Geoscience Ireland partners, SLR Consulting Ireland and the Geological Survey of Ireland, are delighted to announce that as part of the Irish iFOSTER consortium, which is a member of the pan-European RawMatTERS academic-government-industry consortium, we recently won a collective bid to the EIT Raw Materials Initiative, to join the Raw Materials Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research framework.
The Raw Materials KIC is an important initiative for the sustainable supply and use of raw materials in Europe, which focuses on research, education, social responsibility and innovation. RawMatTERS, with its strategic, long term approach along the entire raw materials value chain, from exploration, mining and processing to recycling and recovery, will support the standard of living of European citizens and our industrial requirements. RawMatTERS will enable inter-disciplinary synergies, enlarge the raw materials network and contribute to the overall objective of the sustainable supply of raw materials within Europe.
The iFOSTER team will be represented directly on the RawMatTERS KIC by lead partners Trinity College Dublin, RUSAL (Aughinish Alumina Ltd.) and University of Limerick, while other members of the iFOSTER consortium, including GSI and SLR, will provide specific project supports to a range of minerals and raw materials work programmes over the coming seven years.
See http://eit.europa.eu/newsroom/eit-selects-new-strategic-partnerships-milestone-europe-areas-health-and-raw-materials, for further information.