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The 5th INTRAW consortium meeting – Paris, France

The 5th INTRAW consortium meeting was held in Paris on the 22nd and 23rd of March. During the meeting the INTRAW Consortium and Reference Country (RC) representatives from the USA, Australia and South Africa were present. The focus of the meeting was Work Package (WP) 2 ‘Programming’ and WP3 ‘Deployment’. The INTRAW project is working towards developing an ‘International Observatory for Raw Materials’.

The first day began with an introduction and the approval of the minutes from the last consortium meeting in Falmouth, Cornwall. After this, work commenced with an overview of the active work packages, with a focus on WP2 and WP3. Topics discussed in each work package included the schedule, gaps and deviations from original plan, and outcomes and milestones already or soon to be achieved.

Partners at the INTRAW consortium meeting

During discussion on WP2 there was a major engagement of the partners on the three forecasted scenarios for the year 2050, all of which consider four Fields of Action (FoA): Research & Innovation, Industry & Trade, Education & Outreach and Recycling & Substitution. An interactive exercise took place where the attendees reflected on current progress and considered new ideas on a set of defined action plans (a recommendation for stakeholders) on each FoA. This exercise will allow for better and more appropriate actions to be applied, with refinements like these saving time and money at the implementation stage. Subsequently, LPRC representatives Marco and Luís conducted another WP2 workshop exercise with the aim of understanding the effect of cross-cutting synergies between different action plans. During this exercise, partners considered different future scenarios and their potential impact on international cooperation on raw materials.

First exercise involved commenting on defined action plans

Second exercise dealt with analysis and classification of synergies between different action plans

The first day ended with an introductory discussion on WP3 concerning the validation of two important aspects of the project: the strategic plan for the Observatory, and the business plan for its future governing organisation.

The second day centred on more in-depth discussion on the strategic planning and business planning of the Observatory and its governing body, this time also focussing on the statutes of the Observatory. After the timeframe from discussions had ended, the two-day meeting ended with a summary of the work developed before and during the meeting, followed by the clarification of the decisions taken during the meeting concerning the Consortium’s actions for the following months.

In summary, it was a successful meeting, one where the presence of the reference countries contributed in a positive way towards the establishment of the future organisation. These partners have the experience to give valuable input for the international aspect of the Observatory.

INTRAW will end next year, and due to this meeting the preparations for the final steps are now underway.

 

INTRAW WP2 meeting hosted by LPRC

On the 11-12th of January 2017 LPRC had the opportunity to welcome project partners of INTRAW from FCT, Portugal, Assimagra – RecursosMinerais de Portugal, Fraunhofer IAO, Germany and EFG, Brussels and the University of Miskolc, Hungary who joined our colleagues on our road to create an international observatory on raw materials. During these two days, the partners were focusing their efforts on Work Package 2, fine-tuning the Action Plans on R&I, Education & Outreach, Industry & Trade and the Management & Substitution of raw materials.

The overall goal of the project is to set up and launch the European Union’s International Observatory for Raw Materials as a definitive and permanent raw materials knowledge management infrastructure in collaboration with technologically advanced non-EU countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, & US) in response to similar global challenges. For more information, please visit: intraw.eu or follow the project on Twitter: @intrawproject

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INTRAW Cornwall meeting

October 3-7: INTRAW consortium, review meeting and workshop with the experts in Cornwall!

On Tuesday the project had its mid-term review meeting with EASME. From Wednesday-Thursday the experts were involved in ongoing project tasks, including the development of the observatory business model and the fine-tuning of the scenarios for the action plans.

On Friday the group visited the Geevor and Botallack tin mines, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Session 3

Session 3: discussion on the observatory services

Session 2

Session 2: fine-tuning scenarios

Ore procssing in Geevor: separation of tin rich grains

Ore processing in Geevor: separation of tin rich grains

Classic Cornwall landscape at Botallack tin mine

Classic Cornwall landscape at the Botallack tin mine.

Second INTRAW WP2 meeting in Brussels

The second INTRAW WP2 workshop took place in EFG’s offices in Brussels. The meeting was related to a scenario building exercise. The partners defined the influence factors during the first workshop and produced projections for each of them as their “homework”.

During the meeting, cross impact analysis were performed in order to develop groups of projections which might plausibly appear simultaneously in the future, with 2050 defined as the target time-horizon.

Luis and Tamas were participating at the workshop.

Far-left: Luis and Tamas participating in the workshop.

INTRAW WP2 meeting in Brussels

INTRAW WP2 just kicked off in Stuttgart with its first workshop.

The partners performed a scenario-building exercise in order to define the most relevant influencing factors which are likely to shape the future of Raw Materials.

Tamas Miklovicz took part in the workshop on behalf of LPRC.

Discussion on the influence factors

Discussion on influencing factors

INTRAW WP2 meeting in Stuttgart

An INTRAW consortium meeting took place in Stuttgart. Work Package 2 (Programming) has just launched under the coordination of Fraunhaufer.

WP2 will ensure the development of cooperation strategies based on the best practices identified in the target countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, S.Africa, US) on applied research and innovation, joint educational and skills programmes, trade, exploration, exploitation, processing, recycling, and substitution in the raw materials sector.

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