mining is a vision that will contribute to increase efficiency in mining operation, lower production costs, minimize environmental impact and mining waste, ensuring at the same time safer and more attractive working conditions.

The session will cover different technological aspects, such as automation of mining equipment, innovative methodologies for noise control as well as new education platforms for the miners of the future. Also, the utilisation of platforms for earth observation to mining operation as a way to mine in a smarter fashion will be addressed. Case studies applied to real operations will be showcased.

Stefan Savonen, LKAB

LKAB - on our way to sustainable mining and processing

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Åsa Gabrielsson, EPIROC

Automation of Mining Equipment

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Marko Antila, VTT

The boost of production with advanced noise protection in harsh mining conditions

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Irene Benito Rodriguez, EIT RawMaterials

RawMatCop: Investigating How Earth Observation Can Boost Mineral and Material Extraction and Environmental Impact Monitoring

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Marc Borbas, Infomine

New strategies for closing the skills gap

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Artur Zakirov, RISE

The IRIS project

Eija Saari, Outotec

The SERENE project

Advanced Materials: enablers for disruptive innovation

Lightweight design, additive manufacturing, design of new alloys

Day 2 - 21 May 2019 - from 14:30 to 17:30 - Aquamarin

Radical innovation in industries such as the automotive, and in other areas such as energy production and storage, are enabled by the introduction of new and innovative materials, allowing enhanced electronic, optical and mechanical properties, with improved performance and new functionalities. New materials development can also have an important impact in the substitution so-called critical raw materials ( or toxic substances utilised in the process industry or in consumer’s products.

The session will give some highlights on a number of promising materials technologies such as additive manufacturing, enabling complex materials shapes with improved mechanical properties, and allowing at the same time increased materials efficiency. Printed electronics will also be covered, with its potential to substitute many critical metals with low-costs, easily processable organic materials. Examples of how new magnetic materials are being developed for new application and how graphene holds promises for applications in energy storage will be illustrated.

Philippe Jacques, EMIRI

How Advanced Materials will help EU to reach a Carbon-neutral Society by 2050


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Prof. Maurizio Vedani, Politecnico di Milano

Design of new alloys for metal additive manufacturing

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Taavi Madiberk, Skeleton Technologies

From Sustainable Raw Materials to Solutions Fighting Climate Change


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Michel Glotin, ARKEMA France

Supersmart : Scale-up of smart materials for printed & organic electronics


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Prof. Oliver Gutfleish, TU Darmstadt

Magnetic refrigeration: from fundamentals to a practical cooling alternative


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"Stepping Up International Cooperation" by FORAM Network

Day 2 - 21 May 2019 - from 14:30 to 17:30 - Room Rubin

The project Towards a World Forum on Raw Materials (FORAM) (2016-2018) has set up a global platform of international experts and stakeholders that aims at strengthening international cooperation among G20 Member countries as well as other third countries active in the extraction, processing and recycling of mineral raw materials. The project supports the implementation of the Raw Materials Initiative and the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials. Together with its Advisory Board and the established platform of international experts and stakeholders the FORAM Stakeholders Network has got inputs from more than 200 decision-makers and thought leaders in the sector worldwide.

The following priorities for strengthening international cooperation worldwide have been identified:

• Innovation, security of supply and growth

• Resource-efficiency, environmental and social aspects

• Policies, legal and financial frameworks

• International cooperation and outreach

• Research, capacity building and education


The EIT Raw Materials Summit session on “Stepping up International Cooperation” will focus on showcasing best practices in regulatory and financial frameworks for implementing raw materials policies, on national, regional and international levels, not only on primary raw materials but also on secondary raw materials and the circular economy. Promising ways and means for developing public awareness, acceptance and trust (“social development license to operate”), by means of communication, education and capacity building will be addressed.


The session will take stock of international initiatives for establishing UN-based conventions or international regulations, on supply-chain transparency, social and environmental standards and policy frameworks, as well as certification schemes to improve responsible mining and sourcing practices, and the potential of raw material sectors to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Progress made will be reported to the upcoming World Resources Forum 2019, to be held in Geneva, October 22-24, 2019 as well as to the Raw Materials Week, to be held in Brussels, November 18-22, 2019.

Stefan Bringezu, Uni Kassel

Towards a standard protocol of the environmental performance of materials

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Rokhaya Samba, Ministry of Mine and Geology, Senegal

PanAfGeo Project, A Pan African support to the EGS-OAGS partnership

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Marcin Sadowski, European Commission - Executive Agency for SMEs

International cooperation in H2020 raw materials projects

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Asja Mrotzek-Bloess, Clausthal University of Technology

International cooperation in research and university education

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Peder Jensen, International Resource Panel

Mineral Resource Governance in the 21th century

Martine Rohn-Brossard, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment

Mineral Resource Governance

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Ferdinand Maubrey, RCS Global Group

The Cobald Supply Chain: An Example for the Limits of Cooperation?

Angelika Brechelmacher, MinPol GmbH

Global Mineral Policy


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