TrainESEE v.2 gathers 12 partners from 10 different countries, all determined to improve and upgrade the education system in the raw materials sector. The Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) activity is integrating 10 KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) partners from 3 collocation centers, 3 EIT HUB-s, 2 ESEE task partner universities and potentially 4 KIC ESEE (East & South-East Europe) universities, having low to medium level of activation, contributing to an overall de-siloing of the ESEE education community. The project partners are coming from three sides of a knowledge triangle, with the sector-specific rawmaterials industry as the final beneficiar. The Consortium is formed to include “Trainer” and “Training” partners, with activities focused on the academic staff of the “Training” partners.

Role in the project: Lead Partner

Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering is a higher education institution within the University of Zagreb. The Faculty organizes and conducts academic studies while engaging in the scientific work in the domain of engineering sciences- including the scientific fields of mining, petroleum and geological engineering, as well as in the domain of natural sciences- including the scientific fields of geology.

The Faculty educates competent experts and carries out high quality scientific and professional research in the field of mining engineering, geology, geological engineering and petroleum engineering. With its activities, the Faculty continuously contributes to the prosperity of its professions in the area of technical and natural sciences, and to the society as a whole.

Project team members

Assoc. Prof. Sibila Borojević Šoštarić, PhD

(project coordinator)

Prof Marta Mileusnić, PhD

Petra Grgasović, Mag. Ing.

Role in the project: Partner

Aalto University
Aalto Ventures Program

Aalto University is ​a multidisciplinary community of bold thinkers where science and art ​meet technology ​and business.​Aalto Ventures Program (AVP) is an entrepreneurship education program at Aalto University. AVP’s mission is ‘sustainability through entrepreneurship’: we focus on creating a sustainable future through entrepreneurship by solving problems related to sustainable development goals.

We believe all university students can benefit from having an entrepreneurial mindset and skills, regardless of whether they end up becoming founders or not. This is why we help teachers in Aalto and all over the world to add and integrate entrepreneurial elements into their teaching.

We help students to learn to build like an entrepreneur.

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Project team members

Heidi Mikkonen, M. Sc.

(Admin), MBA, M.Ed., Teacher (task leader)

Håkan Mitts

Role in the project: Partner

University of Science and Technology

The Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering is the oldest faculty of the AGH University of Science and Technology. The mission of the faculty is to educate engineers and conduct research at the highest level in line with the current and future needs of the economy and the challenges of modern civilization.

The faculty educates students and conducts scientific research in five fields: mining engineering, environmental engineering, civil engineering, production engineering, and revitalization of degraded areas.

The faculty actively collaborates with the industry by conducting scientific research commissioned by various institutions and companies, as well as by organizing student practical training and internships. The faculty staff actively work on the reclamation of mining land, solve the problems of economics, organization, and management in mining.

Project team members

Assoc. Prof. Radosław Pomykała, PhD

Assoc. Prof. Justyna Swolkień, PhD

Natalia Kowalska, M. Sc. Eng,

Sylwia Lorenc, PhD

Klaudia Zwolińska, M. Sc. Eng

Role in the project: Partner

Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation

Fundación TECNALIA Research & Innovation is a private, independent, non-profit applied research center of international excellence. TECNALIA, located in Spain, is the leading research and technology organization in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, employing around 1,445 people (225 PhDs). TECNALIA has the goal to transform technology into GDP, meaning wealth to improve people’s quality of life through generation of business opportunities for industry.

TECNALIA is committed to generate major impacts in economic terms, by means of innovation and technological development, addressed by their technological divisions covering the domains of Energy, Environment, Industry, Transport, Building Technologies, Health and ICT.  Tecnalia supports since 2008 different institutions in the design and development of programs to boost new ideas and business using a learning by doing approach focus on leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Project team members

Ana Arroyo Muñoz

Javier Mendibil Eguiluz

Role in the project: Partner

Cuprum Ltd Research and Development Centre

KGHM Cuprum Ltd Research and Development Centre is R&D Centre (13 research units and 2 certified laboratories) with extensive experience and success in the market. KGHM Cuprum already over 50 years provide solutions which represent a response to the challenges encountered by Polish Copper, however activity of the company is not limited solely to the copper deposit region on the Foresudetic Monocline. Among KGHM clients are also firms from beyond the mining industry, along with local governments at all levels and foreign partners within European Union framework programs.

KGHM Cuprum conducts scientific and technological research in geology and hydrogeology, mining, rock-mass mechanics, surveying, mine ventilation, automation, electrification and mechanization, ore processing, tailings disposal, environmental protection and new energy technologies.

Project team members

Malwina Kobylańska, PhD

Agnieszka Urbańska-Ciszek

Alicja Kowalczyk

Alicja Mańkowska

Role in the project: Partner

Montanuniversität Leoben

Montanuniversität Leoben was founded in 1840. Today, it is a technical university covering the fields of mining, metallurgy, material sciences and new energy technologies. The research and education profile is set along the value life cycle of products, ranging from the extraction of raw materials, to processing, production processes, product design, distribution and recycling of end-of-life products to reintroduce them into the value life cycle. All study programmes of MUL are located along this cycle.

Furthermore, the university philosophy is also set along this value life cycle.

The mentality of a new understanding of raw materials as a holistic concept has long underpinned university thinking.
MUL has a long-standing history in the mining industry and has thus gathered enormous expertise regarding mining technologies. In combination, it also has a strong tradition and expertise in teaching and designing mining curricula over the past years, not only for university teaching, but also for wider society learning.

Adding strength to this, MUL has strong ties to regional industry players and extensive experience in project acquisition and management.

Project team members

Mariaelena Murphy, MA

Corina Pacher, B.A. MA MA

MAG. Magdalena Bechter

Role in the project: Partner

National Technical University of Athens – NTUA

Founded in 1837, NTUA is the oldest Technical University in Greece.

It is structured according to the continental European system for training engineers, with an emphasis on solid background. The duration of courses leading, after the acquisition of 300 credit units to a Diploma, of Master’s level, is five years. The valuable work of NTUA and its international reputation are due to its well-organised educational andresearch system, the quality of its staff and students, and the adequacy of its technical infrastructure.

NTUA graduates were pivotal to Greece’s pre-war development and to post-war reconstruction. The graduate engineers who staffed public and private technical services and companies were and remain by general consent, equal to their European counterparts. Many have been elected to distinguished teaching and research positions in well-known universities all over the world.

Project team members

Katerina Adam, M. Sc., Ph.D., Professor, Institutional Coordinator

Anna Gaki, Ph.D. , Senior Researcher

Asimina Katsiapi, Ph.D., Project Manager HUB Regional Center Greece, EIT RawMaterials

George Valakas, Ph.D., Senior Researcher

Role in the project: Partner

Technical University of Košice
Faculty of Mining, Ecology, Process Control and Geotechnologies (FBERG)

Faculty of Mining, Ecology, Process Control and Geotechnologies historically refers to the Mining Academy in Banská Štiavnica, promoted to the academic level by Maria Theresa, queen of Hungary and Bohemia, in 1762. This institution, probably the first university of its kind in the world, is the basis to which our faculty and university proudly avows.

In this context, it is necessary to perceive our faculty as an institution which proudly holds a significant position within mining academies in Europe. On this deep and strong basis, our faculty provides education in traditional mining disciplines, including geology; mining; mineralurgy and environmental technologies; technologies in fuel and gas industry; mining mechanization, transport and deep drilling.

Attending to growing society needs for the knowledge economy development, the faculty also provides education in attractive and requested study programmes covering economy of Earth resources; geodesy and geographical information systems; geotourism and mining tourism, informatization and process control; industrial logistics; and rescue, fire and safety techniques.

Project team members

Assoc. Prof. Ľubica Kozáková, PhD

(coordinator for TUKE – FBERG)

Ing. Klaudia Šándorová, PhD

Role in the project: Partner

Faculty of Civil Engineering

At the Faculty of Civil Engineering, teaching and research are linked closely and pursued at the highest level. The Faculty is fully committed to the TU Wien mission statement: „Technology for people.“ Applied interdisciplinarity is therefore essential for expanding the spectrum of applications for civil engineering competences and supporting the emergence of new disciplines in research and practice.

The Faculty aims to build bridges in research and teaching between fundamental science and technical applications, which are essential for the societal development. The Faculty advances innovation and performance processes in civil engineering on the basis of research-driven focus through the individual skills, expertise and abilities of its employees and students. Thus, it fosters substantially the competitive potentials of domestic enterprises and the construction industry as a whole.

Project team members

Dipl.Ing. Dr.techn. Ildiko Merta

(Senior Scientist)

Dipl.Ing. Bojan Poletanovic

Elena Yaneva

Role in the project: Partner

University of Miskolc

University of Miskolc is a mid-size university in Northeast-Hungary with around 8000 students in total, being the most important research and higher education centre for the NE-Hungarian region.

The University is represented by two faculties in the project – Faculty of Earth Sciences and Engineering and Faculty of Materials Sciences and Engineering, which offer unique education programmes in the field of natural resources management and utilization and in materials sciences and engineering.

From 2015, the university has participated in ten H2020 projects, leading two of them and in 2020 the university became a core partner for the EIT RawMaterials. Moreover, around 30 projects are of have recently been running financed by national operative programs focusing on institutional development.

Project team members

Assoc. Prof. Noémi Hajdú PhD

Assoc. Prof Beáta Siska-Szilasi PhD


Assoc. Prof. Helga Kovács PhD

Assoc. Prof. Ferenc Mádai PhD

(institutional coordinator)

Role in the project: Task Partner

National Mining University

DNIPRO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (DniproTech), one of the oldest Higher Education Institution in Central and Eastern part of Ukraine, was established in 1899. In 2019 it held the 7th place among  “Top-200 Ukraine” universities and the 4th place among best Ukrainian technical universities.

University has 50 departments united into 9 faculties of full-time education, post-graduate and doctoral courses, Scientific and Research Units, Interdisciplinary Institute of Lifelong Learning and others. University is focused on the development and implementation of blended and dual education programs using office 365 and Moodle platforms.

DniproTech has a strong cooperation network with the leading regional industries and enterprises, which provides platform for joint research and practice for university students and staff. International study centers for technical specialties provide the certification of professionals and equipment for various technical fields. Also, the University is involved in the process of retraining of professionals with the biggest enterprises and business companies in Ukraine and abroad.

Project team members

Prof. Roman Dychkovskyi, Dr. of Tech. Sci.

(team leader from DniproTech)

Ass. Prof Yuliya Pazynich, PhD

(contact person)

Role in the project: Task Partner

University of Mining and Geology „St. Ivan Rilski“ (UMG)

UMG “St. Ivan Rilski” is the only state institution in Bulgaria which in the course of more than six decades has provided training to highly qualified specialists for the needs of the mining industry. The proper combination of general engineering education together with the acquisition of profiled knowledge and abilities provides opportunities for the students to find their professional realization in this country and abroad.

Also, it is an institution where fundamental and applied scientific research is carried out. The main milestones in setting up the University as an educational, innovative and technological center serving the geological prospecting, mining, and recycling industries are the lifelong learning, the harmonization of knowledge and skills of students aiming at the “free movement of people” and the adequate occupational development of the graduates.

Project team members

Assoc. Prof. Stefka Pristavova, PhD

Ch. Asst. Prof. Katerina Nikolova, PhD

Assoc. Prof. Evgenia Alexandrova, PhD

Ch. Asst. Prof. Borislava Galabova, PhD