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ESM is dedicated to support research and development activities in the field of Rare and Critical Elements, focussing on their industrial applications. The Foundation sponsors and organises conferences and workshops, publishes studies and surveys, coordinates related projects, and provides scholarships and educational grants. ESM is operating within a national and international network of experts, partner institutes and organisations.

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Article in Le Temps: The (very) big challenges of transition minerals

Article in Le Temps: The (very) big challenges of transition minerals

January 21, 2023

The struggle to access copper, lithium, nickel and others, the new oil, is intensifying. Between lack of know-how, local opposition and logistical challenges, Europe is lagging behind. There were reactions in 2022, but not in Switzerland https://www.letemps.ch/economie/tres-gros-defis-minerais-tr

January 4, 2023

For an issue on raw materials of the Swiss magazine "Swissfuture - Magazin für Zukünfte" in December 2022, the ESM wrote an article on "Critical raw materials: a topic for the Switzerland of the future". You can download the magazine here (in German): https://www.swissfuture.ch/wp-content/uploads/20

January 4, 2023

ESM CEO Alessandra Hool and Vice President Patrick Wäger have imagined a possible future for the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP): What If States Realized Their Societal Goals Through Alliances Built on Critical Raw Materials? Read the scenario in the DGAP memo here: https://dgap.org/en/r

Join IRTC in Lille – February 15 – 17, 2023

Join IRTC in Lille – February 15 – 17, 2023

August 22, 2022

The first IRTC conference in Lille will take place from February 15 – 17, 2023, and will be all about dialogue: moderated keynote conversations with international criticality experts will alternate with sessions comprising talks as well as further in-depth discussions with the presenters. The sessio

ESM congratulates the winners of the SusCritMOOC business idea competition

ESM congratulates the winners of the SusCritMOOC business idea competition

April 13, 2022

The ESM congratulates the two teams who won in the SusCritMOOC business idea competition. At the end of our co-developed MOOC, the participants could submit a business idea proposal that would make critical raw materials management more sustainable. Both teams won 500€ price money together with a

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Since its creation more than 65 years ago, ESM has fostered industrial materials research related to critical elements. Over 2 Mio CHF have been granted to projects in fields where less common elements play a crucial role.

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