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The raw materials industries are facing increasing skills shortage, mostly due to limited public awareness of the importance of raw materials for European society and the economy. This challenge needs to be addressed through communication and partnerships between civic society, public authorities, universities, research organisations, and industry. The Commission supports the development of new high skills on engineering, material science, geology or earth observation.

EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on Raw materials

  • The European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) has been created to enhance Europe’s ability to innovate by integrating education and entrepreneurship with research and innovation at the EU level. The main operational arm of the EIT is its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). Through them, the EIT develops and tests a new model of how innovation is approached, managed, financed, and delivered in Europe. The KICs offer an opportunity for top innovation players to be part of a highly collaborative community to achieve a pan-European impact.
  • Following the adoption of the EIT's Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) and the EIT’s amended Regulation by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, the Selection Criteria for the KIC have been published on 12 December 2013. The EIT announced the pan-European consortium as RawMatTERS the winner of the 2014 Call for a Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) in the area of Raw Materials (430 kB).

Raw Materials University Day

Raw Materials University Day is a communication campaign originally launched by the European Commission as part of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on raw materials.

Raw Materials University Days are now hosted and funded by the EIT RawMaterials KIC under the umbrella of the RawMaterials Academy.

The events show practical examples of career opportunities in raw materials exploration, extraction, processing, and recycling and substitution.

The aims of the initiative are to:

  • encourage young people to study a raw materials-related discipline, therefore bringing much-needed human capital into the sector
  • attract young people to career opportunities in the raw materials sector
  • raise awareness of the huge potential of European raw materials
  • promote skills in raw materials
  • boost sectorial competitiveness and sustainable growth

In 2017, 5 Raw Materials University Days took place at EIT RawMaterials partner universities:

Previously, the Commission also organised the following events:

The Erasmus+ programme

Erasmus+ including Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMDs), Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates (EMJDs), Erasmus Mundus Partnerships (Action 2), Intra-ACP Partnerships, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) provides grants for a wide range of activities in education, training, youth, and sport. The programme gives students, trainees, staff, and volunteers an opportunity to spend a period abroad to increase their skills and employability. It supports organisations to work in transnational partnership and to share innovative practices in education, training, and youth.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMDs) in the raw materials sector that will be offering EU-funded scholarships for courses taking place in the academic year 2015-2016

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

The objective of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is to support the career development and training of researchers – with a focus on innovation skills – in all scientific disciplines through worldwide and cross-sector mobility.

International Skills, Education, and Knowledge

The EIP on Raw materials aims to exchange skills and expertise between the EU and partner countries:

  • Cooperation with the leading educational and research institutions in non-EU countries (the US, Canada, Chile, South Africa, Japan, Australia, etc.) to improve the availability of the workforce and skills in mineral resource related sectors;
  • Establishment of the African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC) or other similar bodies;
  • Dialogue on skills and knowledge with Latin American countries involved in the mining sector.


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