RawMaterials Summit 2021

Data - 17/06/2021
9:00 - 15:30

RawMaterials Summit 2021, the global innovation and technology conference in the raw materials sector, goes live on 17 June – this year in a new format and IN FOCUS!

The event gathers prominent speakers from the raw materials value chain, key policymakers, and European Commission representatives. With more than 700 global participants last year, the RawMaterials Summit hosted the launch of ERMA (European Raw Materials Alliance) and addressed critical challenges for the industry.

Today, we are in the middle of disruptive innovation in emerging green energy, e-mobility and clean technology, which has been triggered by pressing societal challenges. The growing need for carbon-neutral technology creates a strong demand for minerals, metals and advanced materials. How do we approach this challenge? What is the European Commission’s take on the situation? Which innovations will ensure raw materials are a strength for Europe? Join the RawMaterials Summit 2021 where we will address all the pressing raw materials challenges for Europe!

RawMaterials Summit 2021 programme

09:00 – 09:30 OPENING PLENARY

Big challenges need big ideas! Innovation, education, entrepreneurship: for the minerals, metals and advanced materials sector to facilitate the coming green and digital transformations, we must harness the power of these across the whole raw materials value chain.
Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
Bernd Schäfer, CEO and Managing Director, EIT RawMaterials
Q&A, moderated by Karin Helmstaedt, Journalist, Deutsche Welle

Panel Discussion
Big ideas need innovators! For the raw materials sector of tomorrow to take shape, we need to equip the students and professionals of today with new skills. How can we ensure that we are educating future changemakers with the skills needed to innovate and become the next generation of entrepreneurial champions who will help solve our greatest societal challenges?

Join the discussion and get inspired by the innovation journeys of leading EIT RawMaterials start-ups and scale-ups.

Didier Zimmermann, Education and Innovation Director, EIT RawMaterials
Elisabeth Clausen, Director at Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) at RWTH Aachen University
Mari Tenhunen, CEO, TimeGate Instruments
Martyna Szydlowska, CEO, Fractuscan
Frank Jackel, CEO, Metalshub
Iakovos Yakoumis, CEO, Monolithos Catalysts & Recycling
Frédéric Goettmann, President and CTO, Extracthive


Innovators need allies! The European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) was established in 2020 to secure access to critical and strategic raw materials, advanced materials, and processing know-how for EU industrial ecosystems. Find out from top policymakers and industry executives how ERMA is tackling the challenge and what’s in the investment pipeline of our Alliance. 

Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight
Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market
Bernd Schäfer, CEO and Managing Director, EIT RawMaterials
Panel Discussion
Christel Bories, CEO, ERAMET
Jan Moström, CEO, LKAB
Javier Targhetta, President, Atlantic Copper; Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales, Freeport-McMoRan
An Steegen, CTO, Umicore
Industry vision

Going full circle – together! Creating a Circular Economy is vital to the success of the EU Green Deal. However, to make it happen, a successful interplay between policy, regulation, process innovation and new business approaches is key. Hear from leading raw materials experts, industrialists and trend-setters on Europe’s road to a truly green and circular economy.

Moderator – Karl Vrancken, Research Manager Sustainable Materials, VITO
Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair of UN International Resource Panel
Carlos Rich, Strategy Officer and Director International Division, Atlantic Copper
Olivier Brousse, Senior Executive Vice President Strategy & Innovation, Veolia
Erwin Coolen, Director, ECHT
Frédéric Carencotte, Founder, CARESTER

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