Current Challenges in Europe and Beyond

What is the EU’s approach to Critical Raw Materials and what role do they play in the challenges Europe faces in the future? About this topic, ESM Foundation CEO Alessandra Hool held a webinar in the framework of the Critical Materials Institute, hosted by the Colorado School of Mines. She showed how the Raw Materials Initiative launched in 2008 has shaped the EU’s current raw materials institutions and policies, and how the EU assesses materials criticality. As one illustrative materials related problem, she highlights the case of batteries and their role for Europe’s industry.  Find out what else she had to say about today’s challenges and the IRTC project by […]

EIT Raw Materials Week impressions

The EIT Raw Materials Week, edition 2019, was a memorable event where scientific experts, industry leaders and policymakers gathered to discuss raw materials and their crucial role for the future – especially given the challenges that come with the necessary green energy transition. Watch this video to get an impression of last year’s EIT Raw Materials Week – the next one will take place in November 2020.

Become a project collaborator at ESM!

ESM (the German acronym stands for development fund for rare metals) is a Swiss Foundation in the domain of rare metals. Our projects in Switzerland and abroad deal with supply security and a more sustainable management of critical raw materials. ESM operates in a broad scientific, industrial and political environment in Switzerland and Europe. As project collaborator, you will work closely together with the Foundation’s management. You will manage subtasks, write texts, support with project proposals, reporting and finance, and communicate with project partners worldwide. You will also be responsible for website and social media presence. Your main tasks will be: Responsibility for the planning, execution and evaluation of an […]

ESM Board Member Armin Reller has been awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz!

Armin Reller, who has been professor for resources strategies at the University of Augsburg and ESM Board Member (since 2012), has received the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit of Germany), the most important decoration awarded by the country. The Bavarian environment minister, Thorsten Glauber, praised Reller at the ceremony as someone who thinks out of the box, has a visionary look into the future and goes new ways. As one of the first scientists of Germany, Glauber says, Reller recognized we need innovative approaches for a sustainable management of our finite resources. He did path-breaking research work. Armin Reller has been engaged for the environment and resources for a long time […]

Short Course on Resources Management

On 22 October, EIT Raw Materials and the International Raw Materials Observatory will co-organise an “Executive Short Course on Resources Management using the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources”. This one-day course on the UNFC is designed for senior policymakers and industry leaders from the public and private sector and will be held at the Centre International de Conferences (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland. It will provide the know-how and insights required to work towards better management and governance of oil, gas, mineral and anthropogenic resources and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. At the end of the course, the participants will be able […]

Die nächsten TecDays

Der TecDay ist eine besondere Gelegenheit für schweizerische Gymnasiasten, mit Fachleuten in diversen wissenschaftlichen Bereichen in Kontakt zu kommen, dabei Spass zu haben und sich Gedanken über eine Karriere in den Naturwissenschaften zu machen. Sie können aus einer Vielzahl von Modulen wählen, in welchen Experten ein wissenschaftliches Thema auf eine Weise vorstellen werden, mit der die SchülerInnen etwas anfangen können, womit dem Glaube entgegengewirkt werden soll, dass Wissenschaft trocken oder ohne Alltagsrelevanz ist. Die nächsten TecDays werden in Sursee, Glarus, Neuchâtel und Locarno stattfinden. Das Modul, das die ESM Foundation präsentiert, wird sein:” Seltene Metalle: Rohstoffe für die Zukunft”, bei dem die SchülerInnen über die Wichtigkeit kritischer Rohstoffe lernen werden, […]

The next TecDays

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 a way students can relate with, counteracting the belief that science is dry or something without everyday relevance. The next TecDays will take place in Sursee, Glarus, Neuchâtel and Locarno. The modul presented by ESM Foundation at the TecDay in Sursee will be “Rare Metals: Resources for the Future”, where students will learn about the importance of Critical […]

World Resources Forum 2019

Towards an integrated sustainable resource management The session at the WRF 2019 on October 23, 2019, organized by ESM Foundation, UNECE and EIT Raw Materials will center around the problem of supplying sufficient raw materials for a circular economy. The circular economy – necessary for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals and fulfilling the promises given in the Paris agreement – will require increasing amounts of raw materials, amongst others technological metals, to meet basic global needs such as clean energy, mobility and free access to information. A secure raw materials supply base is thus one of the basic conditions for sustainable development. At the same time, these raw materials have […]

Apply now for an internship at ESM Foundation!

ESM Foundation is looking for an intern in Resource Management for 2-3 months’ time.  ESM Foundation is dealing with critical resources and manages various projects on both national and international levels (such as mining, product design, recycling etc.). As our intern, you will get a thorough understanding of the foundation’s work, project management, critical resources and their significance for a sustainable future.  The workload will be 32-40 hours a week.  Requirements Fluent German and English, good communication and IT skills and interest for the topic of critical materials. Not necessary, but helpful is pre-existing knowledge in the area of raw materials. Starting date:  August 5, 2019 Remuneration: 2’000 Swiss francs per […]

IRTC Beijing 2019

IRTC is an international “Round Table” project on approaches towards assessing materials criticality, taking place in the form of workshops at international conferences. The results are consecutively published in the form of joint scientific papers and a Roadmap on Criticality for authorities. The project shall advance the research in criticality assessment, foster international exchange and education in the topic, identify common ground and differences, and raise awareness towards materials criticality, especially in industry. It shall also lay the cornerstone for a long-lasting international network of internationally leading experts. Awareness towards materials criticality, and its crucial role for a circular economy, shall be raised by creating visibility at established conference with […]