Symposium E:  “Substitution of Critical Raw Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Processing of New Advanced Materials in Optoelectronic and Magnetic Devices”

to be held at the next EMRS Spring meeting ( Lille 2-6 May 2016).

The Symposium, sponsored by the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials commitment RESET, will cover substitution but also topics related to the modeling and recycling of CRMs. See the symposium flier for more information.

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 January 2016

Presented papers will go through blind peer review process and published in Physica Status Solidi C (Selected papers will be published in PSS A or PSS B).


Further details and the procedure to submit the abstract can be found at:

The 3rd annual High Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials will be held on 9-10 December 2015 in Brussels. It will focus on three parts: EIT Raw Materials, EIP on Raw Materials, and Raw Materials in Horizon 2020.

The conference will start with the part on the new EU co-funded Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on Raw materials called “EIT Raw Materials” and will concentrate on creating new opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs in the raw materials area.

The EIP part will present a comprehensive overview of developments in the fields covered by the EIP, including the High level panel; successful and new Raw Materials Commitments; regional approaches and investment in raw materials; and launching the 2nd call for the EIP ‘Raw Materials Commitments’. Following the adoption of the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) in September 2013, the first set of 80 commitments by over 700 companies, public agencies, research institutes, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders from all over Europe was launched in 2014. These partners have all committed to contribute in one way or the other to fostering technological and non-technological innovation in Europe’s metallic, mineral and forest-based raw materials value chains.

The Horizon 2020 part will focus on the 2016 Horizon 2020 calls relevant to raw materials and will provide networking opportunities for new initiatives and projects. In parallel the first 28 specific raw materials projects of Horizon 2020 worth €140 million of EC funding were launched in 2014 and 2015.

Please find the programme below.

Registration is available at this link:

Draft programme of the conference


Sharing materials and process data across a collaborative project

Granta Design are holding a Web Seminar on Tuesday 15 September 2015 entitled “How to manage vital materials information for collaborative projects”

Register for this no-cost webinar to:

  • Learn why materials data can be a vital component of project IP for collaborative projects and how effective data management can help to meet the requirements of funding bodies
  • See a demonstration of GRANTA MI, the software system used to achieve this materials data management, illustrated with case studies
  • Learn how Granta’s experience in helping collaborative projects such as AMAZE (additive manufacturing) and HITEA (Chromium 6+ replacement) could work for you in practice
  • Get an introduction to the new GRANTA MI:Collaborate™ Package, which provides a cost-effective, easy approach to managing research data, supported by proven tools for collaborative projects.

For broadcast times and more information visit the seminar website.



The NANOPYME Workshop: “Rare Earth-Free Permanent Magnets and Applications” will take place at IMDEA Nanociencia, Madrid, during 14th -16th September 2015. The workshop will bring together recognized scientists and technologists and will provide a wide overview on the state-of-the-art, development and perspectives of novel-rare earth free permanent magnets.

The scientific programme includes the following topics:

  • Re-Free Nanostructures and Composites for Permanent Magnets
  • Numerical Simulations and Modelling
  • Applications of RE-Free Permanent Magnets
  • Novel RE-Free Hard Magnetic Materials
  • Searching for Alternatives t RE-PMs: EU Projects and Future Initiatives

For more information and registration click here >>>

Check out our brand new video!


What are the critical raw materials? What are their main applications? Why do we need substitution? Why is substitution of critical raw materials important for Europe’s economic growth and competitiveness?. … And much more!

In this tenth and final issue you will find:

  • An announcement about the final high level CRM_InnoNet conference “SUBSTITUTION means EVOLUTION” on 17 June 2015 in Brussels
  • A link to our brand new video addressing the importance of substitution of CRMs for Europe’s economic growth and competitiveness… and much more!
  • A short summary and link to the project ‘s five roadmaps and summary report
  • A summary of the policy workshop that took place on 3 March and links to the presentations
  • A close-up article on KTN
  • And links to plenty upcoming events!

The Critical Raw Material Bulletin_Issue 10_June 2015


STOA, the official body of the European Parliament for Science and Technology Options Assessment, organises a workshop about “Graphene in Europe: From Nobel Prize to technology, innovation and industrial competitiveness” on 2 June 2015 at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The programme 

Chair: Paul RÜBIG – MEP, STOA Chair
Moderator: Jacki DAVIS

15.30 Welcome
Paul RÜBIG, MEP and STOA Chair
Zoran STANČIČ, DG Connect, European Commission

15.40 Introductory statement
Jerzy BUZEK, MEP and ITRE Chair

15.45 Setting the stage: the graphene flagship from academic excellence to societal impacts
Jari KINARET, graphene flagship coordinator

16.00 Keynote speech – Materials in the flatland: beyond graphene
Konstantin NOVOSELOV, University of Manchester, UK, 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics

16.20 Panel session – Graphene’s innovation potential and impact on European economy and society
Zoran STANČIČ, DG Connect, European Commission
Andrea FERRARI, University of Cambridge, UK
Annick LOISEAU, CNRS, France
Silvia LAZCANO, Airbus, Spain
Maurizio PRATO, University of Trieste, Italy
Ulla VOGEL, Danish Nanosafety Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Wolfgang TEMPL, Alcatel-Lucent, Germany
Amaia ZURUTUZA, Graphenea, Spain

17:30 Q&A Session
Questions from the audience and social media

17.50 Conclusions
Konstantin NOVOSELOV, University of Manchester, UK
17.55 Closing remarks
Eva KAILI, MEP and STOA Vice-Chair

18:00 Drinks reception and exhibition
An exhibition on graphene will be organised at the European Parliament on the day of the workshop, as well as a drink reception after the meeting, on the first floor of the G area.

One of STOA’s main objectives is to bridge the gap between the scientific community and policy-makers within the European Parliament. It seeks to provide MEPs with information on topical scientific and technological issues relating to Parliament’s role as legislator. To this end STOA organises several public events throughout the year.

STOA aims at initiating and facilitating debates on scientific and technological developments of political relevance. For this purpose, it organises public discussions, including workshops, in which politicians and representatives of the scientific community and society at large can discuss and compare different technological options.

Instructions for egistration and more information can be found at the STOA web portal:


The World Materials Forum is organised in partnership between the GrandNancy Urban Community and companies including ARKEMA, EcoEmballages, ItalCementi, McKinsey&Company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, PSA Peugeot Citroën, RioTinto, Saint-Gobain, Solvay, Valspar, Veolia, and voestalpine. CEOs from large global companies, from SME’s and start-ups, high-level scientists including Nobel holder Prize Albert Fert, policy-makers will talk and debate with the audience around  three themes:

  •       Materials availability;
  •       Materials life-cycle management;
  •       Substitute materials for competitiveness.

Each theme will be the subject of three workshops, each being chaired by the CEO of one of the partner companies and benefit from the contributions of industry experts and high-level scientists (including Nobel prize holder Albert Fert, who co-di working on the topics to be debated.

Participation will provide you a unique possibility to interact with CEOs and scientists. It may also be an occasion for you to discover the EIT Raw Materials, the largest ever EU programme on mineral raw materials related issues, with nearly 120 partners from industry, academia and research. Co-funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) it has the ambitious vision of turning the challenge of raw materials dependence into a strategic strength for Europe. Its mission is to boost the competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation and entrepreneurship. Read more>>

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The Program of the event is available on our website

Register now and benefit from the early bird fee

This important event is focusing on research & business opportunities to meet the challenges regarding Extraction & Mining, Recycling & Circular Economy, and Substitution of Critical Raw Materials (CRMs).

Presentations by relevant authorities and International actors in the European scene in critical raw materials are planned. Among others, is confirmed the presence of the Spanish authorities, EU Commission, Nanotechnology Industries Association Directorship, Presidency of Nanofutures, Presidency of Euromines, Manager of collocation center south of EIT KIC RAW MATERIALS, CEFIC,  different directors and representatives of main R&D institutions in the field, etc. (final list of speakers will be published in the next days). Moreover, technical parallel sessions on “Advanced Materials and CRM substitution technologies“, “Mining and raw materials” and “Circular Economy and Recycling” will take place.

UBU will bring together important researchers, experts, businessmen and world-renowned names as speakers and participants. We aim to create an environment that fosters a dialogue among the participants, leading to discussions and collaboration opportunities. There will be sessions in different formats such as plenary meetings and poster sessions.

A Brokerage Event throughout 25th June has been organized, focussing in the main topics previewed for SC5 in 2016/2017.

An industrial business day and exchange with and between stakeholders is also previewed on 26th June. We are expecting a close interaction with SMEs and industry, including the 25 companies that take part of the industrial board of ICCRAM.

This and much more will be addressed at the International days in CRMs, hosted by ICCRAM-UBU on 25-26th of June in Burgos, Spain.

Venue: Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels

All you need to know about substitution of critical raw materials in Europe in one conference.

  •   Learn about the opportunities provided by substitution and how it can solve technological challenges.
  •   Witness the state of play of substitution of CRMs in Europe with keynote speeches from companies and government bodies.
  •   Meet up with key EU industrial sectors in the area of substitution.
  •   Engage in discussions during dedicated panel debates to implement recommendations towards a European circular economy.
  •   Discuss with policy makers, industrial players, entrepreneurs and academia during the networking cocktail.
  •   Become part of the Innovation Network and meet potential partners for substitution projects in Horizon 2020
  •   Explore applications of substitution in the exhibition space.

Draft programme:

09:00 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:05 Welcome & opening
10:05 – 10:20 Key note speech
10:20 – 10:40 US Strategy on Raw Materials
10:40 – 11:00 Graphene: a small company, the thinnest material, great expectations
11:00 – 11:30 CRM_InnoNet, the project
11:30 – 12:30 Research and Innovation Roadmaps
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Benefits and Challenges of Critical Raw Materials Substitution – Panel Discussion
14:30 – 15:30 Raw Materials Strategies and the role of Substitution – Panel Discussion
15:30 – 15:50 Policy Recommendations
15:50 – 16:00 Closure

16:30 Cocktail reception & networking

Confirmed speakers include:

Iñigo Charola (Graphenea, Spain)
Dario della Sala (ENEA, Italy)
Thomas Lograsso (Critical Materials Institute, USA)
Holger Gruenewald (Projettraeger Juelich Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Germany)
Eberhard A. Gschwind (EIB, Luxemburg)
Mattia Pellegrini (EU Commission), and Christos Tokamanis (EU Commission)
Luis Tercero (Fraunhofer ISI, Germany)

Attendance is free of charge!

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