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.




Registration for the SusCritMat MOOC is now possible!

July 19, 2021

This course provides a systemic understanding of CRMs and equips you with tools and strategies for managing them in a sustainable way. The course covers the entire raw materials’ value chain, which will help you see what actions can be taken at every stage and how you can make informed decisions, an

"Going Circular with Critical Raw Materials" - join the online course

July 8, 2021

On September 6-10, the course organised by the Lake Como School of Advanced Studies offers valuable insights into material criticality, circular product and supply chain design. The course will be awarded 5 ECTS points. To apply and for further information, click here. Applications are

Digital TecDays in whole Switzerland

Digital TecDays in whole Switzerland

June 16, 2021

The TecDay is a special occasion on which Swiss high school students can get in touch with experts in various scientific areas, have fun and hopefully also get interested in starting a career in science. They can choose among a multitude of modules in which experts will present a scientific topic in

IRTC-Business Session at the UNECE Resource Management Week

IRTC-Business Session at the UNECE Resource Management Week

June 16, 2021

On 28th April 2021, IRTC held a round table on “Critical Raw Materials: The driver for the new low-carbon economy: How can we make supply sustainable?” in the framework of the UNECE Resource Management Week. The presentations and the recording are now online and can be found here.

Technology Outlook 2021 by SATW

Technology Outlook 2021 by SATW

June 9, 2021

What technological advances will shape the Swiss economy and society in the coming years? The Technology Outlook 2021 knows the answer! Every two years, the SATW creates an early detection report, the Technology Outlook, which describes pioneering technologies, evaluates their importance for Swit




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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.