Call for Research Proposals

Duration: March-September 2019 (6 months) Maximum funding: 45’000 CHF The Entwicklungsfonds Seltene Metalle (ESM Foundation), with support by Swissmem, is looking for an assessment of policy developments in the area of rare and critical metals in Switzerland and their impact on Swiss industries. For this, we are searching for a researcher or a research team who will carry out such an assessment with the following aims: Identification of relevant institutional bodies that shape and influence raw material policies and regulations in Switzerland; Identification and assessment of relevant Swiss legislations, provisions, standards, and reporting obligations with regards to critical raw materials import, their use in components, recycling and substitution; Overview of […]

SusCritMat Summer School for Educators

SusCritMat aims to educate people from Master’s student level up, both in industry and academia about important aspects of Sustainable critical raw materials. In a novel concept, it introduces courses on these complex and interdisciplinary topics in a modula structure, adaptable to a variety of different formats and accessible to both students and managers in industry. These courses will develop new skills which will help participants to better understand the impact and role of critical raw materials in the whole value chain; enabling them to identify and mitigate risks. Understanding the bigger picture and the interconnected nature of global business and society is increasingly necessary to and valued by industry. […]

IRTC Round Table at TMS 2019

The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) will host the third installment of the IRTC roundtable at the TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. The topic will be “How Does Industry Manage Criticality in Product Development?” All TMS 2019 registrants are invited to attend this roundtable session and participate in the discussion. Learn more about this event here.

Towards a World Forum on Raw Materials – FORAM Pilot Event

The project Towards a World Forum on Raw Materials (FORAM) is a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission. The main objective of FORAM is to develop a platform of international experts and stakeholders that will together help to improve international cooperation on raw materials and investments worldwide. By closely working with the relevant stakeholders in industry, European and international organisations, governments, academia and civil society the project is contributing to consolidate the efforts towards a more joint and coherent approach towards raw materials policies. FORAM in particular seeks to engage the international stakeholders coming from different sectors of the value chain of the raw materials into a dialogue, […]

Resources Forum Switzerland 2018

The second Resources Forum Switzerland “Science, Economy and Cities together for more resource efficiency” will take place on October, 25 at EMPA academy in Dübendorf. Where are the hot spots of resources use? Have cities and industry already found solutions? Experts from various fields will gather at the Resources Forum to make progress on this issue. You will soon find more information about the Resources Forum here.