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WS 8: International Cooperation on Raw Materials by European Union Horizon 2020 Program

Workshop Organisers: WRF and European Geological Surveys (EGS)
Workshop Chair: Bas de Leeuw, WRF
Date and time: Wednesday 25, 11h00 – 13h00
Room: 3


Objective of the workshop

This workshop is organized by the Horizon 2020 funded project, FORAM, which aims to develop a platform of international experts and stakeholders that will enhance the international cooperation on raw material policies and investments: Advancing the idea of a World Forum on Raw Materials.

In the framework of the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials and in the funding scheme of Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) , four H2020 projects covering the subjects of the  International Cooperation Pillar (FORAM, MinFuture, INTRAW and STRADE), eight projects covering the Non-Technology Pillar (MICA, MIN-GUIDE, MINATURA 2020, ProSUM, SCRREEN, MSP-REFRAM, SMART GROUND, IMPACTPapeRec) and one project from the Technology Pillar (VERAM) have been chosen to improve framework conditions and international cooperation in the raw materials sector from different perspectives. The aim of these projects is to consolidate the available data and build platforms and networks in different areas related to the raw material value chain. These projects are expected to share their experiences, increase each other’s understanding, explore synergies and together develop and advance ideas for enhanced international cooperation on all aspects of the raw materials value chain.

To initiate the collaboration with these projects, the FORAM Management Committee in coordination with the European Commission, is organizing a workshop followed by a Networking Session during the WRF2017 Conference to provide a platform for exchanging experiences and potential synergies and introduce these projects to the global WRF audience, who are high-level policy-makers, business leaders, NGOs, scientists and the public active in different areas of resource management.

Discussion Topics:  

· Who are the key stakeholders along the raw materials value chain and how to involve them into a dialogue? How can the H2020 projects work together to achieve this?

· How can we work together to improve data collection, transparency and access?

· How to make the case to the policy makers?

· How to reach out to the public and improve its understanding of the raw material sector?

Structure and schedule of the Workshop and the Networking Session

The workshop will be a two hours session in which twelve Horizon 2020 projects granted by the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (named above) will have 5 minutes time slots to briefly introduce the main objectives, goals and vision of their projects and their contributions towards increased cooperation. This will be followed a Q&A session where representatives from European Commission, government, academia and civil society will be encouraged to discuss the cross cutting issues and provide recommendations for an efficient collaboration between the involved stakeholders.

The workshop will be followed by a Networking Session with the related Horizon 2020 projects (“The Horizon 2020 Raw Materials Market”) in the Exhibition Hall of the venue in which these projects will be presented in form of a poster presentation and have the opportunity to network with all WRF 2017 participants.

Speakers & Presentations

· Jonas Hedberg (Senior Project Adviser, European Commission) 

· FORAM: Mathias Schluep (World Resources Forum Association, Switzerland) 

· INTRAW: Vitor Correia (European Federation of Geologists) 

· STRADE: Andreas Manhart (Oeko-Institut e.V., Germany) 

· MinFuture: Daniel Beat Müller (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) 

· MICA: Erika Machacek (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland) 

· MINATURA 2020: Blažena Hamadová (MinPol GmbH, Austria) 

· ProSUM: Pascal Leroy (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Forum, Belgium) 

· SMART GROUND: Marco de la Feld (Enco Engineering & Consulting, Italy) 

· IMPACTPapeRec: Antonio Dobon (Instituto Tecnológico Del Embalaje, Transporte Y Logísticaitene, Spain) 

· SCRREEN: David Gardner (Knowledge Transfer Network, UK) 

· MIN-GUIDE: Andreas Endl (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria) 

· VERAM: Patrick Wall (European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources, Belgium) 

· EIT Raw Materials 

· World Resources Forum: Bas de Leeuw 

For more information about this workshop and the Networking Session please contact Dr. Shahrzad Manoochehri at

Download the PDF version of the draft agenda (with the list of speakers).