RADIUS PROJECT

European collaborative research and innovation project led by a multi-disciplinary consortium coordinated by Fagor Ederlan.

RADIUS project will develop automotive brake discs based on recycled aluminium alloys.

Newsletter December 2020

Dear members and friends of the EIT RawMaterials Innovation Community,

This year has united us to overcome the challenging time and find ways to support each other. It was also the time to slow down and find new ways to approach unprecedented circumstances. 

Innovation and our commitment to the EU Green Deal have remained one of our key focus areas. We launched a call for entrepreneurs and innovators to adapt to the post-COVID-19 crisis and support the recovery of the EU economy with the Booster and the Fast-Track Calls. Our events moved online, including our flagship Raw Materials Summit 2020 that was a great success. Matchmaking and networking events for partners and stakeholders, as well as education activities introducing a new format of the Raw and Circular Economy Expedition (RACE), became virtual events in 2020.

We are particularly proud of having received the mandate from the European Commission, through Commissioner Thierry Breton and Vice President Maros Ševčovič, to manage the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA), which has been launched on 29 September. Just last week, ERMA kicked off the first Cluster to strengthen the domestic supply chain of one the most critical value chains for many key EU industrial ecosystems: rare earth elements used in high-performance magnets and motors. Over 700 participants registered to the meeting, where six rare earth-related projects were presented to identify investment opportunities, synergies and collaboration across the value chain. Next month, on 26 January, the second meeting of the first Cluster will take place. I encourage you to join the online workshop and also sign up for a task force group.

Moreover, on behalf of our community, I was a part of the discussions on the creation of a European Innovation Area by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. Commissioner Gabriel will address the need for a decentralised ecosystem to empower idea holders to realise their full potential to innovate in Europe. EIT RawMaterials has a strong record and experience that will contribute to the implementation of a European Innovation Area. I will share more information on our involvement in this exciting initiative soon.

Last Wednesday, our Innovation Community won the EIT Awards 2020. I am thrilled to congratulate María José Jurado (upscaling project INNOLOG) and Arpit Singh Parmar (start-up METHEORE) on taking the third place and winning EUR 10 000 in the EIT Innovators and EIT CHANGE Awards 2020! EIT Awards is a platform to celebrate the talent and achievements of the EIT Community and a great recognition of the innovation in the raw materials sector, contributing to a green, healthy, and digital Europe.

To conclude, we have ambitious plans for the upcoming year 2021. We build on all the valuable experience and lessons learned operating in the times of the pandemic to continue supporting our team, partners, entrepreneurs, students and stakeholders. I wish you and your families to stay healthy.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a good start into 2021!

Best regards,
Bernd Schäfer
CEO, Managing Director


EDUCATION
Sustainability pioneers joined the Global Digital RACE
Global Digital RACE took innovators on a challenge-based learning programme across the entire value chain to connect, learn, and innovate for the pressing, raw material challenges for Future Mobility.
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INNOVATION
ERMA kicks off the first Cluster
Over 100 partners of ERMA joined the first meeting of the Rare Earth Magnets and Motors Cluster.
Join the Cluster

INNOVATION
Meet the EIT RawMaterials Community winners of the EIT Awards 2020!
The EIT Awards highlight the entire innovation pipeline, from student to entrepreneur, from lab to market, and from idea to solutions for Europe.
Meet the EIT Awards winners

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Leading industrial digitalisation in mining operations
ThingWave’s real-time IoT-based monitoring solution increases safety standards and efficiency of mining operations.
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INNOVATION
Game of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles in mineral exploration and geological mapping
MULSEDRO project developed lightweight multi-sensor drone systems that are highly flexible and cost-effective in their data acquisition.
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ENTREPRENEURSHIP
State-of-the-art radio positioning solution for underground mining
Widefind provides localisation with centimetre accuracy, which is vital for increasing safety and overall productivity in complex industrial environments.
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EDUCATION
Unlock precious resources in your home with #WEEE4Future!
E-waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams and a major threat to the environment and human health. But there’s something you can do about it!
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EDUCATION
EIT International Summer School “From Dredging to Deep-Sea Mining”
Learn about the environmental, economic, legislative and political aspects of deep-sea mining.
Apply here
EIT RIS is the EIT Community’s outreach scheme that enables the transfer of good practices and know-how to boost innovation in the RIS region.

INNOVATION
Industry symbiosis workshop
On 17 December, EIT RawMaterials Hub – Regional Center Adria, will connect stakeholders seeking for sustainable management and local supply of resources through symbiosis with different industrial branches.
Register here

EDUCATION
Introduction to HEI Capacity Building Initiative
On 17 December, EIT RawMaterials Hub – Regional Center Košice will present the policy context and a draft implementation plan of the new Higher Education Institution (HEI) initiative.
Register here

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Pre-Jumpstarter registration is open!
Do you want to be the next jumpstarter champion? EIT Jumpstarter opens pre-registration for innovators who want to bring their ideas from the lab to the market.
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