The raw materials industries are facing increasing skills shortage, mostly due to limited public awareness of the importance of raw materials for European society and the economy. This challenge needs to be addressed through communication and partnerships between civic society, public authorities, universities, research organisations, and industry. The Commission supports the development of new high skills on engineering, material science, geology or earth observation.
Raw Materials University Day is a communication campaign originally launched by the European Commission as part of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on raw materials.
Raw Materials University Days are now hosted and funded by the EIT RawMaterials KIC under the umbrella of the RawMaterials Academy.
The events show practical examples of career opportunities in raw materials exploration, extraction, processing, and recycling and substitution.
The aims of the initiative are to:
In 2017, 5 Raw Materials University Days took place at EIT RawMaterials partner universities:
Previously, the Commission also organised the following events:
Erasmus+ including Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMDs), Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates (EMJDs), Erasmus Mundus Partnerships (Action 2), Intra-ACP Partnerships, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) provides grants for a wide range of activities in education, training, youth, and sport. The programme gives students, trainees, staff, and volunteers an opportunity to spend a period abroad to increase their skills and employability. It supports organisations to work in transnational partnership and to share innovative practices in education, training, and youth.
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMDs) in the raw materials sector that will be offering EU-funded scholarships for courses taking place in the academic year 2015-2016
The objective of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is to support the career development and training of researchers – with a focus on innovation skills – in all scientific disciplines through worldwide and cross-sector mobility.
The EIP on Raw materials aims to exchange skills and expertise between the EU and partner countries: