Registration for the SusCritMat MOOC is now possible!

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, and contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable approach to CRMs, regardless of your professional or academic background. Key topics include access to raw materials, environmental and social impacts, geopolitical factors, market dynamics, economics, supply chains, global trends in CRM use, and resource efficiency. You can choose from three different tracks that cover possible solutions from a technical, […]

IRTC-Business workshop summary on “Building resilient economies – the role of policy”

IRTC-Business workshop summary on “Building resilient economies – the role of policy”

The IRTC-Business workshop and Round Table on “Building resilient economies – the role of policy” took place via Zoom on November 17, 2020, from 2 am to 6 pm CET. Around 80 registered participants attended the workshop which comprised in a first part presentations from policy-making, industry and research on how more resilient economies can be built and supported. In a second part, the participants split in two groups, one with an industry and one with a policy focus on the topic. In both groups, an expert panel discussed questions surrounding the main topic from their respective views. Participants were able to contribute via a virtual whiteboard. In a follow-up […]

Material of the Month: Titanium

Material of the Month: Titanium

Titanium is a strong, grey metal which is highly corrosion resistant and has a high melting temperature. It has a very low density but high strength, it’s 45% lighter than steel with the same strength though. Compared to Aluminum, it’s 60% heavier, but twice as strong. Titanium is one of the earths most abundant materials, but mainly occurs in the form of minerals. The most common compound of titanium is used in paints and polymers, while its metal form is mainly used in aerospace, medical equipment and automotive industry. Due to its lightweight, titanium offers a better performance and lower fuel consumption in transport applications. Over half of the titanium is used […]

SusCritMOOC Online Evening Course series 2020

SusCritMOOC Online Evening Course series 2020

Evening course series on the sustainable management of critical raw materials On October 14, 15, and 16 SusCritMat held an online course series on critical raw materials. The participants gathered insights into three core topics each evening: Criticality, development of future supply and demand scenarios as well as circular product design. An additional keynote lecture on materials governance as well as business opportunities in the EIT RawMaterials Framework complemented the programme. Throughout the three evenings we had up to sixty people each night, mixed from academia and industry participating and engaging actively in the discussions.