The European Commission is hosting the Raw Materials Week 2021 in the week of November 15-19, where the ERA-MIN 2 Final Conference and the Final Seminar of the 2017 Call projects completed between 2020 and 2021 will be highlighted events.
The ERA-MIN 2 is coordinated by FCT and is an ERA-NET (European Research Area Network), a funding instrument that promotes the creation of European research networks clustered around a scientific area. The ERA-MIN 2 has the specific objective of supporting research and innovation projects in the area of non-agricultural and non-energy raw materials, namely construction, industrial minerals and metals. This network involves 21 public research funding organizations from 13 EU countries/regions, one EU associated country (Turkey) and 4 non-EU countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and South Africa). Through 3 transnational Calls , it has given the raw materials community the opportunity to apply for globally coordinated funding, gaining access to cutting-edge knowledge and new markets while reducing the fragmentation of R&I funding in Europe and globally.
Scheduled to last from 2016 to 2021, ERA-MIN 2, which will be succeeded by ERA-MIN 3 (2020-2025), also coordinated by FCT, now presents at the end of this cycle of research activities the objectives and results of the projects it funded, showing the answers produced to the industry's needs for primary and secondary resources and the implementation of a circular economy approach based on the substitution of critical raw materials.
These ERA-MIN 2 events will be attended by representatives of projects funded during the 5 years of the network's activity, and representatives of the 16 projects funded under the 2017 Call , now completed, will have the opportunity to disseminate the results and promote their use by industry, civil society or policy makers.
The President of the Directive Council of FCT, Helena Pereira, will open the conference on November 18, at 13h00, and the work of this first day ends at 18h00. On November 19, the program will take place between 12h00 and 15h30. The entire conference can be watched online, free of charge, with prior registration.