EIT Raw Materials brings together more than 100 partners – academic and research institutions, as well as businesses – from more than 20 EU countries. Within the framework of EIT Raw Materials they can work together to find new, innovative solutions to ensure the supply and improve the sector of raw materials through all the stages of the value chain – from extraction to processing, recycling and reusing multiple primary and secondary products.

There are already six (6) active regional centers in Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Poland and Sweden (Co-location centers), representing regional links between business, research and education.

Website: http://www.eitrawmaterials.eu/ Email: info@eitrawmaterials.eu

EIT Raw Materials has an ambitious vision to transform the challenge of dependence on raw materials into a strategic strength for Europe. Its mission is to boost the competitiveness, development and attractiveness of the European sector of raw materials through radical innovation and entrepreneurship.

The six regional centers in Belgium (in Leuven, Belgium), Finland (in Espoo, Finland), France (in Metz, France), Italy (in Rome, Italy), Poland (in Wroclaw, Poland) and Sweden (in Luleå, Sweden), are called co-location centers and they represent different regional ecosystems that create a link between business, research and education.

The Metallurgical Laboratory of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and EIT RawMaterials(KIC) organized the “EIT RawMaterials: 1st Greek Raw Materials Community Dialogue” on 23-24 November in ElectraMetropolis Hotel.

In an attempt to highlight the needs and problems of the Mineral Resources sector, there was massive participation by all those involved in the industry (state, academia, businesses) at the first open debate on strengthening the position of the sector in the national and European economic landscape.

Issues relating to technological lag, as well as innovation, European, national and regional policy strategy, financing mechanisms and tools at a national and European level and proposals for the development of new tools and mechanisms to strengthen the sector were the main subjects of the presentations and dialogue.

Moreover, there was also a special presentation announcing a Support Centre for the Greek Raw Materials Community (GRAMASC), based in the NTUA, which,due to its dynamic presence,may act as the communication “antechamber” for requests, proposals, etc., addressed to the IET by the Greek community.

The most interesting presentations made during the conference by Greek and foreign scientists will be presented in a forthcoming article.

[SOURCE: http://www.oryktosploutos.net/, editing by PetrosTzeferis, 25/11/2016]