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INTRAW Video now available

The video “INTRAW – Discover The Project” is now available. The AIG is a third party partner for this EU-funded Horizon 2020 project, and the video will explain the purpose and significance of the project.

 

 

 

INTRAW Update & Observatory Launch

 

Kaylene Camuti
Member, INTRAW Panel of Experts

The INTRAW project was launched in early 2015 with the objective of mapping best practices in raw materials technology, regulation, research and education.  The project also aims to foster cooperation opportunities with technologically advanced non-EU countries.  The three-year EU-funded project is part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research & Innovation.  The project is coordinated by the European Federation of Geologists (EFG), and brings together an international consortium of 15 partners with extensive experience in research, innovation, education, industry, trade and international networking across the entire raw materials value chain.

The ultimate goal of the project is the development of the European Union’s International Observatory for Raw Materials. As a permanent international body, the Observatory will aim to establish and maintain strong long-term relationships with the world’s key players in raw materials technology and scientific developments. Its core activities will be to continuously monitor opportunities for collaboration and cooperation, and to promote these opportunities through funding programs and incentives between the EU and other technologically advanced countries.

The INTRAW project is now in its third year and the launch of the Observatory is scheduled for early November.  The Observatory launch represents the culmination of several phases of data acquisition, review, analysis and synthesis, aided by regular intensive workshops with partner organisations and expert panels.

In the first year the project partners reviewed the contextual environment of the raw materials economies in the five reference countries – Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, USA – for comparison to the contextual environment of the European Union. The reports on each of the reference countries are available from the INTRAW web site.

In the second year the project partners produced reports analysing the operation of critical processes in the raw materials chain.  The three reports covered:  Education and Outreach, Research and Innovation, and Trade and Industry. The analyses led to an improved understanding of the factors that have both enhanced and hindered growth and success in the fields of raw materials research & innovation, educational and skills programmes, trade, exploration, exploitation, processing, recycling and substitution.  These analytical reports are also available from the INTRAW web site.

When the International Raw Materials Observatory is launched later this year, it will operate as an independent, apolitical, international not-for profit organisation, offering a range of services aimed at promoting international cooperation, including:

  • A comprehensive database on collaborative opportunities between the European Union/individual EU members and non-EU countries.
  • Information on events relevant to international cooperation on raw materials.
  • Information on industry-financed grants and other funding opportunities for collaborative research.
  • Communication and liaison services aimed at fostering the development of cooperative research and innovation activities between the EU, individual EU members and technologically advanced countries.

The launch of the INTRAW Observatory in November will take place at the EU-Advanced Mining Countries Conference, which is being run as part of the European Commission’s Raw Materials Week in Brussels.  Raw Materials Week is an opportunity for the European and international raw materials communities to discuss and exchange information and ideas about issues relevant to raw materials, from discovery to production to recycling, including policy, research, technology, international cooperation, and regulatory issues.

More information to follow soon via http://intraw.eu and @intrawproject.

In the meantime, enjoy the teaser of the INTRAW project video.

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INTRAW Operational Reports: Identifying Best Practices to Boost International Cooperation in the Raw Materials Sector

PRESS RELEASE | BRUSSELS | APRIL 2017 – The INTRAW project consortium recently launched three operational reports providing insights on best practices and weaknesses of raw materials research & innovation, education & outreach and industry & trade in the five Reference Countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States of America.

The EU-funded INTRAW project was launched in 2015 with the aim of mapping best practices and boosting cooperation opportunities related to raw materials between the EU and five technologically advanced non-EU countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States). The project consortium now presents three reports that focus on raw materials research & innovation, education & outreach or industry & trade, in the five Reference Countries. These three reports underpin the development of a better understanding of the achievements made in these five countries in relation to the entire raw materials value chain. The operational report on research & innovation describes and compares the different innovation systems in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States, comprising – among others – the main role players, institutions and policies that drive research and innovation in the raw materials sector. The raw materials educational context in each of the Reference Countries is mapped in the operational analysis of education & outreach. The report on industry & trade notably includes the characterisation of industrial clusters related to raw materials in these countries and the way these clusters affect trade and global competition.

The findings of these operational reports also contribute to the design of the International Observatory on Raw Materials that is to be launched by the end of 2017. The Observatory will be a permanent international body that will remain operational after the end of the project, aiming at the establishment and maintenance of strong long-term relationships with the world’s key players in raw materials technology and scientific developments.

The operational reports and their summaries are available through the project website at http://intraw.eu/publications/. As a next step, INTRAW will launch, in the coming weeks, three scenarios describing the world of raw materials in 2050.

INTRAW is funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation Programme, for a period of 36 months (February 2015 – January 2018). Under the coordination of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG), INTRAW brings together an international consortium of 15 partners with extensive experience in research, innovation, education, industry, trade and international networking across the entire raw materials value chain.

MORE INFORMATION: http://intraw.eu

CONTACT:
Coordinator – European Federation of Geologists (EFG)

Vítor Correia, President (efg.president@eurogeologists.eu)
Isabel Fernández Fuentes, Executive Director (isabel.fernandez@eurogeologists.eu)

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 642130.

INTRAW Project – Second joint Panels of Experts Workshop on international raw materials cooperation

PRESS RELEASE | BRUSSELS | OCTOBER 2016 – The experts involved in the EU-funded INTRAW project gathered in Cornwall (UK) from 5 to 7 October 2016 for their second workshop in order to provide the project consortium with suggestions on how to enhance the European Union’s International Observatory for Raw Materials that will be launched by the end of the project’s lifetime.

The EU-funded  INTRAW project started in early 2015 with the aim of mapping best practices and boosting cooperation opportunities related to raw materials between the EU and five technologically advanced non?EU countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the United States). Each of these five countries is subject to similar global challenges and they are considered as the project’s “Reference Countries”. The outcome of the mapping and knowledge transfer activities are used as a baseline to set up and launch the European Union’s International Observatory for Raw Materials as a definitive raw materials knowledge management infrastructure. The Observatory will be a permanent international body that will remain operational after the end of the project aiming at the establishment and maintenance of strong long?term relationships with the world’s key players in raw materials technology and scientific developments. INTRAW will thus play a key role in the  alignment  of  the  Research  and  Innovation  (R&I)  activities  among  the  EU  countries,  boosting synergies with international research and innovation programmes, and reinforcing the European role and scientific capabilities for the sustainable access and supply of non-agricultural and non-energy raw materials fully in line with major raw materials policy initiatives such as Europe 2020, the Raw Materials Initiative and the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials.

The representatives of INTRAW’s Joint Panels of Experts met in Falmouth, Cornwall, from 5 to 7 October 2016 in order to validate reports prepared by the project consortium that focus on Raw materials research & Innovation, Education & Outreach and Industry & Trade in the five Reference Countries.  These  three  reports  underpin  the  development  of  a  better  understanding  of  the achievements made in the five countries in relation to the entire raw materials value chain and will be presented to the public by the end of 2016. Moreover, the experts also provided precious input on the development of the business model of the International Observatory for Raw Materials. The workshop closed with a visit to the Geevor and Botallack tin mines, which are part of the UNESCO world heritage.

INTRAW is funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research & Innovation (R&I) for a period of 36 months (February 2015 – January 2018). Under the coordination of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) INTRAW brings together an international consortium of 15 partners with extensive experience in research, innovation, education, industry, trade and international networking across the entire raw materials value chain.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 642130. 

 

See http://intraw.eu for further information.

CONTACT
Coordinator – European Federation of Geologists (EFG)
Vítor Correia, President efg.president@eurogeologists.eu
Isabel Fernández Fuentes, Executive Director isabel.fernandez@eurogeologists.eu

INTRAW: A new international project on raw materials

INTRAW –   International Raw Materials Observatory

www.intraw.eu

 

INTRAW is a three-year international research project on raw materials.  The project is funded by the European Union (EU) and was launched in February this year.  Australia is represented in the INTRAW project by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE http://www.atse.org.au/), which is a partner in the INTRAW consortium, and by the AIG, which is a third party partner in the project.  In its role as a third party partner the AIG will assist in disseminating information so that AIG members and the wider geoscience and resources communities are aware of the project and its outcomes.

The INTRAW project aims to map best practices and develop new cooperation opportunities related to raw materials between the EU and technologically advanced countries.  The project will address:

  • Research and innovation;
  • Raw materials policies and strategies;
  • Joint educational and skills programmes;
  • Licensing and permitting procedures, royalties and tax policies;
  • Data reporting systems;
  • Exploration, extraction, processing and recycling practices;
  • Management and substitution of Critical Raw Materials.

The project is coordinated by the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and brings together an international consortium of 15 partners with extensive experience in research, innovation, education, industry, trade and international networking across the entire raw materials value chain. The project partners will be actively supported by three Panels of Experts on “Research & Innovation”, “Education & Outreach” and “Industry & Trade”.

Through the EFG’s third parties – who represent the members of professional geosciences organisations in 18 European countries, the USA, Australia, South Africa and Canada – a broad global network of geoscientists will further enhance the project.
In the first two years of the project activities will include mapping best practices and knowledge transfer. The outcomes of these activities will be used as a baseline to set up and launch the European Union’s International Observatory for Raw Materials as a knowledge management infrastructure. The Observatory will be a permanent international body that will remain operational after the end of the project, and will aim to establish and maintain strong long?term relationships with the world’s key players in raw materials technology and scientific developments.

The AIG will keep members informed as the project develops, via reports in AIG News and the AIG web site.

 

For more information download the brochure here, or full press release here or visit the INTRAW web site.