KU Leuven

Has current educational activities in fundamentals of metals processing, recycling, eco-design, sustainable materials management, business development, innovation and entrepreneurship. Has established a successful research platform on zero-waste, environmental-friendly, cost-effective recovery/recycling approaches.

University of Trento (UNITN)

The first university to start a master in materials engineering in Italy. It has specialized in the fields of materials characterization, fast sintering techniques, materials replacement, sustainable design, graphene and bio-inspired materials, I&E.

Grenoble INP

The school of industrial engineering and the school of materials provide courses to improve the performance of the new industrial value chains related to material efficiency. Courses are related to multi criteria material selection, eco-design, sustainable manufacturing, design for disassembly, material recycling, etc. Lectures include insights in measurement of the environmental, economic and social impacts of the materials, life cycle assessment, material flow analysis, sustainable development/management, etc. New approaches for material efficiency will be illustrated: remanufacturing, additive manufacturing, energy in manufacturing, rare resources recovery, etc.

Montanuniversitaet Leoben (MUL)

Specialized in the field of mineral resources, metallurgy and material sciences. The research and education profile is set along the value chain from mineral deposits to production processes, to product design and recycling of end of life products. High expertise in mining, metallurgy and materials.

TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Directed to raw materials, materials and energy teaching and research profile follows the guiding principle of sustainability, taking into account economic, environmental and social aspects. Goal is a sustainable material and energy economy in terms of commodity value chain from exploration and extraction of raw materials, through processing and refining to recycling. The University offers courses of study in all technical disciplines of metallurgy, including nonferrous and iron and steel technology.

University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB)

Offers a background in materials chemistry and physics and, in partnership with industry, skills in technology and nanotechnology of semiconductors, polymers, ionic conductors, and materials for photonics. UNIMIB has strong industrial connections and trains students intensively in research skills, innovation transfer, entrepreneurship, and interactions with industry.

Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology

The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) is the national institute for research into metalliferous and mineral raw materials. It was founded in 2011 in the context of the German Resource Strategy with the objective to provide solutions for a sustainable use of raw materials. HIF is part of Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and a member of the EIT RawMaterials community. Researchers contribute to an advanced Circular Economy by developing innovative technologies along the entire value chain from exploration to processing, metallurgy and recycling. HIF has around 120 staff members from more than 30 countries.


Large company, core partner. Umicore is a global materials technology and recycling group. They are an industry leader in precious and critical metals recycling. Through their research division Umicore has established an intense cooperation with universities across Europe and the world in the area of materials processing and recycling.

This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation