EIT+ to set up a knowledge hub on natural resources in Wrocław

On 9 December 2014 the European Institute of Technology announced its decision on new locations on the map of Europe wherein the potential for natural resources will be concentrated to improve competitiveness, economy growth and enhance attractiveness of that sector. Wrocław-based EIT+ Research Centre is to set up a hub of knowledge on natural resources. The hub is one of the six structures of the emerging Knowledge and Innovation Community in that field and is to operate in East and South Europe.

With a view in enhancing Europe's primary resource security, The European Institute of Technology (EIT) announced a call for a new Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in the area of natural resources. The winner of the call is the all-European Consortium "RawMatTERS” Tackling European Resources Sustainably (TERS), established by over 100 partners from 22 EU Member States that represent the key universities of technology (AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Université de Bordeaux, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Trinity College Dublin), research and development centres (Tecnalia, Fraunhofer, TNO, ENEA, Wrocław-based EIT+ Research Centre), as well as strategic companies (KGHM, BASF, Sandvik, Umicore, Outotec). Professor Jens Gutzmer of Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Germany)   coordinates the operations of the winning consortium.

According to Ms. Klaudia Piątek, spokesperson for the EIT+ Research Centre in Wrocław, the European Institute of Technology which is charge of setting up the Knowledge and Innovation Community for natural resources, has announced six knowledge hub locations: in Wrocław (Poland), Espoo (Finland), Leuven (Belgium), Lulea (Sweden),  Metz (France) and Rome (Italy).
Berlin will host the headquarters of the the Knowledge and Innovation Community.

Ms. Klaudia Piątek added that 10 institutions, universities or enterprises represent Poland iin the Community, namely:

  • Stanisław Staszic AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow,
  • Institute of Non-ferrous Metals,
  • KGHM Cuprum Ltd. Research & Development Centre,
  • KGHM Polska Miedź (Polish Copper) Joint Stock Company,
  • KGHM Zanam Sp. z o.o.,
  • Łódź University of Technology,
  • Mineral Resources and Energy Management Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences,
  • Silesian University of Technology,
  • Wrocław University of Technology,
  • Wrocław EIT+ Research Centre Sp. z o.o.

”So far, Wrocław EIT+ Centre has coordinated efforts aimed at hosting a knowledge hub in Wrocław and now we are to set up the hub and manage its operations. This is a great distinction for us”, said Piątek.

The key objective of the knowledge hub is to deploy new solutions, products and services for sustainable exploration, extraction, processing and recycling of natural resources. It will be the role of all partners to provide technologies and services that meet the changing public needs. Other tasks include education and enterprise development, creation of new jobs and pro-actively tackling the challenge of raw material shortage in Europe.

”This is a great win for Poland. It took us as long as 2 years to prepare the project. Raw materials have built the strength of Polish economy for years. Today, extraction and processing of raw materials may become a source of wealth for the country. However, first we need to invest in technologies that build a competitive edge and in staff for that sector in order to make this happen. Collaboration with European leader will help to achieve that goal. That's what EIT is for. Thanks to that wonderful win, we have a guarantee rather than just opportunity that this will come true", said Professor Jerzy Langer, President of Wrocław EIT+ Research Centre.

Knowledge Innovation Communities (KIC) are part of the programme implemented by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, whereby communities of knowledge and innovation are to be integrated within the EU economy. Two communities – for climate and energy – are operational and next ones are to be formed by 2018.

11.12.2014

sources: www.naukawpolsce.pap.pl, Wrocławskie Centrum Badań EIT+

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